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Expression of Interest: What are the Materials and Manufacturing Challenges in Making Fashion Sustainable? POSTPONED

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Expression of Interest: What are the Materials and...

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The event aims to engage a mixed audience (academics, industrialists, interested parties such as social enterprises and micro-businesses and the general public) in a discussion about current work towards sustainable fashion within a circular economy framework. The day would be in two parts, with invited speakers. In the morning we would be discussing activities that are taking place at a more national level. After lunch our speakers will present the work they do within the Leeds area and provide challenges that the audience is invited to collaboratively explore local issues for dealing with fashion and textile waste. 

Draft Agenda

9:00 Registration & Refreshments 

9:55 Welcome & Presentation by HoS of School of Design


10:00 Dr Mike Ries, University of Leeds “From Rags to Riches: turning waste fabrics in to the next generation of composites”

10:30 Prof Chris Carr, University of Leeds “Designing Fashion Clothing for Recycling - The Stability of Colorants and Finishes”

11:00 Andy Haws, SOEX

11:30 Rachel Gray, Wrap

12:00 Dr Pammi Sinha (UoL), Zero Waste Fashion/RSA (introduce the fashion hack and relevance to the morning session).

12:30 Lunch & Networking

13.30 The Fashion Hack: Leeds Community Clothing Exchange

Five scenarios presented to the delegates about particular local (to Leeds area) issues related to fashion and textile waste. With the help of the organisers, delegates would be encouraged to participate in examining the issues, thinking about the root causes and so defining the problems as they see them.

Scenario One: Rachel Gray WRAP
Scenario Two: Leeds Community Clothing Exchange.
Scenario Three: Andy Haws SOEX
Scenario Four: John Clay of Edward Clay and Sons.
Scenario Five: Leeds City Council/Veolia

15:30 Tea/Coffee plus group discussion and feedback

16:00 Close

Expression of Interest: Please note that this registration is an expression of interest only and does not guarantee an automatic place at the event – a separate confirmation email will be sent to you if your place has been accepted.

We advise that you do not book any travel tickets or accommodation until you have a confirmed place.


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United Kingdom

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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