Organisations and projects
Both in Sweden and internationally, there is a growing number of organisations and projects working actively to promote a more sustainable fashion and textile industry. Some examples of such initiatives are:
Mistra Future Fashion
Mistra Future Fashion is an international research program on sustainable fashion that serves for a future positive fashion industry. It holds a unique system perspective with a vision to enable a systemic change in the industry. The research is cross-disciplinary and covers Design, Supply chain, User and Recycling, in a consortium with over 40 research and industry partners. (Visit www.mistrafuturefashion.com).
Circle Economy is a social enterprise, organised as a cooperative, that aims to “accelerates the transition to circularity through on the ground, action focused, development of practical and scalable solutions.” The organisation has several programs, one of which is the Circular Textiles Programme. In collaboration with brands, collectors, sorters and recyclers, this program produces valuable data, tools, and pilot projects to build a new foundation for a circular textiles industry.
Nordic Fashion Association and the Nice Project
“NICE stands for Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical, and NICE Fashion stands for Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical Fashion. NICE is a project under the Nordic Fashion Association”. It was initiated in 2008 as a unique collaboration between five Nordic organisations, i.e. Danish Fashion Institute, Oslo Fashion Week, The Swedish Fashion Council, Helsinki Design Week and Iceland’s Fashion Council. (www.nordicfashionassociation.com/what-nice)
Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) was established in 2008 by Dilys Williams at London College of Fashion. It is now a University of the Arts Research Centre. Over the years, CSF has “grown to be a diverse community of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators with an extensive network that crosses disciplines, generations, cultures and locations…”. In essence, CSF works to promote fashion that drives change to build a sustainable future and to improve the way we live. (www.sustainable-fashion.com/about-csf)
The Sustainable Fashion Academy
An educational and advisory platform for the fashion industry that works to promote “an apparel industry that creates happier people, stronger communities, and a resilient planet”. SFA is based in Stockholm, Sweden. (www.sustainablefashionacademy.org)
Literature on sustainable fashion
Below is a selected list of books in the field of sustainable fashion:
- Black, Sandy. 2008. Eco-chic: The Fashion Paradox. Published by Black Dog Publishing. (254 pp)
- Black, Sandy. 2013. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. Published by Thames & Hudson. (352 pp)
- Brown, Sass. 2010. Eco Fashion. Published by Laurence King Ltd, London. (208 pp)
- Fletcher, Kate. 2008. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys. Published by Earthscan, London and Sterling, VA. (239 pp)
- Fletcher, Kate and Lynda Grose. 2011. Fashion & Sustainability: Design for change. Published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London. (192 pp)
- Gardetti, Miguel A. and Ana L. Torres. 2013. Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: Values, Design, Production and Consumption. Published by Greenleaf Publishing Ltd., Sheffield, UK. (403 pp)
- Gwilt, Alison and Timo Rissanen (eds). 20 11. Shaping sustainable fashion: changing the way we make and use clothes. Published by Earthscan, London and Washington, DC. (192 pp)
- Hethorn, Janet and Connie Ulasewicz. 2008. Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?: A conversation exploring issues, practices, and possibilities. Published by Fairchild Books, USA. (424 pp)
- Hoffman, Leslie (ed.). 2007. Future Fashion White Papers. Published by Earth Pledge, New York. (287 pp)
- Minney, Safia. 2012. Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution. Published by New Internationalist. (176 pp).
- Teunissen, Jose and Eds Jan Brand. 2013. A fashion odyssey: progress in fashion and sustainability. Published by Artez Press. (344 pp)