Creating Value Along The Supply Chain with Lebenskleidung
Lebenskleidung has been around 12 years. With the credo "More Than Fabrics", they love and live sustainably across the whole supply chain. Founded by Ben, Enrico and Christoph, the business works in small teams to produce fair and sustainable fabrics, mostly organic and with very well established producer relationships. They have a permanent stock program so can work business-to-business from 1 metre onwards, but for their twice yearly collections they innovate along the way to improve quality, social benefits and environmental safety.
Lebenskleidung are honorary members of the IVN, an association of more than 100 companies from various sectors of the leather and textile industry, working together for ecological and socially responsible business practices. They are also a member of Unternehmensgrün, a cross-industry green association that sees itself as a productive and strong network of sustainable businesses that can actually have political influence.
Benjamin Itter, the Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Marketing regales us here with the story of how and why Lebenskleidung was founded, along with three fibre case studies that showcase the ways in which the business is pioneering change for the rest of the textile industry.
In this lesson you'll learn:
- The research behind the Planetary Boundaries framework
- Definitions of biodiversity loss and biogeochemical cycles
- How regional supply chains work
- The importance of co-operatives in fair trade production
- What the benefits of sustainable lyocell are
- Why internal quality checking is necessary
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How is responsible wool farmed and processed?with Stephanie Steele
Our panel discussion for May brought together two experts who work close to the source of wool fibres and understand exactly what 'responsible wool' really means. Bristol Cloth is a regeneratively and locally produced cloth made in collaboration with enterprises based around Bristol in the South West of England. Fernhill Farm provides the raw materials for Bristol Cloth via Fernhill Fibre, run by farmer Jen Hunter, to help re-educate and re-introduce responsibly produced wool into the market.
In this conversation, between two responsible wool businesses, you'll hear what makes wool responsible, the process of building local 'fibershed' communities, and whether localism has a place in the fashion market. This live Q&A was aired on Monday 22nd June 2020 as part of our monthly networking events series.
Babs Behan - Bristol Cloth and Botanical Inks
The local and regeneratively produced Bristol Cloth project was managed by Babs, who also founded natural dye business Botanical Inks. Both enterprises champion local production, low impact farming, textile education and building community.
Jen Hunter - Fernhill Farm and Fernhill Fibre
Fernhill Farm is a 160 acre farm, regeneratively managed by Jen and husband since 1997. Through a hybrid of British genetics, Andrew built up a flock of multipurpose sheep breeds that are now clipped for their flock to be used by Fernhill Fibre, embedding value and re-educating on the importance of wool.
Producing nutrient dense pasture-fed meat products, blade shearing and wool harvesting fine fibres in all the native colours whilst regenerating the land using Holistic Planned Grazing principles, Fernhill Fibre’s focus has always been the business to business supply chain.