2016 CONFERENCE – SAVE THE DATE!

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Save the date for Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference being held in the beautiful port city of Hamburg, Germany on October 3-6, 2016.
The line-up of events will include:

  • October 3: Conference Check-in and evening Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • October 4-5: Full Day Conference and Events
  • October 6: Organic Cotton Round Table
  • October 7-10: TExcursions (Tour options to be announced)

This global multi-day event brings together approximately 350 of the textile industries top leaders in the sustainability arena – we like to call them “Change-Makers.” These change-makers bring a great deal of diversity to the table as they come from more than 30 countries, covering an array of experiences from just beginning the sustainable journey to being veterans of many years, as well as representing every facet of the textile industry from farmers, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and more.
The conference will cover many topics with particular focus on the areas of TE’s expertise of Integrity and Standards, Fiber and Materials, and Supply Chain. A call for papers will be sent out very soon allowing attendees to give input into the content that is covered. If you’re not currently on our mailing list, contact us to be added and to get more more information on the conference and call for papers. UPDATE February 3, 2016: We are now accepting Call for Papers and Tour Host Applications through February 18. Click here to access.

Following last years conference, over 60 attendees participated in five separate tours that gave a personal experience to the farming and manufacturing processes in India where the conference was held. It was so wildly popular, that we are planning to offer tours following the conference this year too. These tours will most likely be within a train ride or short flight distance from Hamburg and will offer a variety of experiences for the attendee. Watch for more information on this at the time that conference registration opens in March.

This conference is only made possible by the support of TE Members and Conference Sponsors. The following sponsors have already pledged their support. Contact us to find out how you can join these leaders by sponsoring this great event.

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Location of the Conference:

The conference will be held at the Grand-Elysee in Hamburg. This beautiful venue is one of the few that could offer the amount of space that we need for the conference. In addition to housing the event, we have a limited number of rooms also secured for our guests. Lodging bookings will be available through TE starting in March and more information will be available on our website soon.

A Brief History of TE’s Conference:

The Textile Sustainability Conference rotates around the globe each year to make it feasible for everyone to participate as often as possible. A following is a listing of where the conference has been held in the past:

  • 2015 – Mumbai, India
  • 2014 – Portland, Oregon, USA
  • 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2012 – Hong Kong
  • 2011 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010 – New York City, New York, USA
  • 2009 – Seattle, Washington, USA
  • 2008 – Porto, Portugal

Who Can You Expect to See at the Conference?

The following is a sampling of attendees from past conferences:
adidas, bluesign, Bossa Denim, Burberry, C&A, Clariant, Desigual, DuPont, DyStar, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Egedeniz Tekstil, Esprit, Esquel, GAP, G-Star Raw, H&M, Hess Natur, Hong Kong Non-Wovens, Huntsman, Inditex, Jockey, Kowa, Lenzing, Li & Fung, L.L. Bean, Marks and Spencer, Muji, Nike, Nordstrom, Novozymes, Orta Anadolu, Otto Group, Patagonia, Pottery Barn, PPR, Pratibha Syntex, PT Indorama, PUMA, Quiksilver, Reebok, REI, Remei, SANKO, SGS Consumer Testing, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Target, Tchibo GmbH, The North Face, Unifi, Woolworth’s SA and many, many more.

Have you been to one of our conferences in the past? Comment below to tell us about your experience and what you hope to gain from the 2016 Textile Sustainability Conference.

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