Our goal at the festival is to represent designers who have incorporated sustainable practices in their activities. We also set an example ourselves by organizing the festival in line with sustainable practices. We are constantly evolving to become more sustainable by setting new goals both for ourselves and motivating our partners and designers to find and adopt environmentally friendly practices. With our activities, we want to set an example for the entire fashion industry on how to become more sustainable.
The support of Tartu 2024 the European Capital of Culture has allowed Estonian Fashion Festival to expand our sustainability program and has helped us to implement our goals and vision.
Estonian Fashion Festivali sustainability strategy
Being aware of the significant environmental and social impact of the fashion industry, it is important for us to be not only a representative organization in the local fashion scene, but also an awareness raiser and exemplary event that brings important issues to the agenda and contributes significantly to the local fashion industry becoming more sustainable. In order to achieve these goals, we have agreed on common goals and activities, for which we developed a sustainability strategy in 2023. This includes social, environmental, economic and also cultural goals, and from 2024 the festival plans to report these results publicly. In addition, in the organization of the festival, we have in mind a sustainable guide for organizing the event.
The designers participating in our festival have been selected based on sustainability criteria compiled together with the expert Maria Kristiin Peterson. The rules for designers become more detailed year by year, and we support this shift with trainings, seminars and workshops aimed at helping designers become more sustainable. At the festival, we recognize the most sustainable designer in Estonia and, with the award, contribute to their activity and help them speed up the implementation of sustainable practices. As a fashion festival representing only sustainable Estonian designers, we have set ourselves the goal of becoming a considerable fashion festival representing sustainable designers in neighboring countries
We have developed environmentally friendly event management guidelines covering several areas: venue, production, construction, design, partners, communication, waste, publications, catering, dishes and gifts and souvenirs. The guidelines are aimed at the festival’s organizing team and all partners, and will be applied at all venues of the fashion festival.