Ecotextyle project progress
Delegates from 20 companies attended a SATRA workshop which led to a stimulating debate identifying that, while many companies are aware of the concepts of sustainability schemes, the detailed practical information related to their implementation is not clear and further guidance would be welcomed.
Many of those in attendance felt that any training modules should be produced with the intention of infusing ‘sustainability thinking’ throughout an entire manufacturing operation and then out and into the supply chain.
The first Ecotextyle meeting was convened in Spain where European participant organisations gathered to report on the independent workshops they had held previously in their own countries. As well as SATRA for the UK there were representatives from Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Poland.
SATRA’s John Hubbard and Tom Bayes commented that the group identified a number of different modular learning units - Product Life-Cycle Analysis; Eco Design; Environmental Footprint; Eco Labelling and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) - from which to create an online learning platform for the footwear and textiles industries.
The organisations will now work on one module each and reconvene in June 2018 at SATRA’s main headquarters in the UK to update each other on progress.