Just revealed! Textiles Division panel debate on 2 June: How far are textiles recyclers along road to recovery?
Textiles Division: How far are textiles recyclers along road to recovery?
Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 13.00 - 14.00 (CEST)
The pandemic is continuing to exert a hold over business prospects as countries adopt different speeds in their vaccination programmes and easing of restrictions. Concerns over prices, stocks and manpower still dominate day-to-day business - and are likely to do so for some time to come. However, recycling and the use of recycled textiles have never received so much attention, particularly from fashion brands. The BIR Textiles Division’s virtual meeting on June 2 will provide an opportunity for recycling experts to assess how far along the road to recovery and normality we have travelled, as well as what the post-COVID landscape might look like.
A number of invited guests will provide convention participants with a wide range of sector-related expertise in the framework of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Alan Wheeler of Textile Recycling Association (GBR). The panel will address topics such as “What the EU Textiles Roadmap will look like” and “What the priority will be for the EU in delivering a sustainable textile and fashion industry”.
- Jonas Eder-Hansen is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion. As Public Affairs Director, he leads government affairs, policy and related stakeholder engagement, and the creation of impactful industry commitments on both a regional and international level. Eder-Hansen spearheaded GFA’s 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which called upon the fashion industry to take urgent action on circularity. The commitment was signed by 12.5% of the global fashion industry. Eder-Hansen also actively works with policymakers to align regulation and policy agendas with fashion industry interests. Furthermore, he shapes the content for Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. The Summit provides a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate. With a long career in sustainability, Eder-Hansen is regularly interviewed by media to provide his expert insights on the key issues. Eder-Hansen was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, where he was a major driving force in the establishment and development of the now internationally acclaimed research centre.
- Emile Bruls works as an advisor for the Rijkswaterstaat agency, which is part of the Dutch ministry responsible for the environment and circular economy. Mr Bruls has been working in the field of circular textiles since 2012. He was involved in the European Clothing Action Plan (www.ecap.eu.com), a LIFE funded project to adopt a circular approach to divert clothing waste from landfill and incineration across Europe. For ECAP, he worked on improvement of textiles collection, fibre-to-fibre recycling and procurement of workwear.
David Watson is Senior Consultant at PlanMiljø (DNK), a consulting company that offers assistance to companies, organizations and public authorities within the areas of sustainability and management for organizational development and environmental projects in a broad sense. Mr Watson has 25 years of experience in environmental analysis in the private and public sectors. During the last 15 years he has focused on sustainable production and consumption, resource efficiency and circular economy solutions, and is a recognised Nordic and European expert on a circular economy in textiles. He has worked on over 25 circular textiles projects for a wide range of clients including the European Commission, the European Environmental Agency, the European Clothing Action Plan, the Nordic Council of Ministers and various national EPAs. His project experience ranges from mapping the status of textile circularity at national and European level and developing policy measures for further accelerating circularity, to working at ‘ground level’ in assisting textile companies and start-ups in taking circular transformations. Recently, Mr Watson has completed a comprehensive analysis of the status of the textiles circular economy in Europe for the Joint Research Centre as input to the coming EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles.
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