In the Nordics, sustainability runs in our blood. With exciting material breakthroughs and a constant re-use mindset, new collaborations and collections crop up at a rapid speed. Below, Vogue Scandinavia pin-points three recent sustainable initiatives that you should know about
NA-KD's 'Future Remake' collection
It is common sense that the most sustainable product is the product being used well, over and over again. NA-KD's latest collection achieves just that, by setting out to lengthen the lifespan of some previously unloved pieces – working them into a covetable new collection. “NA-KD Remake is part of our test-lab NA-KD Future, which is a space dedicated to test and trial new materials and processes, find new partnerships and techniques,” shares Eleonor Björserud, NA-KD's interim head of sustainability and quality.
It's familiar territory for the brand that has recently explored collections with a circular mindset, using agricultural waste and innovative recycled materials. “Remake is one of the five Rs [reduce, reuse, recycle, remake and repair] we are currently looking into,” Björserud expands. “It has several environmental benefits, like tackling waste, reducing our use of new resources, lowering our carbon footprint and prolongs the lifespan of products already produced.”
In terms of aesthetics, there is no effort spared, according to NA-KD's concept designer Isabelle Hynds. “As designers, the decisions we make when creating a garment affect it’s entire life-cycle, including whether it becomes a beloved piece of your wardrobe, or is discarded too quickly,” she says. “This collection was born from wanting to ‘save’ pieces where we didn’t get it right first time, either due to a design that didn’t sell, or production faults.”
The process was simple, as the team took each garment back to the drawing board, analysing what parts we still thought had potential and what needed a total re-think. “It was extremely hands-on and based on gut-feeling. We cut things up, turned them upside-down and pinned them back together,” says Hynds. “My favourite piece is the long-line tailored top, which started life as a rather sad beige jacket and is now reborn into something fresh and cool. I also love the giant bow brooch which we made from jacket sleeves.”
On a final note, Hands shares her hope for the future. “There are so many other ways the industry can adopt this kind of circular mindset and I hope we will do even more in the near future.”
The collection is now available on na-kd.com
Photo: Ekbacken Studios
Ekbacken Studios team up with Sulapac
In the world of interiors, 3D printing is revolutionising the way we build furniture allowing us to reuse waste materials in the process. Swedish Ekbacken Studios is one such firm transforming trash into treasure, and its latest collaboration is set to further beautify our homes with good-for-the-conscience materials.
Teaming up with Finnish innovator Sulapac, the brand has now released its entire signature collection in bio-based and eco-safe Sulapac material. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in avoiding future waste, as the material is not only recyclable, but its biodegradable properties leave no harmful toxins or permanent microplastics behind at the end of the product’s life.
The collection is available on ekbackenstudios.com
Cos explores regenerative wool
Is regenerative wool the next sustainable frontier for the fashion industry? If you were to ask Cos and its new collaborator Nativa, the answer would be a resounding ‘yes’. Releasing a limited-edition capsule championing regenerative farming practices, this power-duo aims to not only provide covetable clothing but to also nurture positive change in the fashion industry.
The term is relatively new, so it wouldn't be remiss to ask what regenerative wool really is, exactly? Nativa, part of the French 150-year-old Chargeurs Group, focuses on nature-focused solutions to brands that help cultivate balanced ecosystems through a holistic approach: enhancing soil and water quality, increasing CO2 capturing, and improving animal welfare.
The new collaboration with Cos allows the brand to use traceable wool backed by Blockchain technology, transforming the fibres into softly tailored sets and everyday essentials – namely, eight regenerative and certified pieces that will help keep your conscience clean.
The collection is now available on cos.com