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ASBCI conference to focus on sustainability

The ASBCI Spring Conference 2017, titled DOING THE RIGHT THING? Best practice for sustaining our people, planet and profits will take place on 5 April 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Peterborough, UK. Ten years ago, a leading retailer Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A placing sustainability on top of the global fashion industry agenda.

Since then the majority of big brands and retailers have implemented their own robust ethical and environmental sustainability programmes with the collective objective of protecting people and the planet. The best sustainability practices, processes and products are reducing waste, transport and material costs and boosting brand image, efficiency, customer loyalty and share prices.

The ASBCI sustainability conference has some expert speakers with experience of the most effective and commercial, sustainable initiatives and innovations lined up like Rakesh Vazirani, Director – Product Traceability & Environmental Information Management, TUV, Hong Kong, Keynote speaker Mike Barry, Director Plan A, Marks & Spencer. Prof Tim Cooper, Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption, Nottingham Trent University, Robin Anson, Editorial Director, Textiles Intelligence, and Graham Burden, Director, Sustainable Textile Solutions.

The second part of the conference, will have Elaine Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Berghaus, Guido Rimini, Head of Marketing, Apparel Europe, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel SE & Co., Ross Barry, Lawrence M Barry & Co and finally, Tara Luckman, Fabric & Sustainability Manager, ASOS.COM

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) was formed in 1992, arising from the British Interlining Manufacturers Association. Since 1992, the ASBCI has grown from 20 members to over 100 including some of the most prestigious names within the clothing and textile industry, forming a huge pool of expertise.

The Association organises a series of specialist conferences and seminars throughout the year on various key subjects. The ASBCI is concerned with new technology, new ideas and new care labelling standards; and has an effective representation of members' interests in the UK, European and International standards committees