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On October 15th 2023, musician Tanya O’Callaghan moderated an exciting panel discussion, exploring the role of film, music and fashion in helping to save the planet and animals. Following a private streaming of SLAY, the panelists, Rebecca Cappelli, the creator of the film “Slay: The Fashion Industry’s Complicity in Animal Cruelty”, Nicole Rawling, Co-Founder & CEO of Material Innovation Initiative and musician and activist Moby came together to share their insights. They explored the cognitive dissonance between different animal-based materials in the fashion industry, such as fur, leather, silk, and wool. They also discussed the demand for next-gen materials, the importance of language in shaping consumer perceptions, and the need for more investment in the industry. The panelists emphasised the need to address the ethical treatment of animals in the fashion industry and the importance of activism in driving change. They also discussed the role of film, music, and fashion in raising awareness and promoting sustainable alternatives. The panel concluded with a call to action for individuals to support next-gen materials, buy less, and share more information about the industry.


Adopting next-gen materials that are high-performance, animal-free, and environmentally preferred is key to shifting the world away from relying on unsustainable material supplies and practices.


How ISA TanTec Has Diversified to Include Next-Gen Materials

ISA TanTec is a global leader in the manufacturing of Next-Gen materials, specializing in producing sustainable leathers and sustainable additional materials for footwear, handbag, apparel, and accessories. The company is represented by its trademarked LITE (Low Impact to the Environment) manufacturing concept in all facilities. The LITE concept defines and guarantees a high standard of environmental sustainability in the manufacturing process.Dr. Reiner Hengstmann is the Vice President of Additional Materials at ISA Next-Gen Materials. He was the Global Director for Sustainability and Compliance at the sporting goods company Puma from 1999 to 2016 and subsequently, Senior Head of Global Sustainability at Hugo Boss in Germany. His main areas of work include chemicals management, new materials, sustainability training, and socio-environmental impacts in the consumer goods industry. 


By Sydney Gladman, Ph.D.

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