bluesign technologies and Textile Exchange are collaborating on back-to-back conferences that will cover the most important sustainability challenges facing the textile and apparel sector.
The 5th bluesign® conference is hosted biannually by bluesign technologies. The Switzerland-based service company provides the global bluesign® system that ensure materials used in textile and apparel manufacturing processes are safe for consumers, workers and the environment.
The conference will take place October 18 and 19 at the Cavallerize, part of Milan’s recently renovated Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia. This year’s conference theme is “TraceAbility. NetworkAbility. TransformAbility: Stitching the blue way together.”
Immediately after, from October 22 to 24, Textile Exchange, the global nonprofit that promotes the adoption of preferred fibers and materials, integrity and standards, as well as responsible supply networks, will hold its annual Textile Sustainability Conference at the Milano Congressi (MiCo), one of Europe’s largest convention centers. Its theme is “United by Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion.”
Simonetta Carbonaro, consumer psychologist as well as trade and consumer industry visionary, will open the bluesign® conference by highlighting the great challenge posed by transformation and why transparency matters in today’s society along with its connection to responsible industry. In addition, non-textile case studies will provide insights beyond the industry in an effort to gather new ideas while supporting common ones.
Traceability and the need for transformation will also be addressed. A high-level discussion will explore finance in sustainability and additional topics important to a CEO’s agenda while proving the business case of sustainability to re-design today’s business models. The blue way will be presented as part of the transformation. Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre, Simone Cipriani, will present a closing keynote speech on how ethical fashion can be achieved in the most challenging locations.
Textile Exchange’s Textile Sustainability Conference will feature high-level discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals, fiber and materials, circularity, micro-plastics, water and sustainability in the luxury sector.
Confirmed speakers include: Pacific Institute president, Jason Morrison, on the apparel sector’s water stewardship opportunity; World Resources Institute research analyst, Deborah Drew, on how apparel and textiles can drive the circular economy; Forum for the Future chief executive, Sally Uren, on new reports to drive sustainability strategies; and Hohenstein Institute America managing director, Ben Mead, on innovative models for financially rewarding sustainable farm practices. The conference, which is designed for professionals in CSR, sourcing and supply chains, product and business development and design, education and advocacy, offers opportunities to learn about real sustainability solutions that drive change through the value chain and shape the industry’s future.