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2018 Textile Sustainability Conference (updated October 4, 2018)

22. October 2018 - 24. October 2018

This year’s Textile Sustainability Conference organized by Textile Exchange will be held in Milan, Italy on October 22-24 with a theme of United By Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion

Textile Exchange conferences offer attendees unparalleled opportunities to connect with industry pioneers and learn about cutting edge solutions and innovations in textile and apparel sustainability.

  1. LEARN

from the textile and apparel industry’s top leaders about real solutions to drive sustainability throughout the value chain, and increase the use of preferred fibers and materials within the industry—and your business.


in a meaningful way with others who seek to create a more sustainable and responsible fibers and materials industry; hear leading experts speak on how they’re confronting the most pressing challenges—and share your own story.

  1. GAIN

valuable knowledge on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including engagement models, mapping strategies, case studies and regional opportunities.


by the progress being made in the textile and apparel space and learn what actions you can take, individually and/or collectively, to be a more effective sustainability leader.

  1. SHAPE

the future of the textile industry by joining a powerful community of brands, retailers and companies, small and large, at the cutting edge of sustainability.

This year’s Conference

Under the theme UNITED BY ACTION: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion, our plenaries and breakout sessions are packed with top level speakers who will share insights and intelligence on topics including:

  • Sustainability in the luxury sector
  • Apparel business models that a drive the circular economy
  • Tools and innovations that address water scarcity and sustainable manufacturing
  • New government-backed textile initiatives
  • Forestry and climate
  • Standards and their impacts
  • The value chain’s biggest human rights challenges
  • Sustainable Development Goals engagement models
  • And so much more!

The agenda can be found here

We have brought together some serious leadership to talk about circularity and what apparel companies need to do to meet surging consumer demand while reining in social and environmental costs.

Paola Migliorini, of the European Commission, kicks off our line-up of discussions by explaining recently enacted industry-wide agreements, rules and directives that aim to increase recycling and promote a circular economy. Next, Deborah Drew, from the World Resources Institute, will talk about why business models that reuse clothing (as in rentals, resales, and repairs) are needed for responsible business growth, the ever-evolving demand for these services, and how apparel companies can start to assess their own options. And, Francois Souchet, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, discusses the group’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, sharing how stakeholders can engage.

In a separate plenary session, you will also learn about an innovative, cross-sector collaboration from Mattias Bodin of H&M, Maurizio Crippa of gr3n, and Frederic Dreux of Unilever. The three will share their experiences with a promising new industrial process to chemically recycle PET bottles, food containers and even textiles.

And there is more, with various breakout sessions taking even deeper dives into circularity. Sign up to participate in a highly interactive discussion that will include Birgit Altmann of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Andrea Franchi of Buzzi Lab, Ashley Gil of Textile Exchange, Bill Jasper of Two Eleven Associates, Karla Magruder of Fabrikology and Sophie Saint of Texaid, who will come together to talk about building circular systems—what they are and exactly what needs to happen to get them up and running.

Then, listen in on a critical conversation about making a market for clothing reuse with the World Resources Institute’s Austin Dickerson and Eliot Metzger, along with Deborah Drew.

There’s even more still in the works. Soon-to-be announced speakers will cover topics like the tools available to the industry to verify environmental and social impacts of production, processing and the quality of materials in a special session and new regulatory measures.

The apparel industry and the Sustainable Development Goals—how your brand or company can engage. 

It’s a discussion you definitely won’t want to miss: we’re exploring how the Sustainable Development Goals represent a host of business opportunities while addressing critical operational risks.

The conversation begins with a plenary session focused on the just-released Threading the Needle sector report, produced by global advisory firm KPMG in partnership with Textile Exchange. Identifying an SDG engagement framework that focuses on eight SDGs where the apparel industry can have the most impact, the report also highlights a number of case studies in which the SDGs are being implemented by companies. Plenary speakers include Joanne Beatty from KPMG; Angelika Guldt from Lenzing AG, one of the case study companies, and Caterina Conti, who led the effort on behalf of Textile Exchange.

Next, make sure to catch the accompanying break-out session about regional progress and the capacity of key sourcing regions and countries to implement the SDGs—all based on an SDG Readiness Index. Moderated by United Nations SDG consultant Karen Newman, the session will feature KPMG‘s Joanne Beatty and Jeremiah Magpile and Dr. Patrick Schröeder from the Institute of Development Studies. 
REMEMBER: the conference is just a few weeks away, and there are only 10 days left before late registration fees go into effect!

Register now and make sure you do not miss these and other conversations about the textile and apparel industry’s most pressing sustainability topics.

Excursions proposed after the Conference:

Late registration is still possible!




22. October 2018
24. October 2018