Sustainable Apparel Workshop - NYC 2012

Applying sustainability to the apparel and textile industry
Thursday, March 1, 2012 / 9:00am - 5:00pm
New York City, USA / Arvind Denim Lab's Soho Loft
Arvind Denim Lab
584 Broadway, Suite 801
New York City, NY  10012
(In SoHo between Prince & Houston Streets)
Sustainable Apparel Workshop, in review:

On March 1, Textile Exchange hosted the Sustainable Apparel Workshop in NYC to rave reviews.  The 41 attendees engaged in group exercises to frame their current supply-chain, then identify key areas of production where there is potential for impact in sustainability issues.  These impacts were identified as more than just environmental and social concerns, there is potential for a positive impact on companies’ bottom line.
Attendees ranged from brands & retailers like Phillips Van Huesen, Jones New York, Ann Inc. and Target, to other industry players like Bayer CropScience, Cotton Inc. and OneCert; along with many others.
To anyone interested in reviewing the presentations from this workshop, we are offering complete access for a $50 USD fee.  This fee will contribute to North America’s next TE Sustainable Apparel Workshop in Southern California, please watch for August dates to be announced soon.


Update - February 27, 2011

We’re happy to report that next week’s workshop is sold out.  If you’re not planning to attend there is still good news for you – we will make available a full review of the workshop, including presentations, after the workshop is completed on March 1.  If you’re interested in this, please email:  Companies that are registered to join us in NYC can be viewed below.
Also, be watching for an announcement soon - we’re planning to bring the Sustainable Apparel Workshop back to the West Coast in Southern California later this year!

This event is SOLD OUT

Textile Exchange invites you to a unique workshop focused on sustainability in the apparel and textile supply chain.  This hands-on workshop provides a deep dive into the key aspects of social and environmental sustainability from design to manufacturing. Seats are intentionally limited in order to provide a hands-on learning environment with interactive discussions. Various exercises will allow attendees to begin implementing alternatives right away into operations through awareness and knowledge, while being primed for future sustainability strategy.  

The main content of the workshop will include:

·      Overview on the impacts of the apparel industry, socially & environmentally
·      Sustainable Materials – detailed descriptions on organic, recycled & cellulosic
·      Responsible Processing – dyeing & finishing
·      Ethical Manufacturing
·      Product Integrity, Transparency, Certification & Labeling

This workshop is especially designed for attendees involved in:

·      Buying, Sourcing & Production
·      Design
·      Fabric and Garment Development
·      Marketing and Communication
·      Educators for fashion and design

Sponsored By:
 Arvind Denim Lab         Lenzing

Final list of Companies Registered to Attend: (updated as of February 23, 2012)
Ann Inc.
Anvil Knitwear
Arvind Denim Lab
Bayer CropScience
Bennett & Company
Clariant International
Cotton Inc.
Deer Creek Fabrics
Disney Consumer Products
DyStar LP
Esquel Group
Faherty Brand
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Hohenstein Institute
Jones New York
L.L. Bean
Olah Inc.
OneCert, Inc.
Organic Trade Association (OTA)
Portico Brand Group
PVH Corp.
RESTORE Clothing
Unifi, Inc.
Vertically Integrated Apparel, Inc.
Women's Wear Daily

Time Topic Details Presenter
8:30 – 9:00 Registration - Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.
9:00 – 9:45 Welcome & Sustainability Introduction Introductions around the room, then overview of the impacts of the apparel industry - socially & environmentally. Daren Abney,
Textile Exchange
9:45 – 10:30 Lifecycle of the Apparel Supply Chain Exercise – Detailing out all of the impacts of the supply chain through environmental and social lenses. Nicole Bassett,
Textile Exchange
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Materials Panel Discussion This facilitated panel discussion will look at the impact of fiber and fabrics manufacturing, and why decisions around which material is used has both social and environmental impacts.  Panel presentation:
Organic - Anvil Knitwear,
Recycled- RESTORE Clothing,
Cellulosics- Lenzing 
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, provided by Lenzing                           
1:00 – 2:00 Dyeing & Finishing Dyeing exercise and presentation on the key issues in the dyeing and finishing process.   Bryan Dill,
Clariant International
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Ethical Manufacturing Review of current global manufacturing issues.  Presentation on opportunities for companies to implement better operating practices.  Nicole Bassett,
Textile Exchange
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Industry Integrity Presentation on certifications through authentic marketing. How to protect the integrity of your products and your company through proper labeling. Nicole Bassett,
Textile Exchange
4:30 – 5:00 Questions and Wrap-Up Opportunity to answer questions and address any issues raised throughout the day.  Daren and Nicole,
Textile Exchange 


*Please note - Seats are intentionally limited in order to provide a hands-on learning environment with interactive discussions. 

This event is SOLD OUT

Registration Fee: $545 USD per attendee

Discounted Fee for TE Members: $495 USD per attendee

For more information contact Daren Abney.

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