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Speakers to share visionary ideas at FashionSustain forum
Jun '18
Speakers to share visionary ideas at FashionSustain forum
International keynote speakers are set to present visionary ideas at the FashionSustain Conference, for responsible innovation in fashion and textiles, which will be held on July 3, 2018, at Kraftwerk, Berlin. The speakers will talk on the central topic of shoes, sneakers, leather, and leather production under the headline ‘Jump into the Future’.

At the trade show duo Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom showing concurrently from July 3 to 5, 2018, exhibitors such as Nat-2 or Werner 1911 will show what tomorrow’s fashion looks like today with their sustainable, trend-orientated and innovative collections.

The leather and the shoe industry is facing problems related to chemicals management systems and sustainable production processes. This has been recognised by brands such as Buffalo and Gabor, producers such as Ara AG (Lloyd, Salamander) and vertical chain stores such as Reno or Deichmann, who have joined the German cooperation Cads. In a range of working groups, they are developing e.g. standards for the safer handling of process chemicals or focusing on new findings on Chromium VI avoidance.

Also in the business of chemicals management are the Netherlands-based ZDHC Foundation and the Swiss enterprise Bluesign Technologies, who recently announced a collaboration. In cooperation with Stahl, a leading producer of chemicals for leather products and high-performance coatings, in April this year Bluesign Technologies added leather chemicals to the Bluesign Bluefinder. This is a web-based search engine for textile manufacturers for achieving the Input Stream Management.

In addition to the many initiatives, foundations and working groups working on application-orientated solutions, the revolution in the shoe industry is seen especially in the speed with which companies are launching sustainable material innovations. The American sporting goods manufacturer Nike for example has recently joined the “Make Fashion Circular” initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to create a new circular textile sector through collaboration and innovation.

In addition to innovative recycling materials, more and more companies are looking for vegan alternatives to completely replace leather. Renewable raw materials such as fungi, maize, fruit waste, cork or pineapple leaves – there are more options than ever before. The Munich shoe label Nat-2 is for example attracting attention with gumboots made from maize and sneakers made from wood or fungus. The latter are manufactured by the Berlin company Zvnder, which makes a vegan leather from tinder sponge, a tree fungus. (GK)

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