Creating Value Along The Supply Chain

Creating Value Along The Supply Chain

Benjamin Itter Wednesday, 1 July 2020

In this interview, we chat with business owners working in small teams to produce fair and sustainable fabrics, mostly organic and with very well established producer relationships, about how they love and live sustainably across the whole supply chain. 

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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