ISPO 2015 sustainability material

This year’s ISPO presentations were focused on materials and the related challenges in assessment, sourcing and design.

EOG SUSTAINABILITY BREAKFAST

Friday 6th February - 08:00-09:00 - ISPO Academy stage

John Mowbray, editor of Ecotextile News, talked about the ‘Detox Deconstructed: A behind the scenes look’.

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In this presentation, John gave an insight into the Detox Deconstructed report, published by Ecotextile News, and what sort of reaction they got from brands, Greenpeace and the textile industry during the production of the report.  Even though some of their recommendations have now come to fruition, what will happen next?

Next, Joel Svedlund talked about‘Design challenges with new materials - the Klättermusen journey using plant-based nylon material’

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Material innovation for sustainability requires collaboration, knowledge and the willingness to invest in new technology. But it also contains the element of risk when using new solutions and tapping into supply chains. With the example of plant-based polyamide, Joel took us through some of the challenges and possibilities in working with plant-based synthetic materials.

The third and last speaker, Charlotte Turner from The Sustainable Angle, talked about ‘The designer’s choice to be more sustainable’

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The Sustainable Angle researches and showcases high quality globally sourced fashion fabrics which are produced with the intention of reducing environmental impact throughout the fashion and textiles supply chain. Their core project, The Future Fabrics Expo, showcases innovative and commercially viable sustainable fibres, fabrics and processes, helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabric base, and lowering their environmental impact at the same time. As well as the annual expo, the online Future Fabrics Virtual Expo allows companies around the world to discover and source new sustainable materials.

TO THE POINT - HOW TO USE CSR HARD DATA AS PART OF YOUR CSR STRATEGY AND BENCHMARK YOUR POSITION

Friday 6th February - 12:30-13:30 - Room B52

Saturday 7th February - 12:00-13:00 - Room B52

Presenters: Betsy Blaisdel (Sustainable Apparel Coalition), Erica Van Doorn (Fair Wear Foundation), Anna Rodewald (Greenroom Voice).

Moderation: Joel Svedlund (Klattermusen).

Download the presentations (one file) here.

This mixed format presentation with panel discussion looked critically at three assessment tools: The Higg Index, the FWF Social Benchmarking tool, and the Transparency Tool.  It was discussed how brands can get access to the necessary data to make these a core part of their CSR strategy, and the role hard data plays in allowing brands to benchmark their company’s position and provide report ready information.