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Towards Circular Fashion

Textile Exchange was delighted to collaborate with State of Fashion and Control Union on 30 May 2018 on “Towards Circular Fashion” – an exciting program of events that took place in Arnhem, The Netherlands, prior to the official launch of State of Fashion’s “Searching for the New Luxury“. This extraordinary exhibition will remain open until 22 July 2018, so be sure to check it out if you are in the area!

Over 100 people joined us on 30 May to explore solutions to closing the loop on today’s linear model of fashion.

The morning saw Textile Exchange host a workshop – “Closing the Loop on Textiles” – with engaging breakout discussions on key topics including product design, end-of-use, and Cradle to Cradel.

In the afternoon, Control Union hosted a symposium that continued the exploration of finding ways to work towards a sustainable and circular fashion sector. Senior representatives of like-minded companies from the textile industry and related sectors joined this intimate, pre-competitive symposium.

Event Highlights

Download an overview of Textile Exchange’s workshop here.

See photos, highlights and presentations from Control Union’s Symposium here.



Wednesday 30th May 2018

Morning: Textile Exchange Workshop – Closing the Loop on Textiles

Speakers & Facilitators:
  • Karine Basso
    Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good
    Karine Basso
    Innovation Manager, Fashion for Good

    Karine Basso is an Innovation Manager at Fashion for Good where she mainly focuses on identifying and helping to nurture, accelerate and scale innovations that can transform the fashion industry in a force for good. She does that through bespoke support to start-ups through mentoring sessions, access to funding, brands and manufacturers, and support on business model refinement. She looks for solutions for the end-of-use part of the fashion industry’s value chain, supporting innovations that provide an alternative to the currently cradle to grave model. Karine has over 10 years of work experience in the sustainability and impact field working together with organizations in different sectors to guide them towards a more sustainable and circular future.

  • Charline Ducas
    Unit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&A
    Charline Ducas
    Unit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&A

    Charline is leading the development of C&A’s circular economy strategy, which includes sustainable materials and sustainable products, globally. In that capacity, she is able to combine her passion for materials, innovation and sustainability. 
    Charline has over a decade of international experience in sustainability in the fashion industry. Prior to C&A, she has worked for Textile Exchange as their sustainability specialist and adidas in various roles of materials research, development and innovation. 
    Her education background includes a Master's of Science in textile engineering. She is native French and is currently living in Brussels, Belgium 

  • Lisa Barsley
    Materials Platform Coordinator
    Lisa Barsley
    Materials Platform Coordinator

    Lisa joined Textile Exchange in 2014.  As Materials Platform Coordinator, Lisa supports the delivery of Textile Exchange’s Materials Strategy, including the production of TE’s annual market reports and coordination of the Organic Cotton Round Table, amongst other responsibilities.  Lisa has a BSc in International Development from the University of East Anglia and joined Textile Exchange after an internship with the UK’s Soil Association researching organic cotton and food security.

  • Michael Kininmonth
    Global Business Development Director, Lenzing AG
    Michael Kininmonth
    Global Business Development Director, Lenzing AG

    Michael has spent the whole of his 44 years working life in textiles. He trained at University of Bolton in the UK. He has had a wide and varied career spanning fiber spinning through to garment production, woven and knits through to non-woven composites, apparel fabrics through to medical textiles. He is widely travelled and is the holder of several textile patents. He joined Courtaulds just after the launch of TENCEL, and still has the scars to prove it. He is now employed by Lenzing Fibers as Business Development Manager. His currently responsibilities are split between sustainability and denim projects. Michael lives in Nottingham in the UK along with his wife Julia, 2 children Alex and Olivia and the dog Eddy.

  • Sarah Herms
    Manager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbH
    Sarah Herms
    Manager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbH

    Sarah is sustainability manager at Tchibo, a German retailer for consumer goods and coffee. Sarah leads the Circular Economy activities which includes the integration of recycled materials in Tchibo assortments, services to prolong the product life, recycling services and Circular Business Models. To develop these activities, Sarah combines her passion for developing resource-saving ways of consumption and her background in industrial ecology and business economics. Prior to Tchibo, Sarah worked for a policy consultancy on sustainable regional development and studied at TU Delft (Netherlands), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and ESB Reutlingen (Germany). 

  • Dr. Kim Poldner
    Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & Research
    Dr. Kim Poldner
    Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & Research

    Kim is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands where she coordinates the Circular Fashion Lab. Through bringing together scientists and designers, Circular Fashion @WUR contributes to the creation of new ‘categories’ of materials previously unknown in the fashion industry, disruptive technologies that re-define textile supply-chains and inspired processes of organizing that turn competitors into comparables. Learn more via www.wur.eu/circularfashion<http://www.wur.eu/circularfashion>.

    Kim graduated at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland: for her PhD project she longitudinally studied 58 sustainable entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Her research interests evolve at the crossroads of entrepreneurship, aesthetics and sustainability and she has written award winning case studies on sustainable fashion pioneers such as Veja and Osklen. Before she embarked on an academic career, Kim was founder of the first eco fashion store in The Netherlands in 2005 and initiator of online platform Eco Fashion World. Her green wardrobe, including her up cycled wedding dress, was exhibited during the exhibition Wear I Am in 2017.

  • Jenny Puts
    Supply Chain & Sustainability Intern, Skunkfunk
    Jenny Puts
    Supply Chain & Sustainability Intern, Skunkfunk

    At the moment I am doing an incredible interesting internship at Skunkfunk, under the supervision of Jon Curutchet. I have studied  Fashion Technology in Belgium, got extremely passionate about Sustainability and did a minor Sustainable Fashion Design at KEA in Copenhagen. This September I will continue a master Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University, pursued to find answers and solutions for the fashion industry.

  • Simone Seisl
    Special Projects
    Simone Seisl
    Special Projects

    Simone studied design and textile engineering in Austria and went for a career in the global fashion and sporting goods industry, held various positions in design, product management, marketing and buying departments, also at the headquarter of adidas. In 2008 she decided to only focus on sustainability topics within the industry, first working as a consultant at the Dutch NGO Made-by, then as head of marketing and sales at Remei AG in Switzerland. She has expertise in leading CR initiatives on brand level, in supply chain transformation and integrity, product innovation and best-practise marketing and communication. Based in Freiburg, Germany, she currently works as a consultant for individual as well as multi-stakeholder projects.

  • Liesl Truscott
    European & Materials Strategy Director
    Liesl Truscott
    European & Materials Strategy Director

    Liesl Truscott is European and Materials Strategy Director with responsibility for developing and embedding Textile Exchange’s preferred materials program. Liesl has specialized in organic cotton and has a deep knowledge of the sector. With a first class degree in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle in Australia, she has spent over twenty years in the fields of corporate social responsibility, occupational health and safety, and environmental management – working in both the private and public sector.

  • Friederike von Wedel-Parlow
    Founder, Beneficial Design Institute
    Friederike von Wedel-Parlow
    Founder, Beneficial Design Institute

    The Berlin born designer Friederike von Wedel-Parlow founded the „Beneficial Design Institute" in autumn 2016. The Institute focusses on quality, beauty and innovation for a positive cultural change in our world, with a positive effect for people, environment and business. As professor for “Sustainable Design Strategies", she built and lead the Master's program "Sustainability in Fashion" at Esmod Berlin University of Arts. She has entrepreneurial and educational experience owning her own fashion brand as well as assisting professor for Vivienne Westwood at University of the Arts Berlin. Friederike is jury member for “Bundespreis Ecodesign” for the German Federal Environment Ministry.





09:30 – 09:45 – Welcomes

Liesl Truscott, European and Materials Strategy Director, Textile Exchange
Michiel Scheffer, Deputy of the Province Gelderland

09:45 – 10:00 – Industry update – The “”Big Picture” in Circularity

Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute

10:00 – 10:45 – Panel Discussion – Strategizing for Circularity

We chat with three experts who are driving a circularity strategy into their business, and explore their journey from the seed of an idea to where they are today – and what’s ahead. Our panel will share some of the struggles and challenges they’ve run into as well as the highlights and what keeps them excited about driving the circularity agenda forward.

Moderator: Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute

Charline Ducas, Unit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&A
Michael Kininmonth, Global Business Development Director, Lenzing AG
Sarah Herms, Manager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbH

11:00 – 12:00 – Breakout discussions:

1. Product design – developing products with longevity, zero waste, and circularity.
Facilitator: Kim Poldner,Wageningen University & Research | Thoughtstarter: Jenny Puts, SKUNKFUNK

2. The key challenges and best practices in implementing circularity from an end-of-use perspective (from recycling to circular business models)
Facilitator: Karine Basso, FashionForGood | Thoughtstarter: Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing

3. Cradle to Cradle – Celebrating Positive Impact
Facilitator: Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute | Thoughtstarter: Charline Ducas, C&A

12:00 – 12:30 Feedback and Wrap-up

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Afternoon: Control Union Circular Fashion Symposium

You can find the agenda for the Control Union Symposium here and information about the speakers here.

Evening: Networking Reception & BBQ

To post or see updates on social media, use #TowardsCircularFashion

Thursday 31st May 2018

Daytime: Fashion Colloquium – International conference of ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion
Evening: Official Opening of State of Fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury


Textile Exchange Workshop: Contact Lisa Emberson, Materials@TextileExchange.org
Control Union Meeting: Contact Jantine Schrijver, jschrijver@controlunion.com
State of Fashion Launch: Contact Hester Swaving hswaving@stateoffashion.org


May 30 2018 - May 31 2018


9:00 am - 6:00 pm




Rozet, Arnhem, Netherlands
Control Union, State of Fashion and Textile Exchange


Control Union, State of Fashion and Textile Exchange
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