In the wake of receiving the European Green Capital 2020 title, Lisbon will be hosting the first of many events tomorrow in its continued role as a facilitator of a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. The event, Sustainable Fashion Business, is a one-day conference taking place at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, featuring a line-up of speakers from across the globe, tackling topics and discussions on how the industry can positively move forward.
Being the first Southern European capital to receive this distinction, it recognises the developments which have taken place within the city over the last decade. Friday’s event will be hosted by Lisbon’s Environment Councilman, José Sà Fernandes, who will be presenting to both physical, and digital, audiences, the benefits of making in Portugal and how the country is taking an increased responsibility for its manufacturing capacity. With the climate crisis becoming ever more present on a daily basis, it is imperative that we work across borders, industries and sectors in tackling this fight together. By openly addressing the global market, the Portuguese capital is looking to rally both leaders and visionaries in creating the circular and sustainable future we urgently need.
The event will be focusing on a variety of sectors within the industry such as clothing, jewellery, footwear and accessories, alluding to the heritage of craft and artisanal talent on which the country’s infrastructure has been grounded. The Minister for the Environment and Energy transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, will also be taking part to highlight the business opportunities which lie ahead in transitioning to a greener and more accountable industry.
The schedule, which runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm CET, is made up of panel discussions, conversations, interviews and talks from a variety of industry players. It will cover topics such as education, and its role in sustainability, as well as green financing schemes, textile waste and the importance of technology. Emerging into a post-pandemic world, these topics have never been more prevalent. Organisations such as The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, PANGAIA and Farfetch are just some of the few speaking at the event with input from designers such as Priya Ahluwalia, Mats Rombaut and Alan Crocetti. Alongside the schedule of talks, there will be the opportunity for visitors to network with investors and industry leaders throughout the day. An exhibition space has also been installed to showcase recent Portuguese initiatives and help visitors to better understand the scope of the possibilities available through collaborations and partnerships.
Looking over the country’s textile heritage, the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Environment, Inês Costa, remains hopeful in what the future holds. “Disruption must become the cornerstone of this industry’s