After a decade of Copenhagen Fashion Summit’s, the last held in May 2019, finally this summer somebody startede talking about the elephant in the room – the overconsumption of clothes and the underlaying doing business (as usual) model. Personally I would have expected the Fashion Summit to have taken up this issue a longe time ago, but maybe their imagination or courage failed them, and instead it had to be a joint collision, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion, UCRF – that are addressing this obviously important issue. What a missed opportunity for the Fashion Summit to be part of doing real change.
Because it has to be now, we change course on this giant supertanker. We need to change at a systemic level in an industry, where to much business does not work for our common good. The amount of, and the kind of textiles and clothes being manufactured today is causing scarcity of our common resources, and we can not accept this. This must stop now. Change will come, either because we run of track, or because we decide it is time.
Concerned Researchers like Kate Fletcher from UK and Danish Else Skjold from KADK are pointing to the fact that talking about the need for change is not enough. ‘Discussing the same ideas that originally originated in the late 80’s and early 90’s is nothing to celebrate. If we look at the trend in sustainability in fashion over the past 30 years, we see that we have not progressed at all,’ the researchers point at in a critical comment. Here interviewed in a Danish magasin, and here some of the samen points in English at ECO-AGE.