Global Sustainability Initiatives

Hazardous chemicals and the impact of the Greenpeace Detox campaign on the textile dyeing and printing supply chain.

North of England region event. 24 September 2014, 6.15 –9.00pm, Mercure Norton Grange Hotel, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 2XZ

The textile industry is on the cusp of dramatic change. It is facing increasing pressure from NGOs as well as tighter regulation and rising costs. Developments arising from the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Joint Roadmap present a challenge as well as an opportunity. For some, dyehouses are obvious and very visual examples of poor practice within the textile supply chain. Discoloured effluent and water courses, unpleasant smells and the perceived use of dangerous chemicals are just some of the problems associated with poorly run dyehouses. However, for many retailers, dyehouses are part of the supply network that is sufficiently far away from their business for them to be to be considered someone else’s problem. And for those responsible retailers who want to minimise the impact of their supply network the coloration and finishing industry is complicated and difficult to influence.

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The Printed Spectrum – a Design, Digital and 3D seminar

Pat Hardcastle reports on this London region event which took place at London College of Fashion earlier this year.

This event, organised by SDC’s London region and hosted jointly with The Textile Institute London region was attended by 65 people from industry, retail, education and students. Ian Smith, the chair of SDC London opened by welcoming the delegates. He then introduced Dr Graham Clayton, CEO of the SDC and chair of the event.

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Bradford Textile Challenge 2014

SDC was delighted to be involved in the Bradford Textile Industry Challenge, which took place in early 2014.

SDC’s Technical Director Andrew Filarowski reports on the week.

The Bradford Textile Industry Challenge was held over the week 27th Jan to 3rd Feb 2014 and facilitated by the SPACE/Bradford Challenge and linked to a £750K European Commission Tempus funded project called INNOLAB. This also explains why a number of visiting students from Ukraine and Belarus were involved. The INNOLAB project is headed by Professor Christos Kalantaridis from the School of Management, University of Bradford, and aims to develop a network of five innovation laboratories (three in Ukraine and two in Belarus) that will be part of undergraduate curricula and regional innovation ecosystems. Students from the University of Bradford and Bradford College made up the teams who competed in the development of innovative ideas for the revival of the textile industry in Bradford.

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