What makes luxury sustainable? | London Luxury Think Tank 2019
Did you know that the fashion industry contributes 10% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, more than those emitted by all international flights and maritime shipping combined?
This issue (and more) was discussed at the second London Luxury Think Tank on Sustainability – co-organised by Walpole and the French Chamber of Great Britain and hosted at the brilliant Spring Studios on Thursday 13th June – which focused on how the luxury goods sector can reduce its environmental impact.
The very latest innovations in sustainability were revealed during the event, with this nowhere more evident than during the first Sustainable Start Up Award 2019. Five new sustainable start-ups pitched their business to the audience and a jury consisting of Robert Skinner from the United Nations; Bianca Jagger; and Caroline Rush, with the winner announced as Hurr, the UK’s first peer-to-peer wardrobe rental platform, which is working to reduce the statistic above. Hurr’s founders will be invited to a number of Walpole events throughout 2020.
Over 200 luxury leaders were joined by experts and speakers including Bianca Jagger; Livia Firth; Harrods MD Michael Ward (and Walpole Chairman); Sylvie Bernard, Head of Sustainability at LVMH; Robert Skinner from the United Nations; Tom Meggle; Pierre Alexandre-Bapst, Sustainability Director at Hermès; Michael Beutler, Director of Sustainability at Kering; Christophe Georges, CEO of Bentley Motors; Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council; specialists from PWC and many more. #LLTT2019
We will be publishing detailed reports from the event in the coming weeks, but in the meantime Walpole is keen to hear how our members are promoting sustainability in their businesses? Let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.