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Brussels to host a EU textiles sustainability conference

The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, will hold a conference titled ‘Innovating for Sustainability in European Textiles and Clothing’, in Brussels on October 28, 2015. The topics of discussions include: textile sustainability of the 21st century with European thought leaders, present industry innovators and technology disruptors working on the sustainability solutions of tomorrow, and demonstrate tools and solutions that EU initiatives bring to the industry across Europe. The discussion will focus on how digitisation and material circularity can facilitate completely new market approaches and business models.

The Brussesl conference will be attended by representatives from entire European fibres, textile and clothing value chain, industry federations, research and technology organizations, consulting and service companies, policy makers, and the media. An EU research and innovation funding seminar and project brokerage event on October 29 will be held after the event at the same venue.

European textile and fashion products are popular for their creativity, innovation, quality and increasingly the environmental and social responsibility with which they are produced. According to the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, continuous improvement in materials, production processes and supply chain management can further enhance the sustainability performance of the EU’s textile and clothing industry.

To achieve these major changes, though, radically new concepts, technologies and business models are needed.