gsm on Innatex 36

28 January 2015
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Photo: Christian Grewe/Innatex
HOFHEIM/WALLAU. ALso this year, gsm supported the just ended international trade fair for sustainable textiles, Innatex, which takes place twice a year in Hofheim-Wallau, near Franfkurt, Germany. As partner of the organizing Muevo GmbH, gsm assumed the task of checking the compliance fo the exhibitors with the admission criteria and was part of the panel discussion about the sustainability of fibres.

Special topic of the fringe programme at the trade fair was the sustainability of different fibres. In the context of a panel discussion titled, "Natural, regenerated, vegan - which fibre is the most sustainable?". Fashion creators, scientists and sustainability expert, including gsm Textile Compliance Manager Elena Geuking, informed and discussed about advantages and disadvantages of the different types of fibres with regards to environmental protection, animal welfare and recycling possibilities.

In the event, moderated by Janine Steeger, visitors - especially trade buyers and exhibitors - gain insides and industry know-how of the sustainable fibre production. One thing became clear: Not only the type of fibre decides on the degree of sustainabilty of the a product, but above all the processing, the treatment of the material and the applied technology in the later stages of the value chain. Each stage can include different risks, which need to be minimised. It is important to consicer closed life-cycle systems and a balanced cos-benefit-calculation.

A responsible behaviour of designers and consumers is necessary, too: Blended fabrics, e.g. cotton with elastane, are very popular, but the possibilities for recycling are limited. Another example is the finishing of so called high performance textiles, which functionality often bears no reasonable relation wiht the actual utilisation. In this context, many questions are still open and innovative concepts are needed.


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