Copenhagen the center for sustainable talks in May

Tone Skårdal Tobiasson
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Friday, 18 March 2016
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Planet Textiles 2016 features many exciting speakers at the upcoming event in Copenhagen on 11th May in what is expected to be a ground-breaking week of events on sustainability for the global textile industry. This conference will take place the day before Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

The event, which is co-organized by MCL Global, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Messe Frankfurt takes place at the Copenhagen Concert Hall and will feature Rick Ridgeway, environmentalist and vice-President, environmental affairs, Patagonia, who will also speak at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit the following day.

Other confirmed speakers include: Brad Voorhees, senior manager, supply chain sustainability, VF Corporation who will update delegates on its innovative CHEM-IQ chemical management program. Marcus Gover, director, the European Clothing Action Plan and Zheng Jian, from the Office for Social Responsibility, China National Textile & Apparel Council.

Vivek Tandon, co-founder, Aloe Private Equity, which has invested in new polyester recycling technology will also speak, and we can confirm that a senior level representative from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will talk about The Sustainable Textile Partnership.

Other participants will include Marc Guenther, editor-at-large, Guardian Sustainable Business who will moderate Planet Textiles 2016 and Stephanie Schmidt, Changemaker Alliance director, from Ashoka, which is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. She will discuss: The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Creating a Fair and Sustainable Apparel Industry.

Mike Schragger from Stockholm’s Sustainable Fashion Academy will hold a special Planet Textiles forum on ‘Engaging and Empowering the Investment Community’ with leading speakers from the ethical finance and investment community (more names to follow) as well as industry figures such as Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

Planet Textiles will also hold a special Solutions Forum for suppliers where the Leadership sponsor Oeko-Tex Association will host two practical sessions. Other Solutions Forum speakers include Tim Wilson, CEO, Historic Futures, Elzaphan Hotam, VP sales, at TIPA Corp., which was recently awarded the Best Environmental/CSR Initiative Award for its 100 per cent compostable flexible packaging.

Christian Wieth, senior global marketing manager, Novozymes, Rohan Batra, project development, sustainability, at Aditya Birla and Brooke Summers, Project Lead – Cotton to Market, Cotton Australia will also hold discussions in the unique Solutions Forum.

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