Textile Exchange Encourages Companies to Measure Their Environmental Impact

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Textile Exchange today announced the next conversation in their Collaborative Learning Series, scheduled for March 12 and 13. The webinar will feature Laurence Smith and Dr. Sabine Dimling, two leading sustainability experts who will cover the topic, “Conversations on Measuring Sustainability.”

Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry, today announced the next topic in their unique and interactive collaborative learning series. The March 12 and March 13 topic will be “Conversations on Measuring Sustainability” and will focus on the various ways the textile industry can reduce its impact on the environment and upon communities and society at large simply by understanding the impact each company makes. Two prominent experts on this topic will participate in the webinar. Laurence Smith, Senior Researcher at the Organic Research Center, UK, and Dr. Sabine Deimling, Sustainability Expert, Food and Agriculture Sector, PE International based in Germany.

Laurence Smith is Senior Sustainability Researcher at the Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, UK. His work is focused on the development and application of sustainability assessment tools and farm-system modeling. Laurence is also leading a work package within the Defra and Devolved Administration funded Greenhouse Gas Platform and is pursuing a part-time PhD at Cranfield University exploring the impacts of a large-scale conversion to organic farming in England and Wales.

Dr Sabine Deimling has a master degree of Agriculture Biology and a PhD in Agriculture Science from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. She has over eight years experience in LCA, specializing in agricultural and forestry systems. At PE International, Sabine is responsible for the renewable resources sector, including agriculture and food production, renewable energy, forestry production, food packaging and material use of renewables. She has experience in setting up databases on renewable materials and has led on the development of specific models within GaBi Software for complex agrarian processes. Sabine is a member of the Technical Working Group “land use change” of the WRI and WBCSD Initiative developing the “Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard.

This webinar is part of a learning series is called “Rethinking and Reshaping Sustainable Sourcing.” The overall aim of the program is to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for textile brands and manufacturers seeking more sustainable sourcing models and materials options. The program covers a total of six related topics via webinars, blogs and social media interaction. Anyone can register for the webinars ($50 USD/session or $200 for the five remaining installments; the program is free for Textile Exchange members (who must still register). All registered participants will be able to download the sessions after the initial event. Visit http://textileexchange.org/webinars/upcoming for registration.

Prior to each webinar, participants can prepare for the conversation by following Textile Exchange’s blog which will introduce the topic and encourage questions for the experts who will be featured in the webinar.

The collaborative learning series is one of many shared learning experiences offered by Textile Exchange in preparation for their annual Sustainable Textiles Conference. The 2013 conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey November 11-13.

ABOUT TEXTILE EXCHANGE
Textile Exchange is a membership-based non-profit dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry. We envision a textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives. The Industry Integrity teams work in standards and certification is foundational to the work of Textile Exchange. Other TE standards include the Organic Content Standard and the Global Recycle Standard.

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