Fashion event shows industry's sustainable future
Shanghai Sustainable Fashion Week raised its curtain last week at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. Under the theme “YOU Action # Fashion for Nature,” the environmental education fashion week advocated carbon neutrality, answering the call of President Xi Jinping, who pledged that China will go carbon neutral by 2060 and reach peak emissions by 2030 in a speech at the United Nations general assembly on September 22.
The sustainable fashion event, covering an area of 700 square meters, was open to more than 4,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors, who came to join the China International Fashion Fair and the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, held simultaneously.
Green Hub displayed how high technology has changed the fashion industry’s future for the better, and the Reclothing Fashion Show was a joint effort by Chinese young designers, who upcycle old clothes and fabrics and give them new life with an intriguing aesthetic.
The 30 "re-clothing" works on display stood out from 73 entries by 122 student designers from China’s seven fashion schools. The event was co-launched by the Office for Social Responsibility at China National Textile and Apparel Council, China Green Carbon Foundation dedicated to combating climate change and K-Boxing men’s wear.
The exhibition area of the Sustainable Materials Brands featured Lenzing Group’s ready-to-wear series made of fibers from wood, and H&M’s garments from its clothing recycling program.
“Lenzing Group has been committed to sustainable development over the past 80 years. It’s a global leader who provides environment-friendly and degradable fibers for the industry in a natural way, and we’re willing to cooperate with Chinese partners in innovation for climate action,” said Hu Jian, Lenzing Group Senior Vice President North Asia.
China’s textile and garment industry has been a leader to act for the carbon removal campaign. In 2018, Chinese fashion giants such as Chenfeng Group, K-Boxing men’s wear and Shengtai Group signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, committing them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
“It’s the duty that we have to shoulder,” said Yan Yan, Director General of Office for Social Responsibility at China National Textile and Apparel Council. “The Sustainable Fashion Week is a clear demonstration that we’re serious about urgently acting on climate change, and also shows China fashion industry’s resolution to set a decarbonization pathway.”