Elin Larsson’s Quick Recap of the Most Important Fashion Sustainability Event of the Year
Pictured: David Roberts, Stella McCartney and Elin Larsson of Filippa K.
This year’s edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit took place last week, and decision makers and stake holders from 50 countries, across the supply chain, met discuss the future of fashion. Of this year’s 1,300 participants, 60% were top management, proving sustainability clearly is a top priority.
One of the attendants was Elin Larsson, Sustainability Director at Filippa K. She sat in on several talks and panel discussions and noticed many speakers put emphasis on the need for turning ideas into action; transparency; collaboration; how to create systemic change; life time value of products and the potential of new business models for remake and reuse.
Below are some other of the most prominent tendencies discussed at the Summit this year, according to Elin Larsson. Read more about her insights on Filippa K Circle here.
Three trends discussed at this year’s Summit
- Fashion Service
- Smart Fashion
- Instant Fashion (3D printing)
Four inspirational speakers
- Transparency was mentioned as a game-changer; to find a way to disclosure information in a standardized manner that is available to the public and comparable. Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, said: “We can’t fix what we can’t see. Transparency is the first step, it needs to be followed by change.”
- Paul van Zyl, co-founder of Maiyet, talked about the elephant in the room and proclaimed that we need to stop overproduction.
- Green-minded architect and designer Bill McDonough talked about the need to design for circularity; to aim for technical cycles/loops where we develop services with end-of-use in mind already during the design phase, enabling reuse and recycling, and biological cycles/loops were we design for end-of-life. He also addressed the importance of data to create circular loops and the potential of using block chain technology for that. He finished his talk by saying: “Being less bad is not the same as being good.”
- David Roberts from Singularity University held the most inspiring talk over the two days. He compared our planet to a spaceship floating in space (a comparison I like to do too) and the need to be careful and respectful for the finite resources we have with us on our journey. He also said that to change behavior you have to change the thinking, and to succeed with that we need to know what it is we should be thinking about. He finished by saying: ”Leadership is about standing up and move even when it is not popular”, referring to the changes Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi were able to create.
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