Forests area: 311 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
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Forests for Fashion - from Forest to Wardrobe


From Forest to Wardrobe - The Event

Discover how fibres from sustainably managed forests can unlock opportunities for sustainability in fashion at a special event hosted by PEFC in London on 22 May at Techspace, Shoreditch. You will be able to hear from pioneering industry specialists about the new wave of technologies that use wood fibres to produce recyclable, renewable and biodegradable textiles.Forest For Fashion Red Dress Smaller

Attendees at this keynote event will learn about the role wood-based fibres can play in unlocking opportunities for sustainability in textiles. Agenda highlights include: learning more about the organic cotton transformation journey from the Textile Exchange and the role of PEFC and its ‘Forests for Fashion’ initiative. We are also proud to present the UK premiere of a short movie featuring actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh on sustainability challenges and solutions. The event will be sponsored by AB Packaging Group, a leading supplier of sustainable and environmentally friendly shopping/carrier bags to the global retail sector.

Fashion Industry Today

The fashion industry is valued at more than 2.5 trillion dollars and employs over 75 million people worldwide. Leading brands and fashion consortiums are increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impacts associated with the textile industry. Almost 65% of global fabric consumption consists of synthetic fibres derived from fossil fuels, whilst the majority of the remainder is made up of cotton – a water and pesticide-intensive crop.

The 2018 McKinsey ‘The State of Fashion’ report concluded that the fashion sector needed to be more active on social and environmental issues to help meet consumer demands for increased transparency and sustainability. Today, almost 7% of textiles are produced from wood fibres, and their share of the global fibre basked is expected to grow by 30% by 2023. Fashion brands and retailers now have an important role to play in creating sustainable supply chains and driving demand for responsibly sourced products. This creates opportunities for fashion brands and retailers to develop more sustainable business models which can help reduce their environmental and social impacts.

Our Initiative

PEFC’s Forests for Fashion initiative is in partnership with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, and are tasked to change the path of fashion from a social, economic and environmental concern, to a driver for the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The event will moderated by Tamsin Lejeune, Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF), the global industry body for sustainable fashion, and the CEO of the Ethical Fashion Group and CO – a digital platform that helps fashion professionals to do business better. Tamsin has spent 10 years building a global movement in the fashion industry, spanning 141 countries and in 2015 she was named by LinkedIn as the most engaged woman in UK Fashion and Retail. 

Join us to learn more about how PEFC can help support responsible sourcing practices and change future consumption and fashion habits.

You are Invited to - Forests for Fashion – from Forest to Wardrobe
22nd May 2019
Techspace Shoreditch, London

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We cordially invite you to an informative event on the role of wood-based fibres, from sustainably managed forests can play in unlocking opportunities for sustainability in textiles.

If you are a fashion brand or retailer, this event is not to be missed!

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This event is sponsored by PEFC-certified packaging supplier – AB Group Packaging

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