8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Developing a Sustainable and Circular Alternative Material Product System

8:15 am How Can We Work Towards and Encourage a Fully Circular- Based System


• Marrying the technical and biological cycles with materials design.
• Cross industry collaboration for effective systems change.

8:45 am Feedstock Utilization in Low-Carbon Products as a Resource Opportunity

  • Sydney Gladman Chief Scientific Officer, Material Innovation Initiative


• Reviewing the opportunity of biomass wastes as an underutilized source of material for other industries.
• Utilizing biomass to also be used as a means of CO2 reduction.

9:15 am Natural Fiber Welding: Scaling an Eco-System of Comprehensively Sustainable Materials


• Exploring how NFW’s highly customizable ecosystem of all-natural, circular materials are enabling new sustainable design for products ranging from bags, accessories, footwear and apparel to home and
automotive interiors.
• Highlighting how NFW is partnering with dozens of brands, including Ralph Lauren, Allbirds, BMW, Richemont, Patagonia, Chaco (Wolverine Worldwide), Bellroy, and many others, and how cutting-edge products are in and headed to market.

9:45 am Morning Networking Break

Product Design and Development using Sustainable Alternative and Bio-Based Materials

10:15 am How to Stay Creative Whilst Remaining Eco-Conscious?


• How designers have utilized creativity alongside practicality in product creation, to remain creatively on trend and competitive within the guidelines of sustainability

10:45 am Creating ‘Design-Driven’ Materials for High Performance and Originality


• How to create materials from the quality design-oriented perspective.
• Encouraging using naturally occurring biobased properties to the products advantage.

11:15 am Building Quality Design Concepts within a Time-Sensitive System


• Ensuring concepts such as robustness and quality of manufacturing processes, and perceived value  from consumers, are met and improved upon within a fast paced commercial setting.
• How to ensure time-pressures don’t result in reduced quality and sustainability factors.

11:45 am Networking Lunch

Looking Towards Sustainable Fiber and Polymer Use

12:45 pm Reduction of Environmental Footprint Associated to Conventional Fibre, Through Bio-Based Innovation and the Facilitation of Upcycling


• The sustainable innovation of Spinnova (chemical process free fiber production) and possibility of using different feedstock as raw material.
• The potential of the fiber to replace the conventional fibers (e.g. cotton) and reduce the environmental (water, carbon etc.) footprint associated.
• Recycling of Spinnova fiber in the same mechanical way.

1:15 pm Move to Natural, Icebreakers Journey Towards Plastic Free 23 Fibers


• Walk through the strategy and motivation which send Icebreaker on a quest to eliminate petro-chemical synthetics from its performance apparel range.
• Role that bio-based solutions played in our plastic free strategy struggles and successes.
• The future of natural performance fibers.

1:45 pm Bio-Based Technology as an Alternative to Petroleum-Based Materials and Encouragement of Biodegradability

  • Kenji Higashi Head of Business Development & Sustainability, Spiber

2:15 pm Cultivating Quality at Scale

2:45 pm Afternoon Networking Break

How do Bio-Based Materials Measure Up Out in the Real World

3:15 pm Leading the transition towards renewable and circular polymers


  • Overview of leading solutions in the renewable and circular polymer space.
  • Implementation challenges and how to tackle them as an industry.
  • Leading initiatives – Introduction of the renewable carbon textiles project and other FFG projects in this space.

3:45 pm A Brand’s Journey Navigating the Next-Gen Materials Space

4:45 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:00 pm End of Day Two