Planet Textiles was first held by MCL News & Media back in 2009 in partnership with Messe Frankfurt at the Wanchai Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. The event has its origins in the seminal RITE Group conference held in London back in 2007, which was the very first international conference on textiles and sustainability; and was jointly organised by MCL, the University of Leeds and Marks & Spencer.


The theme for Planet Textiles 2019 is "Sustainable innovation, finance and disruptive technologies".