As one of the most globally interconnected industries, future EU-wide supply chain legislations will pose challenges to the home textiles industry while enabling market opportunities. On January 10, 2023, the Heimtextil opened with a podium discussion on the subject of sustainability transformation. Around 2,400 exhibitors from 120 countries will present products and innovations for home and contract textiles from January 10-13, 2023, in Frankfurt/Germany.
The exchange with certifiers in the Green Village also enables buyers to think about sustainability in all its aspects. Textile certificates guarantee not only origin and quality level, but also proof that a product meets social and ecological standards. From 2023, the Green Village will also include companies that act in a holistically sustainable manner.
Heimtextil exhibitors are also increasingly focusing on transformation strategies that take into account multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include innovative sustainable product designs – from fibers made of PET to linen in combination with other natural fibers such as hemp to bed linen made of cotton coated with cork. Photovoltaic systems to cover electricity needs from renewable sources are also examples – or filter systems that recycle wastewater generated by textile finishing.
»Heimtextil is the place where supply chains are rethought, circular approaches are experienced and green innovations are condensed. Trade shows are a business model with impact. For global partnerships and for the environment.«
Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt
In the trend area "Textiles Matter", 4 ways of circular economy are presented and gives the market impulses for sustainable development.
Materials, supply chains, social responsibility: these topics were also highlighted at the panel talk and is how sustainability is presented holistically as a cross-sectional theme at Heimtextil.
Panelists Caroline Till, Director and Co-Founder FranklinTill Studio, Prof. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg, futurologist and Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustainability Management, and Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies of Messe Frankfurt, discussed the transformation towards sustainability from several perspectives under the moderation of Alexandra Bohn, Style Content Director of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Quarterly.