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Webinar BIR Textiles Division: "Reliable market information rather than damaging myths"

  • 09 November 2021

Textiles Webinar

While the latest UN Climate Change Conference is likely to give credit to recycling for helping to reduce carbon emissions, the textiles recyclers themselves continue to receive little if any recognition for their sterling environmental contribution over many generations. It is telling that, within only the last few months, our sector has been forced to take concerted action to dispel damaging myths about the used clothing trade. This comes at a time when fashion brands are seeing more clearly than ever before the powerful environmental arguments in favour of recycling. With multiple logistics and manpower issues impacting business and with the EU’s circular roadmap for textiles edging ever closer, a lively debate is guaranteed at the BIR Textiles Division’s webinar on November 9th, for which divisional President Martin Böschen (TEXAID Textilverwertungs AG, Switherland) has gathered an impressive array of expert participants.

Petra Schweiger is Program Manager of Accelerating Circularity Project in Europe with the mission to establish circular textile-to-textile systems that will use the embedded value and resources in existing textiles for new products to reduce the millions of tons of textiles going to landfill. Ms Schweiger has held leadership roles with European and global retail & fashion brands across China, Bangladesh, and Hong Kong for the past 20 years, where she has experienced the impacts first-hand. Petra exemplifies a holistic and collaborative approach in delivering transformational solutions. Her presentation will focus on “Putting textiles to good use”.

In a subsequent panel discussion moderated by Alan Wheeler, Textile Recycling Association (GBR), Ms Schweiger will interact with divisional President Martin Böschen and invited expert Adam Minter (USA), author and columnist with Bloomberg Opinion. Mr Minter is well known within the recycling community. His first book, "Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade," is an insider's look at the world of globalized recycling. His most recent book, "Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale" is a deep dive into the secondhand economy that thrives around the world.

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