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Sustainability in Action

In 2022, UKFT and The Textile Livery Group came together to create a unique event to share best practice on sustainability within the UK textile industry and discuss how the sector can grow its capacity and capability, while remaining competitive.

However, the overwhelming message from both presenters and audience at last year’s conference was that there is still a very large knowledge gap in the sector.

Solutions, lessons and definitions

The second UKFT Sustainability conference on 28 September in London will build on the success of the 2022 event by providing clear, industry-relevant help and guidance specifically for the UK textile industry. The speakers will offer advice on how to improve performance, measure and monitor progress and communicate environmental credentials. The conference will give a clearer overview of the relevant environmental merits (or otherwise) of various fibres and certification schemes and an outline of the current landscape for sustainability legislation.

Scope & Audience

Sustainability is a very complex issue. It can also mean many different things with very different implications depending on the company type and where it sits in the supply chain. The first conference deliberately chose to focus solely on the UK textile manufacturing sector as its audience and did not open the event to retail – neither as guests or presenters.

While not ignoring the impact of fashion retail on the planet, UKFT firmly believes that focusing on helping the textile UK manufacturing industry will deliver both meaningful and measurable impact. The sector is overlooked in most mainstream sustainability discussions but the rewards could be significant. Helping the textile manufacturing sector better understand, measure and market sustainability credentials will see the sector increase sales both at home and abroad, leading in turn to greater employment in the sector.

Join us on 28 September in London.

Registration opens soon.


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