OutDoor 2014 Sustainability Breakfast

This year’s OutDoor Sustainability Breakfast presentations covered the full breadth of sustainability: from research and strategy development through to operations and conservation.

Federico is the technical coordinator of the European Sectoral Skills Councils for the EU sectors Fashion and Commerce, and a member of the technical secretariat for the PEF pilot

In his presentation “Sustainable leather life cycle – impact on the value chain and responses from the industry”, Federico Brugnoli,  introduced the EU’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot for leather led by COTANCE.

Production processes of European tanneries have evolved constantly in the past years, showing astonishing environmental achievements.  On the product side, interest has been developed in estimating the Environmental impacts produced during the various stages in the life cycle of products.

Federico’s presentation will provide an overview of the current debate on Environmental footprinting of leather and the state of the art of the EU leather pilot project launched in 2013.

In “Defining Directions’ ,  Pamela – the EOG’s new CSR & Sustainability Manager – will presented results of a comprehensive survey of the EOG’s stakeholders and how these translated in to the new strategy framework that will guide the EOG’s sustainability work going forward.

Miguel Lara Davila from Lenzing talked about  ‘Sustainability and Performance’

He provided an overview of Lenzings research on fibre polymers and their influence on the bacterial ecosystems, in the context of the human body’s ecosystem. In other words – how fibre choice impacts ‘smelly clothes’.

And last, but certainly not least Marten Slothouwer presented with ‘Combatting Wildlife Crime in the Leuser Ecosystem – reducing and preventing poaching in this threatened Sumatran wilderness’ a very visual and hands on account of an EOCA founded project, which aims at reducing and preventing poaching, particularly of tigers, in threatened Sumatran Leuser wilderness ecosystem.

Retailer Presentation:
Durable Water Repellency – Care, and the consumer’s expectations

Recent research shows that consumer needs are different to what the industry understands and that they have very little knowledge regarding aftercare.  This session will provide an insight into where the gaps in knowledge are, and provide an opportunity to discuss how the situation could be improved.

This presentation summarised insights generated through research at De Montford University in Leicester, supported by EOG, BSI, ZDHC and OIA.