PANEL: How can we authentically design outerwear to be fully biodegradable?
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...
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.
Dr Mark Taylor, University of Leeds, Performance Clothing team
Mark is the driving force behind the laboratory test centre most used by the British Outdoor Industry. It is known for 3 things: scientific testing, practical advice on design suggestions, & a Yorkshire opinion. The School of Design has produced many of the textile developers at the European Outdoor brands, including all of the European Outdoor Group's sustainability team
About the orator
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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