Sustainable Sourcing Showcase


Developed to connect designers with local sustainable producers,the Sustainable Sourcing Showcase showed a snapshot of supply chain opportunities; local producers and suppliers including printers, makers and fabric wholesalers.

The Sustainable Sourcing Showcase was an event run as part of the Design for Tomorrow sustainability series funded by the International Fibre Centre through the Sustainable Enterprise Network (SEN) program and run through the Textile & Fashion Hub. Developed specifically for our local industry it aimed to connect designers with sustainable suppliers.

Held at the Textile & Fashion Hub, Richmond Melbourne on 23 September 2014, it included a micro trade show, presentations and industry networking.  For those who couldn't make it on the day, check out the videos, below.

Click here to download the details of suppliers who participated in the day




Daniel Mackey

Deputy CEO – Policy, Forest Stewardship Council

Daniel has a strong background in supply chain certification.  He therefore kicked off the Sustainable Sourcing Showcase to lay the groundwork in discussing how to source sustainably using certification as a measure of sustainability.

Daniel is the past Business Development and Policy Manager at Fairtrade Australia where he was involved with Fairtrade cotton certification.  He has contributed to numerous published articles on certification and labelling.

For the textile and fashion sector, Daniel's work with the Forest Stewardship Council is of great relevance given the applicability of this  labelling scheme to both fibre (think wood harvesting for regenerated cellulose fibres) and packaging.


Simon McRae

National Manager Ethical Clothing Australia

Simon is National Manager for Ethical Clothing Australia, a national certification body that can help members of the textiles industry certify their supply chain or manufacturing facility and help others identify socially sustainable manufacturers.

Simon has a background working at the other end of the supply chain to that where he is now – having worked in development organisations in countries such as Bangladesh for many years. He makes regular media appearances in his capacity as Nataional Manager for Ethical Cothing Australia, from radio to print to television, inculding ABC, Mumbrella, Peppermint Magazine, the Saturday Paper, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and more.


Dale Cornell

Owner New Model Beauty Queen

Dale is the owner of New Model Beauty Queen, a screen printing and cut, make trim factory as well as retailer. NMBQ has its own in-house label made entirely from recycled/remnant fabrics. New Model Beauty Queen is Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited.

Dale also now represents Artisan Textiles Australia, a new venture he and his business partners have just begun.   Artisan Textiles Australia is planning to open up an ethical retail space in the city.

Dale has been in the industry since 1999 and has a wealth of experience when it comes to sustainable sourcing and manufacture. He has been a textile teacher, designer, printer and retailer.


Sandi Maxwell

Managing Director, Hemp Wholesale Australia

Sandi is a self-confessed fabricaholic. She is Owner and Managing Director of Hemp Wholesale Australia (including Natural Fabrics Australia), an Australian owned and operated company that has been supplying sustainable fabrics to manufacturers and retailers in Australia and New Zealand for more than 10 years.


Debbie Amar

Agent, Earth Protex

Debbie represents Earth Protex in Australlia, New Zealand and Israel. She has worked in the textile industry for 15 years in production, sourcing, design, and sales throughout the Asia Pacific Region and also in the Middle East. In 2013 she established a textile agency and represents Levana Textiles, Earth Protex, Texstar and Davisha Textiles.

Sustainability in fashion is one of her passions and through working with Earth Protex she helps many local companies and designers achieve their aim of becoming more aware of the manufacturing processes used to create their ranges and to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Earth Protex is a vertically integrated converter of textiles utilising organic, recycled, and sustainable raw materials. Based in Dalian, China with production sites from the Shanghai region north to the Russian border. For 15 years it has been a pioneer in the sustainable textiles trade, and has supplied to dozens of multinational brand-name companies worldwide.

Earth Protex designs, develops and manufactures knit and woven textiles on a wide range of equipment located at over 25 North China contract manufacturing facilities. Its finishes include solid dye, cross dye, yarn dye, dope dye, print, enzyme wash, tumble softening, waterproof coatings, waterproof/breathable laminates, and oil/water resistant washes. According to its client's needs the company can dye/finish according to Oekotex or GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) criteria. It controls the manufacturing process from the fiber level forward and this allows the cvompany to create unlimited fabrications including customized fiber specs, yarn blends, mixed plied yarns, interweaves, and cross weaves.

Earth Protex has hundreds of eco-textile fabrications, and the potential end uses include sports apparel, casual apparel, intimate apparel, formal apparel, business apparel, home textiles, headwear, footwear, bags and accessories and some technical/industrial applications.