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  • Writer's pictureSille Eva Bertelsen

What Makes Copenhagen Fashion Week Special When It Comes To Sustainability?

Copenhagen Fashion Week is one of the leading fashion events in the world, and it has gained a reputation for its commitment to sustainability. The event takes place twice a year in the Danish capital and attracts fashion industry professionals, buyers, and journalists from all over the world. Copenhagen Fashion Week has been at the forefront of sustainability in the fashion industry, and its sustainability criteria and initiatives are worth exploring.


Copenhagen Fashion Week has set rigorous sustainability criteria for all brands that want to participate in the event. The criteria are designed to promote sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Some of the key criteria include:

  1. Sustainable Materials: Brands must use a minimum of 50% sustainable materials in their collections. This includes organic, recycled, or upcycled materials, as well as materials that meet specific sustainability standards.

  2. Transparency: Brands must be transparent about their sustainability practices, including their supply chain, manufacturing processes, and environmental impact.

  3. Ethical Production: Brands must ensure that their garments are produced in factories that meet international labor standards and do not use forced or child labor.

  4. Carbon Footprint: Brands must measure and reduce their carbon footprint by using renewable energy sources, reducing waste, and minimizing transportation emissions.

  5. Circular Economy: Brands must work towards a circular economy by designing garments that can be recycled, upcycled, or composted at the end of their lifecycle.

As well as these criteria for the participants at Copenhagen Fashion Week, the ambition does not stop there. Many initiatives surround Copenhagen Fashion Week to promote sustainable practices in the fashion industry, outside of the actual Fashion Week. For example, Copenhagen Fashion Week and GFA have jointly launched the Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022, which outlines a set of ambitious sustainability goals for the fashion industry. Here are some other initiatives regarding the fashion industry and its move to become more sustainable.


Copenhagen Fashion Week is a leading example of how the fashion industry can become more sustainable. Its sustainability criteria and initiatives have encouraged brands to adopt more sustainable practices and reduce their environmental impact. The event has also become a platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities of sustainable fashion, and it has played a key role in promoting a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.


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