Escaping Fast Fashion: How you can act for change

16:30 - 18:30
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Did you know that people in the Nordics buy more clothes than the rest of the world and our consumption has gone up during the last 20 years? It’s time to check our shopping habits and spin towards more sustainable choices. Join us for an evening where we find a new direction through an interactive mending workshop and keynotes to deepen our understanding of fast fashion’s destructive impacts on our planet and its people!

Textile production generates 1.2 billion tons of CO2e annually, outdoing emissions from international flights and shipping. However, we continue to buy too many clothes, as many as 40 garments per year!

Join us the night before Black Friday, on November 23rd in Reykjavik or online to explore sustainable fashion alternatives. Under the guidance of Icelandic textile artist Ýrúrarí and with inspiration from the Nordic Council Environment Prize Winner 2023, we’ll breathe new life into our old clothes and uncover ways to break up with fast fashion.

When: 23 November, 16.30-18.30 GMT
Where: Nordic House, Reykjavík and online
For whom: For anyone interested in the topic
Snacks? Provided!

It is possible to participate both physically and online, and participation is free but you need to book (free) tickets via the TIX link here.

Watch online here. 

Program highlights:

  • Martin Stenfors, Head of Sustainability and Strategy at Renewcell – the company which recently won the Nordic Council Environment Prize, will tell us about their groundbreaking solution for recycling and reusing textile waste for use in new clothes and product.
  • Icelandic textile artist Ýrúrarí will showcase the needle felting technique, illustrating a creative approach to textile repair. Bring your own clothing that you want to mend!
  • Åsa Paaske Gulbrandsen, advisor at Framtiden i våre hender Norge, provides insights on youth engagement and necessary policies.
  • Emily Jaimes Richey-Stavrand, Ungir Umhverfissinnar, discusses the human cost of fast fashion.
  • Sustainability specialist Tinna Hallgrímsdóttir will lead a panel debate and engage the audience in the discussion. Panel participants are:
    – Linnéa Hallgren, Project Manager at the Nordic Swan Ecolabel
    – Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir, co-founder of SPJARA
    – Júlíanna Ósk Hafberg, visual artist with a background in fashion design
    – Emily Jaimes Richey-Stavrand, Circular Economy Representative for Ungir umhverfissinnar


The event is organized by The Nordic House in Reykjavik, the Nordic Council Environment Prize, and the project Youth for Sustainable Living, led by Nordregio.

Accessibility: Elissa Auditorium is accessible for wheelchairs and accessible restrooms are on the same floor. All restrooms are gender neutral. Language of this event is English and Icelandic. 

Funder: The Nordic Council of Ministers