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    Vohs&Co Sustainability Event 2018

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    December 2018

    On Tuesday 4th December, Vohs&Co hosted a Textile Sustainability Event at the Century Club, Soho.

    The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the environmental impact the fashion industry is causing and discussing how new developments to technologies can be potential solutions to the problems we are facing and help to make the fashion industry more circular. Here, we heard talks from Nigel Salter (SB&Co) who is a leading international sustainability consultant and Jose Royo (Tejidos Royo) a leader within the textile industry, offering a vertical, 360 ° sustainable manufacturing process to clients in over 30 countries worldwide. On the day, we were joined by a number of professionals from the likes of Marks & Spencer,River Island, Amazon, Long Tall Sally, Boden, Seven Feet Apart, ASOS, Burberry and many more – all focused on having a more sustainable approach to their involvement within the industry.

    Sustainability and Social responsibility is becoming an ever growing and important area for brands, retailers and suppliers and recent research and findings are putting pressure on businesses to change the way they manufacture clothing.

    Nigel Salter shed light on just how important it is that we reduce the waste generated from the current ‘take-make-dispose’ model we see across the industry. In order to for the industry to survive, we need to adopt a circular approach in which clothes are designed from the outset to never end up as waste.

    In 2010, over 150 billion garments were produced – enough for every human to have 20 new pieces. In 2018,where that figure is undoubtedly higher, 85% of the garments produced end up in landfill.

    Nigel also spoke about the changes we are already seeing and what we can expect for the future. Although many of the facts shrouding sustainability are very negative,we are starting to notice changes that are only expected to increase and improve in the future.

    For example, we may start to see fully combustible garments on the high street, the idea of leasing clothes rather than purchasing them may become a reality and leather made from mushrooms instead of cows may become the ‘norm’.

    On the day,we are also joined by Jose Royo from Tejidos Royo, who discussed their innovations around textile sustainability - in particular their newly developed Water Free Indigo Dyeing and Fabric Recycling processes. Tejidos Royo have been championing sustainability within the textile industry with their 360 °sustainable philosophy that covers all levels: social, economic, labour and environmental. The planet is becoming increasingly affected by pollution to the land, air and water which this industry heavily contributes too.

    As a result of Royo’s actions to be increasingly sustainable, they have created the worlds’first ever Water Free Indigo Dyeing – revolutionising the way we manufacture denim garments. Instead of using water to dye the yarn, the Dry Indigo Dye technique uses foam – eliminating the need for water.

    In the last three years, Royo have seen savings of 510 tonnes of COand 500,000m3 of water – the equivalent of 200 Olympic swimming pools!

    Towards the end of the event, a Q&A session was hosted by Nicole Vohs, where a number of questions into the Dry Indigo Technique, sustainability as a whole and recruiting into sustainable/ethical positions were asked. In recent months there has been an increase in the number and the importance of positions where people are solely responsible with ensuring the business is fully ethical and sustainable– something which we can expect to see increase over the coming years

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    15/01/20

    Denim Production - YOUR Way Forward...

    Did you know… Denim laundries are one of the highest polluting facilities on the planet. 3 – 4% of a factories production is waste. UK is predicted to buy 87 million pairs of jeans this year SO… The UK Retail needs near-shore flexibility to reduce over production and respond to the market’s needs. About 70L litres of water is what it currently takes to finish one pair of jeans. This can be reduced down significantly to 5 Litres by companies like Sartex. Within 5 years jeans will be able to be created with only 100% recycled water through the Ozone or harvested rain water.   The fashion industry is unable to continue the way it is going and is desperately looking for more sustainable means to suit the needs of the consumer. Denim is one of the most contaminating industries and over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are created by the fashion industry. Waste garments represent about 3-5% of every factory's inventory. Asia production is planned 6 months in advance and Turkey (the main close to home supplier of denim) lead times for repeats are 3-4 weeks. This gives little flexibility for companies to react to consumer trends. Subcontracting is still rife in many countries due to large demand. Visits to factories are infrequent and checks made on factories are often done by 3rd party services - Sartex are completely verticle from Inspection of Fabric, Laying, Cutting, Confection, washing and finishing all in Monastir. Retailers are under a considerable amount of pressure to meet ethical and environmental targets. £140 million of clothing goes into landfill each year – washing garments in the UK will reduce over production and waste. We are working to help sustain and introduce better alternatives to Denim production which of all the garments manufactured worldwide utilizes the most water, waste, chemicals and energy, as such we are launching the Sartex/Denim House services here in the UK - already working with UK brands Fat Face and Whistles as well as Global brands from 7 for all Mankind, Diesel, Replay to Boss amongst many others. Using organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics together with their advanced eco production. Sartex/Denim House have committed multi-million Euro investments in their incredible facilities in Monstir, Tunis. From Jeanologia and Tonello’s state of the art Ozone and Laser machineries to their Water treatment plant that recycles 70% of used water back into the factory and the balance clean enough to enter the Tunisian water system. Sartex/Denim house’s senior management team will be showcasing their new innovative developments, processes and commitment to Sustainable Denim in person on the 21st January 2020 – for more information about attending contact shelley@vandc.uk #commitedtosustainaibility

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    December 2019

    We've got the 2020 vision!

    As we wave goodbye to the last decade, we welcome 2020 of what V&C believe to be a positive and exciting start to the next decade. With Sustainability and Digital being at the core of our business focus. It is moving to reminisce on how many iconic brands have left our high street due to the retail apocalypse, those include Mothercare, Jack Wills, Karen Millen, East and Bon Marche – to name few. This creates opportunities for the new brands to step up and deliver innovation and style to the ever-changing retail landscape, most of whom are incorporating sustainability, recycled and organic fabric development into their collection, seeing the evolution of sustainable brands such as Veja, Raeburn and others. V&C continues to grow it’s event side of the business that have included content rich and exciting topics in collaboration with Google and Facebook for the digital side and launching Sartex/Denim House collaboration for the Sustainable Denim production. It is apparent, due to the successful attendance of these events, that UK brand and retailers continue to explore and grow their business through ecommerce and drive their sustainable action plan as the consumer become mindful on environmental issues – a paradox in itself. Our digital growth both in terms of recruitment and our Digital Marketing Services across PPC and Paid Social delivers excellent returns and campaigns for our retail partners. The UK seems to be ‘Online - all the time’ with the average British household now owning a staggering 7.4 internet devices. Our Digital event in November 2019 partnered with Michelle Capp (Head of UK Retail at Facebook and Instagram) where we discussed how brands can drive traffic to their websites through the power of social media, PPC and SEO. Brand awareness is key, all brands have a story to tell - it’s just how you tell it! We look forward to the start of 2020 for many reasons, in January we have our new event scheduled around Sustainability, we have new brands on board to start the digital campaigns and we have lots of fantastic new opportunities for our candidates across all retail sectors from Technical, Commercial, Buying and Merchandising.  V&C wish all our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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