Introducing PLA to the textile value chain – From Polymer to textiles

Poly(lactic acid) (PLA), one of the well-known eco-friendly biodegradables and biobased polyesters, has been studied extensively and is considered to be a promising substitute to petroleum-based polymers.

A presentation by Stefan Siebert, Project Leader at Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
Getting better every day and creating a better world for today and tomorrow!

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Get inside into the textile processes and where problems and challenges occur when working with new biobased materials.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
One of the biggest trends and simultaneously being a challenge will be to transcend into circular and closed-loop production as a global community!

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
With closed-loop markets, the environmental footprint can be drastically reduced compared to products from new resources.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Closed-loop business models have to be communicated and explained in an easy to understand manner to make everybody see the advantages and impact it has for them and nature.

About Stefan Siebert
Studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen (Germany) for Bachelor degree.
Majored in “Plastics and Textiles” for master degree at RWTH Aachen
Working as PhD Candidate at Aachen-Maastricht Insitute for Biobased Materials for last 4 years.
Project Leader of the BB100 “puur natuur” project dealing with the production of textile prototypes from PLA

About Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials
The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is a European, cross-border, research institute focusing on the development of advanced biobased materials. AMIBM strives for groundbreaking conversion of biomass to biobased materials and into product applications.
The goal is to achieve this by developing an integrated, interdisciplinary research program. The program focuses on new strategies to produce advanced biobased materials in a sustainable and economical way. It also emphasizes the development of these novel materials into innovative products with high added value for technical and medical applications.

Stefan Siebert is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Fashion Conference.

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