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Sustainable product innovations often find their way from their niche onto the mass market. Even multinational companies can be a source of astonishment with pioneering approaches. You will find some of them in this edition of our newsletter. Progress has also been made on other fronts: The German Textiles Partnership is making headway; the ‘Blue Competence’ initiative was presented during Techtextil and Texprocess; and the first international GOTS annual conference is being held in Mumbai, India.

 

With best wishes,

Team Texpertise Network

Think big!

What do the big boys do? Examples for sustainability in production, at the POS and in the executive echelons of multinational companies.

 

Aldi has signed the Detox commitment. Eileen Fisher aims to be 100 % sustainable by 2020. Greenpeace praises Zara and H&M. Eyewash or serious endeavours? Although multinational companies are frequently accused of pretence when it comes to sustainability, they are responsible for some really remarkable developments. By Alex Vogt.

 

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Textiles Partnership Update

Basis now in place for a broad-based participation by the textile industry

 

The German Textiles Partnership is making headway. The steering committee of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) and the textile industry have moved towards each other and reached agreement on a joint plan of action, which forms the basis for a broad-based participation by the textile industry.

 

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Fashion Show²

Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin with two fashion shows and renowned exhibitors

 

News from Berlin: the Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will be distinguished by new, renowned labels, interesting panel discussions and two fashion shows when they open their doors from 8 to 10 July 2015. In addition to the well-established Salonshow, which presents sustainable high fashion from the Greenshowroom, the new ‘Ethical Fashion on Stage’ show will spotlight cool styles from the streetwear and casualwear segments.

 

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From wall to catwalk

Paper No. 9 introduces innovative textiles made of paper 

 

Kinkarakawakami – an easy enough word! It refers to a kind of wallpaper, developed in Japan in the 19th century, which appears to be a perfect imitation of gilded leather. It is the basis and inspiration for the work of Paper No. 9, the New York company, which manufactures unique textiles from paper – handmade, modern and sustainable.

 

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Sustainability can make you more competitive

“Blue Competence” sustainability initiative introduced at Texprocess and Techtextil 

 

Sparing use of resources, efficiency and competitiveness – what opportunities present themselves for sustainable textile production? At the beginning of May, as part of their sustainability initiative “Blue Competence”, the VDMA (Association of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers) presented a number of different approaches and solutions at the sector's leading trade fairs, Techtextil and Texprocess. 

 

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India's green side

GOTS conference in Mumbai elucidates the notion of sustainability in relation to the textile-production chain

 

India is the world's largest manufacturer of organic textiles – and is, therefore, the ideal nation to host the first international GOTS conference on 22 May 2015 in Mumbai. Visitors can expect an extensive programme of lectures on this sustainability standard and its implementation in the textile supply chain.

 

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En route to the future

Store to watch: German fashion house Fuchsweber converting to sustainability step by step

 

Time for change: at Fuchsweber, in the Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck, green fashion is getting its own sales area. A new department, entitled "Fine Clothes. Good Feeling", will showcase modern, sustainable labels – and gradually more and more eco-fashion will be taking over the store.

 

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Materials Matter

Top-flight speakers at Texworld USA to discuss sustainable sourcing

 

Understanding the differences. From bio-cotton, to cotton made in Africa, from Modal to Lyocell – during two panel discussions on 22 July 2015 at Texworld USA in New York top-flight speakers will discuss sustainable alternatives for textile purchase.

 

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"Between green world and blue"

Tony Tonnaer, founder and managing director of K.O.I. Kings of Indigo

 

This will be the point to introduce people whose work has had a distinctive influence on the eco-fashion industry. Three questions to Tony Tonnaer, former managing director of Kuyichi and founder of the eco-denim label K.O.I. Kings of Indigo.

 

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Bon voyage!

Texpertise-recommendation: Sustainable Sourcing Map

 

British publishing house MCL Global, publisher of the journal EcoTextileNews, portrays 15 production countries in its new guide. From size and infrastructure, to textile regions and production plants, to statutory environmental regulations, or salary structures and working regulations.

 

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