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'Sustainable is Attainable' - a Conference with a Difference
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Feb '08
The SYFA (Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association) and FSG (Fiber Surface Group) are holding a Sustainability conference for the textile industry in Charlotte on February 12 and 13 at the Sheraton Airport Plaza on Billy Graham Parkway.

A unique aspect of the conference is that part of the registration fee is being invested in tree planting to make the conference carbon neutral. In partnership with Edwards Wood Products of Marshville N.C. the conference has provided the financing for 30 acres of forest planting.

A total of over 15,000 trees have been planted as a result of this initiative. It is estimated that the ongoing carbon offsets created by this planting will neutralize the carbon emissions generated by attending the conference in 18 months. The trees will continue to absorb carbon dioxide into the future providing offsets for subsequent SYFA conferences.

The conference features keynote speaker Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface Inc, past co-chair of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, author, motivator, and as quoted by the New York Times “perhaps the leading corporate evangelist for sustainability.”

Speakers from Ford, Steelcase and Patagonia will add their expectations for sustainable products to a range of industry speakers providing vital information in the drive to sustainability in the textile industry. Conference attendance and sponsorships have reached record levels for the association confirming the vital importance of the conference theme for the industry.

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