Using the clothes we love to protect the nature we need

Friday 3 June
14:00-15:15 CEST
Stockholmsmässan, Stage 1

Organizers: The Government of Kenya, UNEP, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)


The textile industry is globally important for driving industrialisation, trade, development, social value, and female empowerment. However, the way we produce and consume textiles is unsustainable, and is already contributing to the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Addressing these impacts needs a systemic approach and a paradigm shift towards circularity. The entire textiles value chain must work together to confront the consumption patterns that are the driver of harmful impacts, using tools such as circular business models and circular design. This shift is needed – not only to confront the drivers of the adverse impacts of textiles but to also highlight the solutions in terms of circular design and circular business models, bringing together everyone to walk the same path. This event will benefit from the expertise gained to date through UNEP-led research and consultations with 200+ actors, with an exclusive preview of the upcoming UNEP roadmap for a sustainable and circular textile value chain, which outlines priority actions for each stakeholder group.

The event will provide a space to discuss and agree on concrete steps to be taken at the international level to aid implementation of the identified priorities, with a focus on holistic actions for sustainable consumption patterns and circular business models.


Opening remarks and welcome:

  • Ms. Elisa Tonda, Head of the Consumption and Production Unit, UNEP Moderator:
  • Ms. Laila Petrie, CEO, 2050 Panellists:
  • Dr. Ayub Macharia, Director, Environmental Education and Awareness Unit in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Government of Kenya
  • Ms. Elisa Tonda, Head of the Consumption and Production Unit, UNEP
  • Ms. Federica Marchionni, CEO, Global Fashion Agenda
  • Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director at Centre for Environment Education, India
  • Ms. Mette Grangaard Lund, Technical Officer, Green Jobs, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Mr. Zuhair Ahmed Kowshik, Asia Pacific Regional Facilitator, Children and Youth Major Group of UNEP

Closing Remarks:

  • Mr. Robert Watt, Head of Strategic Policy Engagement, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Contact person: Maëlys Nizan (

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