From BYO bag policies at stores, to fast fashion giants like H&M encouraging shoppers to help “close the loop” by recycling clothes, European brands and retailers have been at the front lines of creating a more sustainable fashion industry by creating conversations and solutions. GDS, the footwear trade show taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany July 26-28, is adding its voice to the effort with a new workshop, “Green Shoes for a Sustainable Life.”
On July 28, the show will host an English-language workshop for companies and attendees to discuss how businesses can increase their value and sales while having a positive influence on social and environmental conditions.
The workshop, organized by the EU-funded project Step to Sustainability, will include presentations and panel sessions with industry representatives, including El Naturalista and Bata Brands, sharing their most successful sustainable practices on both the manufacturing side and at retail.
In a statement, General Secretary of the European Confederation or the Footwear Industry (CEC) Carmen Arias Castellano said, “Not only the environment benefits from a sustainable strategy. It also enhances social responsibility and will allow businesses to enjoy numerous advantages such as increasing revenue and cutting costs, increasing employee attraction and retention rates, creating a healthy workplace leading to greater productivity, and enhancing relationships with stakeholders and communities.”
The workshop is free for registered GDS visitors. The deadline to register is July 15.