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Sustainable Sourcing Masterclasses: Learn From Experts And Connect With Suppliers

Our Sustainable Sourcing Masterclasses are designed to help buyers, sourcing professionals, and designers to source key materials, fibres, and fabrics more sustainably.

Our Sustainable Sourcing Masterclasses are designed to help buyers, sourcing professionals, and designers to source key materials, fibres, and fabrics more sustainably. Each masterclass is led by a member of our team, and a guest industry expert - a professional or organisation with deep sector-specific knowledge - and combines information, practical strategy, and supplier connections to provide you with actionable insights that you can apply to your role or business.

Post masterclass, you'll get access to a Masterclass Manual that summarises the key insights, and connects you with a list of relevant suppliers that you can begin to build relationships with. 

Register for the upcoming webinars below. 

*Complete* Masterclass #06: Sourcing Fabrics To Reduce Climate Impact

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Experts: Charles Ross, a sportswear textiles specialist and academic at the Royal College of Art London; Nishanth Chopra, founder of Oshadi; Sury Bagenal, former head of design at British casualwear brand Seasalt.

Will we be leaning towards biosynthetics in the near future or finding clever ways to mine the synthetics that already exist? Is regenerative agriculture the future of natural fibres? And how can brands find smart ways to source preferred fibres without breaking the bank? Get answers to these and many more fabric sourcing questions in our Masterclass recording and downloadable manual.

Access the recording and masterclass manual here


*Complete* Masterclass #05: Reduce Your Carbon Manufacturing Footprint

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Experts: Kathleen Buckingham, director of sustainability at TentreeMr GS Periwal, CEO of Norlanka Manufacturing; Pilar Prior Fernandez, leading expert on ESG strategies, who headed up CSR and Sustainability for AWWG (Pepe, Hackett, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Pepe Jeans).

Which brands are leading on scope 3 emissions? What does current best practice look like? What affordable tools and resources can brands use to tackle emissions in their supply chains? How can brands move beyond mitigating impact to a climate positive strategy? What are the quick wins that are good for business as well as the environment? Get answers to these and many more questions in our Masterclass recording and downloadable manual.

Access the recording and masterclass manual here


*Complete* Masterclass #04: How To Take Action On Biodiversity In Fashion

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Experts: Dr Gemma Cranston director of the Business and Nature Team at  Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership;  Dr Sam Sinclair of biodiversity consultancy Biodiversify, and Dr Katrina ole-MoiYoi sustainability sourcing expert at Kering.

This year has been dubbed the super year for nature and biodiversity by the UN. It has therefore never been a more prescient time to be looking at the relationship between fashion and biodiversity. This Masterclass gives you the low-down on the key impacts of fashion on biodiversity and how you can put a biodiversity strategy in place for your business as well as providing you with best practice case studies for inspiration. 

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*Complete* Masterclass #03: Sustainable Fabric Innovation

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Experts: Amanda Johnston, The Sustainable Angle; and Alessia Gotti, luxury textiles consultant; and Helen Palmer, Director of Knitwear, Materials and Textiles at WGSN.

Confused about what biofabrication is? Not sure what is meant by regenerative agriculture? Keen to find out what the upcoming sustainable fibre and fabric trends will be? Then this masterclass is for you. 

We give you the low-down on the most exciting fabric innovations, explaining in simple terms what they are and why we think they will be game-changing for the fashion and textile industry going forward. 

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*Complete* Masterclass #02: Sourcing Sustainable Packaging

In partnership with: Aquapak and Sekoplas

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Expert: Niamh O’Laoighre, Product Development Manager at Finisterre

Plastic packaging used in supply chain logistics and distribution is a growing issue, especially with e-commerce rapidly rising - the market is predicted to grow from $408 billion in 2017 to more than $706 billion by 2022. In this masterclass, we'll be exploring what sustainable solutions exist, and where you can find them. 

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*Complete* Masterclass #01: Sourcing Sustainable Cotton

In partnership with: Dibella India

Hosted by: Melanie Plank

Guest Expert: Jenny Hulme - Buying Director at People Tree

Cotton is the most used natural fibre - making up around 21% of all fibre used in apparel production. In this masterclass, we'll be discussing the ins and outs of sourcing sustainable cotton. What is the difference between Fairtrade, organic and Better Cotton Initiative? REEL and Cotton Made in Africa? What steps do a sourcing team need to take to start sourcing more sustainably?

Access the recording and masterclass manual here

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