Planet Textiles 2018
How to scale up sustainable innovation and the growing issue of textile microfibre pollution in aquatic environments will be tackled as part of this year’s Planet Textiles event in Vancouver, which will also feature a special ‘Pitches for the Planet’ session run by Fashion for Good that will highlight seven key new technologies that could help the global fashion sector to reduce its environmental footprint.
Kate Heiny, Head of Global Sustainability at C&A, will give this year’s keynote presentation and will be followed by a morning session dominated by the issue of synthetic microfiber pollution.
This will be led by Dr Peter S. Ross, Vice-President of Research at the Ocean Wise Conservation Association will deliver his latest findings on textile microfibers found in remote parts of the world’s oceans, backed up by fellow scientists Chelsea Rochman from the University of Toronto and Prof Roland Geyer from the University of California.
Representatives from industry such as Dr Katy Stevens from the European Microfibre Consortium will illustrate how the industry is responding to the challenge and speakers will address the issue of test methods and the environmental fate of these microfibres.
Other high-profile speakers selected so far include Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma; Frank Michel, the CEO of the ZDHC Foundation; Ruediger Fox, CEO, Sympatex Technologies GmbH; Jill Dumain, CEO of bluesign technologies; Janne Poranen, CEO and Founder, Spinnova Ltd; Jaimie Bainbridge from Bolt Threads; Patricia Gomes, HSBC’s Managing Director, Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, North America; Rogier van Mazijk, Fashion for Good; Dr Gary Selwyn, CTO, GreenTheme International; Andrea Crespi, MD, Eurojersey Spa; Dr Meg Whitaker, Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist of ToxServices LLC; Jason Kibbey, CEO, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition; John Mowbray, Founder, MCL News & Media … and many more.