Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing Event

Posted on: 29/09/2018

The British Antarctic Survey will host an event in Cambridge on 14th November to discuss sustainable innovations in performance clothing.

On Wednesday 14th November (1.30pm-5.30pm) the British Antarctic Survey is hosting an event at its Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge to bring together thought leaders from the performance clothing industry, academia, and the public sector to discuss Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing. The focus will be to share best practice, give an honest account of successes and challenges, and highlight which barriers and knowledge gaps need to be addressed to accelerate progress.

The way we design, make and discard clothes has a substantial environmental impact. Energy and water intensive manufacturing processes, pollution from dyeing of textiles, and low recycling rates of fabrics are just some of the issues that have resulted in the global clothing industry ranking as the fifth most polluting industry on earth. Rising public awareness and an increasing focus on legislation means that the global clothing industry and its traditional ‘take-make-waste’ business model now faces multiple challenges and disruptive transformation.

This workshop aims to bridge science, policy and business to understand the challenges, explore solutions and drive forward innovation in the performance clothing industry. Attendees are welcome from across all sectors, including industry, policy, environmental organisations, academia and the public. The focus of this event will be to highlight the current sustainability issues within the performance clothing industry, inviting organisations to present their procurement ‘wish lists’, followed by exhibitions of some of the latest innovations and possible solutions.

The event will include:

  • Keynote presentations on current sustainability issues in the performance clothing industry.
  • Presentation from academics on the environmental impacts.
  • Companies set out their procurement ‘wish lists’ – session chaired by KTN‚Äôs Brian McCarthy.
  • Solutions showcase of innovative technologies and practices.
  • Panel discussion: how to drive the sector forward.
  • Networking opportunities.

For more information please click here.

To register for the event, click here.

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