CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLOSING THE LOOP ON APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR
Organizer: John Frazier, Senior Technical Director, Hohenstein Institute America, Inc.
Material and chemical manufacturers are redefining what they make, how they make it, and how their inputs impact the processes and footprint for creating consumer and industrial products. Greener, more sustainable materials, chemistry and engineering are widely embraced as the way to create and deliver high performance products, minimize environmental impacts, and advance circular life cycles. This session will discuss the challenges the industry faces for closing the loop on materials, recognize some of the barriers, and highlight some of the efforts and wins already occurring. In this session, material, chemical and process innovations transforming end of life considerations for textiles and footwear. Papers describing research efforts and commercial successes in closing the loop in the apparel and footwear as well as in the automotive, home furnishings, and electronics accessories sectors are requested.