Join this webinar to hear from a company at the forefront of the industry in developing systems to effectively reuse fibers and recycle textiles. Hear about the opportunities and the yet unsolved challenges and ask the questions that you still have about the products or processes.
While consumption of clothing and footwear is expected to increase by 63% by 2030 – today only 1% of textile waste is recycled into new fibers for clothing. The main reason that clothes are not recycled at scale is that it is technically difficult to separate fibers and ensure new fiber quality at scale. However, using recycled fibers instead of virgin materials allows companies to decrease the use of water, raw materials, and harmful chemicals to make new textile products. Just as importantly, it avoids letting products going into waste streams.
ReBlend is a social enterprise with a mission to raise awareness about the ecological impact of the textile industry and to inspire the use of regenerated and renewable raw materials. To offer a solution, ReBlend develops textiles and textile products made from textiles that otherwise end up in incineration. In collaboration with waste collectors, producers, designers, makers and visionaries, ReBlend sets up the full supply chain, accelerating the implementation of a new ecosystem for circular textiles.
In a short, candid presentation, Lisette van der Maarel will tell us about the different processes and products that ReBlend has been able to develop. She will share with us the data that they have gathered on the environmental benefits of recycling fibers, and how this helps to protect land and water streams. To make it tangible for those present, she will talk about both the possibilities of setting up circular streams as well as challenges and ways to overcome these.
The presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A with participants, whereby she will answer questions from the floor. Acknowledging the problems that haven’t been overcome completely yet, we will also breach the subject of micro-plastics. The conversation is bound to be interesting and thought-provoking.
Please note that the webinar will take place at 16:00 Central European Time (Paris, Berlin, Rome)
Lisette van der Maarel
Lisette is Dutch, was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium and is currently based in Lugano, Switzerland. After years of working in the fashion world as a finance professional, she decided to shift career track in 2016. Inspired by the thinking behind the Circular Economy, she joined the ReBlend team and, in parallel, started working as a consultant helping companies to transition to circular business models. She supports companies and designers in their decisions to switch to more sustainable fabrics and closed-loop systems, including what the financial models would look like.
This interview is especially interesting for:
- Designers and product developers
- Supply chain managers
- Production managers
- Brand owners
- CSR/ sustainability managers
- And any other fashion professional seeking to learn more about the possibilities and difficulties of using regenerated and renewable raw materials