From 18 to 22 January 2021 fashion, lifestyle and digital experts were discussing the latest developments as well as innovations of the sustainable textile and fashion industry.
TRANSPARENCY AND AUTHENTICITY.
Fashion and sustainability admid the pandemic – the journey covered by an item of clothing and the ecological, economical and social conditions that it is made under were at the focus of the second Neonyt on Air.
KEYNOTE presented by Hessnatur
“For most people and probably most of you, 2020 was a tough year. But, it was also a year with some bright spots, knowing we all have the same goal of creating a better tomorrow!” said Andrea Sibylle Ebinger, CEO of Hessnatur. “2020 showed us more than ever the needs of the environment but also of the textile and fashion sector. At the same time, it showed us that we can change how clothes are made in collaboration. Let's continue to strengthen partnerships with each other, because innovations and ideas, big or small, lead us to be better in our doing.” Watch the full keynote here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKLu-vRnNOS
THE FUTURE OF TRANSPARENT SUPPLY CHAINS presented by Oeko-Tex
“We are seeing that people are thinking more about their consumer behaviour, especially since the Fridays for Future movement, which has also been accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Annika Sauerhoefer, Product Manager at Made in Green by Oeko-Tex. “Companies should meet the responsibility for people and the planet on their own initiative, without any regulations from the government. It should be normal that workers’ rights are respected, but as we have all seen, unfortunately that isn’t working.” Watch the full panel discussion with Annika Sauerhoefer, Product Manager at Made in Green by Oeko-Tex, Mirjam Smend, founder of Greenstyle Munich and Andreas Bothe, Head of CSR & Sustainability at Bay City & Chiemsee, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKOCL-pna25/
DUE DILIGENCE – DUE TOMORROW? presented by Grüner Knopf
“Sustainable supply chains require corporate due diligence: With the Textile Alliance, we support companies in implementing their due diligence obligations,” says Anosha Wahidi, Head of the Sustainable Supply Chains Unit at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. “A Due Diligence Act will regulate the requirements clearly and bindingly in the future. And the Green Button shows consumers which companies are already complying with their due diligence obligations.” Watch the full interview with Anosha Wahidi and Max Gilgenmann, Content Director of Neonyt, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKOa0iVHYbc/
Anosha Wahidi also answered the most pressing questions from the Neonyt community in a brief Q&A session: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKOuem4BrV1/
RESILIENT ORCHESTRA by Luxiders Magazine
A sustainable fashion editorial featuring brands from Neonyt and the Fashion Council Germany draws attention to the current conditions and is calling for resilience in society. Watch the full fashion editorial here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKQtADUq2Tp/
THE LONG FINANCIAL THREAD OF SUSTAINABILITY presented by Maleki Corporate Group
Transparency and circularity not only in products and materials, but also with regard to the financing aspect – what role can banks and investors play in the creation of a sustainable future and a balanced investment strategy? Watch the full panel discussion with Dr Sabine Schlorke, Global Head Manufacturing of the IFC World Bank, Christian Heller, CEO of Value Balancing Alliance e.V., Hans-Jürgen Walter, Global Leader of Sustainable Finance at Deloitte and Darius Nader Maleki, Project Manager at the Maleki Corporate Group, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKQ8S1YHD2-/
SUSTAINABLE SOURCING – AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CHAIN
The textile and fashion industry is one of the most globalised and also most resource-intensive industries in the world. Its procurement market is highly fragmented and the COVID pandemic has made it clear just how vulnerable global supply chains are. And so for the textile and fashion industry, the sustainable sourcing of materials has become more important than ever before – to enable it to recover from the crisis and create a more sustainable future for the entire industry. Watch the full panel discussion with Johannes Fürst, Head of the Blue Lab by Drip by Drip, Anurag Gupta, Managing Director of Usha Yarns and Gunnar Heller, Head of CSR & Member Compliance at Foursource, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKTLS5OHbGi/
PRODUCT IS KEY – THE TIMBERLAND 2030 VISION FOR NET POSITIVITY
A “net positive impact” by 2030 – that is Timberland’s goal. To achieve it, the cult US brand has set itself the goal of having a net positive impact on nature by designing 100% of its products for circularity and making them from natural materials sourced from regenerative agriculture. Watch the full interview with Elisabetta Baronio, Sustainability & Responsibility Manager at Timberland, and Max Gilgenmann, Content Director of Neonyt, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKTjm68Kuyz/
CERTIFICATION – TRANSPARENCY, CREDIBILITY AND TRUST
Guaranteeing transparent processes and supply chains, preserving brand credibility and building up consumer trust are the most important and also difficult aspects for certifiers and environmental labels. And in these times of the coronavirus in particular, it is proving a real challenge to maintain the quality of the certifications at a high level and to guarantee good and transparent results. Watch the full panel discussion with Franziska Dormann, a representative from the Global Organic Textile Standard, Rapha Breyer, spokesperson for textile policy and partnerships at Fairtrade and Ingo Strube, spokesperson for sustainable consumption at Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKToAxFn3Xl/
TEXTILE TRUST – DRIVING TRANSPARENCY BY USING BLOCKCHAIN
The journey that an item of clothing covers before it ends up hanging in our wardrobe and the conditions that it was made under should become more transparent and traceable with the use of blockchain technology. Watch the full panel discussion with Christian Schultze-Wolters, Director of Blockchain Solutions at IBM, Dr Stefan Rennicke, founder and CEO of Kaya&Kato and Michael Krake, Deputy Director General at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKVxbmWn1Yw/
10 x POSITIVE FROM THE START – THE FUTURE IS SOMWR
Consumption that contributes to protecting the environment, reduces the amount of plastic in the ocean and ensures that mangrove trees are planted – still a utopia or already reality? Watch the full interview with Svein Rasmussen, world-class windsurfer, future fighter and CEO of Somwr & Starboard, and Thimo Schwenzfeier, Show Director of Neonyt, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKWHqikq3Ph/