A look at how tough new environmental legislation is being enforced in China's textile industry will be highlighted at a summit on textiles and sustainability later this year.

The Planet Textiles summit, which runs alongside the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics fair, will take place on 14 October at the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Shanghai.

Key speakers will include Phillip Courtenay, senior VP of apparel sourcing at the Adidas Group; Sean Cady, VP of product stewardship and sustainability at VF Corp; Hu Kehua, deputy director at the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC); Veronique Rochet, head of sustainability in Asia at H&M; as well as representatives from The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group (ZDHC), Bluesign Technologies, Nimkartek and Chinese NGO the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE).

Meanwhile, Zhao Lin, programme manager at Solidaridad, will highlight the work of its Better Mill Initiative in China, which supports 43 Chinese textile dyeing and printing mills to improve their environmental and social performance.

In addition to Planet Textiles, the fair features an 'All About Sustainability' zone, which was created in response to market demand in China and from the global textiles industry. This year, the zone will increase in size by nearly 30%, and features three sections: an educational zone, ecoBoutique display and seminar area.

"Sustainability has become a key issue in China in the last few years, not just at a government and textile industry level, but also among consumers as they become more conscious of environmental protection," said Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK).

"Both the Planet Textiles Summit and All About Sustainability are a response to this increasing interest in China, and they provide the perfect platform for overseas organisations in the field of sustainability to share their experience & expertise and promote their brand, not only to a domestic audience, but to the global industry as a whole."