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Sustainability is a rising challenge in the textile industry. During the pandemic and lockdowns, current supply chains are more than ever questioned. A growing number of stakeholders is already offering alternative solutions by working on novel technologies to provide a more sustainable way of producing materials, to use new bio-based resources and offer more circular approaches for stakeholders in the fashion value chain.
Editorial office / Brussels

On 13 August on 1400 hrs, EuropaBio is organising a new free webinar in the EFIB Sustainability Dialogue series, called ‘Fashion & Textiles – How can innovation cycles be changed towards a more sustainable fashion industry?’

In this one hour webinar, market experts and startups will shed light on the sustainability challenge in the fashion industry and discuss what is needed going forward.

Subjects discussed will include:

  • Fashion labels are turning increasingly to sustainable biofabrication and biotech-inspired methods to help lower the environmental footprint of their products.
  • A showcase of the broad spectrum of approaches and the potential of biotech innovation currently taking place in the field, including biofabrication in the lab, improved biobased processes using agricultural or forest biomass and hybrid approaches using lab-grown micro­organisms instead of plant materials to produce fibres or non-toxic colorfast dyes, thus completely avoiding the problems caused by fertilisers, insecticides and water wastage.
  • Biodiversity as a next frontier in sustainable fashion. A new McKinsey report released in July points towards the fact that the apparel industry should radically reduce the industry’s contribution to biodiversity loss.


The EFIB dialogues on sustainability after COVID-19 is a series of monthly webinars until the 5-Day digital EFIB Conference will be held on 5-9 October 2020. EFIB is the market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, organised by EuropaBio and Biocom. Registration for this event has opened in July.

Participation in the dialogue webinars is free of charge, but registration is required. Coming topics are Fashion & Textiles, Financing & Investing, Materials & Packaging and Bioprocesses & Technologies.

More information about EFIB and this webinar can be found through the links below.

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