This conference was a celebration of sustainability as an opportunity rather than an onerous obligation.
Today, I have spent a most inspiring day with some 80 people committed to making the world a better place by putting environmental and social responsibility at the heart of what they do.
While Australia’s fibre, textile, carpet, apparel and design industries are facing huge challenges to retain, let alone grow markets, businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of meeting the challenges of ecological and socially sustainable development.
The 2014 TCF Green Conference organized by Apical International on behalf of the fibre, textile, carpet, apparel and design Industries Association Consortium*, brought together international and domestic presenters responsible for the development and implementation of innovative solutions.
They showed how the drivers for change and innovation to advance sustainability performance, also offered opportunities for the fibre, textile, carpet and apparel industries.
The conference was a celebration of sustainability as an opportunity rather than an onerous obligation.
Themes centred on sustainable fibre, textile and apparel production, consumer behaviour, ethical sourcing as well as showcasing new and emerging technologies.
In the lead-up to the conference, the ACCC reminded retailers, importers and the broader textile industry of the increasingly active role of regulators in the face of potentially hazardous imports. The ACCC required Australian retailers to recall some 166,000 items of textile and clothing identified as containing unacceptable concentrations of a hazardous dye. The action highlighted one of the conundrums in the sustainability realm, particularly in fibre choice today. The issue is not just a health issue for the consumer but for the health and wellbeing of the third world communities producing these dyes and products.