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GLASA pays attention to game-changers in the apparel industry. Make it last's editors attend the award show during World Water Week – and leave more inspired than ever.

This week, decision-makers, innovators, experts and representatives from businesses from around the globe gathered to exchange ideas within the frames of World Water Week. The theme of the year was water for development, and Make it last got the opportunity to listen to some key players when attending the award ceremony for GLASAThe Global Leadership Award for Sustainable Apparel. GLASA launched two years ago with the aim of paying attention to bold and courageous leadership in the apparel sector.

The well-visited award show, coordinated by The Sustainable Fashion Academy, started off with a short panel discussion. Dr Dorothy Maxwell talked about the most transformative “lightbulb moment” for businesses in regards to integrating sustainability in their core operations – that when the CFO understands how a natural capital valuation may well be the missing link – and the tool for finances to change and possibly improve.
Dr Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at Kering (Gucci, Stella McCartney etc), talked about the importance of defining where you as a business place yourself in the supply chain; what your intervention is; and how to act collectively from that.
Collaboration, the panel agreed, is the only way forward if we really want to change the apparel industry from within. Which is nothing less than necessary.

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So who won the GLASA award? Out of five inspiring nomineesPratibha Syntex got the honor of accepting the award. Pratibha Syntex is a vertically integrated textile manufacturing company that leads the way in producing textiles that are organic, Fairtrade certified and BCI approved – and they do so with extreme water efficiency. Their data shows that since putting themselves in the forefront of sustainable manufacturing, their turn-over has increased; while their water footprint has decreased. Their business model is scaleable – let’s hope they take over the world.


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