In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the stress it has placed on textile supply chains across all sectors, The Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA) is holding the active pursuit of new members in industry.
ACTA is using this time to leverage our network and knowledge to inform and contribute to the design of government programs and partnerships to support the associations’ activities.
ACTA’s Director, Blake Lindley said, “As a community, we’re maintaining our commitment to unlocking circularity. It is essential that now we focus on continuing the journey through our strategic partnerships with government and academia. The circular economy is a multi-billion dollar opportunity – and in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve no doubt that targeting investment in textiles can drive triple-bottom line outcomes. We want to ensure the textiles sector is at the forefront of our economic rebuild.”
In adherence to government regulations to stop the spread of coronavirus, ACTA will not be hosting its planned events for the first two quarters of 2020 and will revisit the potential for events later in the year.
In these uncertain times, we understand the strain extensive job losses and closure of retail outlets is having on our community.
We also understand the complications of operating during this time, as many countries where manufacturing of textiles takes place remain in strict lockdown.
In Bangladesh, a 10-day lockdown is in place. Similarly, India is enforcing a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. Whilst China appears to be easing restrictions there is still doubt over the rate that production can be resumed.
ACTA sees the recovery period post-COVID-19 as a chance to “engrain better practice in business, ensuring we are set up with knowledge and systems to enact a circular economy for textiles”, said Mr Lindley.
ACTA remains committed to supporting our community during this time and planning for the future of textile circularity.