The conversation surrounding sustainability in the fashion industry has experienced significant growth in the past five years, but progress in taking action has been slow. This is why the theme of this year's Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen was "Ambition to Action."
The summit, which is an annual gathering of major brands, aims to drive the industry towards a greener future. Federica Marchionni, CEO of the Global Fashion Agenda, the non-profit organization behind the summit, emphasizes the importance of focusing on what brands are currently doing and the challenges they face, rather than making distant future goals. The summit featured discussions on sustainability from influential figures such as Jonathan Anderson and Antoine Arnault.
In addition to the main stage, this year's summit introduced three smaller stages that showcased case studies and innovative solutions from brands like Allbirds, Chloé, Vestiaire Collective, and Ganni.
One of the major issues addressed at the summit was the problem of textile waste, highlighted by The Or Foundation in Ghana. The foundation works to address the immense textiles waste problem in the Kantamanto Market, where millions of garments arrive every week, often transported by young girls and women at great risk to their lives. The urgency for action was emphasized, and brands were called upon to introduce voluntary initiatives to address the issue, even before the implementation of extended producer responsibility regulations