Birla Cellulose, part of Aditya Birla Group, is a leading sustainability focused man made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) producer. Birla Cellulose operates 12 pulp and fibre sites globally that apply closed-loop systems and environmentally efficient technologies in its process. Five global advanced research centres equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities and pilot plants support the global operations and markets.
Birla Cellulose leads the industry in sustainable sourcing practices and is ranked #1 globally in Canopy’s Hot Button Report 2020 for sustainable forestry practices and development of next-generation solutions for alternative feedstock.
Birla Cellulose collaborates actively with its value chain partners and works closely with organizations like Canopy, SAC, ZDHC, Changing Markets Foundation, Textile Exchange, WBSCD, Fashion for Good amongst others to continually learn and apply the best practices in its operations and across its value chain.
Global textile and non woven businesses
Birla Cellulose touches lives of people across the world, from plantation to fashion and lifestyle. An idea seeded in 1947 has grown organically and made us a global leader in VSF. Headquartered in India, our plantations, factories and marketing offices reach out to several countries, making a positive impact on the global textile and nonwoven businesses. Birla Cellulose leads the industry in implementation of SAC’s Higg (3.0) FEM to monitor the manufacturing units’ performance on environmental aspects.
Bolt Threads creates sustainable solutions for the apparel and beauty industries. With nature as our inspiration, we invent and scale cutting-edge materials that put us on a path towards a more sustainable future. Taking inspiration from the natural world, we experiment with biology and invent new technologies to find material solutions that work with nature, not against it.
We believe that through science, creativity, and an unyielding sense of optimism, we can innovate our way not just out of our current resource-constrained reality, but into the best days the planet has seen.
Way better materials for a way better world.
Mylo™, a sustainable alternative to leather, will become available to the world through Bolt’s consortium partners, including Adidas, Kering, Lululemon, Stella McCartney, a group of world-class companies investing in meaningful material innovation. Made from mycelium — a sprawling, infinitely renewable, interlaced web that fruits mushrooms — Mylo is soft, supple, and less harmful to the environment. Mylo is certified bio-based, meaning it’s made from predominantly renewable ingredients that can be found in nature.
Desserto® is a highly sustainable plant-based vegan-leather made from cactus, often distinguished by its soft texture. The level of break in the material is first-rate. Qualities like roundness and spring that you normally find in leather, are also found in Desserto®’s materials.
Desserto® adheres to the most rigorous quality and environmental standards, while still managing to deliver a wide variety of products that perform well. The company’s overarching goal is to provide the fashion industry with a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative to faux and animal leather – free of any toxic chemicals and with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.
As the world’s first cactus vegan-leather, Desserto® remains highly sustainable across its production value chain.
Desserto’s five Sustainable facts
1. The micro-flora and micro-fauna soil is enriched through native and typical organic cactus afforestation.
2. The water usage is reduced, as no irrigation is applied.
3. Environment is preserved, as no chemicals (such as herbicides or pesticides) are used.
4. Cactus is left unharmed to enable repeated harvesting from the same plant.
5. Energy is saved by drying the feedstock in a solarium.
DuPont Biomaterials brings innovation ideas and solutions to global partners through the development of high performance, renewable materials. Through its novel bio-based solutions for industries, ranging from packaging and food, to cosmetics and apparel, and even carpeting, DuPont Biomaterials provides sustainable choices to their customers navigating the challenges of greening their supply chains and offering high performance.
Sustainable materials innovation
DuPont Biomaterials is an extension of the company’s long heritage of leadership in sustainable materials innovation. DuPont Biomaterials brings world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace, guided by a focus on partnerships with forward thinkers to promote the new bioeconomy.
Exten is a Swiss producer of special plastic films, laminates and sheets. For a sustainable and functional textile, we have developed Smylex S999, a breathable ecofriendly membrane in polyester material; wind and water proof; washable and recyclable. Compared to other membranes, it does not contain PFC and PTFE. During its production and disposal, it does not release toxic substances harmful to our environment. Easy to handle, it does not need backing or release for a faster and cost effectiveness production. Our membrane, when laminated with polyester textile, allows to recycle the full structure in the same circle loop of water bottles. Available in various thicknesses for different applications: outdoor garments and shoes; safety and military garments; mattress cover; medical sector.
Exten & Sustainability – Smylex S999
Our guidelines are quality and respect for the environment. Exten is certified ISO 9001 & 14001 and signed a voluntary engagement for CO₂ and kWh reduction. Our aim is the «zero waste» target, that’s why we bought a PureLoop extruder to recycle our waste. Smylex can be formulated with 20% of regenerated material and it is fully recyclable. Our membranes meet requirements of Oeko-Tex standard 100
MycoWorks developed and owns Fine Mycelium, the world’s only proprietary biotechnology that harnesses mycelium to grow a made-to-order natural material that offers the performance of the finest animal leather with lower environmental impact. Recognized globally as a breakthrough in materials science, Fine Mycelium’s durability, customizability and aesthetic features unlock new design possibilities while its tray-based process offers relief to existing supply chain constraints.
Co-founded in 2013 by artists Philip Ross and Sophia Wang, MycoWorks blends craftsmanship and science to create Fine Mycelium, the customizable, durable material whose hand evokes the same quality and emotional response as the world’s finest heritage animal leathers.
PANGAIA is a materials science company on a mission to save our environment. We are a global collective of one heart and many minds. This includes scientists, technologists, and designers, working collectively to create essential products from innovative tech and bio-engineered materials.
PANGAIA is a direct-to-consumer brand, but also functions as a B2B company, bringing breakthrough textile innovations and patents into the world, by distributing to brands. Each technology we work with aims to solve an environmental problem of the fashion, apparel and natural industries.
We hope to drive these solutions further by making technologies and materials available to companies across different industries. By introducing these innovations, we design materials, products and experiences for every day and everyone.
We partner with the world’s leading research institutions, laboratories and scientists to bring to life the latest problem-solving innovations in materials science. We pioneer our own breakthrough technology like FLWRDWN™ , employ bio-based fibres, as well as materials made from recycled plastic and garment waste.
Our Italy-based R&D lab is supplemented by unique scientific partnerships with research labs and institutions in Europe, US, Japan and Korea. There, we develop bespoke materials science innovations, which we use for our own direct-to-consumer apparel brand, as well as to supply to other brands.
PLNTFIBER™ & FRUTFIBER™
We’re diversifying our range of bio-based materials to help address the problems linked to the world’s over-reliance on cotton. We’ve developed two fabrics that look and feel like cotton, with zero cotton used.
FRUTFIBER™ repurposes food waste, turning banana leaf fiber, pineapple leaf fiber and bamboo into a new, innovative fabric. PLNTFIBER™ uses renewable, fast-growing plants such as Himalayan nettle, bamboo, eucalyptus and seaweed—so you can look good and do good.
RECYCTEX is a textile innovation company providing sustainable solutions for brands and designers. The company focuses on R&D and production of sustainable fabric created from plastic bottles, discarded clothes, ghost fishing nets and textile waste.
Since 2007, RECYCTEX founder Steven Chueng and his team have been studying and designing fabric using post-consumer recycled polyester material from China. RECYCTEX was the first company to create recycled nylon woven fabric from ghost fishing nets. And in 2018, we developed a process to create made-to-order recycled fabric with low minimum order quantities (as low as 200 mt per colour).
RECYCTEX works with more than 100 fashion brands across sportswear, fashion wear and accessories.
The Sea Island Project
With the Sea Island Project, RECYCTEX is working to build a plastic bottle recycling system near the East China Sea Islands, which suffer from plastic pollution and limited recycling activities. The project focuses mainly on recycling plastic bottles and fishing nets in order to make high quality recycled fibers and fabrics. In addition, this project collaborates with the local community to clean up beaches and reduce marine plastic.
TINTEX began its journey making high quality, natural based, responsible jersey fabrics, based on core expertise. By employing the latest and best sustainable high-tech dyeing and finishing processes, the company has successfully advanced its vision to supply the contemporary fashion, sport and lingerie markets with first-rate sustainable materials.
TINTEX is comprised of 135 skilled staff, of which nearly 20% are dedicated to R&D, who are up-trained regularly to deliver high quality jersey innovations. By reinforcing the company’s values and dedication to producing natural innovative products, TINTEX continues to successfully advance its work.
Our mission is to team up for a better future by offering smart textile solutions that are 100% transparent and promote responsible business and manufacturing processes.
UPW is amongst the largest woollen spinners in the world, specializing in design-led, sustainable yarns. Our collection comprises of woollen-spun, semi-worsted and fancy twisted yarns offered in 3000+ colours, all held in stock and available on-demand for fast sampling.
UPW ECO PLUS+ scales the adoption of premium certified raw materials, with this collection using 100% certified raw materials, 100%sustainable cotton, 100% responsibly sourced RWS wool, and the collection is 100% traceable back to the country of origin and finally, is 100% traceable back to UPW’s certified mills. UPW continues to search for innovative technologies and materials that enable us to be a clean manufacturer, early adopter, and industry leader in sustainable spinning.
UPW ECO PLUS+ CERTIFIED
RWS | SFA | GCS | RAS | RMS | GRS | GOTS | OCS
ECO PLUS+ UPW’s Fall Winter 2022 marks the launch of the ECO PLUS CERTIFIED Collection. Premium yarns that push the boundaries of the textile industry to accelerate the adoption of responsibly sourced materials, spun with integrity. PLUS + Series requires for all the raw materials in the yarn to be certified by third party organizations that include Textile Exchange, Control Union, and OEKO-TEX. PLUS + provides the highest level of assurance that your knitwear is sourced responsibly, meeting the industries benchmarks.
100% RWS: UPW’s entire Fall Winter 2022 collection uses only wool that is responsibly sourced and certified by the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). RWS provides standards for animal welfare and land preservation in the shepherd industry, embracing the 5 provisions.
Traceability Wool with Nativa: UPW x NATIVA partnership is designed to create multiple levels of assurance, ensuring your wool comes from sustainable sources. Know where your wool comes from, where your wool is combed, where it is spun, and where it is knitted. Communicate this to your end consumers and build trust and transparency. Bringing a human touch to supply chains while honoring and dignifying the work of the many hands that produce your garments. NATIVA exclusively partners with UPW to provide On-Demand Knitwear Yarns using certified NATIVA RWS Wool. These luxurious yarns are held in stock, at all times, for fast sampling with no MOQs. Together we strive to make sustainable yarns accessible to retailers, brands, and independent designers alike – because a sustainable future, is inclusive.
Wastewater Management Plant: UPW recycles 60% of the water used in the dyeing process through a reverse osmosis water filtration process, with chemicals used complying with strict toxicity standards.
U-LAB Design Meets Sustainability: To streamline development time, waste and cost, U-LAB was launched to revolutionize the future of the knit industry, leveraging virtual knitting through Shima Seiki’s robust APEX design program. The program creates a highly realistic design platform for users to see garment/swatch developments on-screen and in real-time. U-LAB has further enhanced this service by digitalizing their range of luxury yarns across 3000 colours.
Social Responsibility: Shokay & UPW have committed our joint Community Development Fund towards regenerating 240 mu of grassland (equivalent to 30 football fields) in Sichuan. We will start seed planting Spring of 2022, and invite you to join! Shokay and UPW will be partnering with Trachung Tsang Cultural and Environmental Protection Center, led by Tibetan environmentalist Drakyom Palzang. Palzang has developed a unique methodology that empowers local Tibetans and their yak herds to work together to combat desertification. Under his guidance, local Tibetans first till the land and plant the seeds. They then lead their yak herd onto the land to burrow the seeds into the soil and fertilize it with their dung. Over the last 15 years, Palzang has fine-tuned this method and led over 1000 Tibetans to recover 13,000 mu of grassland.
CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.
The significant challenges and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 led Global Fashion Agenda to revise its plan to deliver Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year. In its place, we present CFS+: a content platform to bring together our international community. But there’s much more to CFS+ than simply an online conference…
As Global Fashion Agenda’s patron, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, joins Eva Kruse for a personal chat on shaping the global sustainability agenda. Reflecting on the year that has been so far, they explore industry transformation and collaboration, insisting that the only future for the fashion industry is a sustainable one.
As an Artist, Designer and Founder of NY-based fashion brand EMME, Korina Emmerich’s colourful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. This Real Talk gets to the heart of her values; arguing that ethics must be the forefront of our business, not just marketing and profitability.
In this segment, Heron Preston, Creative Director and Founder of HERON PRESTON reimagines the process of developing sustainable footwear. Watch his sport- and workwear-inspired vision for fashion combined with an inventive approach to production that’s new to both the industry and his own design practice.
Two of our time’s trailblazing female leaders Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress, and Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week and Founder of Style House Files, meet to discuss fashion’s influence on lifting the African continent, social justice and privilege, policy, and the broader definition of value. Together, they highlight provocative questions that lead to powerful answers and a call to action for change. This progressive and personal discussion takes place in the intimate setting of The Conduit in London, a space for people passionate about positive impact.
What do we mean when we talk about Redesigning Value? In fashion, this concept is linked to systemic processes, which many are calling to transform in 2020 and beyond, in order for the industry to become truly sustainable. We believe fashion can do better than its current track record, and further that we can find new opportunities for both a more sustainable and a more prosperous business. This explainer gets to the heart of the CFS+ headline theme – exploring value from social to sartorial while stopping at a few key points on the way – and diving into new ideas of how value can be redesigned.
“Why can’t fashion respect its non-negotiable planetary boundaries?” Eva speaks with Professor Kate Fletcher from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at University of the Arts London to dig deeper into Earth Logic: her approach to fashion + sustainability – which is a real strategy for Redesigning Value that firmly places planet and people first.
With the current linear economy devastating the fashion industry, how do we introduce a larger degree of circularity in the fashion industry? Besides causing the degradation of our natural environment, research shows that shifting to a circular economy could unlock $4.5 trillion on global economic growth. This explainer will show how you can help the fashion industry shift towards a more circular approach through connected products.
Jide Osifeso combines his commitment to mitigating ocean plastic with the vision of his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE, which is grounded in his interest in the study of clothing’s functional and artistic utility. Through his creative practice, Jide Osifeso demonstrates how fashion can Redesign Value through clothing.
Born in Nepal with no knowledge of her birthday or age, Nasreen Sheikh shares her story at CFS+. After surviving years of child slave labour in the garment industry, Nasreen Sheikh is now an Advocate for Women’s Empowerment and the Founder of Local Women’s Handicrafts in Nepal. She turns trauma into power with this Real Talk.
Bill Foudy leads sourcing and development for Target’s Owned Brands with a focus on delivering responsibly sourced products of high quality and value. Eva Kruse will meet the Target SVP and President (Owned Brand Sourcing and Development) for an in-depth conversation about steering through the COVID-19 crisis and how to keep innovating and delivering ‘value’ for workers and customers through challenging times.
Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a varied community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.
Next Gen Voices presented by Pandora
The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda. Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.
Nike Wellness: Mindful Movement w/ Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth
Join Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth for ten minutes of mindful movement, breath work and mobility. Designed to energise the CFS+ community, this session will equip you with the tools you need to integrate breathing techniques and mobility into your daily life.
The industry’s current path of production and consumption, driven by short-term returns and economic growth, will not only imperil the safety and dignity of countless communities around the world, but will endanger our very existence on this planet. There is a path forward, however, and the industry must now work together to redesign its business model and rethink power dynamics to redefine what is valued and how.
The objective of this roundtable is to provide industry and European Commission representatives with the opportunity to discuss the various options envisaged for upcoming political and legislative measures on product transparency designed to ensure efficient sustainability claims at product and brand level. It is a key topic concerning the matter of trust and the importance of creating a level playing field for the apparel and footwear industry.
5:55 — 6:25 PM CEST
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Designer Challenge: From ocean plastic to tracksuit
Creative Director Jide Osifeso created waste in his past through the production of concert merchandise and other clothing and accessories, but he has shifted his approach to championing sustainable methods through his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE. This case study will dive into how Jide Osifeso solved his challenge to mitigate ocean plastic through production of a tracksuit alongside Parley for the Oceans.
The panel discussion will surround the topic of “stakeholder” capitalism, generally, and within a fashion context. The topic will be approached from two angles: (i) investors taking a broader approach to the concept of “stakeholders”, thereby signalling a shift to look beyond shareholders, and (ii) companies pursuing strategies that elevate “purpose” in response to growing investor sentiments and COVID-19, as well as the racial injustice movement that is sweeping the world.
Regenerative farming can unlock positive gains for the environment, people and businesses. In this session, Kering will showcase its latest thinking and action in regenerative agriculture. Joined by the Wildlife Conservation Society the session will take a deep dive into the South Gobi Cashmere Program in Mongolia to concretely illustrate improved ecosystem management in practice. The session will also discuss the newly launched Kering for Nature Fund, which aims to transform one million hectares of existing agricultural land into one using regenerative practices.
We see a gap between current sustainability efforts, where basic compliance is frequently both the floor and the ceiling for buyers, and where our industry needs to be to achieve true change – while also being successful within the planetary boundaries. This journey takes time, and we want to help textile retailers overcome some of the initial business barriers by sharing learnings from H&M Group’s journey to leading the change, along with the perspective of Tarasima Apparels, a long-term supplier partner.
How do you bring fashion full circle through circular innovation at scale, without compromises? We need to take action now to create collaborative solutions for a better future.
Learn about circularity at scale – where resources are not wasted, materials that would otherwise be discarded are reused, and air and water are not polluted. Join to find out about Eastman Naia™ Renew, a new solution for circularity, sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics.
GANNI took part in an SDG Accelerator programme launched by UNDP and aiming to accelerate business solutions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our ambition was to create a 100% impact free collection. We took a holistic approach, working across departments. This resulted in an internal sprint process that generated information sharing across all ends of the business and accelerated our use of sustainable fabrics (organic, certified and recycled) across seasons from just 4% in July 2019 to 52,5% in August 2020, completely reinventing our way of creating a responsible supply chain from within.
As a platform Zalando wants to create industry alignment through the adoption and acceleration of a global standard for sustainability performance to provide customers with clear and transparent sustainability information. The Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM), developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), enables apparel industry brands to compare social and environmental sustainability performance. Together, they drive collective impact and develop a common language for sustainability standards in the fashion industry.
CEO James Bartle, Professor Kevin Bales and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey explore and evaluate the workings and outcomes of an impact-led business with positive human and ecological transformation at its core. The potential for industry change and how policy makers can create a better framework to facilitate this change will also be addressed.
CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.
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Gucci President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, is one of our industry’s leaders driving change. Having launched the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge late last year, he’s making bold commitments for Gucci - and leading by example with Gucci's own climate strategy. Eva Kruse will virtually meet Marco Bizzarri for an honest conversation about value, nature, tackling the climate crisis in the wake of COVID-19 and what’s needed next.
Fashion is fun, fabulous and fancy, but did you know that fashion is also closely linked to biodiversity? This explainer explores the substantial negative impact that the fashion industry has had on the total variety of life on Earth, known as biodiversity. From there, it goes one step further by explaining how fashion can evolve from being part of the problem to being part of the solution – by highlighting different solutions.
Together with her Co-Founder Amrit Kumar, Mriga Kapadiya is the Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO of NORBLACK NORWHITE, a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India. Systematic transformation drives Mriga Kapadiya’s Real Talk message, which celebrates the grey space of culture through style by shifting corporate success to a holistic approach.
High volume fashion and planetary boundaries collide in an important conversation, framed by the theme Redesigning Value, from two different stakeholder positions; Helena Helmersson, CEO of H&M Group, meets Professor Johan Rockström, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This intimate and in-depth discussion takes place in Helena’s summer house in the Swedish forest.
Global Fashion Agenda Explains: Equal Partnerships
Can the idea of equal partnerships change the industry mindset and advance collective progress? This explainer digs deeper into two different types of supply chain partnerships: Transactional vs. Relationship based. Watch and learn what it takes for the industry to shape a common future stitched solidly together with trust and equal partnerships.
Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Ltd. and Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will be representing the voice, culture and experience of millions of garment makers and factory owners during the pandemic. Mostafiz Uddin is meeting Eva Kruse in this essential discussion about equal partnerships and how to build mutually beneficial relationships.
As one of the strongest voices on the need for equal partnerships in the value chain, Delman Lee, President and Chief Technology Officer of TAL Apparel Limited joins Eva Kruse for a conversation on what needs to change in the relationship between buyers and manufacturers to accelerate sustainability. This discussion will also go deeper into understanding how to forge better and more mutually rewarding partnerships.
As her namesake brand Ahluwalia, which is known for exploring vintage and deadstock clothing, Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s circularity challenge drives this segment. Watch her incorporate stunning design elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots with ground-breaking new labelling tech.
Clare Farrell is a full-time Activist and Campaigner based in London and one of the Founders of Extinction Rebellion. Leadership, honesty and ancestry of planet Earth are all featured topics here, while a devotion to personal liberty drives this Real Talk through power imbalance and climate collapse.
Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a diverse community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.
Next Gen Voices presented by Pandora
The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda.
Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.
Nike Wellness: Intentional Meditation with Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth
Take a deep breath and find your center with Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth as he leads the CFS+ community through a guided meditation, crafted to provide a moment of reflection and intention-setting.
Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company launched the Fashion on Climate report, concluding that if the fashion industry continues on its current path, it will miss the 2030 emissions reduction targets by 50%, thus generating twice the volume of carbon emissions required to reach the Paris Agreement.
The Fashion on Climate report provides the underlying foundation for discussing this topic, and the panel will offer dynamic interaction, demystifying numbers and terminology while encouraging an open, organic exchange between participants.
The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored that the fashion industry system is broken – with overproduction, excessive discounting and an unsustainable calendar ill-suited to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can key players within the system collaborate to re-imagine how the industry can operate within planetary boundaries and be more inclusive and humane?
The German EU Presidency has informally expressed a wish for “a smart mix of voluntary and mandatory measures and a smart mix of governmental and entrepreneurial measures” in the harmonisation of due diligence standards in the EU. The European Commission is also drafting a legislative proposal, with a draft report ongoing at the European Parliament level.
This roundtable aims to better understand these wishes and to provide initial input from the industry to EU institutions.
5:55 – 6:25 PM CEST
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Designer Challenge: How to create a 100% 3D printed sneaker?
Tap into how the creation of a 100% 3D printed sneaker was conceived and made possible despite limitations posed by the pandemic – through a cross-border collaborative effort from Creative Director Heron Preston (New York), Designer Daniel Bailey (London) and Engineer Cornelius Schmitt (Hamburg).
How can the fashion sector grow out of growth and transition to a world of LESS? The authors of Earth Logic, Professors Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham, talk to three leaders of change: an ecological economist, an entrepreneur and a journalist to get to the crux of LESS, including its economic implications, worker impacts and shifting behaviours.
Join us in a game-changing exploration of Earth Logic, which examines why less is needed, how it can be done and who can do it.
The COVID-19 Garment Industry Call to Action is a set of shared commitments by actors across the sector to address the crisis created by the pandemic. The commitments define priorities that include speeding access to emergency financing for both workers and employers and establishing stronger health and social protections to contribute to a more resilient industry in the future.
During this deep dive case study, we will discuss the achievements of the effort to date, as well as the challenges ahead.
COVID-19 has had an immeasurable impact on the fashion industry. With the quick shift to remote engagement, including corporate offices moving to remote work and factory audits taking place offsite – what are the implications for the future of work? How is the resulting explosion of digitalisation driving sustainability improvement across the value chain?
Join Li & Fung, Fung Group and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to explore the pandemic’s impact on work and hear how Li & Fung is unlocking opportunities for improved sustainability via digitalisation.
Ahluwalia is known for exploring vintage and dead stock clothing, taking elements from the Creative Director’s dual Indian-Nigeran heritage and London roots. Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s difficulties within circularity drives her challenge on how to enable circular systems.
This case study unlocks the vision behind her challenge, together with in-depth knowledge around how tech can enable circularity, presented by Michael Colarossi, VP of Innovation, Product Line Management and Sustainability at leading material science and innovation company Avery Dennison.
The Higg Index is designed to enable transparency. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have been working with brands and retailers on consumer-facing transparency pilots to understand how consumers react to sustainability performance data on a product level. Consumers report that they are interested in sustainability information on products, but they do not yet use the data to drive their purchasing behaviours.
This session will discuss the future of Higg transparency and the learnings from testing it, as well as showcasing some examples.
The case study will not only outline Timberland’s 2030 vision but also share insights into how the brand arrived at the bold goals that will drive its agenda for the next decade: from consumer insights and strategic frameworks, to supply chain partnerships and materials innovations and all the challenges faced along the way.
Through this case study, Timberland hopes to inspire other brands and companies to pursue meaningful sustainability targets and work collectively towards a greener future.