Heimtextil Summer Special 2022

Heimtextil Summer Special: Manufacturers are increasingly focusing on sustainability and the circular economy

Frankfurt am Main, May 25, 2022. Due to the current challenges, sustainability is a topic that runs through all sectors of the textile value chain, triggering processes and releasing enormous innovative power. Di e Heimtextil in Frankfurt, international trade fair for home and contract textiles, this year with a Summer Special from 21 to 24 June 2022, has been offering know-how transfer, networking and inspiration on all aspects of sustainability for more than 10 years.

Sustainability strategy in the home textile industry

Environmental pollution, microplastics and high water consumption as well as increasing consumption are buzzwords that affect the textile industry on the subject of sustainability. Quantities of resources are used for the production of textiles, which poses challenges for the textile industry, especially in times of rising prices and supply bottlenecks. That is why the home textile industry has been dealing with the topic of circular economy for more than 10 years in order to save resources and make production and products more sustainable: Materials are not disposed of at the end of the product's life, but kept in the cycle and found as part of sensible recycling reuse in new products. At the same time, a functioning circular economy reduces the amount of waste and CO 2 emissions. The manufacturers of home textiles are consistently pursuing the approach of a real circular economy and rely on reduction, energy efficiency, reuse and recycling.

Exhibitors present sustainable concepts and innovations

At the Heimtextil Summer Special, international trade visitors can get to know the most diverse sustainability approaches and innovations of the manufacturers. For example, the Spanish manufacturer Francisco Jover SA (Hall 4.1, C14) generates 99 percent of the energy required via the photovoltaic system on the company roof and recycles 100 percent of the plastic -, paper and cardboard waste.

In addition, exhibitors such as Lech Fabrics (Hall 4.1, C91) are introducing high-quality PET fibers into their portfolios. Most of the fabrics used in the manufacture of furniture are made of polyester. Therefore, according to Lech Fabrics, it is ideal if you use plastics from other industries that would end up in the garbage can, or worse, in the forests and oceans. Lech Fabrics therefore invests in innovations and expands the portfolio of such products. According to the company, the production of its fibers from PET saves 94 percent water, 60 percent energy and 32 percent CO 2 emissions compared to new production.

The Austrian Lenzing Group is taking the path of a holistic approach that includes recycling management and renewable materials. As a producer of wood-based pulp and fibers, Lenzing is at the beginning of the value chain for the production of textiles and nonwovens. Here, the intensive cooperation of the entire value chain and the traceability of the raw materials within the value chain are elementary.

Great importance is attached to the value chain in terms of sustainability: it makes it possible to transparently track the holistic process that is necessary for the manufacture of a product. With this year's trade fair trio of Heimtextil Summer Special, Techtextil and Texprocess, large parts of the value chain are represented at the Frankfurt exhibition center and provide insights into large parts of the textile industry. At the Heimtextil Conference Sleep & More (Hall 3.0 D41) on the Wednesday and Thursday of the trade fair, visitors can look forward to lectures on topics such as supply chains, circular economy and much more.

Sustainable Heimtextil exhibitors are marked on the stand.

Sustainability - a focus topic at the Heimtextil Summer Special

The home textile industry takes the issue of sustainability seriously and the trade fairs also show that sustainability is not a trend, but has been anchored more and more in the industry for years and is constantly evolving through innovations. At the Heimtextil Summer Special, the measures and offers relating to the topic of sustainability can be experienced. In the center of the exhibition center, in Hall 4.0, the trend area under the motto "Next Horizons" not only offers inspiration for the current trend colors and materials, but also shows how sustainable topics can be staged. Based on the Material Manifesto, stand design will use local resources, eco-friendly or borrowed materials. The Green Village (Hall 3.0, Stand D51) helps to keep track of official labels and certificates. Seal issuers and certifiers give exhibitors and interested trade visitors answers to their questions and provide up-to-date information on current developments. Here you will also find the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Lounge , which is being created in cooperation between Messe Frankfurt and the Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. With the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, the business network of the company's around 50 international textile trade fairs, the lounge addresses the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. The online directory Green Directory shows all suppliers of sustainably produced textiles. Finding your way around the trade fair is made easier by the clearly recognizable stand sign of the exhibitors. The Green Tours also give you the opportunity to be taken directly to selected sustainable manufacturing companies and to learn more about their products. There are also numerous specialist lectures, such as at the Heimtextil Conference: Sleep & More (Hall 3.0, Stand D 041). Here, top-class experts provide valuable orientation for decision-makers in the hotel industry, and hospitality trends are examined from the perspective of sustainability and the circular economy.

Outlook: Heimtextil 2023

Around 2,200 international exhibitors have already registered for Heimtextil 2023. This current status is already now, eight months before the event from 10 to 13 January 2023, at around 75 percent compared to Heimtextil 2020 and shows the high relevance of Heimtextil for companies and the industry.

The Heimtextil Summer Special will take place from 21 to 24 June 2022.

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