In a groundbreaking initiative launched back in 2019, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation introduced the Jeans Redesign project, aiming to revolutionize the fashion industry. The project set a minimum bar for companies and brands to design and produce garments in line with circular economy principles. These guidelines focused on crucial aspects like durability, traceability, and recyclability.
The report unveils the remarkable progress made by the 100 participants from over 25 countries who enthusiastically embraced the project. An impressive 70 percent of the participants successfully tackled design and innovation challenges, skillfully meeting the stringent guidelines. Even more astonishing, over a third of them applied the principles of circular design beyond just jeans, extending the positive impact to other garments in their collections.
The results speak for themselves, with a staggering 1.5 million pairs of jeans redesigned between 2021 and 2023 by these forward-thinking brands. Notably, one-in-nine brands completely transformed at least 40 percent of their jeans portfolio to adhere to the circular economy principles.
This report marks a turning point in the fashion industry, showcasing how collaboration and commitment to sustainable practices can drive positive change on a global scale. The Jeans Redesign project proves that fashion can be both stylish and environmentally responsible, setting the stage for a brighter and more sustainable future.