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PCIAW® Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future Webinar Agenda

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The PCIAW® is launching the first of its kind report, ‘Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future,’ in an exclusive free webinar on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 14.00 BST. 

The Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future report is a highly informative document designed to educate the entire professional clothing supply chain on how to design-in circularity and effectively dispose of end-of-life textiles. 

This essential report will delve into case studies from world-leading universities and companies in the professional clothing industry, surveying current and emerging recycling technologies whilst advocating the necessity of greater investment to scale-up and unlock the potential for a commercialised circular textile economy.

The Circular Textiles report will launch on the same day of the webinar as an invaluable free resource for PCIAW® Trusted Members as well as the wider professional clothing industry.

PCIAW® is a proud Founding Signatory of Textiles 2030 and partner of Business in the Community (BITC). Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future will guide the entire professional clothing supply chain, from students and garment technologists, to buyers, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers. 

Running order:

14.00: Yvette Ashby, Founder and CEO of PCIAW®, will open this highly-anticipated webinar and introduce our panel of guest speakers, representing the industry’s leading companies.

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14:05: Catherine Salvidge is Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist at WRAP, which recently launched Textiles 2030, the world-leading voluntary initiative for the UK fashion, professional clothing and textile industry. 

Catherine will share knowledge on how Textiles 2030 is supporting the professional clothing industry, whilst highlighting the strategic importance of the PCIAW® and Textiles 2030 partnership and what it means for the future of textiles circularity. Catherine will also explain the critical significance of cross-sectoral collaboration on carbon, water, and circular textiles targets.

14:15: Peter Ramsey, Campaign Manager for the Circular Economy, Business in the Community (BITC), will discuss BITC’s sustainable procurement principles from the recently published BITC report: Improving the Sustainability of Professional Clothing. In addition, Peter will share the importance of the PCIAW® Circular Textiles report in educating manufacturers and suppliers on how to produce recyclable uniforms, as requested by procurers.   

14:25: Declan Osborn, Editor of PCIAW®, will present the PCIAW® Circular Textiles report as a guiding principle for the textile industry as well as colleges and universities across the world. The report will explore the entire lifecycle of a garment and educate readers on how to dispose of textiles in order to understand how to design-in circularity throughout the entire supply chain. 

14:35: Tim Cross is Director of Project Plan B, the UK’s leading workwear clothing manufacturer. With 25 years of experience in garment manufacturing, Tim has a wealth of business, strategy and industry expertise. 

Tim will be discussing the state of current recycling infrastructure in the UK, including the different types of mechanical and chemical recycling technologies. He will elaborate on Project Plan B’s infrastructure development and plans to expand capacity. Tim will highlight the importance of designing-in circularity for an effective, all-encompassing recycling system.

14:45: Stanley Russell is the Founder of APT Fabrics and a fellow of the Textile Institute, with a longstanding career in efficient and dynamic commercial infrastructures, geared to maximise value. 

Stanley will present the challenges of manufacturing recyclable PPE and share information on APT Fabric’s design process for its recyclable hi-vis range. In addition, Stanley will explain the importance of enforcing end-of-life procedures through the tender process and highlight opportunities for collection of end-of-life textiles within the professional clothing industry. 

14:55:  Jamie Hart is Regional Business Consultant at Avena Environmental, the UK’s leading confidential waste disposal service. With 10 years experience in the automotive industry, Jamie is a natural leader with a reputation for breaking records.

Jamie will outline how Avena accommodates the security concerns of the professional clothing industry, discussing the company’s secure collection and shredding operations across the UK. He will highlight Avena’s three-tier recycle and reuse system and discuss its experience in working with the emergency services sectors as well as several well-known brands.

15.05 – 15.30: Question & Answer

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