Have you noticed, that our session on digitalisation and new business models is led by women! We welcome to the stage Caroline Ledl who will join us with her perspectives and the idea behind Refibra™ fiber – Lenzing’s initiative to drive circular economy in the textile world.

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Anne Prahl is a London-based independent research, design and innovation consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fashion and sportswear industry, where she has worked for brands including Nike, Puma, Ellesse, Esprit, Speedo, Marks & Spencer and trend forecaster WGSN. Since completing her Master’s Degree in Design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2009, she has been specialising in design-driven sustainable innovation, which explores and creates opportunities to utilise better material and manufacturing solutions, as well as embedding resource efficiency and more sustainable product consumption directly into the design process.

Anne’s projects are diverse and have included the creative re-use and recycling of obsolete stock, the design of sustainable concept collections, the development of unique sustainable design strategies for global brands and start-ups, and inspiring other industry professionals through webinars, collaborative design projects, interactive workshops, tailor-made tools and mentoring. Anne is a regular speaker at international conferences and industry events and contributes to a selection of industry platforms and publications, including the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (2012), Greenpeace’s ‘Fashion at the crossroads’ report (2017) and Innovation in Textiles, the leading website for the global textiles industry.

In our breakout session “digitalization and new business models”, she will share her views and concepts with the panel and audience.

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Individual design, modern, eco-friendly printing technologies and a huge variety of possibilities for getting hands on your fabric – this is Spoonflower.

“Innovations in the textile industry have allowed for tremendous improvements in the sustainability of the industry and at Spoonflower we take our environmental impact seriously. From an eco-friendly print process to green practices through our factories we strive to limit our carbon footprint while seeking ways to reduce and reuse our waste in everything we do.”

Allison Tate has launched the Spoonflower brand in Germany while developing a blueprint for future market expansion. She managed to grow revenue in Germany by 100.3% year over year, oversaw the implementation of Spoonflower branding across European channels while developing the cohesive voice and visual for new markets.

In our breakout session “digitalization and new business models” she will explain how the Spoonflower concept works and what it is driven by.

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Programme Preview from the Advisory Board 2018

How do we educate the market in case of making the biggest impact on sustainability for our industry? It´s imperative that we not just do, what feels good, but what we do is based on scientifically based targets.  Those are two out of twelve voices from our honoured members of the advisory board, that work together with us to create a beneficial and relevant programme for the Sustainable Textile School 2018. Watch the whole film here and get some sneak preview into topics and first insights of how we gonna change education to master sustainable engineering of the circular textile chain.


Corizon – an introduction

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Logo TerrotWith 155 years of know-how in knitting and more than 310 employees in Germany, Italy and China, Terrot is one of the most successful manufacturers of circular knitting machines worldwide. Our headquarters are located in Chemnitz, a town which has a long tradition in the textile engineering.
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Portrait of the OEKO-TEX® Association


The Sustainable Textile School would like to thank their supporters.
Part IV: The OEKO-TEX® Association

A competent partner for the textile chain regarding sustainability and human-ecologically safe products

With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. We are happy to support initiatives like the Sustainable Textile School because we welcome the implementation of a global network with the aim to create sustainable textile supply chains. This allows to engage in dialogue and to form partnerships, because the platform covers the entire supply chain.  Read More

Portrait of Südwolle Group

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The Sustainable Textile School would like to thank their supporters.
Part III: Südwolle Group

We are not just a spinner, we are your partner.

Südwolle Group produces dyed and natural worsted yarns in 100% wool and wool blends. We are a family-owned business, dating back to 1966 and headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany.

Our products are woven and knitted into fashion, lifestyle, outdoor consumer and corporate apparel, as well as into upholstery and other technical textiles. Read More

Portrait of Zschimmer & Schwarz

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The Sustainable Textile School would like to thank their supporters.
Part II: Zschimmer & Schwarz

With 29 companies in 15 countries on 5 continents, the Zschimmer & Schwarz Group, founded in Chemnitz in 1894, is a leading manufacturer of speciality chemical products. More than 1,300 employees (of which 500 work at the current headquarters in Lahnstein) are developing individual solutions, ‘made by Zschimmer & Schwarz’, for well-known customers from numerous countries and the most varied sectors.  Read More