Institute of Positive Fashion Forum

18th April 2024

About

The fourth annual IPF Forum took place on Thursday 18th April 2024 in London.

The IPF Forum is an annual, actions-oriented conference designed to galvanise the British fashion industry to achieve a circular fashion ecosystem in the UK by 2030. The inspiring day-long event will consist of a series of keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions unpacking six themes, with a key focus on circularity and carbon reduction.

See all the Keynotes, Hacks, Workshops & Showcases and Speakers for the 2024 event below.

 

KEYNOTES

14:50 - 15:15
18:00 - 19:00

Hacks

10:25 - 11:35

Our industry is saturated with pilots, partnerships and proof of concepts for circular business models and moving to circular product design. Action is being taken, however scale and critical mass of circularity is far off. How might we help accelerate the scaled displacement of non-circular products with circular products in the marketplace? This session will unpick action across product changes, operational changes, and the importance of moving to circular services to reduce waste and preserve our planetary boundaries.

10:25 - 11:35

Fostering cleaner production and promoting green growth in global textile and apparel manufacturing markets is of increasing importance to the sustainability agenda. The session will discuss the pivotal role of cleaner production practices (i.e. water and energy efficiency), use of innovative technologies and collaborative efforts in driving environmental stewardship, social justice and achieving long-term sustainability across the industry’s supply-chain.

13:40 - 14:50
This session will delve into the compelling business case for incorporating recycled fibre content in the apparel and textiles retail sector of the UK, exploring the economic, environmental, societal and customer-consumer-driven factors driving the adoption of recycled materials by retailers and brands across the industry.
13:40 - 14:50

Durability, repairability, recyclability are core aspects of the EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles. For UK companies who intend to do business with the EU, there are new regulations to be aware of which may come into play as early as next year. This session will focus on the changing regulation landscape in the next 2 years, and what businesses need to do in preparation.

16:00 - 17:10

A stronger business case needs to be made between circular economy strategies and emissions reduction.  Whilst businesses are embedding climate action activities and forming net zero targets, quantification of emissions reductions through circular solutions remains difficult to establish and define. This should not halt effort or progress.

This session explores how circular economy solutions can be used as a tool to meet business net zero targets, and how we can improve the business case to government on the critical role circular solutions play in net zero pathways.

16:00 - 17:10

This session will be dedicated to exploring the opportunities associated with reshoring textile and apparel manufacturing to the UK, alongside global manufacturing, by examining the opportunities, complexities and strategic considerations involved in partially reshoring manufacturing within the textile and apparel industry.

WORKSHOPS & SHOWCASES

09:00 - 17:00

Patagonia’s renowned mobile Repairs Vehicle - the Worn Wear Truck -will be offering complimentary clothing repairs throughout the day. Please bring along any clothing in need of repair and the expert team at Patagonia will be happy to fix broken zips, rips, tears and more. The team will also be able to provide advice on how to make simple repairs yourself to give your clothes a new lease of life.

The BFC team will direct you to where the Patagonia van is located. Please note that due to capacity, repairs will be  operating on a first come-first served basis and the team can only accept one item per person. All clothing brands are welcome. Please make sure all items are clean and dry and please note that they are unable to repair footwear, bags, luggage and hardgoods. All clothing will need to be picked up by 5pm.

10:25 - 11:35

Are you concerned about the requirements from the growing body of regulations like the ESPR, DPP, EUDR, and what steps to take to ensure and prove compliance? In this workshop, you will learn what you need to know about current and upcoming regulatory requirements, what data is crucial to collect and how to get started.

13:40 - 14:50

Following the launch of The UK Fashion DEI Report, this interactive workshop will explore steps to reposition DEI as a timely and imperative lever for business growth. It will deep dive into progressive actions for each of the strategic levers presented in the report: Lead from the top, Get the data, Systems and pathways. Participants will explore opportunities at all levels of business and will ideate next steps to develop an actionable roadmap particularly relevant in today’s challenging climate.  

See the report at: https://www.theoutsidersperspective.org/report

On Demand Content

Catch up on all of the groundbreaking keynotes and the panels that took place as part of the hacks at the IPF Forum 2024, exploring the innovative questions challenging our industry today. 

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