Sustainability Snapshot

September 9, 2019

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot

Week of September 9, 2019

Free Higg Index Brand + Retail Module Workshop in Denver for SMEs! Provide Input on Training Resources for the Higg Brand + Retail Module (and get a sneak peak of the new tool) DEADLINE TO SIGN UP THIS WEDNESDAY! OIA and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition will be hosting a Higg Brand + Retail Module workshop on September 24 in Denver, Colorado for small to midsize outdoor industry brands. The purpose of this workshop is to solicit feedback from small to midsize brands in the outdoor industry on what tools and training you need to help complete the Higg BRM. This workshop is free, but we have limited registration available. This is your chance to get a sneak peak of the tool before it launches in early 2020 and provide input on the training and resources you need! If you are an outdoor industry brand and are interested in attending, please contact Nikki at nhodgson@outdoorindustry.org by Wednesday, September 11. 

REMINDER: OIA SWG Meetings Moving to January: Due to the decision to combine Outdoor Retailer Winter Market with Outdoor + Snow Show,  OIA will also be moving its sustainability programming to January 2020. The next SWG meetings are scheduled for January 27 and 28 in Denver, Colorado. There will be no in-person SWG meetings in November.For those who already booked travel for November, we apologize for any inconvenience. If you have concerns about registration refunds, non-refundable flight, etc, please see Outdoor Retailer’s Press Release and FAQ here. Stay tuned for an action-packed agenda and please let us know if you have any questions!

Textile Exchange: Textile Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference brings together a powerful and inspiring global community across the industry. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to discover, connect and take action. More than 800 textile and apparel sustainability professionals from all over the globe are expected to attend #TextileExchange19. These attendees represent leading brands, retailers, suppliers, and other sustainability-focused organizations- all working to ensure that the industry contributes to a healthier tomorrow for people, animals, and the planet. The 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference takes place October 15-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. View Conference Participation Guide for full details about conference.  

Product Impact Calculator: Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Co, the Product Impact Calculator is a gamified online educational tool that crowdsources use-phase and end-of-use phase data for the Higg Product Module, while simultaneously educating consumers and engaging them with the Higg Index Invite consumers/citizens (including your friends, family, and B2C customers) to test the Product Impact Calculator (http://pic.higg.org), too! They can share feedback via this survey: https://forms.gle/xiAjWf5GBXTKBs2j7 through September 30. SAC and Higg Co will use the feedback provided to further enhance the tool.

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