Previous Editions

In this overview you will find the presentation of the previous editions of the Materials 4 Sustainable Fashion Conference.

2021 |


Welcome and Opening

Pieter Hermans, CEO, Jakajima,
Gunnar SeideProfessor Gunnar Seide, Chair for Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), on 'State of the art in sustainable fibre technology', read more...
theo verweerdenTheo Verweerden, CEO, Lamoral Coatings, on 'Development of an ecological, high performance Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating without compromising on lasting performance, comfort and breathability', Read more...
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Ernst SieweresErnst Siewers, CTO, DyeCoo Textile Systems
nicolas prophteNicolas Prophte, VP Denim Center, PVH corp (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo, Warner’s and Olga brands), on 'Responsible Denim Innovation Tommy Hilfiger Europe', Read more
reg nelemansReg Nelemans, Founder/Owner, FashionPower, on 'Sustainable Sport and Outdoor wear for Every Body', Read more
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Marcel AlbertsMarcel Alberts, Founder, Healix / Director Marketing & Innovation, FibrXL, on "Closing the loop on plastic fiber waste", Read more
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Hans BonDuopresentation: Hans Bon, Director, Wieland Textiles, on 'Fibersort, a circular solution', Read more...
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fibersortDuopresentation: Maurits Vandeputte, Valvan, on 'Fibersort, a circular solution', Read more...
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sasan MomtaziDuo presentation: Sasan Momtazi, founder, Recyclinnova & Luca Loise, CEO, Recyclinnova, on 'Textiles recycling in Europe’s circular economy', Read more...
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The presentations at the previous editions covered several topics.

The apparel 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 in a circular way. Doing so will have an enormous impact on all players in the value-chain.

From a materials perspective the following topics are very relevant and will be discussed during this conference:

  • Sustainable fibers
  • Bio-mass/biobased elastomer technology
  • Chemical recycling to separate different material types
  • Sustainable alternatives for dyes and other add-ons
  • Traceability and Transparency in the value chain
  • Microfibers / Microplastics
  • Design for recycling

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.

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