With the #NordicTalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020 we aim to raise awareness for sustainable fashion and the environmental and social impact, to connect the sustainable fashion industry in the Nordics and the Netherlands, to support new collaborations and experience exchange, to spark the conversation and to showcase leaders and innovators.
#Nordictalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Danish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Sweden in The Hague, Embassy of Denmark in the Netherlands, Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, Embassy of Finland in The Netherlands
We are very pleased to invite all Members of the Nordic Chambers of Commerce and their relations, the Nordic Embassies, Government representatives, sustainable (fashion) networks and others interested in the Nordic – Dutch Sustainable Fashion to take part and participate in the #Nordictalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020.
2nd WEBINAR 23 September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30
On Wednesday September 23, 2020 the #NordicTalks partners in collaboration with MissionC and supported by the Nordic Council, were very pleased to welcome more than 150 participants to the second webinar in a series of three about Sustainable Fashion where several leading Nordic and Dutch fashion profiles will be sharing their insights. Production, retail, consumer perspective as well as social and environmental aspects will be touched upon to get an overall understanding on the complexity and how we as individuals can make change happen. Today’s webinar theme was CONSUMERS TURNING GREEN. | Demand driven fashion change.
The organisation partners would like to thank today’s inspiring speakers for eye-opening reflections on how to transfer the fashion business models into sustainable and fair. Also big thanks to all participants for sharing thoughts and discussions in the webinars chat and for the great questions to the speakers. Finally, a big thank to Andrea Orsag, Sustainability and Circular Economy Evangelist and co-founder of MissionC, who was and will be our moderator for the whole webinar series. Join us again on Sep 30!
Read the key takeaways of this Webinar by Moderator Andrea Orsag here:
Consumers are willing to be more sustainable, but often don’t know where to start. There are quite some options how to make our wardrobes more sustainable: by getting the best out of what we already have, swapping, renting clothes instead of buying new ones, buying secondhand. If we decide to buy new clothes we should also consider the material (ideally mono), where and how the products were produced and check for certifications where possible. There is a lot of brands investing heavily in marketing to be portrayed as “Sustainable” despite not having data to back their claims and certifications proving it
Prices for new sustainably made items are typically higher also due to the fact that they are not mass-produced like fast fashion and they are typically produced in conditions taking into consideration true prices of resources and also fairly paying the ones making them
It is worth investing into good quality garments that will last – they retain the value, can be inherited or even sold on one of many re-commerce platforms
There is also a rise in rental business models – however only good quality garments will be able to stay in rotation for a longer time. Made to order helps companies better assess what garments are in demand, what patterns consumers prefer and what sizes are needed – hence avoiding overproduction of items and minimising waste. Creating quality pieces that can be repaired and hence prolonging their lifetime should be the new status quo
More awareness on Sustainable Fashion needs to be created – it has to become mainstream. Not only sustainable influencers, but overall people with voice are needed to support the transition. Sustainable Fashion needs to be a great alternative to fast fashion – good looking, functional, desired and positioned as the way to go. This would help changing consumers’ mindset about the new business models and new consumption patterns
An upcoming series of Sustainable Fashion webinars.
3rd Webinar, 30th September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30. – WE KNOW NOW.
Members of any of the organizing Nordic Chambers Free of charge
Members of the Young Professionals of any of the organizing Nordic Chambers Free of Charge
For members please register for this webinar by using the booking form below. Upon registration, you will be sent a confirmation and information on how to connect to the webinar.
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Elin Larsson, RE:Source
Program director for RE:Source since 2020. Between 2018-2020 she was running her own company Elco, as an advisor for sustainability and circularity. Before that she was the Sustainability Director for Filippa K 2011-2018. Worked for the company since 1996 within most areas of the company, from Sales coordinator, Project leader, Sales Support manager, Logistic manager to Supply chain director. Driven by a passion for finding sustainable solutions for business and society and for creating change together with people in the whole ecosystem of the industry. Has studied Sustainable transition (the relationships between economic, political and environmental crises) at Jönköping University in Sweden. Was a board member of Mistra Future Fashion for four years and an advisory board member for the UN founded programme, the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme, which is one of six Programmes within the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
Stephanie van den Sigtenhorst
Stephanie van den Sigtenhorst (1992) started her sustainable fashion career a few years ago. She is the founder of the sustainable fashion and lifestyle platform Let's Talk Slow and writer of the Dutch book 'A Sustainable Wardrobe'. With a positive approach, Stephanie explains how we can make more sustainable fashion choices as a consumer. After completing her studies at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Stephanie started working for a sustainable fashion brand. That's where she figured out she wanted to inspire people to make conscious choices and show them how good that can look. Her background in fashion helps Stephanie to make a clear translation from the industry to the consumer. Stephanie is named in a list of notable sustainable influencers by WWD and is part of the Dutch Sustainable Young 100.
Wilko Klaassen, Klarna
VP Commercial Belgium/Netherlands (GM BNL) at Klarna
Katariina Virtanen CEO, Voglia Oy
Katriina is the CEO of the Finnish fashion house Voglia and represents the third generation of the family company. Voglia’s ambition is to produce elegant clothing without compromising Sustainability, Equality and Fidelity. Our goal is to attract consumers to understand the meaning of ethical and ecological issues by being approachably informative and transparent. We strive to continually create increasingly responsible collections, in which Sustainability is included into the term and idea of beauty.
Anja Buchcik, Head of Sustainability, Organic Basics
Anja is the Head of Sustainability at Danish sustainable fashion brand Organic Basics. She is the first full-time sustainability hire, responsible for the development and execution of Organic Basics sustainability strategy. She has created the Impact Index – a tool that calculates the true cost of fashion. By measuring Organic Basics’ own environmental footprint and comparing that against traditional industry practices, Organic Basics can show its customers the environmental savings when better practices are used. For this, she engages cross-functional stakeholders to synthesize hundreds of data points across the organization. She also conducts the B Corp assessment, manages raw material raw material certifications and chain of custody throughout the supply chain.
Moderator Andrea Orsag
Sustainability and Circular Economy Evangelist. Andrea is a co-founder at MissionC, strategy advisory based in Amsterdam on a mission to accelerate the transition to Circular Economy on a global scale. Consultant with 10+ years of experience combining Risk Management, Strategy and Change Management cross-industry, both for the commercial sector and not-for-profit organisations internationally. Helping organisations bring their ideas to life by refining their sustainability strategies, adjusting business models towards circularity, delivering programs and engaging stakeholders. Andrea also acts as a speaker, guest lecturer, expert moderator and facilitator on topics related to Circular Economy and Sustainability.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all participants for contributing to the success of the Swedish Chamber Patron Dinner on November 22, 2016. We cordially thank H.E. Ambassador of Sweden and Honorary Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Mr. Per Holmström for hosting the Patron Dinner 2016 and Mr. Jeroen van der Veer, ING Keynote speaker and Honorary Guest, for sharing his experiences and introducing the Round Table discussions.