BARCELONA – A breakout session that updates delegates on Higg Index progress and other new developments will feature at the upcoming Planet Textiles Summit in Barcelona with panellists from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition including Jason Kibbey and Amina Razvi alongside Lewis Perkins from the Apparel Impact Institute.
The Higg Index panel will be moderated by Linda Greer, now a global fellow at the Beijing-based environmental NGO the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). The IPE operates the Green Supply Chain Map; a publicly available online transparency tool that ties fashion companies to their suppliers’ environmental performance in China.
The Higg panel is just one part of a full day’s schedule which focuses on the practicalities of innovation and sustainability in the textile supply chain. It takes place on 22nd June at the giant ITMA textile machinery show in Barcelona. The event partner this year is Sympatex.
Other newly confirmed speakers include Roy Hirsch VP business development at Nanotextile – an Israeli company that has developed a single-step nano-coating process, which is done via an IP protected sono-chemistry reactor. Hirsch will take part in a special ZDHC session on the real-world implementation of solutions for textile chemical management.
Also speaking is Abishek Bansal, Head of Sustainability at Arvind Mills who will sit down with Fashion for Good Investment Manager Tanvi Karambelkar to talk about his experiences of implementing new textile innovations into existing commercial supply chains.
With many textile industry tools now in an advanced stage of development to allow apparel brands and retailers to improve supply chain transparency, and to measure their overall environmental impact, the Higg session will be extremely timely and promises to bring new insight for brands, textile mills and suppliers right through the supply chain.
The SAC has new plans to recruit even more textile mills to use its Higg Index facilities module, and the panel will discuss new ideas on how to ramp up data verification, improve its ease of use, as well as to explain improvements. Planet Textiles delegates will also learn how they can get more involved with the SAC and Higg, and how its work fits into with other complimentary organisations such as the Apparel Impact Institute.
As part of the ‘Pitch for the Planet’ session run by Fashion for Good at this year’s event, that details new, cutting edge textile innovations that have yet to scale, Abishek Bansal from Arvind Mills will feature in conversation with Fashion for Good Investment Manager Tanvi Karambelkar about how the Indian textile conglomerate has helped and encouraged innovators to scale-up technology and how it can be integrated into a major textile operation such as Arvind.
Meanwhile, as part of a separate breakout session hosted by the ZDHC at Planet Textiles, Roy Hirsch at Nanotextile will describe an innovation that uses minimal chemistry to finish textiles, and how it can contribute to a world where the discharge of potentially hazardous substances from textile wet processing mills can be minimised – and preferably avoided altogether.
We’ll be releasing the final agenda shortly. But for further information on speakers please visit our website.