Upcycling: Growing sustainability and diversity in Cambodia’s garment sector

Upcycling is a seemingly win-win initiative bringing old adversaries the environment and profitability together. While in its nascent stages in Cambodia, does a circular economy offer potential for the badly hit garment sector to diversify and increase sustainability?

Cambodia’s remarkable economic development in recent decades has been driven in large part by its garment industry, accounting for nearly 16% of the Kingdom’s annual GDP and over 80% of exports.

However, events in recent months have also shone a light on the dangers of this success, with the fragility of the Cambodian economy as a result of lack of diversification becoming starkly apparent.

The garment sector has been rocked by a string of disasters – from the partial withdrawal of the EU’s Everything but Arms trade privileges due to what the bloc labelled a deterioration in democracy and human rights, to the more recent global economic downturn caused by Covid-19 that has resulted in factory closures and job losses en masse.

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