Sustainable fashion, the importance of a holistic approach!

The apparel / textile industry has gone through dramatic changes in recent decades.

  • Clothing has become a disposable item
  • The industry is globalized (Design, manufacturing and sales)
  • The average lifecycle of clothing becomes shorter & shorter (fast fashion)

The impact on the environment, society and economy is huge, and can not continue like this. Therefore it is of paramount importance to start looking at apparel / fashion / textile in a circular and holistic way. Doing so will have an enormous impact on all players in the value-chain.

The following topics are very relevant and will be discussed during this conference:

  • Holistic view on the value chain / supply chain
  • Design for recycling
  • Reuse of materials
  • Chemical recycling to separate different material types
  • Traceability and Transparency in the value chain
  • Legislation & Regulation

Most fundamentally, succeeding in this new circular textile / fashion value chain will likely require materials companies to dramatically re-evaluate how they do business. Instead of the traditional approach of developing a new material, companies have to collaborate across the value chain, from design to full-scale production and reuse / recycling (a holistic approach).

During the Materials for Sustainable Fashion Conference the (inter)national speakers will present their view and experience on this fast changing market.

Who should attend:

  • R&D / Innovation and General management of
    • Fashion Design companies / agencies
    • Fashion Industry
    • Fashion retailers
    • Producers of Materials (performance materials)
    • Producers of chemical raw materials
    • Producers of natural fibers
    • Suppliers to the Fashion Industry
      • Materials for fibers
      • Fibers and fabrics
      • Dyes
      • Plasticizers, flame retardants, stabilizers, adhesives
    • Recycling value chain
  • Governmental bodies
  • Regulatory institutions
  • Investors
  • Start-Ups

This conference is part of the Brightlands Materials of the Future Series and contains the following conferences:



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Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Brightlands Chemelot Campus is a world-leading innovation location in smart materials and sustainable manufacturing and home to a vibrant and fast-growing open community of groundbreaking companies and knowledge institutes. With its location, ecosystem and easily available expertise and knowledge, Brightlands Chemelot Campus is a unique location for innovative start-ups and corporations, forward-thinking knowledge institutes, daring entrepreneurs, brilliant researchers, talented students and visionary investors.

This conference is organised by Jakajima, Matchmaker for Innovators.