Why Moving to a Circular Economic Model Makes Sense for the Textile Industry

With COVID-19 causing the biggest paradigm shift in the world order, more and more people are beginning to realize how we, humans, had taken the Earth and all its blessings for granted. Even before this pandemic had begun, environmental activists like 15-year-old Greta Thunberg constantly made noise about the importance of adopting a circular economic model in an attempt to save the Earth for generations to come. In an Environment Committee meeting held in April 2019, Thunberg urged environment Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing systems (MEPs) and leaders to elevate their policies and transform them to prevent making large-scale damages that may later become impossible to undo. Her speech emphasized the importance of an economic system that is backed by a cleaner, greener, and more circular processes. But what exactly is a circular process?

To understand the ideal state of being for the world economy, we first have to take a look at our current state of being which is largely linear.

The Meritocracy Paradox

To the short-sighted, the idea of meritocracy sounds perfect. However, that is far from the truth. A truly meritocratic system is a paradox in itself because it states nothing about the determinants of what "merit" really is. What it doesn't take into consideration is that "merit" is subjective. A painter may be meritorious in their art, but because most people cannot grasp the depth of the work, they may not be considered meritorious and thus, may never "succeed".