Performance Days: Clear Commitment to Sustainability

The sourcing platform for functional fabrics and accessories in Munich chooses a fully sustainable pathway to the future by exclusively featuring sustainable materials in the Performance Forum.

Founded in 2008, Performance Days is the first and only fair created especially for the latest trends and innovations in performance fabrics and accessories for sportswear, outdoor, workwear, athleisure and sportive fashion collections. Last year at the fair, around 3,000 visitors came together with about 300 international exhibitors.

The aim of the bi-annual trade fair is to give leading and innovative textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers the opportunity to present their performance fabrics, membranes plus treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes and accessories such as yarns, tapes, prints, buttons and zippers.

The industry experts who come to this fair – the designers, product- and material managers as well as buyers of almost every active clothing and functional wear brand – find a complete selection of high-quality materials available at just the right sourcing time in April/May and October/November.

Performance Forum takes a stand

Performance Days has long been committed to sustainability as evidenced by several of the recent Focus Topics, which featured subjects such as recycling, biodegradability, responsible use of water in textile production, as well as renewable functional materials such as wool. Now it’s time for the next step: with immediate effect, the Performance Forum will only feature fabrics and accessories that are proven to be sustainable. Divided into the 10 most important functional fabric categories from baselayer to midlayer, from lightweight & downproof to safety & durability, the Performance Forum offers a first look at the most innovative and sustainable material developments.

The sustainability aspects of selected fabrics are evaluated in detail by a panel of experts including brand support in a two-day session to ensure only the best materials are selected. During this session, special focus is set e.g. on fibers from recycled materials such as post-consumer recycled PES only from PET; chemical fibers from biomass such as polyamide made of castor bean oil; renewable fibers like modal and Tencel; natural fibers of plant-based origin such as organic cotton and linen, hemp; natural fibers of animal origin such as virgin and merino wool with certificates and recycled natural fibers such as recycled cotton and recycled wool.

Attendees can look forward to learning about the whole range of sustainable material developments. The fair rounds off with a complimentary educational program of expert talks, workshops and guided tours by internationally recognized speakers, and is classified into fabric, trend, technology and sustainable themes. Once a year at the winter show, the sustain&innovate conference takes place. The talks and panel discussions of the sustainability conference are exclusively and comprehensively dedicated to the topic of sustainability.

Free online resources

All this and more is available free online within the 24/7 Sourcing Area, making the fair available throughout the entire year. For example, previous Focus Topics, all Expert Talks as audio and pdf files and all products from the Performance Forum are found here. So is the Nora Kühner Performance Colors color card, which not only provides the trend colors, but also the background stories, hints to fabric textures and surfaces as well as color combinations and inspiring graphics. It also offers the light and washing fastness for polyesters, cottons, and polyamide 6 as well as the color codes from DyStar/CSI, Archroma, Coloro and Pantone.

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