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Press release from the SMI 20 April 2022

Fashion Task Force unveils its Manifesto for Regenerative Fashion

The SMI Fashion Task Force, chaired by entrepreneur Federico Marchetti, has today announced its new Regenerative Fashion Manifesto which has been developed in partnership with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, led by scientist Marc Palahi.

In signing the Manifesto, Task Force members are committing their brands, which are  amongst the biggest names in the fashion industry, to a progressive shift towards  Regenerative Fashion — a circular biobased industry that is inclusive, climate, and Nature- positive, using newly created or restored regenerative landscapes as the basis for circular  bioeconomy value chains.  

Regenerative landscapes are resilient, biodiversity-rich and deforestation-free. They produce a diversity of goods and services such as food, energy, and biomaterials, as well as ecosystem  services including carbon sequestration. Such regenerative practices empower local and  indigenous communities, support their prosperity and respect their ancestral rights.  

The Himalayan Regenerative Fashion Living Lab 

The Himalayan Regenerative Fashion Living Lab, is the first project developed according to  the principles and ambitions of the new Manifesto. The project seeks to demonstrate the  potential of regenerative fashion to restore harmony between local communities, nature, and  the environment, while creating sustainable fashion value chains.  

The Himalayan initiative is a €1m project that will restore degraded landscapes and recover  traditional textile craft skills in order to enhance the local cashmere, cotton and silk economies while addressing global challenges related to climate change and biodiversity loss.  

Work on the project will begin next month, May 2022, with help on the ground from Reforest  Action and the Balipara Foundation.   

Read the full press release here