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Sustainable Textiles Symposium

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The goal of the Symposium is to introduce students and the community to the vast and varied world of sustainable textiles and apparel, and its many innovative components. Who are our local companies pioneering sustainable textile production, new recycling techniques and innovative designs? How can our future OSU graduates be involved in these amazing projects that will transform the face of the textile industry?

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When May 14, 2012
from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Where Corvallis, OR
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541.486.4085
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Location: LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University

Free Admission: open to all students, faculty, interested parties, textile industry representatives and community members.

            The goal of the Symposium is to introduce students and the community to the vast and varied world of sustainable textiles and apparel, and its many innovative components. Who are our local companies pioneering sustainable textile production, new recycling techniques and innovative designs?  How can our future OSU graduates be involved in these amazing projects that will transform the face of the textile industry?

            The Symposium will feature seven presentations from West Coast based textile and apparel companies and businesses involved in the manufacturing, dyeing, recycling, certification, labeling, and design of sustainable textiles. Two roundtable discussions will offer students and the community a chance to ask in depth questions of the speakers on sustainability issues.

            The Symposium is made possible through a 2012 grant from the Student Sustainability Initiative of OSU and the Department of Design and the Human Environment (DHE).

Media contacts:

            Angela Wartés, Symposium organizer, undergraduate student in Merchandise Management degree program, Department of Design and the Human Environment. (541) 486-4085, wartesa@onid.orst.edu

            Brigitte Cluver, Symposium organizer, Director of OSU Apparel Innovation Center, Department of Design and the Human Environment.  (541) 737-9586, Brigitte.Cluver@oregonstate.edu

Speakers include:

Steve Richardson, Director of Material Development, Patagonia.

Steve will give a presentation on Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative, garment recycling program, and the Footprint Chronicles, which track the full environmental and social impacts of Patagonia gear. Steve has been involved in almost all of company’s material sustainability projects over the past 5 years.

Becky Hurd, Senior Materials Researcher in Apparel Innovation, Nike, Inc.

Her current work involves driving Nike towards more sustainable textile production methods by implementing technologies that provide the opportunity to reduce water and energy use in the dyeing of textiles.  This work culminated with a recent announcement that Nike is partnering to scale waterless dyeing technology.  This partnership is the direct result of her eight-year sustainability research project to develop supercritical fluid CO2 dyeing technology for the textile industry.

Connie Karr, Processing Program Manager for Oregon Tilth Certified Organic.

Connie has worked in the in the organic movement, community, and industry for over 13 years. At Oregon Tilth she works daily with growers and processors of organic food, feed and fiber to help them understand organic regulatory requirements under the National Organic Program and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and well as other regulations for international trade. Connie will present on the certification of organic textiles under GOTS.

Jamie Bainbridge, Director of Textile Development and Sustainability, NAU.

NAU, a sustainable clothing designer of urban and outerwear based in Portland, is in the forefront of using sustainable fabrics in apparel design (sustainable product development). Their goal is to redesign fashion and to redefine business so that each becomes a powerful force for change.

Joseph ("Jay") Eckhardt is an attorney practicing in the Technology and Intellectual Property group at Stoel Rives, LLP.

Jay has a wide range of experience in regulation of environmental marketing, e-commerce, consumer protection matters, federal antitrust regulatory matters, and civil antitrust litigation. He will give a presentation on environmental or “green” marketing claims in the textile industry and how labeling is regulated through the Federal Trade Commission.

Karen Gilroy, InterfaceFLOR.

Karen will speak on the ground breaking carpet reclamation and recycling programs at Interface. Interface’s project Mission Zero, involves using zero oil in carpet production by 2020, through recycling carpet and nylon in more effective and innovative ways.

Jay Nalbach, Chief Marketing Officer, Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.,

Jay has more than 16 years in the sports and fashion industries. Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. develops renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other bast fibers, including the new fabric CRAiLAR. CRAiLAR technology offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications.

            For schedule please visit:
http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/sustainable-textiles-symposium

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