Designing for Recycling: Making the Case for Monomaterial Products


Thursday 14th November 2019

13:30 - 14:30 CET

Expert Talk Area

To blend or not to blend? A basic tenet of designing for recycling is to reduce the number of different materials in a product. When applied to clothing, this approach counters a long-standing tradition of blending fibres to add a functional or aesthetic characteristic to a textile. But growing awareness of the need to address waste in the fashion industry, and the challenge of recycling blended fabrics, is driving new thinking in monomaterial design.


Sophie Bramel, independent journalist


Anne Prahl, Sustainable Design Consultant

Cesare Citterio, CEO Cifra

Jose Fernandez, Founder and President Global Merino 

Dr Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex

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About the orator

Ms Sophie Bramel


Independent Journalist

About the orator

Sophie Bramel is a freelance journalist who has been writing on smart textiles, sportswear and fashion for the past twenty years. Consultant Technical Editor for World Sports Activewear (WSA), she has also authored several books on the history, development and future of functional fibers and fabrics.

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