Fashion & Textiles Agenda

Fashion & Textiles

Day1: November 10, 2021

Networking breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am (CET)
Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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Circular innovation LAB
Martin Ekenbark
Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB
H&M Group
In order to reach our goals of 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and climate positive in the complete value chain by 2040 the H&M group has initiated a circular innovation LAB that scout, support and evaluate innovations in their early (lab scale) to pre-industrial (pilot scale) stages of development. The Circular innovation LAB has now been up and running since 2019 and in this presentation, I’ll walk you through some of the projects performed and how we set up a collaborative eco-system together with innovators, start-ups, supply chain and our brands.
 

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Tackling microplastic in textiles and the circular economy action plan
Mauro Scalia
Director Sustainable Businesses
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
A rising global population will naturally consume more and more resources. Conscious and responsible purchases can make a difference yet there is also an urgent need to find and agree on new ways for making, using and disposing products, such as textiles. While the release of microplastics from textiles attracts policy and media concerns, the work of research and industry continues to measure, assess impact and explore feasible solutions.
 

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The Rise of Reusables: Understanding the Impact and Mapping the Path to Scale
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
This session will look at an overview of the different reusable systems and their potential within the fashion e-commerce sector. It will then dive into a nuanced impact analysis of reusable packaging versus a single-use packaging, accounting for key variables that may influence its impact - such as the return rate, type of single-use packaging used and distance travelled. Finally the discussion will be capped off with key recommendations and considerations for implementation, shaped by industry-specific case-study examples.
 
Designing circularity into the fashion and textiles sector
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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Addressing the challenge of plastic waste in the retail sector
Keith Charlton
Chief Operations Officer
Mainetti
For sixty years, Mainetti has brought innovation to hanging garments for the retail and fashion industries. We still believe that plastic has enormous potential in terms of sustainability, when it is used responsibly, and when accounting for the full product life cycle.

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Developments of biobased man-made fibres and textiles from available resources
Amrei Becker
Reseracher, Institut für Textiltechnik
RWTH Aachen University
The presentation will present research from the project BioBase. The goal of the BioBase project is to replace established petroleum based- with biobased polymers focusing on the textile industry. Introducing biobased alternatives that are equal in use and functionality, shall showcase their potential in the market. Research findings will be transferred to other products and industries. Part of the project is to examine the entire supply chain in order to uncover further research- and development opportunities.

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Re-Evolving our PYRATEX® fabrics
Pilar Tejada Lopez
Head of Brand & Communication
PYRATES smart fabrics
Re-Evolve: a closed-loop recycling program by PYRATES smart fabrics offered to our clients, giving old clothes new life. A 100% made in Spain process, RE-EVOLVE reflects a continuous evolution, a never-ending cycle.

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Circular Fashion Starts at the Beginning
Ruth Farrell
Global Marketing Director, Textiles
Eastman
From our clothes and eyeglasses to the water bottles we carry, the choices we make about how we present ourselves to the world says a lot about who we are and what we value. According to Eastman’s research what makes fashion sustainable has everything to do with what it’s made from. While a lot of the focus on making fashion more sustainable is on the end of life impacts (148 MT of waste per year by 2030), we must also “sustainable up” the inputs, using circular, sustainable materials to minimize the disastrous impacts of unsustainable farming, logging and extraction, pollution of waterways and countless tons of waste left in landfills. These inputs must also be durable to ensure longevity of the products they produce. And there is an emerging trend with consumers around ‘buy better’ which is very encouraging. Consumers are looking for sustainable, quality options, which is why quality is essential. Eastman, a specialty materials company focused on mainstreaming circularity, will host a panel discussion (to include a retailer and non-profit or NGO working on sustainable fashion) that will discuss:

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From linear to circular packaging materials in fashion - a fiber based material view
Tuomas Mustonen
Founder, CEO
Paptic Oy
The presentation will illustrate approaches to transition from linear to circular packaging materials, focusing on fashion industry applications. Presentation will focus on comparison of sustainability of several packaging application from materials perspective. Especial focus is placed on reusability and recyclability. Presentation will also highlight live customer examples of how Paptic material has replaced plastics with renewable, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable alternative.

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Panel Discussion: Biofabrication and sustainable materials in the apparel industry
Amanda Johnston
Curator & Education Consultant
Sustainable Angle
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good

Day2: November 11, 2021

Utilising Waste as a Raw Material
9:00 am - 10:15 am (CET)

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Presentation title to be announced
Lotta Kopra
CCO
Spinnova
 

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Textiles out of tire waste - Chemcial Recycling as a platform to support the carbon circular economy
René Bethmann
Innovation Manager,
VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG
The actual quality of recyclates is sometimes inferior compared to virgin material counterparts, which will challenge a design for durability and circularity. The durability as one of the most important criteria of the eco-design principles is often difficult to achieve. After a short review of previously implemented recycling technologies at VAUDE, the presentation will introduce the world´s first-of-its-kind textile products made with a novel molecular recycling process using waste tires and turning them into a virgin-grade Polyamide. It will be displayed how chemical recycling is beside other technology platforms contributor to the carbon circular economy. Speaker’s professional biography à René Bethmann graduated in Textile and Apparel Technology and has worked for several leading brands across Europe in the field of product and material management. Currently he´s working at VAUDE as Innovation Manager, managing innovation processes and related projects about material and joining technologies with strong focus on biopolymers and recycling strategies. Furthermore, since 2020 he is a consultant of the VAUDE Academy for Sustainable Management.
 

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Panel Discussion: Successes born from struggles
Dr. Ashley Holding
Principal Consultant and Scientist
Circular Material Solutions Ltd
Linus Mueller
IP/R&D Coordinator
Circular Systems
 
Reduction and Recovery of Microfiber Pollution
10:45 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

Textile fragments as a source of microplastic in the environment
Maike Rabe
Professor
Hochschule Niederrhein
More than 75 % of the world fibre consumption is based synthetic fibres due to a very good price-performance ratio and great availability. Nevertheless the consequences for the environment such as fibrous microplastic have to considered. The presentation depicts FMP sources and the problem solving approach including textile constructions and biodegrable fibres.

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Wasser 3.0 PE-X® - first filter free removal of microplastics from various waters
Dr Katrin Schuhen
Inventor and CEO
Wasser 3.0 gGmbH
With Wasser 3.0 PE-X®, we demonstrate the world's first filter free low-tech process that removes microplastics from various waters: Procedurally very simple, cost-effective and low-maintenance. The removal process uses organosilanes and is based on an agglomeration fixation reaction. The clou is, that microplastic agglomerates float to the surface and an easy skimmer separation leads to a removal efficiency of reproducible > 95 %, independent of polymer type, pH and pollutant concentration.

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Panel Discussion: Microfiber reduction and recovery
Dr Katrin Schuhen
Inventor and CEO
Wasser 3.0 gGmbH
Textile-to-Textile Recycling Paving the Way to Circularity
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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Textile to textile recycling - pilot results
Rebecca Johansson
Sustainability and R&D Manager
Helly Hansen

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INTERREG RETEX, an experiment of the textile circular economy, results and perspectives
Jeanne Meillier
Chargé de développement
Euramaterials
INTERREG RETEX, a Franco-Belgian textile circular economy project, focuses on the recycling of used textiles and production offcuts in cotton, polyester or cotton/polyester blends. The project ran from October 2016 to March 2021. Budget of 1,610,780 euros / ERDF assistance of 885,929 euros Thanks to numerous workshops, INTERREG RETEX finalized 3 value chains with an analysis on the technical, economic and environmental levels. - Recycled hospital clothes to make new fabric for the same market. - Recycled cotton production scraps for the knitwear industry - Polyester scraps transformed by a thermomechanical process (plastics process) to make granules. Jeanne MEILLIER - leader of the INTERREG RETEX project - will present the results of the project as well as the locks and research perspectives to be anticipated beyond the project.

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Textile Jeopardy
Karla Magruder
CEO
Accelerating Circularity
Ask the audience to come up with the right question that would elicit the question. Audience will work in teams to answer the questions together. Part of providing the right question would be to define why these questions need to be asked, what difference they make and how they lead to action.

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Approaches of a sustainable circular economy for textile applications
Sascha Schriever
Head of Chemical Technologies for Textile and Fibre Innovations
ITA Technologietransfer GmbH - ITA Institute of RWTH Aachen
Today, plastic waste and its management is one of the most influential and discussed environmental topics. Appropriate waste treatment is an essential key for the preservation of entire ecosystems such as the sea.

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Blockchain Technology for textiles
Eduardo Garza
Director, Research & Development
Waste2Wear
Waste2Wear created the textile industry first, blockchain technology that verifies every step of the supply chain, ensuring all products are made in an environmentally friendly manner. All of the partners in our supply chain have the highest industry standards and have the necessary certifications to verify this. Blockchain technology provides digital records through tamper-proof, physical smart seals. Our blockchain records all the steps of the recycling supply chain (from plastic waste to product) in order to create a traceable record that secures the compliance of the materials throughout the manufacturing process.

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Chemical Recycling of PET Polyester
Jeroen Bulk
CFO
Ioniqa Technologies
Every year we produce over 320m tons of plastic of which only 10-20% is recycled. The main reason for this is that there is no viable solution for difficult to recycle plastics. Chemical recycling is THE solution to this problem. Ioniqa has developed a technology with which PET Polyester (25% of al plastics) can be recycled infinitely, at prices and quality competitive to oil based PET but with an up to 75% lower CO2 footprint. The proof is in our 10k ton per annum plant in The Netherlands which is operational.

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Panel Discussion: What do consumers want from sustainable fashion?
Ruth Farrell
Global Marketing Director, Textiles
Eastman
From our clothes and eyeglasses to the water bottles we carry, the choices we make about how we present ourselves to the world says a lot about who we are and what we value. According to Eastman’s research what makes fashion sustainable has everything to do with what it’s made from. While a lot of the focus on making fashion more sustainable is on the end of life impacts (148 MT of waste per year by 2030), we must also “sustainable up” the inputs, using circular, sustainable materials to minimize the disastrous impacts of unsustainable farming, logging and extraction, pollution of waterways and countless tons of waste left in landfills. These inputs must also be durable to ensure longevity of the products they produce. And there is an emerging trend with consumers around ‘buy better’ which is very encouraging. Consumers are looking for sustainable, quality options, which is why quality is essential. Eastman, a specialty materials company focused on mainstreaming circularity, will host a panel discussion (to include a retailer and non-profit or NGO working on sustainable fashion) that will discuss: • Today’s latest options on sustainable materials • Effective innovation approaches to working with those materials • How to most effectively communicate about sustainable materials to leverage the effort with today’s consumer • The infrastructure changes needed to accelerate the use of sustainable inputs to the fashion industry

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