ISPO MUNICH 2018 responsibility material

A summary of the responsibility material presented during events at ISPO 2018, along with links to the relevant files.

State of play for DWRs – Current and future challenges
Monday 29th January, 09:30 – 11:00

Stefan Posner and Christona Joensson (both SWEREA) started this presentation with an overview of legislation and the chemicals that may soon be under scrutiny, before focusing more specifically on new knowledge and the current understanding of DWR technology, both PFAS and non-fluorinated. This incorporated environmental and health concerns, regulatory issues, and review of ongoing research.

The following emerging questions were discussed:

  • Will these substances stay in our environment forever?
  • Are so called short chain any less harmful than long chain PFAS?
  • Should we be concerned about non-fluorinated alternatives?

Stefan and Christona also gave insights into recent observation on ageing and leeching under real conditions; including performance results so far.

You can download the presentation here.


Microfibre pollution: Current understanding and global strategy
Monday 29th January, 14:30 – 16:00

Speaker: Sophie Mather (Biov8tion), Katy Stevens (EOG), Nicole Espey (BSI)

Microfibre pollution is an ongoing challenge that the textile and garment industry is still trying to understand as a necessary precursor to solution finding through innovation. Katy Stevens (EOG), Sophie Mather (bio8vation) and Nicole Espey (BSI) presented three different case studies on:

  • A global understanding of the problem, and current remediation strategies
  • Research on PET polymers, fibres and yarns and the influencers of microfibre fatigue and fragmentation
  • An overview of the new project ‘Textile Mission’, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF Germany).

You can download the presentation here.


Industry Breakfast
Tuesday 30th January, 07:45 – 9:00

The Industry Breakfast is based on the success of the former EOG Sustainability Breakfast. The purpose of the event is to update a wider audience on topics as far reaching as activation of the public, preserving nature as our playground, or responsible business, all while highlighting opportunities in upcoming developments, from customer engagement to preparing for the immediate next generation of customers emerging. The breakfast is simply a platform for the industry to think about how to successfully operate in the future. The event was used to show case studies of how this can be achieved successfully, while enhancing a business, as opposed to taking action becoming an ‘obstacle’ to a company’s success.

The Industry Breakfast included three presentations:

  • Peter Ottervanger (Icebreaker): Icebreaker – a transparency case study – download the presentation here
  • Alexandra Wood (Rakuten Fits Me): Ecommerce trends 2018 and how to reduce returns – download the presentation here
  • Nick Giles (Ordnance Survey): Helping more people to #GetOutside more often – download the presentation here.


Embedding Effluent Treatment Good Practice Throughout the Supply Chain
Tuesday 30th January, 10:00 – 11:00

Why is the appropriate treatment of effluent from wet processing facilities essential, what represents good practice and how can it be embedded in the supply chains of outdoor brands? This presentation by Phil Patterson (Colour Connection) looked at the problems associated with discharge of untreated or partially treated effluent into the environment, what is required to treat it properly, how to reduce the volumes of water and chemicals used in wet processing and, most importantly, what can be done to get wet processors to cease polluting and actively implement good practice.

You can download the presentation here.


The Cost and Value of Supply Chain Mapping
Tuesday 30th January, 13:00 – 14:00

Supply chain mapping seems to be a key activity for the industry with many stakeholders demanding greater transparency. This presentation by Dr. Mark Sumner, (University of Leeds) raised questions such as: Do the costs of mapping the supply chain outweigh the benefits when it is still hard to fully exploit business value from transparency? Or are we just asking the wrong questions about connections and locations, rather than asking about relationships and responsibilities?

You can download the presentation here.


Protecting the outdoors with lower carbon outdoor gear – What’s important, what’s not?
Tuesday 30th January, 14:15 – 15:15

Everything that we consume has an environmental impact, including its ‘carbon footprint’, or aggregated greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Understanding what factors drive the footprint, and where the greatest contributions to it are made, helps inform decisions about design, raw material sourcing, manufacture and the use of products, as well as their management of end of life, and supports communications with customers and other stakeholders. This presentation by Simon Aumônier (ERM) explained the benefits of life cycle thinking, introduced the methods used to appraise product footprints and shared some examples of the unexpected results that can emerge, including why you shouldn’t dry your gear on a radiator.

You can download the presentation here.


Calculating your products’ environmental footprint with the Higg Index
Tuesday 30th January, 15:30 – 16:30

In this presentation Betsy Blaisdel (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) talked about how the new Higg Footprinting tool allows brands to calculate the environmental impacts embedded in material, construction, and manufacturing choices. The presentation gave an insight into how the tool’s product benchmarking capability will allow users to compare products’ performance to those of peers, and how to identify areas to improve.

You can download the presentation here.