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On 2-3 February 2022, the nova Institute is organizing the yearly International Conference on Cellulose Fibres in Cologne, Germany.

Cellulose fibres are a true material miracle as they offer a steadily expanding, broad range of applications. Meanwhile markets are driven by technological developments and policy frameworks, especially bans and restrictions on plastics, as well as an increasing number of sustainability requirements. The presentations will provide valuable information on the various use-opportunities for cellulosic fibres through a policy overview, a special session on sustainability, recycling and alternative feedstocks, as well as the latest developments in pulp, cellulosic fibres and yarns. In addition, examples of non-wovens, packaging and composites will offer a look beyond the horizon of conventional application fields.

The fourth session, “Recycling and other alternative raw materials”, will cover topics ranging from textile recycling – both cotton and regenerated cellulose fibres – to the use of hemp shives as raw material. Self-initiated cooperation and waste management pave the way to a fully closed European material loop where textile waste is collected, recycled and reprocessed into new raw materials. The speakers will demonstrate the importance of cooperation in recycling fabrics already in circulation, perfectly following the topics and discussions of the previous conference day.

During the conference, the Innovation Award for the ‘Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022’ will also be presented.

More information can be found on the conference website.

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