One of the most important ways of tackling the complexity of sustainability in fashion is for the industry to mobilize and create strategic partnerships.
The Global Fashion Agenda is a leadership forum on fashion sustainability. It sets a common agenda for focused industry efforts on sustainability in fashion and discusses progress made every year at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
The Copenhagen Fashion Summit was first held in 2009 and this year it will take place on 15-16 May, gathering international key players from the fashion industry as well as experts, NGOs, opinion makers, media and politicians.
The Global Fashion Agenda work around four missions:
- Setting a common agenda
- Facilitating solution sharing
- Developing insights
- Inspire action
Filippa K is an active member of the Global Fashion Agenda.
Elin Larsson, Sustainability Director at Filippa K, what are Filippa K’s main objectives as participants of the Global Fashion Agenda?
– To be part of a common statement where we set similar goals is a strong statement from the fashion industry, showing hat we are working on a change. We know we have to rethink the way we produce and use fashion, but it is not one actor alone who will create the change – it is our common actions and commitments that will take us there.
Which activities initiated by Filippa K at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit have been your favorites so far?
– It is really hard to choose. We have been part of several design challenges which has been really fun. It’s very inspiring to see the beauty and diversity of solutions of what sustainable fashion looks like for different brands. But I also love to be part of panel discussions, raising awareness and sharing our experiences with others in terms of transforming to circularity. But perhaps the most important thing is the inspiration and new ideas I bring home every year after listening and talking to others.
What are your plans for this year’s Summit?
– Still a little bit too early to say. I know for sure that I will be one of the observers in the audience, and I will be part of round table discussions with the hope to push the boundaries for sustainable fashion.
« It's very inspiring to see the beauty and diversity of solutions of what sustainable fashion looks like for different brands. »
Through the Global Fashion Agenda, Filippa K has signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. Signatories commit to defining a circular strategy, setting targets for June 2020 and reporting on the progress of implementing the commitment.
Filippa K has defined four action points to reach their 2020 goals:
Action point 1: IMPLEMENTING DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR CYCLABILITY
- By 2020, all of our designers will have gone through training on circular design principles. (2017: 50%)
- By 2020, circular design principles based on industry guidance will be part of every Filippa K design brief. (2017: only our front runner products)
- By 2020, 25% of our collection range will be made of mono-fibres. (2017: 36%)
- By 2020, 60% of our collection range will be designed for repairability. (2017: 50%)
- By 2020, Filippa K Care Concept will be shared with all our customers to help them care and extend the life for their products. (Care concept available in all stores and online)
Action point 2: INCREASING THE VOLUME OF USED GARMENTS COLLECTED
- By 2020, we will increase the amount of used garment collected by 10%. (2017: will be the starting year for measuring, figures will come)
Action point 3: INCREASING THE VOLUME OF USED GARMENTS RESOLD
- By 2020, Filippa K Second Hand will be expanded and offered to all our online customers. (2017: business plan and start up during 2018)
Action point 4: INCREASING THE USE OF RECYCLED TEXTILE FIBRES
- By 2020, 5% of our collection will be made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres. (2017: 2%)
Elin, are you on track to reach the goals? What are the challenges?
– Yes, I would say we are on track. One of the challenges is the discussion around mono fibers’ role in creating circularity. As you can see we have already outperformed the goal for 2020. As for today it is hard to recycle clothes of mixed fibers, but the technology is evolving and there are already solutions for recycling of mixed fibers being tested. By 2020, we will hopefully have solutions in place, making that goal somewhat irrelevant. Another challenge is designing for recyclability. It is a new way of thinking during the design phase and product development. It will take training for designers, pattern makers and product developers to get there, a new mindset and structures.