Bio-Economic fashion at Arctic Circle

Johan Arnø Kryger
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
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Fish skin and milk fibers are the new ‘black’ in the fashion industry. At the Nordic Nexus breakout-session at the Arctic Circle the Icelandic designer Bóas Kristjánson explained and illustrated how such materials are not only sustainable but also very durable and beautiful.

-If we are to solve our major environmental challenges we have to be innovative and work across subject boundaries. Here the Nordics are lead countries in relation to finding bio-economic solutions which are not only sustainable but also offer an excellent support to local and regional development, says Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten.
At the break-out session several experts explained how the Arctic in particular has a wealth of resources not least living marine resources which provide the opportunity of development of new and innovative products.

-The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and there is an immense potential in employing new and innovative materials such as fish skin and algea, says Gunni Hilmarsson, Fashion Designer and board member of the Nordic Fashion Association.

And Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten adds that -Looking at how we can create innovation the vulnerable economy of the Arctic will be one of the most important challenges for the Arctic in the time to come and we – the Nordic Cooperation – would like to contribute to that development.

Three projects under the Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative deal specifically with the circular economy and have shown impressive results. They address the challenges involved in terms of a growing amount of textile and plastic waste, along with the issue of food waste in both the primary as well as the retail and consumer sector.

Source: Nordic Council of Ministers.