Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018: Sustainable solutions

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world’s leading business event dedicated to the role of sustainability in the fashion industry.

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition of the event expanded across a two-day agenda, with more than 1,300 key industry players in attendance from over 50 countries.

From fashion through to politics, NGOs and academia, attendees this year came from a multitude of industries, and this year saw a 14% rise in the number of C-suite level attendees, making up 60% of the overall guest list.

In order to move the summit forward from a discussion platform to an event that instigates action, organiser Global Fashion Agenda launched the Innovation Forum. An exhibition space running alongside the traditional series of panel discussions and speakers, it showcased more than 50 solution providers, from the established to the innovative.

WGSN was in attendance this year, looking into the newest sustainable solutions to hit the market, and how fashion brands can best look at transforming your supply chain from linear to circular.

WGSN subscribers can discover all the the key sustainable solution providers exhibiting in our exclusive report, but we’re previewing three for you here, on WGSN Insider.




Tackling the issue of textile and plastic waste, Carbios champions enzyme biotechnology to offer an infinite biorecycling process. This enzymatic recycling process takes advantage of the specificity of enzymes, targeting durable plastics such as bottles, as well as fibres such as PET polyester. The process allows for the recycling of waste without sophisticated sorting, as well as the recovery of the entire performance of original materials. Each enzyme targets a specific polymer in the material, releasing its original building blocks, known as monomers. The monomers have the same properties as the original petrochemical and can be used without the loss of performance.



Bio Glitz 

Just in time for summer 2018, Bio Glitz offers an alternative to petroleum-based plastic glitter. The brand offers plant-derived, biodegradable glitter designed to raise awareness around the environmental impact of this festival favourite. Wanting to help people ‘shine responsibly’, the glitter is derived from renewably sourced, FSC-certified eucalyptus plant cellulose, as well as cosmetic pigments and 0.1% aluminiuml to add that coveted sparkle. The resulting film is cut into various-sized particles for an offering of multiple colours, including gold, silver, purple and red. Bio Glitz hints at the rise in anti-glitter campaigning, that has seen 61 UK festivals pledge to ban the sparkle from their events from summer 2018 onwards





Renewcell is closing the fashion industry loop, providing the means to turn used cotton and viscose into new biodegradable pulp, new fibres, new yarn, new materials and ultimately new garments. The technology is able to dissolve used cotton and other natural fibres with high cellulosic content, and create a new, naturally dissolving raw material, named Renewcell pulp. This pulp is then fed into the textile production cycle and forced through tiny nozzles to form fibres. At present the plant in Sweden can produce 7,000 tons of biodegradable pulp a year, with sights set on scaling the technology. The fibres are said to have a higher tensile strength than traditional textile fibres.


Our full Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 report can be accessed here. Want more insight and best practices in sustainability? Head to the sustainability section on WGSN Insight.

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