9th Thematic Exchange Workshop and Study Visit – conclusions

 

Fostering eco-innovation and social responsibility in the sector 

Winchester, 14th and 15th May

It has been concluded with the presentation of eight interesting Good Practices related to the policy “Fostering eco-innovation and social responsibility in the sector” the 9th Thematic Exchange Workshop organized in Winchester (UK) by PLUSTEX Partner University of Southampton and Winchester School of Art, last 14 and 15 May. The proceedings of the workshop began with experiences from Prato territory such as Cardato Recycled, green brand developed by Prato Chamber of Commerce, that guarantees the measurement of the product LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment).
The session then continued with presentations by all partners such as Lille Metropole that introduced “VARETEX – Vallée du Recyclage Textile” regional program to develop innovation and business on textile recycling activities through common strategy between founding organizations, enterprises and researchers and Portuguese partner AMAVE that presented Fábrica de Santo Thyrso, a symbol for the town’s traditional ties with the textile industry when this activity stood for progress, economic growth and social development.
INVEGA (Investment and Business Guarantees), Good Practice introduced by KTU Regional Science Park, supports activities to promote the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Lithuania facilitating their access to the sources of financing and Tex-EASTile Project, presented by ARED Vratsa, aims to establish a community of excellence to improve the offer of “green” textile in the market, supporting, in particular, the innovation of production and distribution processes in order to reduce their environmental impact.
Lodz University of Technology has then described its role as a leader, partner or contactor of many projects in the area of eco – innovation and social responsibility in the T&C industry such as BIOGRATEX, Biomass and BIOPOL. All three projects constitute a solid technological base for expanding the production of biodegradable polymers in Poland.
The workshop closed with Southampton University introduced GP Enter Fashion, a not for profit, social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry. The core of Good Practice business is helping people get a foothold in the fashion industry, combined with a drive for social responsibility.
The workshop concluded with a debate open to all participants, partners and stakeholders, for questions, clarifications and points of view on the experiences presented.
In the afternoon took place the Study Visit to the Winchester School of Art visiting the Knitting Reference Library with a talk and tour by Head Librarian, Linda Newington and a little demonstration of work and presentation of knit collections. The following tour of Fashion and Textile Design Undergraduate studios concluded the workshop activities.

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SOUTHAMPTON GP – ENTER FASHIONPRATO TEXTILE MUSEUM GP – Cardato RecycledPRATO MUNICIPALITY GP – Supertex ProjectLODZ GP – Integrated Aprroach To Marcket AnalysysLILLE METROPOLE GP – VARETEX SGKTU GP – INVEGAARED GP – TexEastileAMAVE GP – Fabrica de Santo Thyrso

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