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ASBCI's sustainable conference hailed a success


ethics challengesʼ took place on Wednesday, May 8 in Manchester. Expert speakers from across the fashion industry and academia gathered together to acknowledge the scale of the challenges facing the sector and highlight practical initiatives, innovative thinking, and business realignments that could help create a sustainable future for fashion.

Speakers made it clear that

sustainability is no longer just an optional extra. Not only is there a clear business case for sustainable business models, but legislation is increasingly transforming industry response from the voluntary to the mandatory. In the UK, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 already requires businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million to report on modern slavery in their supply chains. Daphne Guelker from UL explained that a new bill has been submitted that will demand an explanation for inaction, name and shame non-compliant organisations, and ban them from public procurement.

Overconsumption and its knock-on

effect on textile waste were key concerns. The buy now, wear once, and throwaway culture and the linear take, make, dispose business model that supports it must end. Vanessa Wakefield from Recyclatex discussed current and future models for recycling and reuse, including fibre-to-fibre recycling, while Garry Knox from GreenEarth Cleaning highlighted the role that sustainable aftercare can play in making garments last longer. But, ultimately, sustainability must be win-win. For the fashion industry to have a sustainable future, ethical fashion

Onlineprinters celebrates 15 years of e-commerce


he Onlineprinters Group celebrates its 15th anniversary with record breaking production figures, having printed 3.2 billion custom printed products in the past fiscal year.

The online print specialist has served more than one million business customers since it was established in 2004. The company was one of the first web shops for printed matter in Europe, which was achieved by going online from zero to 100%.

During the same period, the online printer has continued to grow and stepped up its internationalisation efforts. Since 2008, the company has sold printed products to 30 European countries under the brand name of Onlineprinters – the sales volume contributed by other European markets has increased steadily as a result. In 2017, the online print specialist acquired UK market leader Solopress followed by the acquisition of Danish online printer LaserTryk, the Scandinavian market leader, in 2018.

The team at Onlineprinters continuously innovates the business, analyses markets and its own data and tests new technologies. This enables the company

must make money for businesses and fulfil the consumersʼ desire for newness with products that not only have a reduced environmental impact during manufacture but that can also be recycled or reused effectively to reduce the use of future – and finite – resources. It must strive to change behaviours but not wait for consumer pressure to drive positive action. It will involve collaboration at all stages of the supply chain and even between competitors, and businesses that get it right will reap the rewards of both revenue and reputation.

Goldstar promotes Olivier Chabal to European strategic sales manager


to target the right audience by using optimised marketing campaigns. Transforming the product-centred business model to a consumer-centred one is an essential part of this continuous improvement process. Running a web shop used as a digital distribution channel for Onlineprintes own products only is a thing of the past. Especially in the field of B2B, customers must get added value beyond the product purchase. For this reason, Onlineprinters is currently restructuring its web shop to become a digital platform which combines marketing, sales and services that go well beyond buying a printed product with a mouse click. Thanks to intelligent data linking, customers get tailored suggestions for additional products and services to complement their portfolio.


Chabal has been

promoted to become Goldstarʼs European

strategic sales manager as the company

progresses its plans to develop its business

Olivier Chabal

across the continent still further. Mr Chabal takes up this new role after more than five successful years as Goldstarʼs country manager for France. Colin Loughran, general manager of Goldstar, said: “Demand for our products is increasing significantly across Europe and there is enormous potential for further growth. “Olivierʼs vast experience in this industry and proven record of achievement make him the ideal person to drive our business forward in this important new role.”

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SBCIʼs conference ʻTime for change – facing up for fashionʼs sustainability and

The conference speakers

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