How can we reduce the massive carbon footprints of the fashion industry? During the first workshop of DEDI Green Gate 2022 held in August, the 22 participants were looking for answers to this question and sharing experiences and knowledge.
By Rowan El Shimi
It’s an unusually hot day in Copenhagen. A group of Danish and Egyptian youth sit in a circle in the garden outside the Danish Design Museum reflecting on the past three days together exploring the sustainable fashion scene in Copenhagen. The oddly scorching heat Europe has been seeing over the summer is the perfect backdrop, illustrating the importance of this conversation taking place.
“One of the big challenges when you want to do something sustainable is lack of knowledge,” Ioana Opris reflects. “You can only address that through reading and networking with people who have that knowledge. I think that’s what Green Gate does – it really opens us up for new knowledge that we are lacking.”
Iona Opris is the founder of NORDKONCEPT, a brand producing innovative two-piece zip on jumpsuits operating in a circular concept, and one of the 19 participants. The project is bringing together Danish and Egyptian entrepreneurs, designers, consultants, and students in the fashion field with a focus on sustainable practices for two workshops. The first took place in Copenhagen in the first week of August and included visits, dialogue, inspiration, and talks by experts.
“I’ve met Haidy El Gendy who has connections to sellers of Egyptian cotton and knows a lot about it. I’ve also met Menna Remah who makes patterns and now the three of us are really connected in a dialogue. Another participant works with recycled material – something I had not thought about using but now I think some of my garments can be made from that fabric. This week has been very fruitful. I have a lot of partnerships in mind that can be carried out,” Ioana Opris says.