SHANGHAI — “People feel at a loss of what to do about sustainability,” said Shaway Yeh, a veteran media executive and special adviser to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, in her opening address of the Shan Future Forum. Building on the interest of a first edition last year titled “First Sustainable Fashion Open Forum,” Yeh aims to create conversations beyond the half-day event, a series of talks and panel discussions on sustainability held during Shanghai Fashion Week.
The forum’s program moved at a brisk pace, touching on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable practices and enterprise resource planning tools, to innovations still fresh from the lab and technology, reaching as far as contemporary art.
Ling Wang, director of BSR China, a global nonprofit developing sustainable business strategies and solutions, helped kick off the event by talking about the need to challenge conventional thoughts in every field, including infrastructure, urbanization and how business is done. “When a business model is in conflict with natural resources, it affects sustainability,” she said.
Leading by example was a recurring idea among speakers who included Valentina Yinghua Xu, founder of the Creative Fiber brand consulting agency and China representative of Fashion Tech Lab; British Fashion Council chief executive
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