Steaming ahead, ACTA is pleased to announce Antony Sprigg joins the organisation’s growing team – advancing ambitions for a circular textile economy. 

In 2021, the Australasian Circular Textile Association’s Co-Directors Camille Reed and Blake Lindley will be joined by Antony Sprigg; onboard as ACTA’s new Non-Executive Director. Antony is the past CEO of Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the leading industry body for the infrastructure, construction and operation sector. During his time at ISCA, he oversaw AU$80 billion of new infrastructure ratings added to ISCA’s benchmarks across the country; expanding the organisation from four people to a team of 15 strong in five years. 

Passionate about systemic change across Australia for a climate positive country, Antony describes textiles as a ‘sleeper’ issue – one that could be easily missed based on the current disposal views of material flows. He expressed, “For what might be the fourth largest component of our kerbside waste stream – for homes and industries – to not have the knowledge or means to recycle textiles is a huge blind spot for governments and businesses.” 

“Textiles, particularly clothing, hold such a unique place in our culture and fashions have been a part of all significant social change in the past three centuries. I hope with our work in this space that textiles can take the lead in defining the new patterns of consumer behaviour we need to see.”

Antony Sprigg ACTA Non Executive Director

Through investigative research and analysis, the ACTA suggests current import data of textiles is significantly larger than what is tracked in disposal every year — as much as 50 per cent more than commonly thought — the problem is bigger than what it seems.

Beyond Antony’s association work with ISCA, he brings a wealth of experience in sustainable finance. Currently, Antony is the Sustainable Finance Lead for the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). With a focus on market creation and establishment of new asset classes and investment opportunities in the built environment; clean-tech, natural capital and the circular economy. In addition, Antony has also advised the Green Finance Alliance, Asian Development Bank, the GIZ and the Global Infrastructure Basel on sustainable infrastructure and financing. 

Australia’s reliance on offshore manufacture and textile importation demands a global perspective in forging long-lasting cooperative partnerships to achieve a circular economy.

“ACTA is already coordinating the transition to a circular economy for textiles across all levels of government and industry. I’m excited to be a part of elevating the importance of this issue in Australia, and supporting this passionate, dynamic, innovative and collegiate team, as a Director, realising ACTA’s full potential. Bring on 2021!”

Keep up to date with ACTA’s progress in circular textiles as we commence the Circular Threads: Uniform and Workwear Product Stewardship National Program in 2021.