Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2019

FASHION has always been about innovation, evolution and adaptability. They are traits which will continue to be vital heading into the future, especially as the industry recognises the challenges and responsibilities around sustainability, a multi-million-dollar industry. Australia is well-placed at the frontier in terms of responding to the need for change and identifying solutions through the establishment and growth of the Australian Circular Fashion Conference – due to be held again in March 2019. The conference is a unique opportunity to bring together international experts and industry stakeholders to work collaboratively using their combined passion, innovation and knowledge.

ACFC Melbourne


“ This event presents a pioneering opportunity which does not exist anywhere else in the world to invest in fashion sustainability to secure market growth and economic stability. We are in a prime position to embrace greater market awareness with all verticals in fashion – this conference will be one of the leading events in the world focuses on fast-tracking implementation and action for sustainability. Collaboration is the key. Stewardship and extended producer responsibilities in the Asia Pacific region have never been more pertinent. ”

Camille Reed, ACFC Founder.



The conference features a breath-taking array of esteemed global speakers including Professor Becky Early (MISTRA Future Fashion and London Chelsea College of Art), Dr Christina Dean (ReDress, Hong Kong), Megan Meiklejohn (Eileen Fisher, New York), Elin Larsson (Filippa K, Stockholm), Giusy Bettoni (CLASS, Milan), Ollie Milliner (Kathmandu, New Zealand), and Jill Dumain (Bluesign, Gallan). 

There will also be over 500 business leaders from large multinational companies including United Nations Global Compact, Lenzing, Arch & Hook, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Bluesign, Textile Exchange and Forum for the Future as well as leading expert consultants in the field of circular and sustainable practice for the retail industry in attendance. 



Those attending will join with these professionals to encourages brainstorming around “circular fashion” which utilises innovative recycling practices to reduce residual waste. The size of that residual waste is enormous – currently averaging 2.25m tonnes per year in Australia, with an estimated value of $500 million in clothing. By 2030, it is predicted that the fashion industry will be using two Earths’ worth of resources, with the demand for clothing rising by 63%. 

Keeping this outlook in mind, all solutions identified at the conference will be aimed at reducing costs, increasing productivity, encouraging innovation, demonstrating a strong social conscious, reducing further negative impact on the environment, optimising manufacturing processes, and quantifying key business metrics around output.

“What we are doing is making sure that the decision makers in the industry have the information and knowledge that they need to help bring about change. In Australia, we can and will be the leaders of a global initiative that will really take our industry into a new era. The first conference was all about coming together and identifying the issues, and now we must take the actions that will have impact. We have come, we have seen – now we have to conquer. I am urging all stakeholders in the industry to attend the conference and be part of the movement for change. Fashion is one of the world’s largest industries, and that means we have power. We can really make a difference to the world by using that power for good.”

Camille Reed, ACFC Founder.



The 2019 Australian Circular Fashion Conference will be held on March 21 in Melbourne.

Further information about tickets, events and speakers is available online:

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