Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020 is set to take place on March 11 and will convene more than 300 like-minded professionals from leading brands and retailers, supply chain specialists, sustainability champions and materials and technology innovators from around the world who are pushing sustainability to the top of the agenda.

Building off of 2019 industry pledges, this year’s conversation looks at what it takes to transition to a cleaner, greener future, and unlock the potential of sustainable fashion; representing companies include Copenhagen Fashion Week, Primark, Asos, Marks & Spencer, Ninety Percent, Hurr, John Lewis, and Vin + Omi. 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign will join In Conversation With: ‘The Decade Of Action’ – What’s Next For Fashion? With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals — the discussion will explore more about the progress of sustainability in the fashion industry and how brands can prepare for the future. Moderated by Kirsty McGregor, Editor, Drapers joined by speakers Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships and Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry events to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share.

Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020 will be held at Kings Place – a BREEAM certified building that was built with strong environmental principals at its heart and generates half the CO2 emissions of a similar size building – a reduction equivalent to 1,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. The team of Kings Place are resolutely committed to actively minimising their impact on the environment and responding to the climate emergency; continually looking at how they can further reduce carbon footprint, energy consumption, waste production and consumption of one-use plastic.

Additional sustainability facts about the venue:

  • Proximity to one of the largest public transport hubs in Europe, reducing the need to visitors and audiences to use cars
  • The oak wood in the main auditorium is made from sustainable wood sourced from a single tree that was naturally felled.  Saplings were planted to replace the tree
  • A zero to landfill waste management system with a recycling rate of over 75%
  • Own farm in Northumberland, able to reduce carbon footprint and operate a gate to plate ethos
  • Use PLA straws instead of plastic straws
  • Bamboo plates have been introduced to replace plastic tableware. They are 100% biodegradable and can be disposed of with food waste
  • In house café sells Ecoffee cups and offer a free coffee when you purchase and additionally offer a 20/25p discount on your next purchase to all customers who return with their cup
  • Uses energy from certified renewable sources
  • A ‘green’ roof with solar panels, and bio-ecology enhancing features including: a bug hotel, bird and bat boxes and plant boxes
  • Efficient use of water through low capacity cisterns, flow control in toilets and showers, leak detectors and harvesting of rainwater for irrigation
  • Efficient use of energy through good daylight penetration, motion activated lighting and an advanced transition programme to LED lighting throughout the building
  • A displacement ventilation system which cools the building using outside air reducing usage of air conditioning

To learn more about the Drapers Sustainable Fashion visit https://sustainablefashion.drapersonline.com/

About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com 

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry. https://www.un.org/partnerships/