The 2023 edition, hosted at Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo in Milan, will build on the insights from last year’s symposium and deep-dive into themes such as sustainable forestry, legislation, policies and traceability, the future of fashion and next generation solutions as well as exploring the industry’s path forward.
New for this year is an exhibition space, highlighting game-changing material innovation products from sustaintech companies, including both established and emerging players. The exhibition and showcase space aim to provide valuable insights and access to the most innovative solutions within the fashion and textile supply chain.
CTF is reserved for industry professionals and stakeholders from the fashion, textile, and forest industries. The event has a limited number of seats, sign up to secure your ticket.
Stay tuned for the full speaker line-up.
Challenge the Fabric 2023 will take place on May 9 – 10, in Milan
Introduction and welcome
Forest to fabrics; the importance of sustainable forest practices
This panel discusses the importance of sustainable forest management. Topics
that will be discussed are centered around how sustainable forestry
management is defined, how farmers work with their forests to ensure and
protect the biodiversity, regeneration capacity and reforestation. The panel will
also discuss what sustainable forest management mean for different regions of
the world as well as how it influences sourcing strategies and the demands on
raw material suppliers.
Legislation, Policy, and Traceability
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in legislation related to sustainability in textiles. For example, the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles will require the use of more sustainable and recycled materials as well as identification through the Digital Project Passport (DPP). Organizations such as the Textile Exchange are supporting the industry by developing standards to classify preferred materials. Also new startups are focusing on helping brands achieve visibility on their supply chains. How can fashion brands and suppliers alike navigate this new landscape? What role can stakeholders like innovators, NGO’s and industry organizations play? What is required to educate and disseminate knowledge on legislation, policy, and traceability? This panel will explore these important topics.
Committing to the future of Next Generation Solutions
This panel discusses the collective commitment at COP27 by brands such as Kering, H&M, Inditex to purchase over half a million tonnes of fibres stemming from Next Generation Solutions. The panel will address what this commitment means for the innovators in terms of the need for scaling, investments and partnerships and the potential challenges of reaching the scale needed.
Shaping the path forward
This panel will focus on how we can shape the path towards fashion’s sustainable future and highlight the possibilities within the MMCF field. It will discuss the importance of cross industry collaborations and how we can create long lasting change by engaging different stake holders from different industries. What can we learn from the development of other fibre categories or other industries? What will be critical to continue to grow in an innovative
and sustainable way?
Conclusion – Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman