Watch the video – Future Fabrics Expo 2014

15th October 2014     Event Future Fabrics Expo The Sustainable Angle Video

written by Charlotte Turner

We’re really pleased to share our video of the 4th Future Fabrics Expo which took place in September 2014 as part of Fashion SVP at London Olympia Exhibition Centre.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can still access hundreds of the showcased low impact materials, and sustainability resources online at www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com – where we will continue to add new fabrics and resources throughout the year.

You can also see photos of the event here, and find out what exhibitors and visitors thought here.

The video was produced and edited by Chemical Images, who also made the video for the 3rd Future Fabrics Expo in 2013 – you can watch it here.

We’re delighted to share with you our video of the third Future Fabrics Expo which took place in September 2013 as part of Fashion SVP at London Olympia.

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More videos and photos of our events can be seen here.

Video production and edit by Chemical Images

written by Charlotte Turner

This week social enterprise production company The Rainbow Collective screened ‘The Machinists‘ (2010), a documentary by Hannan Majid and Richard York. The screening was in response to a series of recent tragedies in Bangladesh garment factories including fatal fires and the Rana factory collapse. These events collectively killed over 1,000 people and have prompted action throughout the world.

The documentary follows the Bangladesh National Garment Worker’s Federation and the stories of 3 very different garment factory workers, showing the detrimental effects of poor working and living conditions on the thousands of people in the garment industry, accounting for roughly 80% of Bangladesh’s exports. The already worrying statistics in the documentary have significantly worsened since the recent Rana factory collapse and factory fires in late 2012, bringing garment worker deaths in Bangladesh closer to 1,500 than the 200 stated in 2010.

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The Rainbow Collective therefore invites you to attend a special fundraising screening of their acclaimed documentary, followed by discussion with leading campaigners, film makers, and industry representatives. The event will be raising money to support the families bereaved by the Rana factory collapse disaster.

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written by Charlotte Turner

The Sustainable Angle was recently invited to attend The LAUCH 2020 summit hosted by Nike in Portland, USA, in partnership with NASA, The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State.

150 people were selected to attend the summit in order to share knowledge and collaborate ideas to help find ‘game-changing’ technologies and innovations with the potential to bring about a more sustainable textiles industry. After two days the Launch System Challenge 2013 was stated as seeking innovations in sustainable materials “that can have a major impact on people and the planet.”

Nike President & CEO, Mark Parker, was speaking at the LAUNCH 2020 Summit and stated “Innovation is most powerful when it’s activated by collaboration between unlikely partners, coupled with investment dollars, marketing know-how and determination. Now is the time for big, bold solutions. Incremental change won’t get us where we need to go fast enough or at a scale that makes a difference.”

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LAUNCH 2020 is particularly interested in innovations for materials which eliminate toxins in fabrics and which accelerate the development of low or positive environmental fabrics. Of particular significance to the initiative are innovations with the potential to scale-up in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. “Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.” – LAUNCH 2020.

Innovators, inventors, consultants, entrepreneurs, NGOs, research institutions, social enterprises and venture capitalists are invited to submit their ideas from now on until July 15, 2013.

The best ten proposals will be invited by LAUNCH 2020 partners to be presented in front of experts in the field, and the selected winners will receive support and financing in order to scale them up over the next two years.

LAUNCH 2013 Installation from nikeinc.com

LAUNCH 2013 Installation from nikeinc.com

For more information on the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013

We’re delighted to share with you our video of the second Future Fabrics Expo which took place in November 2012.

More videos and photos of our events can be seen here.

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You can also keep up to date on our vimeo channel.