OutDoor 2018 responsibility material

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

OutDoor 2018 Responsibility Materials

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


Microfibres – Global Research Update

Monday 18th June, 11:00–12:00

Microfibre pollution is an ongoing challenge that the textile and garment industry is still trying to understand as a necessary precursor to solution finding and innovation.  Stephan Kubowicz (SINTEF) and Rachael Miller (Rozalia Project) presented updates from global research projects to start to answer some of the more pressing questions regarding the fate, effects, and remediation strategies.

  • Stephan Kubowicz (SINTEF) – download the presentation here
  • Rachael Miller (Rozalia project) – download the presentation here.


Did you say ‘Recycled Leather’?

Monday 18th June, 12:00–13:15

We currently speak a lot about recycled polyester, recycled wool, recycled down, etc. But what about recycled leather?  Benjamin Marias, Partner, Agence Innovation Responsible (AIR), discussed the current situation and shared needs and expectations around recycled leather. What do we know? What not? What do we need to learn still?

  • You can download the presentation here.


An Introduction to Bio-Synthetics

Monday 18th June, 13:30–14:30

Bio-synthetic materials are gaining more popularity due to developments in the performance and properties of the materials, and a global drive to find more sustainable alternatives to petrol-based polymers. In this session, Sophie Mather from biov8tion provided an introduction to bio-synthetic materials, including relevant vocabulary, feedstocks, processing, end of life, and other sustainability considerations.

  • You can download the presentation here.


Bio Synthetics: The ‘Blue Planet Effect’ – making the most of the bio-based wave.

Monday 18th June, 14:30–15:45

The documentary TV series that offered an unflinching look at the damage that human activity is inflicting on marine life, has done more to raise awareness of sustainability than any other recent initiative. Retailers, politicians, and most crucially consumers are now waking up to the urgent need to create and use products in a different and better way. Bio-based materials are one solution, but with this immense opportunity comes significant challenges.

In this session, editor of Bio-Based World News, Luke Upton, looked at the development of the consumer facing bio-based economy, and discussed some of the major factors – traceability, scale-up, feedstocks and cost – holding back its development. He also offered some of his favourite success stories and some solutions and ideas that could help us capture this moment.

  • You can download the presentation here.


rPET: why it is important and how to make your life easier

Monday 18th June, 16:00–17:00

In this session, Karla Magruder, from Texicology & Textile Exchange, briefly talked about why moving from virgin to rPET is important. The session then addressed what challenges you might encounter when making the shift to recycled or trying to expand your use of rPET and explain how to overcome these.

  • You can download the presentation here.


Industry Breakfast

Tuesday 19th June, 7:30–9:00

The EOG Industry Breakfast aims to give an update and insight into the future of the three fields that provide the foundation for the outdoor sector, from a business point of view:

  1. Doing Business Right: This involves everything that you do on the business side, working with all of the people who contribute toyour success in the areas of CSR and sustainability, market research, events and general communication within the trade
  2. Conservation of Nature: We need to take care of the natural world as our playground – without it there is no outdoor sector
  3. Activation of the Population – Get Europe active outdoors!: This is essential because without active citizens there is also no outdoor sector.

These are three fields that the sector can use to differentiate itself and which are easily overlooked in the daily realities of sales targets, deadlines and quotas. The Industry Breakfast brings real life approaches and eye-opening projects that it makes sense for everybody in the outdoor sector to engage with more. Don’t let your daily business get in the way of your business!

The Industry Breakfast at OutDoor 2018 included three presentations:

  • Antje von Dewitz (VAUDE): VAUDE – the sustainable transformation. Download the presentation here
  • Peter Ottervanger (Icebreaker) and Frederic Hufkens (AS Adventure): EOG Brands Meet Retail – Single Use Plastics. Download the presentation here
  • Leah Glass (Blue Venture): Magic Mangroves – Madagascar’s Blue Forests. Download the presentation here.


Sustainability: Music for the Masses?

Tuesday 19th June, 10:00–11:00

How can we talk to the end-consumer about sustainability without scaring them off? How can we empower the everyday citizen to act for sustainability?

Nicole Keller from the Swiss not-for-profit Umwelt Platform (UP) shared her organisation’s experiences and suggestions on how to apply them to the outdoor sector, with case studies from Davos (Switzerland).

  • You can download the presentation here.


Zero Carbon Emission – An easy guidance to reach climate neutrality in the outdoor industry

Tuesday 19th June, 11:30–12:45

Tools such as the SAC Higg Index Product Module help to analyse, compare and reduce emissions from clothing and footwear. It is simple and necessary to fully compensate the environmental impacts by means of carbon offset projects. The presentation by Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO of Sympatex Technologies, demonstrated that saving the world is low cost.

  • You can download the presentation here.


Introduction to Higg Brand and Retailer Module 

Tuesday 19th June, 13:00–14:00

This presentation, mixed with a Q&A session with Pascale Moreau, Policy Director, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), showed how the SAC has updated the Higg Brand and Retailer Module to answer industry needs and authorities’ due diligence requirements. You will learn about the main changes, the next steps forward and the opportunities to provide feedback in 2018. 

  • You can download the presentation here.


Disclosing supplier performance through SAC Transparency efforts 

Tuesday 19th June, 14:30–15:30

Wondering how to disclose your value chain performance? The SAC is working on a roadmap to transparency to support you in this approach.

Pascale Moreau, Policy Director, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), introduced the latest developments in SAC’s transparency efforts – specifically regarding facility environmental communication.

  • You can download the presentation here.