LONDON – [29.05.09] The Technical Textiles and the Materials and Design Exchange sectors of the UK government funded Materials Knowledge Transfer Network will host a conference focusing on the latest methods that clothing designers and brands have developed to help reduce landfill waste.
This one-day event, entitled ‘Designing Out Landfill’ will be held at The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in London on June 15 and will feature speakers from major retailers, brands, manufacturers and product designers.
Delegates at the conference will hear how designers approach the challenge of contributing to a reduction in landfill waste and how large organisations remain profitable whilst maintaining ethical products and a strong brand image. There will also be discussions on the development of new products from landfill.
Following an introduction from Professor Claire Johnston, Head of Textiles Department, Royal College of Art, the conference will hear from a range of speakers including Sophie Thomas, co-founder of Greengaged who will discuss the role of design in finding solutions for eliminating waste. Other speakers include Nick Morley, director of Sustainable Innovation at Oakdene Hollins Ltd who will give an overview of re-use and recycling and Alexis Steadman, Marks & Spencer, who will tell delegates about the retail giant’s Plan A strategy and the company’s initiatives to reduce landfill.
The Materials KTN is an overarching network of groups, set up to bring together the views of all in business, design, research and technology organisations, trade associations, the financial market, academia and others in the value network across the materials community.
For more details on the conference go to: http://www.materialsktn.net
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