The international conference Sustainability Talks took place at Alfândega do Porto on the 5th of December 2019, presenting new studies on consumer demand and the brands and companies that stand out for their ecological and responsible sourcing practice. Max Gilgenmann, content director of Neonyt, begins the debate, “Over the last 10 years the industry has invested, but this year (2019) has been a revolution. Since last year everyone has been talking about sustainability and arguing that they are taking action. And maybe it’s true, but it is very difficult to know how invested they are — it will only be possible to truly know some years from now.”
The Portuguese industry was represented by companies that stand out for their investment in the development of innovative and responsible projects — Citeve, Tintex, Scoop, Valérius and Riopele. “We brought together important agents from the national industry to talk about a topic that five years ago would have been impossible to be discussed with the same awareness,” observes António Braz Costa, General Manager of CITEVE. “It was important to share our practices with international players, and I'm sure they will have gone back home remembering the Portuguese industry as a good benchmark for sustainability”, he adds.
Portuguese producers and manufacturers stand out globally by their social responsibility, environmental and economic practices.
Ana Silva, Head of Sustainability at Tintex, explains,"The Portuguese industry is on the right track, doing collaborative and progressive work, and also consciously investing, researching and developing new products and solutions to evolve in a more transparent and responsible direction". Silva continues, “Portuguese producers and manufacturers stand out globally by their social responsibility, environmental and economic practices.” and points out the growing success of Tintex’s Picasso, TexBoost and TexBion projects.
Sustainability is not just a trendy word. It is a concern for society as a whole, and an intrinsic responsibility for our companies.
“Sustainability is a process that will have some advances and setbacks,” shares Luis Figueiredo, President of Cenit, “But one thing is clear, sustainability is not just a trendy word. It is a concern for society as a whole and an intrinsic responsibility for our companies,” he adds. César Araújo, president of ANIVEC, closed the debate concluding, “Environmental sustainability is no longer a matter of choice or business opportunity for the fashion industry. It is a reality for those who want to do business in a global market that is now dictated by the awareness of conscious consumers all over the world.”
Sustainability Talks is a MODAPORTUGAL project organised by CENIT (Portuguese Centre of Intelligence for the Textile Industry), in partnership with ANIVEC (Portuguese Association for Clothing and Apparel Industries), ModaLisboa and Neonyt. ♦
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