Blue Fashion Value Chain Seminar

Can we create value in the marine sector whilst addressing the fashion industry’s need for more sustainable materials? Can the interweaving of marine and fashion industry value chains represent a win-win situation of both improved sustainability and value creation? The Blue Fashion Value Chain Seminar addressed these questions.

Read the "Findings from the Blue Fashion Journey" report by seminar rapporteur Camille Duran here 

NORA organised the seminar on 7 May 2018 in partnership with the Government of the Faroe Islands, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Closed Loop.



Introductory session

09:30: Welcome, Høgni Hoydal, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Faroe Islands

09:40: Blue Growth on the global agenda, Ib Kollavik Jensen, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO

10:00: Sustainability, the environment and the fashion industry, Suzi Christoffersen, Founder, Closed Loop

10:15: Influential brands lead the future of sustainable fashion, Dio Kurazawa, Founding Partner, The Bear Scouts

10.30: Powered by Nature, Gisle Mariani Mardal, President of the Nordic Fashion Association

10:45: Developing the Blue Fashion Challenge, Jákup Sørensen, Adviser, NORA


11:00: Coffee break


Raw materials

11:15: The use of fish skin from the Faroese aquaculture industry, Símun P. Jacobsen, Senior Sales Manager, Bakkafrost

11:30: Off-shore seaweed cultivation for large scale supply of sustainable biomass, Olavur Gregersen, Managing Director of Ocean Rainforest


From raw materials to fashion products

11:45: Fish leather - sustainable solution for the future, Gunnstein Björnsson, CEO, Atlantic Leather

12:00: Leather made from fish skin in Kenya (video presentation about Newon Owino)

12:15: Building sustainable fashion - challenges and perspectives, Marianne Mørck, Designer and manager, MØRCK


12:30: Lunch


From raw materials to fashion products (continued)

14.00: The power of seaweed in a fiber, Sarah King, Director Business Development, smartfiber AG

14:15: Responsible innovation in textile production, Ana Silva, Head of Sustainability, TINTEX Textiles

14:30: Wrap-up and end of seminar, Camille Duran, Host & Producer of the Green Exchange

14:45: Tour of HAV - an exhibition about the Blue Fashion Challenge


On 8 May NORA organised an excursion to the seaweed cultivation and processing facilities of Ocean Rainforest.