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Heimtextil, Frankfurt: Global collaborations for sustainable goals

Heimtextil, Frankfurt: Global collaborations for sustainable goals

In January 2020, Heimtextil, the world's biggest and most important trade fair for home and contract textiles will open its doors for its 50th edition

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It’s an established fact that the textile industry has one of the highest impact on accelerating environmental degradation. And this is a predicament that can no longer be ignored. At Heimtextil, this knowledge forms the foundation of its genesis.

In January 2019 the Sustainable Development Goals were introduced to a Messe Frankfurt event for the first time during the world's leading platform for sustainable textile, Neonyt, in Berlin as part of Berlin Fashion Week.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals came into force on 1 January 2016 and serve as a blueprint for more sustainable development across the globe. The 17 goals that address global challenges on an economic, social and environmental level are closely interwoven and the aim is to achieve them by 2030. Networking with the industry and communication with various interest groups will play a major role in achieving these goals.

Known to be the world's biggest and most important trade fair for home and contract textiles that attracts around 3000 exhibitors and expects 65,000 trade visitors, Heimtextil, which is being organised from January 7 -10, 2020, will be the next stop on the tour to present the Sustainable Development Goals. Here, goals will be presented and discussed at an interactive stand in the Green Village as well as in the form of panel discussions. The Sustainable Development Goals will also be integrated into the Green Directory for the first time. For the past 10 years, this index has listed sustainably producing companies at Heimtextil. In 2020, the Green Directory will comprise a record 262 entries.

‘The international textile industry can have significant influence on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, both in terms of addressing climate change; ensuring environmental protection; promoting circularity; and enabling fair working conditions. Thanks to the more than 50 textile events that Messe Frankfurt organises annually across the globe, we can reach a broad, professional audience, raise awareness of the goals and galvanize support’, says Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships.

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