mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry

it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates crossdisciplinary in a consortium with over 50 partners

open for more to join!

mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry

it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates crossdisciplinary in a consortium with over 50 partners

open for more to join!


The thesis with most unique downloads

The thesis with most unique downloads

With 285 unique downloads, Mistra Future Fashion researcher Sandra Roos thesis is this year’s most downloaded at Chalmers Publication Library

Microplastics in Swedish news

Microplastics in Swedish news

On July 31st, Mistra Future Fashion researcher Sandra Roos discussed microplastics at Swedish news broadcast EKOT and TV4.

New report on Microplastics from polyester fabrics

New report on Microplastics from polyester fabrics

To minimize microplastics from polyester fabrics getting in the ocean, and posing a threat to the marine environment, the production design of polyester fabrics needs to change. Mistra Future Fashion now release new findings where their researchers and industry...

Circular Fibre Initiative

Circular Fibre Initiative

The work with Circular Fibre Initiative is progressing, supporting the Ellen MacArthur team.

World Circular Economic Forum

World Circular Economic Forum

June 5-6 the World Circular Economic Forum was arranged in Helsinki by Finnish Sitra and enabled global experts, practitioners and politicans to meet on circular economy.



Researchers meeting, Stockholm (researchers only)
Sep 26

Annual Program Meeting, Stockholm (all partners)
Sep 27 – Invitation and registration

Workshops, Stockholm (all partners)
Workshop: Practical use of the concept of Sustainability in Mistra Future Fashion
Workshop Supply: Making use of LCA data
Workshop User: Driving mo re sustainable consumption
Workshop Recycling: Is in-built recyclability a future track of sustainable cotton coloring?
Sister project seminar: Nordic Council of Ministers Workshop: Stimulating Recycling in the Textile Industry
Sep 28

2nd Value to Others seminar on the Circular Design Speeds Project (targeting designers & Fashion brands), Stockholm
Oct 12


new report

Microplastics have turned out to be an environmental problem in marine and coastal waters. A new report summarize an analysis of microplastics shedding from polyester fabric. Thr risk of shedding ought to be reduced via change of fabric construction design and there were no support for the assumption that fabrics made of recycled polymers shed more than fabrics made of virgin polymers. The research was conducted by Swerea and involved three companies: H&M, Filippa K and Boob Design.

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annual program meeting

Sep 27 – 28, Stockholm

Invitation and registration

Filippa K & Mistra Future Fashion in a groundbreaking new industry research project for the future of fashion

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For the first time a thorough life-cycle-assessment on environmental impacts of garments is now available. Dr Sandra Roos presents what fibres and production processes are sustainable, including chemical impact. This new LCA data enables relevant decision making in production and provide transparency to consumers and other stakeholders on what is actually sustainable.

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Annual report 2016

2016 was an intriguing year for the fashion industry and for the
Mistra Future Fashion research program. Read about it in our annual report.

Extended Producer Responsibility

Large positive impacts on fiber-to-fiber recycling

Consumer Segmentation

Key for tailoring successful consumer communication on sustainability

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the program

Our research focus is on Circular Economy, and how to enable today’s linear industry to transform into a circular sustainable industry. With a system perspective, we focus uniquely on the bigger picture and the interaction between the elements in the system. With an inter-disciplinary approach, the program attempts to understand and proceed on research on the most relevant areas within the system that needs to change.

The program is organized into four themes; Design, Supply, User and Recycling.


how do we design for a circular economy?



We explore and evaluate the environmental potential of the design and user potential of short-life vs. long-life garments to find the most suitable choices for the transformation into a textile circular economy for different types of garments in order to develop recommendations, guidelines and tools for how to design for resource circularity.


how do we stimulate a more circular supply chain?



We identify what necessary actions in textile and garment supply chains will enable circular economy and deliver guidelines for governance on how to transform to and sustain a circular textile supply chain.


how can users contribute to a more sustainable fashion?



We make recommendations on how to encourage sustainable consumer behavior and to increase user engagement in sustainable consumption. Specifically recommendations for achieving an increased degree of services for extended life of garments, reuse, and second hand consumption will be included.


how do we increase the textile recycling?



We develop knowledge on recycling methods and impact of post-consumer textiles to provide guidance on necessary steps to enable sustainable textile recycling.

join the consortium

New partners are welcome to contribute to, and profit from the research.