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Background to the Sustainable Fashion Academy

Navigating the complexities of ethical and ecological fashion is far from easy and the methods clothing and textile companies have traditionally used for addressing their social and environmental responsibilities are no longer sufficient.

Unfortunately many companies, industry organizations and educational institutions operating within the fashion industries lack the knowledge and tools needed to meet these increasing demands.

To remedy this problem, industry players in Sweden launched The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA). SFA is a not-for-financial profit neutral platform offering a holistic, hands-on education and training on fashion and sustainability across the fashion product’s lifecycle.

Although ecological clothing and textiles are not new, a number of more recent trends and drivers make it the right time to engage the textile and fashion industry in setting new standards. Environmental and social problems have again taken center stage in the media, the business case for sustainability has matured and top fashion designers are proving that sustainable fashion is within reach and need not limit the range and quality of products that designers can offer, from couture to sportswear to home furnishings.

Many companies, industry organizations and educational institutions operating within the European and Swedish fashion industries lack the knowledge and tools needed to meet the concrete challenges and opportunities presented by sustainable development.

To address this problem, industry players in Sweden, including Fair Unlimited, Green Cargo, H&M, Lindex, Modebutikerna, Mötesplats Mode & Design (The Meeting Place For Fashion & Design), Naturskyddsförening (The Swedish Society Of Nature Conversation), Textilhögskolan i Borås (Textile University In Borås), Svensk Form (The Swedish Design Foundation), Svensk Handel Stil (The Swedish Trade Federation), Sveriges Designer (Sweden’s Designer Association), Sveriges Konsumenter (The Swedish Consumer Association), and The Foundation for Design and Sustainable Enterprise (FDSE) are launching an exciting new activity called The Sustainable Fashion Initiative.

For more information visit www.fdse.se/sfa..

FDSE

The Scandinavian based Forum for Design & Sustainable Enterprise (FDSE) envisions a world where human activity and the natural environment truly work in harmony. To achieve this FDSE are helping a new generation of entrepreneurs, organizations and industry sectors develop innovative products and services that are environmentally viable, socially just and economically prosperous. The FDSE launched the Sustainable Fashion Academy in Sweden in 2008. The EFC was invited to contribute to the launch.

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