Nordic action plan for sustainable fashion and textiles


The Nordic fashion and textile industry is to be among the world leaders in sustainable design, production and consumption. This is the vision of the textile action plan that the Nordic Ministers for the Environment adopted in April 2015.

The vision of the action plan is for fashion and textiles to be part of a circular economy by 2050; an economy in which the lifetime of products is extended, and textile fibres are kept in a closed circuit and are reused over and over again. The action plan contains a number of initiatives focusing on design, production, consumption, and recycling.

The tremendous need for water, energy, chemicals, and pesticides of the fashion and textile industry not only makes the sector one of the world’s biggest polluters, but it also has devastating effects on both the environment and the people working in the industry.

The action plan emphasizes that it is comprehensible for the Nordic countries to take steps to confront the problems, as the countries in the region share a focus on the environment, social responsibility and green growth.

The action plan for textiles, which was launched during the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is the first step towards making Nordic fashion the most sustainable in the world. The plan consists of a series of specific and sustainable initiatives and runs until 2017.

Read the action plan "Well dressed in a clean environment", adopted on April 27, 2015.

The initiatives of the action plan have been translated into six concrete projects. These cover a wide spectrum of themes from encouraging greener procurement of textiles in the healthcare sector, to assisting design schools in the development and promotion of sustainable fashion design courses.

Read short summaries of the current status and future activities of the six projects here – February 2017.