The one-day congress - The Transformers, organised by the makers of Kingpins one day ahead of the eponymous denim trade show took place in Amsterdam prior to Denim Days that turns the Dutch city into the epicenter of denim.
The Transformers was dedicated to the dark side of the denim and clothing industry focusing on the topic of garbage and its avoidance. ‘The good, the bad & the ugly’ was the well-chosen subtitle which was meant to make clear in advance that the industry and retailers as well as the consumers do have options in improving the ecological situation by their product offer respectively their consumption behavior and it’s necessary to bring more transparency into the production cycles. This was the consensus between the panelists that included Robert Antoshak of Olah Inc., Michael Kininmonth of Lenzing, Miguel Sanchez of Archroma, Dr. Sedef Uncu Aki of Bossa and Marco Corti of Garmon among others.
Earlier, speakers representing the whole supply chain explained where garbage is produced and how to deal with it. Ten per cent of our turnover is made with sustainable products. But also the rest is produced in a way where we constantly try to minimize the formation of waste and the use of energy, according to Dr. Sedef Uncu Aki of Bossa.