Innovations for a New Textiles Industry
Textiles are for us not only vital protection from the weather, but also a means of expressing our personality and individuality. A life without clothes is therefore unimaginable for us. Unfortunately, the production of textiles is often associated with negative consequences for people and the environment. Large amounts of resources are needed and clothing usually has a short lifespan. The vision of a new, more sustainable textile industry requires fundamental changes in the systematic handling of textiles and resources. This webinar shows innovations for a sustainable, resource-saving production of textiles. Entirely new materials and resource as well as new ways of dyeing and processing will be presented.
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Steffen Gerlach & Reiner Mantsch - EEDEN
In 2019, Reiner Mantsch and Steffen Gerlach founded the startup EEDEN. Since then, they have been working on the development of a chemical recycling process for textile waste. The goal is to process cotton-based waste textiles into virgin cellulose fibers or the raw material cellulose.
As a student of textile technology at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Reiner initiated the project. With his background in the natural sciences, Reiner is responsible for developing and setting up the process. At an early stage, he called in Steffen, who at that time had completed his studies in business administration at the University of Hamburg. Since then, a lot of know-how in the field of textile recycling as well as a broad network has been built up. Currently, important test series are being carried out in order to finalize the laboratory process in the course of this year. This is the basis for an intended investment, for the transition to the piloting of the process.
Klaus Berding - GEMIT / Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
Since 2021, Klaus Berding is a part-time member of the scientific staff at GEMIT Institute in Mönchengladbach focusing on the BioEconomy and its applications. He is in parallel active as consultant in the field of Biotechnology and has worked with fashion & textiles start-ups.
The GEMIT Institute at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences focuses on application-oriented research in the fields of logistics, IT and human resources to develop sustainability solutions. In the CONUS project, GEMIT is specifically researching the optimization of value chains in different fields by applying digital concepts and the use of bio-based materials. One example is the supply chain in the textile industry where the GEMIT institute can draw on the knowledge within the Niederrhein University. The Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology is one of the largest study locations in Europe for young textile engineers with a history of more than 100 years.
Dr Thomas Hahn - Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB
Thomas studied chemistry and subsequently made his Ph.D. at the Institute of bioprocess engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern with regard to the extraction and purification of heteropolysaccharides from brown algae. In 2012 he started as a research scientist at the Fraunhofer IGB and since 2016, he is the assistant head of the working group “Bioprocess development”. The research topics of Thomas include the extraction of natural polysaccharides like cellulose, latex, and chitin from renewable resources and the purification thereof. Another focus of his work is the chemical and biotechnological modification of the polysaccharides and the respective analytical characterization. He works with several companies and research institutes with the aim to foster the application of renewable resources in textile processing.
Dr Charlie Gilbert - Colorifix
Dr Felix Jakob - DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials
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