Sustainable fashion, the importance of a holistic approach!

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

The following topics are very relevant and will be discussed during this conference:

  • Holistic view on the value chain / supply chain
  • Design for recycling
  • Reuse of materials
  • Chemical recycling to separate different material types
  • Traceability and Transparency in the value chain
  • Legislation & Regulation

Most fundamentally, succeeding in this new circular 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 (a holistic approach).

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

Who should attend:

  • R&D / Innovation and General management of
    • Fashion Design companies / agencies
    • Fashion Industry
    • Fashion retailers
    • Producers of Materials (performance materials)
    • Producers of chemical raw materials
    • Producers of natural fibers
    • Suppliers to the Fashion Industry
      • Materials for fibers
      • Fibers and fabrics
      • Dyes
      • Plasticizers, flame retardants, stabilizers, adhesives
    • Recycling value chain
  • Governmental bodies
  • Regulatory institutions
  • Investors
  • Start-Ups

Watch the actual overview of events by Jakajima.

Previous Editions


Reg Nelemans, Founder / Owner, FashionPower, on 'Huge Problem; we need a Holistic approach to solve it
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Michelle Baggerman, Design Researcher & Educator, Bureau Baggerman, on 'Project Chrysalis – from container to textile'
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Stefan Siebert, PhD. Candidate, Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), on 'Introducing PLA to the textile value chain – From Polymer to textiles'
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Ellen Sillekens, Innovation Manager, Stichting Sympany, on 'Sympany circular textiles'
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Fabio Silvestri, Head of Marketing and Business Development, gr3n, on 'Towards textile to textile recycling: Is there a sustainable solution?
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Kim Poldner, Lector/ Professor Circular Business, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, on 'Trashure: from trash to treasure'
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Jos van der Wijst, Tech lawyer, on 'Advertisement in the Fashion industry: what to do and what not to do when using Sustainability claims'
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Theo Verweerden, CEO, Lamoral Coatings, on 'Development of an ecological, high performance Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating without compromising on lasting performance, comfort and breathability'
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Nicolas 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'
Reg Nelemans, Founder/Owner, FashionPower, on 'Sustainable Sport and Outdoor wear for Every Body',
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Marcel Alberts, Founder, Healix / Director Marketing & Innovation, FibrXL, on "Closing the loop on plastic fiber waste"
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Duopresentation: Hans Bon, Director, Wieland Textiles, on 'Fibersort, a circular solution'
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Duopresentation: Maurits Vandeputte, Valvan, on 'Fibersort, a circular solution'
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Duo presentation: Sasan Momtazi, founder, Recyclinnova & Luca Loise, CEO, Recyclinnova, on 'Textiles recycling in Europe’s circular economy',
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For a total overview of all events Jakajima has initiated and organised, please visit this page.