Creating Value Along The Supply Chain with Lebenskleidung

Benjamin Itter Wednesday, 1 July 2020

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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