Natural Fibre Connect 2022

NATURAL FIBRE CONNECT 2022

Online Grower & Herder Conference

07-09 September 2022

Natural Fibre Connect includes 3 live days filled with expert speakers, recorded talks, and roundtable discussions aimed at tackling the common challenges of the alpaca, cashmere, mohair and wool industries. With each talk and panel, we will aim to highlight the perspective of growers and herders around the world.

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Program

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 7:00-10:00 UTC & 14:00-17:00 UTC

Thursday, 8 September 2022 7:00-10:00 UTC & 14:00-17:00 UTCå

Friday, 9 September 2022 7:00-10:00 UTC & 14:00-17:00 UTC

The world seems in constant crisis mode as we receive news about the war in Ukraine, high-energy prices, inflation, the ongoing pandemic, supply chain issues and climate change. In this session, we get an overview of how current events are shaping the industry.

In this panel, we get an update from various experts concerning Life Cycle Assessment and the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint. In particular, we explore the small successes natural fibres have achieved in the fight for data-driven carbon accounting versus synthetic textiles led greenwashing. 

In this session, we dive into the future of the metaverse, web.3.0 and blockchain technology. We find out how the natural fibre industry can benefit from emerging tech to stay relevant and improve sustainability.

For centuries, growers and herders have had a close, caring and dependent relationship with their animals and nature, often embedded in traditional knowledge. In this session, we dive deep into the expectations on animal welfare, how distinct guidelines may not always be practical and why animals are still well taken care of.

In this panel, we get an update from various experts concerning Life Cycle Assessment and the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint. In particular, we explore the small successes natural fibres have achieved in the fight for data-driven carbon accounting versus synthetic textiles led greenwashing. 

In this session, we dive into the future of the metaverse, web.3.0 and blockchain technology. We find out how the natural fibre industry can benefit from emerging tech to stay relevant and improve sustainability.Regenerative Agriculture continues to be of high interest to the fashion textile supply chain. However, the devil sits in the details, as not all regenerative practices are the right fit for all regions. In this session, panelists will discuss what options arid regions have and how we can create a common language and definitions to progress and benefit together.

This session explores how transparency is transforming business through the use of technology, directly connecting all actors of the supply chain and simplifying certifications.

If the future is more green, finance will be too. This session looks at how the finance sector is reacting to climate change by allocating relevant funds to build a sustainable future. The panellists of this session will share how they are rethinking finance and what green investment opportunities lie ahead for growers and herders. 

Hear a recap of the in-person grower and herder meetings that have taken place this week and what growers had to say about the main talks of this conference. What are the main challenges they are facing, how do they view market trends and what innovations are taking place at grower level. Each fibre will have a closing message of what we want to achieve in the future by taking action.

Speakers

Simon Butler

Agronomeye

Philippa Grogan

Eco-Age

Fiona MacDonald

Fiona MacDonald

Alex Begg

Camilla Nordheim Larsen

UNCCD

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Artist

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

Eurofins BLC

Ettore Piacenza

Piacenza 1733

La Rhea Pepper

Textile Exchange

Anna Heaton

Anna Heaton

Textile Exchange

Lewis Perkins

Apparel Impact Institute

Dalena White

International Wool Textile Organisation

Isak Staats

BKB Ltd.

Tone Skårdal Tobiasson

Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

Ingun Klepp

Oslo Met

Elena Schneider

The Schneider Group

Alessandro Canepa

TRICK Projekct

Stephen Wiedemann

Integrity Ag

Maria Ferdandez-Gimenez

Colorado State University

Annie Hurlbut

The Peruvian Connection

Pablo Borelli

Ovis 21

Dr. Mackie Hobson

Mohair Industry Veterinarian

Yoann Regent

Kering

Marco Schneider

The Schneider Group

Scott Williams

Sheep Sustainability Framework

Geoff Kingwill

Wool & Mohair Grower

Mark Scott

The Woolmark Company

Maria Ehrnstrom-Fuentes

Åbo Akademi University

Paula Vega Tagle

Lablaco

Daniele Riulfi

IBM Consulting

Carla de Clerk

Control Union South Africa

Sienna Rose Shepard

Textile Exchange

Callie Weldon

Textile Exchange

Raul Rivera

Michell Y Cia. S.A.(Peru)

Azjargal Ulziitogtokh

Tamsin Lejeune

Common Objective

Rakalene Condon

Everledger

Rizal Braganini

Peru Textiles Exporters Association (PREVEX)

Gabriel Stein

Stein Brothers (UK)

Carlos Penny

Pennynvest SAC

Rebecca Picallo Gil

Rebecca Picallo Gil

Four Paws

Ronnie Lamb

Naadam

Zara Morris-Trainor

Sustainable Fibre Alliance

Enkh-Ireedui

Khan Bank

Ayoshi Ayongxi

International Cooperation Committee for Animal Welfare China (ICCAW)

Mark Shires

Mohair Grower

Giacomo Chiorino

Banca Patrimoni Sella & C (Sella Group)

Ester Xicota

International Consultant Strategic Sustainability

Matias Karlsson

Traditum SA

Luis Chaves

Incalpaca

Maximo Gallia

Fuhrmann Argentina

Dr. Batkhishig Baival

Sustainable Fibre Alliance

Daniel Aréstegui Otazú

International Alpaca Association

Ricardo Irianni

Rural Association of the Chubut Valley Patagonia Argentina

David Cussons

David Cussons

Cussons Media

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