Save the Date: Exploring the Future of Circular Textiles | Concluding Seminar

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How moving to circular value chains can help build a more sustainable fashion industry 

Save the Date: As the New Cotton and Telavalue projects approach completion, you are invited to join the celebratory end of project event, where we explore the power of circular value chains in the transition towards more sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

Date: 21 March 2024

Location: Dipoli (the main building of Aalto University, located in the Otaniemi campus), Espoo, Finland.

The seminar will bring together textile industry players, researchers and policymakers to exchange practical knowledge and strategies for circular textile innovations.


9:00 – 9:45 Morning coffee, networking and exhibition

9:45 – 10:00 Opening wordsPaula Sarsama, Infinited Fiber Company, Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT & Martin Policar, European Commission

10:00 – 12:00 Future of Circular Textiles 

  • Textile Circularity 2035 – from Aspiration to Reality / Lutz Walter, Textile ETP
  • Steps towards textile circularity / Jukka Pesola, Pure Waste Textiles
  • Panel discussion / Lutz Walter, Jukka Pesola, Drishti Masand (adidas), Ali Harlin (VTT) and Paula Sarsama, moderated by Jasmin Hamid 

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch, networking and posters & demonstrations exhibition

13:15 – 14:30 Sharing New Cotton Project & Telavalue results 

  • Ecosystem empowerment for circularity / Petri Alava, Infinited Fiber Company  Social LCA in the New Cotton Project: Exploring potential social impacts / Diego Peñaloza, RISE
  • Consumer views on circular textiles / Hannamaija Tuovila, VTT
  • Novel business models in the circular economy of textiles / Piia Nurmi, Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Textile data in use phase / Satu-Marja Mäkelä, VTT
  • Combined Q&A

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00 Sustainable textile research collaboration across Europe  

  • ECOSYSTEX – the European Community of Practice for a Sustainable Textile Ecosystem / Tilla Cross, Textile ETP
  • tExtended project & Framework for extended textile circularity / Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT
  • T-REX Project & Closed loop recycling for textiles / Alexandra Barrios, adidas
  • TRICK project & Digital product passport / Carla Fite, UPC
  • MY-FI project & Mycelium based materials / Federica Gucciardi, SPIN
  • Combined Q&A

16:00 – 16:10 Closing words / Jasmin Hamid, Paula Sarsama & Pirjo Heikkilä

16:10 – 17:30 Networking cocktails 

The event is co-organised by New Cotton Project and Telavalue.  

Registration for the event is open until 5 March.

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