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Sourcing - Understand deforestation in your supply chain
Deforestation is one of the most high-profile challenges for the leather industry. The sustainability challenges of cattle farming are widely reported and customers are demanding to know what action companies are taking to address the risks in your supply chain.
Netherlands - Smit & Zoon granted level 3 ZDHC certification for all wet-end products made in the Netherlands and China
Smit & Zoon is committed to making the leather supply chain sustainable, together. One of the focal points of this effort is zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in leather manufacturing. That is why receiving the highest level of ZDHC certification matters a lot to Smit Group CEO Hans van Haarst: “Certification is the result of our relentless drive and ongoing mission to make the leather value chain sustainable”, he explains.
Exports - Global leather-sector exports worth €212 billion
France’s national leather industry body, the Conseil National du Cuir, has published a far-reaching statistical analysis of the global leather industry in 2018. It explained that the time it took to obtain data from all the countries it wanted to include meant it was only now able to publish figures for 2018, reports Leatherbiz.
APLF Exhibitors in 2019
2020 always looked like a difficult year but who would have expected as December ended that the year was going to be dominated by another event like SARS 17 years ago. It panicked the world and led to the postponement of the APLF fair in Hong Kong.
Design-A-Bag (DAB) is the only global online bag design event of its kind for freelance designers and design students, is now open for entries until 20 Jan 2020 (HKT 23:59). The competition is organised by Fashion Access and Arsutoria School who also sponsors the event.
Sustainable business is now considered good business. Increasingly sustainable development considerations are being addressed across all levels of successful organisations, not confined to a narrow definition of responsibility. By fully integrating a Sustainable approach throughout your business you can add value, differentiate against competitors and deliver commercial benefit in an authentic and responsible way.
Take a biologist, add a dash of creativity plus a dose of the latest trends and you get L’Officina. A rich blend of style and chemistry, the creative laboratory plays with combinations and textures to create new finishes and applications in the leather-making process. Let’s take a look at science and innovation, the core ingredients of a fashion company that is one of a kind.
While the entire fashion industry is being challenged and is re-thinking itself and amidst talk of establishing Paris as the capital of sustainable fashion before the Olympic Games in 2024, APLF.com asks Paris-based Fashion Trends Setter and Sustainable Fashion consultant, Anne Liberati of Anne Studio Liberati, how she foresees the future of the industry.
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