While the global fashion and textile industry gather in Denmark at The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, it is well known that fashion is a highly polluting industry. 

Total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

“We are at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to showcase that there are ways to make clothes production more sustainable. Using biological solutions makes it possible to save on water, energy and chemicals usage,” says Jens Kolind, vice president at Novozymes. 

A choice to dress more sustainably

The fashion industry needs to step up its sustainability drive. A new survey made by Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group reveals that the pace of sustainability progress in the fashion industry has slowed by a third in the past year.

“Consumers care about sustainability. If they are a given a choice, they are willing to pay for clothes made more sustainably, that will last longer,” says Jens Kolind. “This is why we need to work together across the industry to improve visibility for consumers so they can make a choice to shop sustainable fashion”. 

Novozymes will be at booth #32 at studio 2, at the Innovation Forum of The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 15th and 16th of May, and is also taking part in the matchmaking event with brands.

Novozymes has made the UN Sustainable Development Goals a part of the company strategy, and its biological solutions, enzymes and microbes, are used in many different industries, from laundry to production of biofuel and food and textiles.




Biological solutions in textile and fashion


Enzymes derive from nature and they have been used in the textile industry for years. They are applied at different steps in the production of textiles, where they reduce chemicals, enable savings of water and energy and prolong the lifetime of textiles.

This is what Novozymes sales of enzymes impacted in 2018:

  • Water – the need for clean water was reduced by 8.1 billion m3, corresponding to the annual consumption of 140 million households


  • Energy – by use of enzymes, textile mills used less energy and reduced their CO2 emissions by 12 million tons. That is the equivalent of removing 5.2 million cars from the roads per year, twice the number of cars in Denmark


  • Chemicals – the need for chemicals was reduced by approx. 1.4 million tons.

    Calculations are based on Novozymes’ Life Cycle Assessments, validated by 3rd party. Number per year is based on Novozymes sales of textile enzymes in 2018 recalculated from the data we have for an average size textile mill. An average European consumes approximately 60 m3 of fresh water for the household per year and an average passenger car emits around 2.4 tons of CO2 per year.