ABFRL, GIZ unveil Circularity Innovation Challenge 2023
Here is an opportunity to co-design and innovate a textile circularity project in the supply chain as Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL), one of India’s leading fashion companies, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) announced the launch of the ‘Circularity Innovation Challenge 2023’.
This initiative, in collaboration with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and GIZ Leverist, aims to create a platform for innovators in the textile and apparel industry to develop innovative solutions. The challenge will feature eight categories, and shortlisted/chosen innovators will have an opportunity to pilot their innovations.
“Our goal is to create a platform for innovators, introduce sustainable and impactful solutions, and raise awareness about textile circularity. This initiative will bring forth innovative solutions that can help minimise textile waste and promote the use of sustainable materials in the industry. We are happy to announce that the finalist will get a platform to co-design pilot projects with ABFRL that will be integrated into our supply chain. Moreover, the pilot project will give them a boost to test and scale their innovation in the larger textile and apparel market,” said Dr Naresh Tyagi, Chief Sustainability Officer, ABFRL.
Meghana Kshirsagar, Senior Advisor Climate Change and Circular Economy at GIZ India emphasises that this innovation challenge is one of their many upcoming initiatives to bring stakeholders from the textile ecosystem on one platform—innovators, designers, students, brands and industry, MSMEs, incubators, think tanks, and decisionmakers—so they can together showcase successful examples of circular approaches for the sector through effective collaboration.
Innovators/startups can fill their nominations under various categories. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded individuals and create a positive impact on the ecosystem.
The challenge is open for virtual applications until April 25, 2023, on the Leverist platform.
Source: Apparel Resources