TextileMission – Initiative Against Microplastic
Micro-sized particles of plastics, so called “microplastics” have turned out to be an environmental problem in marine and coastal waters. As the topic is very complex, the discussion will aim to define the expressions and compare the problem of textile based microplastic with particles from other sources such as cosmetics or car tires. In this context, the discussion partners will consider the special problem of the linear shape of textile based microplastic. In the further course of the podium discussion, possible ways to reduce or overcome the problem will be treated with a deeper look into new fabric constructions, finishing procedures or the use of biopolymers and recycled polymers. Thus an overview on the latest state of research of micro plastic emission into nature and the amount of textile based particles will be given and the experts' own preventive research results will depicted.
Panel discussion speakers include:
Moderator: Ms. Prof. Dipl.-Des. Ellen Bendt
Lara Delle, Innovation Manager Materials, Vaude
Robert Klauer, Project Leader Textile Innovation - Microplastik, VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co.KG
Malin Obermann, Research Team, Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Science
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About the orator
Ms. Prof. Dipl.-Des. Ellen Bendt is a fashion designer specializing in knitwear, innovative product development, knitting techniques, technical training and product management, with references from numerous international companies. As a professor for knitting design and innovative product design, she has been teaching at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach, Germany since 2011. Her main research field is the development of sustainable textile design and applications. In her current research she is involved in the reduction of microplastic fiber emissions in the sea and design solutions for textile industry 4.0.