PANEL: How can we authentically design outerwear to be fully biodegradable?

Wednesday 09th December 2020

16:00 - 17:00 CET


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Biodegradability is the popular extra feature of the day for insulations, but without the microbes being able to get through the face fabrics - the process will not start. This discussion addresses this very problem. Synthetic face fabrics are associated with being the Plastic-in-the-Ocean whilst natural ones are accused of not being able to offer protection...

Charles Ross

Daniel Odermatt, Ventile, Marketing Manager
Daniel has 40+ years of experience in the textile industry. At Ventile – the manufacturer of the finest 100% extra-long staple cotton - he is responsible for the research and development of fabric - sourcing cutting edge and sustainable manufacturing technologies that will help develop environmentally friendly fabrics of unbeatable performance and quality.

Vanessa Mason, PrimaLoft, Senior Vice President of Engineering
Vanessa has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Polymer Science. She has 25+ years of experience in plastics/textile research and development. Her career focus has been geared towards utilizing advanced material science to develop performance based products that are sustainable.

Kjersti Kviseth, 2025design, Lifecycler
Works for the global and national wool industry to promote wools circular attributes, supports fashion and outdoor brands, creates happenings for the Outdoor industry and works for the Norwegian Fashion & Textiles Agenda. Strong interest in regenerative agriculture, even has a small farm with a handfull of sheep.

About the orator

Mr Charles Ross

Royal College of Art

Lecturer in Performance Sportswear Design

Having exchanged being an Outward Bound Instructor for the warmth of indoors, Charles has helped teach the next generation of designers for two decades now. Sustainable through longevity is a core principle.

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Exhibitor List December 2020

Jiangsu Romrol Group Outdoor Material Co., Ltd.
lavalan / Baur Vliesstoffe
Knittex bvba
Manifatture Italiane Scudieri Srl - Mectex
ASF Group