The Scandinavian Textile Initiative For Climate Action (STICA)

Climate Action Week
for Fashion & Apparel

The Scandinavian Textile Initiative For Climate Action (STICA)

Climate Action Week for Fashion & Apparel

To Green-growth, Overconsumption & Degrowth: Can Sufficient Emissions Reductions Be Achieved in the Current Paradigm?

The idea that the fashion and apparel industry can continue to grow through a green-growth model has been questioned by many leading thinkers. It is argued that for the apparel and fashion industry to reduce its emissions at the pace and scale required and to operate within the planetary boundaries, overproduction and overconsumption must be stopped. This especially challenging because the dominant economic business model relies on growth, and business growth usually nuetralizes gains in emission reductions. If this is true, what can we do?
Some of the key questions we covered in this session included:
What does the latest analysis say about the relationship between overconsumption, overproduction, growth and emissions reductions?
If we don’t address these drivers, will we ever meet industry climate targets? Can fashion and apparel meet science-based sustainaility targets through green growth?
What would it mean to shift the narrative from fashion to a well-being wardrobe and sufficiency mindset?
Are the rich consumers most responsible for climate impacts?
What are the implications of this for workers, particularly more vulnerable workers in the supply chain?
How could the post-growth, degrowth and non-profit concepts apply to fashion and apparel? Is this vision realistically possible?


Katia Dayan Vladimirova, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of Geneva
Dr. Katia Vladimirova is a postdoctoral researcher working on the topics of sustainability ethics, consumption and fashion. She is broadly interested in the challenges of a large-scale societal transformation towards sustainability, including its moral and ethical dimensions and the mechanisms behind social change. Currently her interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on alternative fashion consumption models in the context of sustainability. At the Institute of Sociological Research, Dr. Vladimirova is the principle researcher and coordinator of a project ‘Geneva: City of Sustainable Fashion’, funded by a grant from the City of Geneva in the framework of G’Innove program. Dr. Vladimirova holds a Masters degree in Global Studies from the London School of Economics and a double PhD in political theory and political science from universities LUISS Guido Carli (Rome) and ULB (Brussels). Previously, Dr. Vladimirova worked at Boston University, New York University, MIT and University Milan-Bicocca. She also worked at the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and at UNESCO Liaison office in New York.
Dr. Luca Coscieme, Programme Lead Sustainable Lifestyles, Hot or Cool Institute
Luca comes from the Ecodynamics group, a reference point for Sustainable thinking and transdisciplinary research. His interest beyond disciplinary knowledge brought him around the world. In Australia, he learned how to use satellite images to explore the economy from outer space. In Ireland, he studied how healthy environments mean healthy societies. In Brazil, he found new ways for accounting the innumerable benefits nature gives us all. Luca was a fellow of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), he is a member of the Well-Being Economy Alliance, and was awarded a Marie-Curie scholarship at Trinity College Dublin and the European Environment Agency. He joined Hot or Cool as he believes communication between Society and Science is what is most needed.
Luca Boniolo, Programme Manager, ECOS
Luca Boniolo is the Programme Manager at ECOS responsible for textiles and works to bring the textile sector back within planetary boundaries. Luca advocates for legislation and standards aimed at decreasing volumes of textile production, making textile products more sustainable and circular, preventing waste and pollution and regenerating nature. Before joining ECOS in 2023, Luca worked for more than six years on sustainability policies and textiles in a consultancy and in a trade association. He has an academic background in European studies, international affairs and political sciences.

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