CRB is leading an initiative titled the Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab (CAPIL) that is funded by the Laudes Foundation. CRB is supported by Intellecap and Fashion for Good in CAPIL. CAPIL has been set up with the objective to explore and suggest policy interventions required for enabling a circular economy transition in the textile and apparel sector in India.Globally, there is considerable momentum towards circular apparel, led by international brands. This offers an opportunity for Indian apparel suppliers/manufacturers, by demonstrating transition towards circularity. An inclusive policy process to trigger circular innovation/initiatives in the textile and apparel sector in India will strategically align to the Indian government’s strong focus on resource efficiency and circular economy., There is also a need to establish a mechanism that links ground-level industry issues/realities to policy to facilitate the adoption of circular economy practices in the Indian textile and apparel sector.Given the complexity of the subject, effective policymaking and implementation of circular economy also requires coordination between relevant government organs viz. central government, sectoral/line ministries, central and state departments.CAPIL would contribute towards well-informed policies and implementation mechanics to support transition towards circular apparel in India, by bringing various stakeholders under one umbrella and provide evidence-based policy input.
CRB has created a framework on circular apparel to understand the various aspects of the textile and apparel value chain where circular economy can make a difference. The framework helps capture input from stakeholders from the sector, mainly on the priority areas in each A&T cluster/region in India. The vertical axis lists the Circular Economy focus areas, and the horizontal axis shows the A&T value chain (cotton, in this case). Given below is a snapshot of priorities (cumulative) captured by CRB through stakeholder consultations in clusters like Ahemdabad, Vadodara, Panipat, Bengaluru, Tirupur, etc.