With an extensive and growing environmental and social footprint across the globe, there is an urgent need to accelerate the decision-making process on sustainability in the fashion industry. Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2022 once again presented the Innovation Forum, a curated exhibition area, which featured some of the world’s most promising sustainable solutions.
In addition to solutions being presented in the exhibition area, matchmaking and guided tours connected Innovation Forum exhibitors with representatives from fashion brands looking for sustainable solutions across the value chain.
The AWS is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Members contribute to the sustainability of local water-resources through the adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water – the AWS Standard – that drives, recognizes and rewards good water stewardship performance.
The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally applicable framework for the textile industry to understand water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently with others to address shared water challenges.
Read more about AWS here.
Archive is a full service resale partner for brands that want to take ownership of their secondhand market in a way that’s authentic to their brand and customers. The average piece of clothing is worn fewer than 7 times – by giving an item a second life its CO2e is reduced by 82%.
Archive’s platform enables brands to add resale to their ecommerce offering, allowing them to become more sustainable, increase loyalty amongst existing customers, and reach new customers. They are currently partnered with iconic brands such as Oscar De La Renta, The North Face, Filippa K, Cuyana, and more.
Read more about Archive here.
Aware™ validates sustainability claims of textile products, by making true and clean data available using tracer and blockchain technology. We guarantee that final products are made from genuine sustainable materials. The tracer is GOTS compliant.
“As a production supply chain of final products can be long, how to be sure that original sustainable feedstock has been used in the final product? Do you dare to guarantee? With truth at the heart of everything we do, we’ve developed an honest, innovative technology to keep track of our sustainable materials throughout a supply chain. Our four-step process [Activate, Produce, Scan, Authenticate] offers secure traceability of our sustainable materials and a true story from start to finish.” – Aware
Read more about Aware™ here.
Garment care solution that restores worn clothes back to new by removing piling, reviving Color, shape and handfeel.
With a long career in the fashion and textile industry the BIORESTORE Team understand all sides of the journey from fibre to finished goods across design, innovation, and sustainability from brand to customer demands, with BIORESTORE being formulated on the basis of the growing textile / garment to waste post-consumer crisis.
This Award Winning Patent-Pending innovation has the power to disrupt the entire fashion industry, making second-hand garments look brand new, decreasing the desire to shop new items, and prolonging the lives of our wardrobe heroes, through to prevention of garments to landfill.
Read more about Biorestore here.
Birla Cellulose, part of Aditya Birla Group, is a leading sustainability focused man made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) producer. Birla Cellulose operates 12 pulp and fibre sites globally that apply closed-loop systems and environmentally efficient technologies in its process. Five global advanced research centres equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities and pilot plants support the global operations and markets.
Birla Cellulose leads the industry in sustainable sourcing practices and is ranked #1 globally in Canopy’s Hot Button Report 2020 for sustainable forestry practices and development of next-generation solutions for alternative feedstock.
Birla Cellulose collaborates actively with its value chain partners and works closely with organizations like Canopy, SAC, ZDHC, Changing Markets Foundation, Textile Exchange, WBSCD, Fashion for Good amongst others to continually learn and apply the best practices in its operations and across its value chain.
Read more about Birla Cellulose here.
Blue Bite is a leader in connected products, offering brands innovative ways to use connecting technologies like QR and NFC to communicate directly with their users via a phone.
With Blue Bite’s patented, proprietary platform, brands deliver personalized mobile experiences at scale without the need to build thousands of webpages. This helps brands solve some of their most pressing challenges including product authentication, delivering personalized consumer experiences, enabling circularity, storytelling and driving additional sales. Blue Bite has enabled tens of millions of products for leading brands worldwide, including adidas, BVLGARI, Redken, eBay and many more.
Read more about Blue Bite here.
With more than 12 years of experience in 3D software development for the fashion industry, Orchids by embodee helps in the design, creation, and selling of fashion and apparel products in a new collaborative way, online. The web platform’s features include 2D & 3D asset management online, as well as easy-to-use creation, sharing and collaborating tools and others.
Orchids makes 3D apparel creation faster, more flexible, and more efficient for anyone from merchandisers and designers to marketers and salespeople. Everything happens online with an user friendly tool that speeds up production time and lets anyone contribute. See how you and your team can use Orchids to collaborate effortlessly, create 3D variants easily and fast, then share & publish your products!
Read more about Embodee here.
Forest Stewardship Council® is a non-profit organisation that provides a sustainable forest management solution.
Forests sustain life on earth and must be protected. That’s why the FSC® – a non-profit organization that covers over 200 million hectares of certified forests – provides a sustainable forest management solution that is trusted by NGOs, consumers, and businesses alike to ensure healthy and resilient forests, for all, forever.
Read more about FSC® here.
A sustainability insights platform for consumer goods businesses – delivering software and services for measuring, managing, and sharing supply chain performance data.
From materials to products, from facilities to stores, from emissions to working conditions, Higg unlocks a complete view of a business’s social and environmental impact.
Launched in 2019 as a public-benefit corporation, Higg is trusted by global brands, retailers, and manufacturers to provide the single source of ESG intelligence they need to accelerate business and industry transformation.
Read more about Higg here.
IndiDye® was founded to reduce the prevalence of harmful and wasteful conventional dyes by replacing them with a clean, natural alternative. This resulted in a gentle dyeing technology that uses ultrasonic treatment while providing high colour fastness and very low water consumption.
IndiDye Natural Color Company is a provider of high-performance natural dyes and dyeing services. The dyes are applicable to a wide range of fibres for the manufacture of mélange yarn, top dyeing of wool, piece and garment dyeing of synthetics, and rope dyeing of denim yarns. Our plant-based aniline free IndiDye® Natural Indigo offers a truly eco-friendly alternative for the responsible manufacture of denim
IndiDye® is certified following the Plant Dyes Standard, a rigorous certification process developed in cooperation with Control Union. The standard verifies all-natural content in our dyes and dyeing process. In addition, our dyes are GOTS approved and OekoTex 100 Class 1 certified.
Read more about IndiDye® here.
InResST is a low-carbon, environmentally friendly company that focuses on the feasibility research, development, production, and promotion of ocean plastics used in textiles. InResST recycled nylon staple fiber products are mainly derived from ghost fishing nets, generated by deep-sea fishery activities, which are then produced by a zero-carbon factory. Its performance is very similar to virgin nylon and can be directly applied to all types of yarns and fabrics. It can also be recycled physically and chemically. We hope to cooperate with environmentally conscious brands and manufacturers to develop, innovate, and work together to protect the environment as well as the ocean.
Read more about InResSt here.
Ecologically responsible production of specialty fibers made from the renewable raw material wood. As an innovation leader, Lenzing is a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drives many new technological developments.
TENCEL™ is the flagship brand under Lenzing that covers textile specialty fiber offerings. Since 1992, TENCEL™ has been driving the evolution of fiber solutions for the apparel and home textile segments through several industry-first innovations and environmentally responsible production processes. TENCEL™ fibers are made from wood that is sourced from sustainably managed forests and produced with low environmental impact and high resource efficiency. Composed of a natural material, TENCEL™ fibers are 100% biodegradable and compostable and can fully revert back to nature. Besides botanic origin and biodegradable quality, TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers feature many benefits like gentle on skin, smoothness, long-lasting softness, breathability, etc.
Read more about Lenzing here.
Technology that brings made-to-order to life.
PlatformE powers mass customisation and on-demand manufacturing for the top fashion brands in the world, increasing margins and saving companies valuable time and resources.
We are on a mission to drastically reduce overproduction in Fashion, revolutionizing the way brands capitalize on inventory. Our end-to-end platform streamlines e-fashion (3D product creation) across the entire value chain, from multiple points-of-sale all the way to manufacturing, orchestrating on-demand production. From the transformation of raw materials and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end consumer, PlatformE is there every step of the way.
Read more about PlatformE here.
A textile innovation company specializing in sustainable fabrics.
Their core products are made from ReTraze yarn, a branded recycled and traceable material in forms of recycled nylon and RPET, upcycling from abandoned ghost fishnets, plastic bottles collected from sea islands and high mountains. In 2022, they launched BioPlanTex, a bio-based and plant-based leather alternative vegan material.
RECYCTEX material is widely used in sports, fashion wear, caps and bags, working with more than 100 international brands. Made to order with low MOQ.
Read more about Recyctex here.
Real-time textile inspection. 100% traceability and close to 0% defect.
Smartex solves fundamental problems impacting the global textile supply chain. Our AI-based solutions are eliminating waste at the source of the textile manufacturing chain.
We combine tailored hardware, vision software, & machine learning algorithms that work together to detect all textile defects, enhance production performance, worker safety, transparency, & save time & sunk costs. Through enabling close to zero defects throughout textile production Smartex technology is also able to prevent the waste of fabrics, water, electricity, & CO2 emissions.
Read more about Smartex here.
TEXAID is an experienced global solution provider for professional collecting, sorting, reselling and recycling of textiles and footwear. As a European market leader with over 40 years of experience and a strong dedication to sustainability, TEXAID processes more than 280M items (80.000 tons) annually. With a global operational presence and market focus in Europe and the USA, more than 1,000 employees contribute daily to saving millions of textiles from landfill or incineration.
TEXAID’s Retail Solutions unit is designed to address the textile industry’s growing needs for sustainable end-of-use solutions and provides customized concepts for producers, distributors, brands and retailers to keep pre- and post-consumer textiles and footwear in the circle.
Through our vast expertise and market presence, TEXAID creates and delivers individual concepts and optimised solutions. Services include online and offline take-back systems, sorting of pre- and post-consumer textile, online and offline resale channels, white label re-commerce platforms, recycling and textile-to-textile R&D projects. These services can include reporting and brand protection measures (i.e. delabeling).
Read more about TEXAID here.
The ID Factory is a supply chain traceability platform (SaaS) that, through the creation of a digital ID, allows fashion companies to gain end-to-end transparency over their global supply chain.
We digitize operations like quality control, compliance, extended procurement and traceability through a dynamic database integrated with any management system. A digital product passport enabled by a physical and digital traceability at scale.
Brands such as Geox, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Tamaris, s.Oliver and more than 600 supply chain stakeholders in 22 countries worldwide embraced full transparency thanks to The ID Factory’ solution.
Because Transparency doesn’t need trust.
The ID Factory is a Benefit Company and a B Corp.
Read more about The ID Factory here.
TrusTrace streamlines the processing of textile supply chain data from digital and offline sources to help brands gather the evidence in one place. Powered by intelligent automation and high-quality data inputs, TrusTrace provides brands with verified product traceability data needed to make confident certified material and compliance claims, and progress towards scienced-based targets and responsible supply chains. As a leader in this nascent space, TrusTrace is already fuelling global-scale traceability programs at brands such as decathlon, adidas, Fjällräven and Filippa K.
Product Traceability Data You can Trust
With the launch of TrusTrace Certified Material Compliance, TrusTrace provides global brands with enterprise-scale software to capture full supply chain traceability for multi-component products. Our customers are moving away from tedious paperwork and spreadsheet files, onto AI-driven certification management and a streamlined development of the digital chain of custody per PO.
Read more about TrusTrace here.
Sustainably grown cotton where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to reduce environmental footprint is the central goal. The program’s mission is to bring quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement to the key sustainability metrics of U.S. cotton production. It is also the world’s first sustainable cotton fiber to offer article-level supply chain transparency to all members.
The Trust Protocol is committed to U.S. cotton’s legacy of authenticity, innovation, and excellence, environmental stewardship, caring of people, and personal and corporate integrity.
Within its first year, the initiative amassed 560 brand and retailer, mill, and manufacturer members. It also became recognised by Textile Exchange and the Forum for the Future, part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and published in the ITC Standards Map.
Read more about U.S Cotton Trust Protocol here.
Yellow Octopus Group is a leading European provider of commercial sustainability solutions for the fashion industry.
Yellow Octopus Group companies comprise an ecosystem of sustainability services for the fashion industry that accelerate brand’s transition from linear to circular business model. Ranging from re-commerce and upcycling to digital wardrobe tools for sustainable post-purchase afterlife, we are building scalable circular models in fashion to benefit all and make an impact.
Brands that are part of the Yellow Octopus Group and are present at the Global Fashion Summit are Reflaunt, Upcycle Labs and LOOP Digital Wardrobe.
Read more about Yellow Octopus Group here.
Fashion Super App. One App. All things fashion.
Loop is the single platform where everyone meets, and everybody benefits. Fashion Customers, Influencers, Retailers, Charities, Resell marketplaces are all interconnected and profiting from being part of one LOOP ecosystem.
Loop has made it significantly easier to interact with one another in the fashion ecosystem by automatically digitalising and connecting wardrobes of fashionistas and their friends. Automatic Integration with Instagram allows users to import photos to LOOP with one click, while being connected to retailers’ checkouts ensures ultimate convenience.
Within LOOP sustainability is not an ask ut a simple outcome as all secondary life options for fashion products are only one click away to make circular fashion not a distance dream but a new reality.
LOOP Digital Wardrobe is part of the Yellow Octopus Group.
Read more about LOOP Digital Wardrobe here.
Reflaunt is part of the Yellow Octopus Group.
Reflaunt allows fashion brands, department stores and other retailers to get into the second hand trade. Through white labelled resale solutions, Reflaunt unlocks loyalty, growth and insight for retailers.
Reflaunt provide end to end support from technology modules to operational management, making the implementation of a resell service seamless and easy.
Reflaunt 10 years experience in the second hand market allows retailers to leverage a market set to reach $51bn, growing at an annual projected rate of 16%.
Read more about Reflaunt here.
Upcycle Labs turns fashion biggest problem – waste – into additional revenue for brands and retailers.
Upcycle Labs innovative technology turns fashion waste into products and produces quality contemporary décor, shop fittings and interior related products made of brand’s fashion inventory for worlds most respected luxury brands.
Upcycle Labs is part of the Yellow Octopus Group.
Read more about Upcycle Labs here.
YKK was founded in Japan in 1934 and now operating in 71 countries around the world, YKK develops and produces a range of fastening solutions, including zippers, snaps and buttons, plastic products, hook-and-loop fasteners and webbings.
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fastening products, YKK cares deeply about our environmental footprint. Since the introduction in 1994 of our first zipper made from recycled material, we have focused on creating sustainable products that minimise their impact on the environment. With commitments to important industry initiatives and organisations, such as the UN Fashion Charter, the Science-based Targets for CO2 emissions reduction, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the advancement of circular fashion, YKK is dedicated to creating products beneficial to people and the planet.
Read more about YKK here.