It was a real pleasure to be invited to speak at this event about the role ATMF is playing in helping the local garment supply chain. 
A series of lectures took place covering all aspects of the textile supply chain from knitting, dyeing to production and how we can all play a role in reducing the impact of the textile trade on the environment. 
 
Prof Carolyn Hardaker spoke about the great work being carried at the De Montfort University School of Fashion and Textiles around sustainability and the future of textiles. 
 
Debbie Bamford ASDC: The Mulberry Dyer spoke at length about her almost 30 years of research, experimentation and practical experience in natural dye work. Debbie is keen to maintain and encourage bio-regional regenerative textile systems and currently as a Post Graduate Researcher at the University of Leeds and shared her findings on the environmental impacts of natural dyes and mordants including the relation to fastness of colours. 
The joint team of Ian Burn, Director of Sustainable Fabrics, and Jodie Padgett, Senior Innovator, of Camira, a company whose fabrics you will find almost every where including planes, trains and automobiles spoke about designing Textiles for Circularity. They discussed at length about the role of textile circularity in addressing the global textile waste and production problem and how they break the “take-make-waste” model of traditional manufacturing. Referencing Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s circular design principles, they talked about the three environmental material types for today’s eco-conscious specifier: natural bio-based materials made from renewable harvested plants; post-consumer recycled fabrics made from plastic bottles and ocean waste; and the company’s latest innovative breakthrough in closed loop recycled wool in partnership with iinouiio: Recycled Textiles
 
It was also very refreshing to get a great insight into the thoughts of students and upcycling fashion. As a result ATMF have invited two students Amelia Vance and Megan Melhuish to share their ideas and make use of current stocks to repurpose and recycle to increase lifespan of clothing. 
 
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