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Performance Days to host 'sustain&innovate' conference

Oct '19
Pic: Performance Days
Pic: Performance Days
Performance Days will host the first conference for sustainability in the functional textile sector, entitled ‘sustain&innovate’, with the trade magazine, Sportsfashion by SAZ. The two key industry players will be organising the first sustainability congress on November 14, 2019, in Munich, in the Expert Talks area, in hall C1, during Performance Days.

The conference will see a full day of international speakers giving talks on important and cutting-edge topics concerning sustainability, exclusively tailored to the functional textile branch. The programme is supported by the sponsors PrimaLoft, Polortec, and Isko who also exhibit at Performance Days.

Vaude managing director and sustainability specialist Antje von Dewitz will join as a keynote speaker. Karin Ekberg’s topic is of particular interest, where she will explain the importance of the Higg Index for production. The Patagonia brand is considered a pioneer in terms of sustainability, making Patagonia’s Nicholas Allen’s presence at the conference of key importance, where specialist journalist, Charles Ross, will interview him, according to a press release on the show.

The audience can look forward to an exciting round of discussions when sustainability expert Anna Rodewald from the GreenroomVoice agency talks to international guests about the latest developments in sustainability. Specialist journalist Sophie Bramel will chair another interesting round of discussions entitled ‘Designing for Recycling’ and the consideration of mono materials in the development of functional clothing.

Martin Cieslik, head of sales of the renowned Hohenstein Institute, will answer the important question ‘Why Verification Matters’ in his talk. Sponsors of the event, such as PrimaLoft and Polartec, will also be presenting their sustainable concepts. Visitors can look forward to speakers from leading ingredient brands. Ulrike Arlt, editor-in-chief of Sportsfashion by SAZ, will moderate the programme. She will also be giving a talk on the status quo of current success in relation to sustainability within the industry.

“As a trade fair for functional fabrics and materials, we have always been a pioneer when it comes to innovation. The topic of sustainability is not only of immense importance, it will be the driving key issue for the branch in the coming years. That is why we are particularly proud that we’ve developed a unique and new format with the ‘sustain&innovate’ conference, which did not exist in the branch in such a form. This allows us to reach and inform all major decision-makers internationally in relation to the manufacturing and sale of functional textiles, from fibre manufacturers to clothing brands,” trade fair general manager Marco Weichert said.

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