What happened at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit
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Copenhagen Fashion Summit is focused on bringing to light and discussing sustainable solutions for the fashion industry. Convening key industry decision makers, the event has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet. Organised by Global Fashion Agenda, this year’s edition marks the event’s 10th anniversary of mobilising sustainability-driven innovation.
Innovation is about doing something better. Sustainability-driven innovation goes beyond designing green products, but involves improving business operations to become more efficient with a goal of reducing its environmental and social footprint.
Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 once again presents their Innovation Forum, a platform designed to help small and large fashion businesses accelerate – or embark – on their sustainability journey.
Three of the Summit’s featured innovative solutions – turning words into action:
Piñatex® is a natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. The leaves used to make this sustainable non-woven textile are a byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. Plus, these fibres require no extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides to produce them.
Piñatex® can be used as an alternative to leather and any synthetic material, offering a better choice for a better future.
Our brand to trust, Po-Zu, is an award-winning sustainable footwear brand that utilises Piñatex® as a cruelty-free alternative to leather that is strong yet soft, flexible and breathable. Po-Zu believes in bringing the exceptional performance of the natural world through their shoes and Piñatex® provides just that.
Dressarte Paris was born from the idea to substitute a traditional atelier for a virtual one. Awarded with the Butterfly Mark, Dressarte Paris is a celebration of personalised style, made-to-measure updated classics, perfect fit and timeless quality. To make their production as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, this brand to trust only uses fabrics that are surplus, organic or biodegradable. Subsequently, they’ve crafted an effortlessly chic and cruelty-free leather jacket using Pinatex® that is tailored to fit your exact measurements to eliminate overproduction and waste.
The bluesign® system is a sustainable textile production solution that eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process by setting and controlling standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. Based on strict criteria, auxiliary material and services are developed to support companies in their sustainable development. Bluesign® checks the progress that a company has made in this effort, provides consistent development of solutions and is continuously optimising its criteria.
Since its founding in 2000, the bluesign® system has been adopted by leading textile and accessory manufacturers around the globe. A variety of brands of the outdoor, sportswear and fashion industry rely on bluesign® technologies, including the Butterfly Mark awarded brand MICHI. Originating from the desire to fill the gap between high fashion and technical athletic wear, MICHI uses cutting edge fabrics with high-performance finishes that are immaculately constructed to fit, flatter and function. Their mission is to fuel female confidence through innovative design.
The Lenzing Group is an international company that produces high-quality fibres from renewable raw materials using innovative technologies. These fibres form the basis for a wide range of textiles, including their flagship brand TENCEL™. Used for a variety of applications, the benefits of TENCEL™ fibres can be discerned instantly: soft to the skin, smooth to the touch, and luxurious in shine and flow. TENCEL™ defines a new evolutionary step in terms of sustainability, functional benefits and natural comfort.
TENCEL™ fibres are produced with REFIBRA™ technology and are manufactured in an efficient closed-loop process, contributing to the circular economy in the textile industry. The pioneering REFIBRA™ technology involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps, e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp sourced from certified sustainable forestry.
Lenzing is the founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a partner in the Circular Fibres Initiative launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and also works closely with World Economic Forum within the context of the climate protection group.
Multi-stakeholder events such as Copenhagen Fashion Summit are critical to driving collaboration between industry leaders with the goal of creating a better future for the fashion industry – one that benefits business, society, and the environment.
Written by - Alex Lilienfeld