Posts tagged ‘Eco Textiles’
This morning, Naturally Advanced Technologies announced it has signed an exclusive deal with national retail giant Target. Target and its vendors will be working with CRAiLAR Flax fiber to evaluate its uses in a number of domestic textile categories including sheets, top of bed, shower curtains, window treatments, table linens, decorative pillows, towels and more.
Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies, commented on the partnership agreement, which begins December 1, 2011, “Target represents a best-in-class partner for CRAiLAR in the domestic textiles category. Also the fiber’s performance in moisture management, shrinkage reduction, and dye chemical savings is in line with Target’s sustainability efforts.”
Target’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a focused effort in its Here for Good campaign. With an entire website dedicated to the far reaching initiative, Target focuses on improving communities, health, education and the environment.
Today, Texworld USA kicks off their fabric fair at the Javits Center in NYC.
Texworld USA is the largest sourcing event in North America for apparel fabric buyers, R&D and product development specialists, designers, merchandisers and overseas sourcing professionals. It gives buyers an opportunity to meet with mills and manufacturers from around the world.
Along with many other influential speakers, our very own CEO Ken Barker will be discussing Fibre Innovation. This years line up also includes reputable speakers from the eco textile industry and will cover a variety of topics from sustainability, fibre innovations, colour forecasting and sourcing within North America.
- “An Eco Index for Everyone” – featuring Karla Magruder, president of Fabrikology, Jamie Bainbridge, Director of Fabric and Product Development at Nau Inc. and many more.
- “Fibre Innovations”, a panel discussion with Karla Magruder, president of Fabrikology; Kenneth Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies and Steven Usdan, founder of MDC Group.
- “Crossing the Bridge to Spring/Summer 2012″ by Laurie Pressman, director of marketing and sales development, Pantone.
- “Color Trends: The West Coast Perspective on Color and Lifestyle Trends”, with Fran Sude and Arnold Sude of Design Options.
- “Spring/Summer 2012 Youth Culture” by Andrea Praet, Trend Director of Stylesight USA.
- “Sourcing North America: Discover New Resources” by Susan Power, Publisher of AboutSources.
The seminar takes place on November 17th and 18th and will be focusing on issues surrounding the sustainable fashion industry. Speakers include Cortney McDermott, head of sustainability at North Face, Robert Nuttall, communication strategist at Marks and Spencer, as well as sustainability strategists from Nike.
These notable speakers will touch on several important topics including;
- Environmentally Friendly Fabrics
- Responsible Processing
- Product Integrity
- Social Compliance
- Setting Sustainability Strategies
This seminar is the perfect opportunity to assist textile and apparel professionals working in brands and retailers to come up to speed on changes and opportunities in the supply chain.
This years RITE Group Conference takes place on October 6th at Central Hall Westminster in London UK. Organizers have confirmed that exhibition space has been sold out and that a line up of notable figures from the fashion and textile industries will be speaking. Speakers include;
- Vicky Murray of Forum for the Future
- Sara Giorgi of Brook Lyndhurst
- Anna Harvey of Marks & Spencer
- Dorothy Maxwell, Global View Sustainability Services
- Paul Hulme of Huntsman Textile Effects
- Tom Podkolinski of Finisterre Outdoor and Surfwear
- Thomas Ursem of Rabobank
This years theme, “Shaping Tomorrows Industry”, focuses largely on sustainability touching on subjects such as;
- Fashion Futures 2025: Making Sense of Uncertainty. Scenarios for the Future of the Industry
- Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment – A Chemical Manufacturers View
- Consumer Attitudes and Behaviours Around Textile Purchasing, Use and Disposal.
- Global Cotton Production: Trends and Challenges in sustainability
- Sustainability in Textiles – Progress and Next Steps?
- Ethical Sourcing Issues
The goal and vision of RITE Group as stated on their website is to develop and provide advice and fact based information to reduce the negative environmental effects of the production, use and disposal of textiles and to drive forward the sustainable and ethical production of textiles and apparel throughout the global supply chain. They provide a forum for different sectors of the textile industry to share views and best practice and our success is based on the facilitation of discussions between industry, retail, academia, media, scientists, designers and government.