Circular Economy Week, hosted by Circular London and powered by London Waste and Recycling Board, will take place June 1st – 5th  2020 to showcase and celebrate the work being done to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resilient, resource-efficient future. As part of the sector-focused programming, Swap Rebellion and #LoveNotLandfill will host an online discussion addressing people led behavior change in fashion.

The third annual Circular Economy Week, in London and beyond, hosted online invites people to learn more about how cities and businesses are mitigating carbon and innovating for climate action through the circular economy. The week will begin with a launch event on Monday June 1st with key actors from Barcelona, Glasgow, Toronto and Sao Paulo sharing insights on the work being done to accelerate the transition in their cities. 

On Wednesday June 3rd the Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, will join Swap Rebellion and #LoveNotLandfill to discuss how the landscape of fashion consumption is changing from within, with new models such as resale, swapping, renting and clothes recycling schemes. The panel will be moderated by Kerry Bannigan, founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, and include speakers Hannah Carter from  #LoveNotLandfill, Charlotte Welsh from Asos Marketplace, Matt Hanrahan from Reskinned, Jil Carrara from By Rotation and Yolanda Yong from Swap Rebellion. 

Love Not Landfill is a campaign which works to encourage young Londoners to donate their unwanted clothes to charity, put them in clothes banks, swap them, borrow them and buy second-hand. The campaign is run by London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) – a partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve waste and resource management. 

Swap Rebellion is a movement promoting circular fashion. Through clothes swaps, they want to create an accessible alternative to fast fashion. Being conscious of the impact fashion has on people and the environment, Swap Rebellion promotes exchanging clothes to give us the freedom to explore different styles and fashions regardless of our budget. 

Together Love Not Landfill and Swap Rebellion, with the support of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, will host a broader conversation with a wider community of people to demonstrate how we as wearers of clothes can shape and change the way we interact with fashion. 

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About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engages leading global industry events, initiatives and activations to facilitate collective action towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, coordinates advocacy, education and engagement of fashion industry stakeholders to implement responsible business practices that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign actively supports the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and fashion industry leaders to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create effective strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships. 

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry.