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The Innovation Roadshow by Texpertise Network

For 2019, Messe Frankfurt’s “Texpertise Network” introduces the Innovation Roadshow bringing together the Fashionsustain conference, Thinkathon and a series of curated showcases and talks dedicated to responsible state-of-the-art innovation in the textiles industry. The Roadshow will be coming to Messe Frankfurt’s leading textile fairs including Neonyt Berlin, Texprocess and Techtextil Frankfurt and Texworld New York. More destinations will be announced soon.

Showcase #1: The Future of Eco-Conscious Footwear Manufacturing

The Innovation Roadshow kicks off with a footwear showcase at the Neonyt fashion trade fair, upstairs at Kraftwerk Berlin on the 15th to 17th January 2019, during Berlin Fashion Week. The Future of Eco-Conscious Footwear Manufacturing will demonstrate ways to reduce water impact, production time and minimise plastic waste in shoe production. Specially for the occasion, Lenzing AG, Santoni SPA and Procalçado SA will present their collaborative footwear prototype combining on-demand production with biodegradable resources for a more sustainable and circular shoe.

Italian circular knitting machine manufacturer Santoni developed the X Machine that uses a revolutionary 3D intarsia technology that maps directly onto the foot to create seamless, perfectly formed and finished uppers, ready for immediate application onto the sole – and is zero-waste to boot. Procalçado provides the sole, made of PURA LATEX®: a material extracted from the stem of rubber trees harvested from certified and controlled sources. This is then combined with other materials of natural origin, including Lenzing’s wood-based TENCEL™ fibres, which consume significantly less water, chemicals and carbon dioxide than other raw materials.

Whether shoes are made from leather, wood, rubber or plastic, when allowed to compost in landfill – where most shoes eventually end up (for now) – harmful gases and chemicals are released into the environment. Although biodegradable, leather and wood produce methane, while toxic chemicals also seep out of chrome-tanned leather. Both plastic and rubber use phthalates as plasticisers, and the glue sticking all these materials together are not only frequently poisonous, but make it harder to recycle the shoe.

How Lenzing, Santoni and Procalçado envision the post-consumer life of their shoe is a question that can be asked at the Panel Discussion that accompanies the showcase on the 16th January from 15:00 to 16:30 in the Schaltraum on the upper floor of Kraftwerk Berlin – all Fashionsustain ticket holders and Neonyt visitors are warmly invited to attend and participate in the dialogue.

Texpertise Network presents the Innovation Roadshow in partnership with Kaleidoscope, Kern Communications and Sourcebook.

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