Sustainable Apparel Coalition to Host Planet Textiles at ITMA 2023

Milan, Italy: Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral Square in the sunrise
January 18, 2023

Event to focus on technology innovation to drive industry transformation and future-proof global supply chains 

San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hong Kong – January 18, 2023: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2023 edition of Planet Textiles at this year’s Textile & Garment Technology Exhibition (ITMA 2023), the world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition, on June 12-13 at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition center in Italy.

Planet Textiles will see the SAC bring together industry leaders and topic experts with a commitment to drive sustainability improvements throughout global supply chains. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore ITMA 2023, network with international peers and share learnings and best practices on how collective action can help accelerate industry transformation and future-proof manufacturing processes. Across the two days, delegates will explore technology innovations and the latest thinking on circularity, sustainability measurement, decarbonization and much more. Delegates will also get the latest updates on the SAC’s Higg Index suite of tools, including those related to its independent, third-party review.

Planet Textiles is a licensed brand of MCL News & Media, who will be working in close partnership with the SAC to ensure the event continues to provide the very best experience for attending delegates by bringing together leading brands, retailers, textile manufacturers, nonprofits and academic institutions.

Lee Green, Senior Director, Communications at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, said, “We are living in a climate emergency. There is an urgent need to accelerate action and spur global change; we believe in the power of collaboration and collective action to achieve this. As such, we are delighted to be hosting this year’s Planet Textiles at ITMA 2023 and in collaboration with MCL News. Planet Textiles is renowned within the industry as a key sustainability event, so we have a lot of responsibility to ensure we deliver the very best program and speakers in Milan. We look forward to bringing together our global community to take advantage of this unique opportunity alongside tens of thousands of ITMA visitors as we explore sustainability innovation across the supply chain and the vital role played by manufacturers”.

Registrations for Planet Textiles 2023 will open on January 31. To learn more, visit the SAC’s dedicated event content.

Owned by CEMATEX, ITMA is the place where the industry converges every four years to showcase the latest textile and garment processing technologies, machinery and materials, promote collaborations and forge partnerships.

 

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About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition:

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an independent and impact-creating organization that aims to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability based upon a joint approach for measuring, evaluating, and improving performance.

As a non-profit organization, it has members from across the apparel, footwear and textile sector, but exists independently outside any one company so that it can drive progress. The SAC’s collective action efforts bring more than 280 global brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs, academics and industry associations together. They represent about half of the apparel and footwear industry along the whole supply chain – from sustainability pioneers to organizations just getting started.

Before the SAC existed, companies worked in a siloed way, using their own programmes and measurements that lacked standardization and an ability to drive collective action. In 2010, Walmart and Patagonia identified this as a serious problem. Joining forces, they brought together peers and competitors from across the sector, to develop a universal approach to measuring sustainability performance and founded The Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

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