What is ‘Circular Manufacturing’ and Why Does It Matter?


We have been hearing the phrase ‘circular manufacturing’ more often. we know, for example, that AAPN member PVH has projects ongoing to become more ‘circular’. So, we went online and found a paper on the subject, which is attached.  Quotes from the article, which focuses on Europe, follow. Please catch yourself up on this topic. We may add it to future AAPN event agendas. 

The limits of the present linear economy model (take-make-waste) are extremely apparent when examining the textile and clothing industry. The circular economy (CE) model is defined as an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design, uses and reuses natural capital as efficiently as possible, and finds value throughout products’ life cycles.

It also involves the introduction of principles such as sustainable design strategies, zero-waste design, product-life extension, resource recovery, repair and remanufacture services. We could say that the CE framework is shaped by the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) principles that should be applied throughout the whole cycle of production, consumption and return of resources and the circular model requires the engagement of all market the participants.

Moving away from the “take, make, use and dispose” paradigm towards the circular one involves the replacement of the end-of-life concept, restoration of resources, the use of renewable energy, the elimination of toxic chemicals from use, and the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models. Download the PDF to continue reading.