For the first time, talk of circular economy seems to be superseding conversations about color, style, textiles and trends.

Whether at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress in Austria, Premiere Vision in Paris or Texworld Paris, all eyes in the industry are on trying to save the world from the wear and tear apparel production has caused.

“In the past 15 years, clothing production has doubled,” said Maite Ardevol of Accio, a trade promotion agency for Spain’s Catalonia region, speaking at a Texworld Paris conference on circular economy Wednesday.

That rapid acceleration of apparel manufacturing has had a lot to do with fast fashion’s quick and constant turns, and the cheap and often disposable nature of the clothing these of-the-moment retailers produce, Ardevol said.

The problem with over-production is that it leads to over-pollution, with garments ending up in landfills or incinerators within a handful of years from purchase. From there, Ardevol said, only 40 percent of the material inputs that go into these apparel products get recycled.

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