Having run August 9–13 in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen Fashion Week’s schedule of runways, events, and forums is coming to a close. The news announced on its second day will keep our attention for much longer, however, as the Norwegian and Danish fashion industries strive together towards a more sustainable fashion network by 2023.
Situated in one of the most forward-thinking regions in the world, these Nordic neighbours are forming a united front against the environmental impacts of fashion, which stretch far beyond mere consumer culture wastage. Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) is renowned for its dedication to sustainability in fashion, but last year, the event announced a pledge in their 2023 Sustainability Requirements – a set of minimum standards all brands must adhere to in order to participate in the event.
These standards include using certified, upcycled, or recycled materials (at least 50% of all materials) and not destroying unsold clothing, with extra points available through further action, such as free repair services and transparency reporting. To be included in the CPHFW schedule in 2023 and onwards, brands must conform to the minimum standards, which is an amazing push for industry change.
The 2023 Sustainability Requirements are the crux of the Norwegian Fashion Hub and Oslo Fushion Festival’s partnership with the Danish fashion week: the same requirements are to be implemented across the Norwegian fashion industry, further aligning the two countries and providing a framework for international collaboration.
When we launched the 2023 Sustainability Requirements in the beginning of 2020, one of our greatest aspirations was to pursue partnerships with other organisations and fashion weeks due to the tremendous potential of the framework in being rolled out more broadly. We are thrilled to see this aspiration come to li[f]e and to announce our first partner outside of Denmark to achieve greater industry alignment.
With upwards of 90 brands and companies associated with the Norwegian organisations, the collaboration between the neighbouring fashion industries is sure to set many manufacturers on the path to sustainability. Most importantly, the implementation of these guidelines means that brands face accountability for their actions, leaving us hopeful for meaningful change in the near future.
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