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Helsinki Fashion Week Bans Fur and Leather

Last week, vegconomist reported the good news that London Fashion Week had made the decision to become a fur-free event. Finland’s equivalent have gone one step further, and are banning all animal products from 2019.

The press release from Helsinki states: “We at Helsinki Fashion Week, with the support of the Nordic Fashion Week Association, are taking an active stand against cruelty to animals and the damaging environmental impacts that the use of animal leather brings with it; by not accepting any collections which use animal leather into Helsinki Fashion Week starting from 2019.”

Evelyn Mora, Board Member of the Nordic Fashion Week Association and Founder of the Helsinki Fashion Week, commented as follows: “Our decision to showcase fashion without the use of animal leather results from a long and ongoing dialogue between consumers, fashion designers and manufacturers. Since the beginning Helsinki Fashion Week has stood for progress through innovation, development, and transparency. We stand for freedom of choice and open information, and most importantly for sustainability across all industries.”

For more information about Helsinki Fashion Week and the recent decision, click here.

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