Nordic fashion to be the most sustainable in the world

Johan Arnø Kryger
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Friday, 24 April 2015
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A new textiles action plan sets out Nordic environment ministers’ vision for the Nordic fashion and textiles industry: We will lead the way in sustainable design, consumption and production.

Scandinavian design is already well-known worldwide. Now the Nordic fashion and textiles industry is also to be recognised as the world’s most sustainable. This is the vision of a new Nordic textiles action plan, drawn up at the initiative of the Danish Minister for the Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl, which will be presented today by the Minister and her Nordic counterparts at the National Museum of Denmark.


The common vision for 2050 is that fashion and textiles are to be part of a circular economy in which the useful life of products is extended and textile fibres are retained in a closed cycle for reuse again and again.


  • People living in the Nordic countries use 13-16 kg clothes per capita per year. With 16 kg, Denmark has the highest per-capita textiles consumption of all the Nordic countries.
  • The amount of water required to produce textiles corresponding to the average annual textile purchases of an average Nordic consumer is far greater than the water consumption of a Nordic household of three individuals. It also accounts for carbon emissions corresponding to driving 2,000 km in a family car.
  • In 2011, 34,400 tonnes of textiles were manufactured in the Nordic region, and in addition to this, Nordic fashion companies account for a large textile production in Asia. Total net Nordic imports in 2012 amounted to 316,000 tonnes of textiles.