BARCELONA — The full line-up for this year’s Planet Textiles has now been revealed. Senior executives from Nike, HSBC and H&M will join big names from across a wide variety of textile and apparel businesses in taking to the stage at the sustainable textile summit.
The 10th edition of Planet Textiles will take place on 22nd June at the heart of the giant ITMA textile exhibition in Barcelona. The show is expected to attract up to 120,000 visitors from 147 countries and, this year, Planet Textiles delegates will receive special discounted access to ITMA — but registration remains open for a limited time.
This year’s event will be kicked off by a keynote address from Pascal Brun Head of Sustainability for the H&M brand. Subsequent plenary sessions will see Susanna Wilson, HSBC’s global head of sustainable networks, John Rydzewski of Nike's Global Water Program, and Omar Kuri from Mexican firm Vertical Knits take to the podium.
What to expect in 2019
In a one-of-a-kind session, three leaders of the world’s largest textile chemical and dyestuff producers will take to the stage together to discuss the state of the industry and what the future - both immediate and long term - will look like. Xander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, Eric Hopmann, CEO of DyStar, and Rohit Aggarwal, president of Huntsman Textile Effects, will take part in the panel debate moderated by founder and editor of Ecotextile News, John Mowbray.
A further breakout session will focus on the progress made as a result of the SAC’s Higg Index. This will feature panellists Jason Kibbey, CEO of newly-formed Higg Co., Amina Razvi, SAC interim executive director, and Lewis Perkins from the Apparel Impact Institute. The session will be moderated by Linda Greer, a global fellow at the Beijing-based environmental NGO the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Returning after a hugely popular debut in Vancouver last year is the ‘Pitch for the Planet’ session. This year hosted by Georgia Parker, innovation manager at Fashion for Good, the interactive session that will feature brief pitch-style presentations of new technologies before questions are opened up to the floor.
A sustainable denim panel will be moderated by Andrew Olah, CEO of Olah Inc. and founder of the Kingpins denim event series. Olah will be joined by Alberto Candiani, CEO of Candiani Denim, Sanjeev Bahl, founder and CEO of Saitex International, Miguel Sanchez, an independent expert who has been involved in the denim sector for 30 years, and Mike Kininmonth, project manager for denim at Lenzing.
The Innovation Zone, a platform to showcase the latest breakthroughs from across the apparel and textile sectors will be open to delegates throughout the day’s proceedings. This will offer visitors the chance to hold in-depth discussions with exhibitors to gain a better understanding of the latest industry developments that could directly improve their organisation’s environmental credentials.
2019 also sees the launch of an updated Green Guide. MCL News & Media’s four flagship titles: Ecotextile News, T.EVO, Knitting Trade Journal and Sustainable Nonwovens have collaborated to produce an A5 pocket-sized guide, designed specifically for visitors to ITMA. Copies will be distributed free of charge to visitors at the MCL booth in Hall 3, Stand C102 and to Planet Textiles delegates.
Planet Textiles 2019 will take place on 22 June at Fira de Barcelona. Register now to avoid disappointment!