UK – As the global apparel industry starts to get to grips with its contribution to pollution related to textile fibre fragmentation, the Microfibre Consortium will hold an online edition of its Fibre Fragmentation Summit between March 23 – 26th, 2021 – in partnership with Planet Textiles.
Since the inaugural Microfibre Leadership Summit in 2017 (co-hosted by Ocean Conservancy and the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), new studies, innovations, methodologies and policy discussions have elevated global awareness of microfibre pollution.
However, there is still a huge knowledge gap about the exact scale, sources, fates and impacts of textile fibre fragmentation, with the best practices for mitigating shedding only just beginning to emerge.
“Since the last summit, we have seen so much great research understanding come through, yet the topic remains complex. The interconnection between different approaches and stakeholders engaged in fibre fragmentation is key to progress,” noted Sophie Mather, Managing Director at the Microfibre Consortium. “By bringing together the global topic community from researchers to policy makers, we are looking to drive and facilitate action, ultimately reducing impact environmentally.’
As such, and working in partnership with Planet Textiles – the well-known sustainability event owned by the publisher of Ecotextile News – the Fibre Fragmentation Summit will provide a unique online platform, spread out over a 4-day period, to convene global apparel and textiles brands, supply chain partners, legislators, NGOs, academics and other thought leaders for the next round of cross discipline presentations, discussions and action planning.
Summit 2021 participants can expect:
- Research updates from leading academics on fibre fragmentation
- Overviews of emerging tools and methods designed to guide low-shed material development
- Insights from technology providers that support a portfolio approach to emerging solutions
- Global collaborative commitment to elevating and driving impact
- Breakout ‘Action Sessions’ to identify and commit to new areas of focus
- Facilitate virtual networking across sectors and geographies
The Fibre Fragmentation Summit will also deliver outputs in the form of a summary report, including an actions roadmap to drive progress on microfibre pollution following the event.