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This new annual forum creates a platform for an in-depth engagement with stakeholders on challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of a circular economy for nonwovens.

Circular economy is on everyone’s agenda.

NGOs, companies across all sectors and throughout the value chains, European regulators and legislators alike strive for a shift towards a circular economy. The new Circular Nonwovens Forum is dedicated to addressing challenges and collectively finding opportunities in order to accelerate this transition. 

Join us and participate in this unique and interactive Forum to:

  • Learn from stakeholders’ expectations
  • Hear from experts on the latest technologies and trends
  • Exchange views and ideas on issues and solutions
  • Inspire and get inspired in roundtable discussions
  • Identify topics for future cooperation on common initiatives 
Day 1
13 October 2020
13.00 - 15.00
SHAPING TOGETHER THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR NONWOVENS
13.00 - 13.05
Opening and welcome address
Pierre Wiertz General Manager EDANA
13.05 - 13.25
KEYNOTE SPEECH - The new Circular Economy Action plan
Paola Migliorini Deputy Head of Unit ENV.B1 “Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption” European Commission
13.25 - 13.40
Addressing circularity of AHP plastic waste through mechanical & feedstock recycling
  • Address the circularity of AHP plastic waste through the integration of mechanical and feedstock recycling sources when working together with brand owners
  • Looking closer at both mechanical and feedstock recycling options for the hygiene market and introduce recent innovations and partnerships to advance the production of circular polymers using feedstock recycling
  • The process of breaking down mixed waste plastics to manufacture new polymers
Abby Turner Senior Marketing Manager Dow Europe
Eduardo Alvarez Application Technology Leader Dow Europe
13.40 - 13.55
Renewable PP for nonwovens
  • Borealis’ plants in Belgium are since the beginning of the year ISCC+ certified
  • Renewable Polypropylene (PP) originating from 2nd generation renewable feedstock
  • Improved sustainability of your product using renewable PP
Gustaf Tobieson Application Marketing Manager Borealis
Stephan Roest Strategic Platform Leader Circular Economy Solutions Borealis
13.55 - 14.10
Biodegradability and compostability of nonwovens - From standards to certification with focus on wet wipes
  • The applications of single use nonwoven fabrics, such as wet wipes, cloths and applications for the person are manifold and recovery for reuse or recycling is sometimes not very practicable to date for waste management systems and for hygiene and safety issues
  • One of the possible options is compostability / biodegradability, whether industrial or domestic. This possibility is regulated internationally by regulations and technical standards harmonized at continental level and connected at certification level
  • Compostability in the context of Scientific concept, International technical standards, tests and approach to Certification schemes
Andrea Vittadello Sustainability Project Manager Mérieux NutriSciences
Enrico Nieddu Director of the Science Center Mérieux NutriSciences
14.10 - 14.25
Innovations in circular materials for nonwoven applications
  • Recent Innovations Viscose and Lyocell fibres have enabled circular product design that help them in meeting the intent of SDG 12 and circular design challengeBP
  • Liva Reviva is conceived to recycle industrial waste and uses 20% recycled industrial waste, is accredited by Recycle Claim Standard (RCS) and comes with complete traceability of value chain, and a unique tracer.
  • The innovative circular design of Liva Reviva has an important role to play in enhancing the sustainability of nonwoven products, especially for single use products like wipes.
Rupesh Khare Lead Scientist Birla Cellulose
14.25 - 14.45
INSPIRE AND GET INSPIRED IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

After the round of presentation, participants will split into two different moderated breakout session for 20 minutes to further discuss and ask questions on presentation topics.

Session A to cover the presentations from Dow and Borealis

Session B to cover the presentations from Mérieux NutriSciences and Birla Cellulose.

14.45 - 15.00
Conclusions of the roundtable discussions & closing remarks
Paola Migliorini
Deputy Head of Unit ENV.B1 “Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption”
European Commission
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Eduardo Alvarez
Application Technology Leader
Dow Europe
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Eduardo Alvarez is EMEA Application Technology Leader for Health and Hygiene for Dow Europe GmbH. In this role, he owns the innovation pipeline for applications within the Health & Hygiene market. He drives technology strategy and multi-generational growth plans which address customer needs and market trends. By collaborating with machine manufacturers, industry associations and leading brand owners, Eduardo drives the development of new products and technologies.

Eduardo joined Dow in 2015 after graduating from a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. He has worked across different market segments in the technical service and development role for the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business within the EMEA region.

Rupesh Khare
Lead Scientist
Birla Cellulose
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Dr. Rupesh Khare is a Lead Scientist in Pulp & Fibre Innovation Centre of Grasim Industries Ltd., India. Holding a masters from Cambridge University and a doctoral degree from IIT Bombay, Rupesh has authored more than 20 publications in high impact scientific journals and has been an innovator in four patents. He is one of the key contributors in a project focused on achieving circularity for viscose fibres through developing a process for pre-treating textile waste to make it suitable for processing into recycled viscose fibre. 

Enrico Nieddu
Director of the Science Center
Mérieux NutriSciences
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He is the Director of the Science Center in Mérieux NutriSciences Laboratories in Italy.

Since 1999 he has been working in the Packaging Division, holding different scientific and management positions, including several food safety projects based on non-targeted analyses.

He is a member of the EU Bioplastic Advisory Committee and of the management team of AIBO (Italian Food Contact Expert association).

 

Stephan Roest
Strategic Platform Leader Circular Economy Solutions
Borealis
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Stephan Roest is Strategic Business Platform Leader – Circular Economy Solutions (CES) at Borealis. In this role he is overseeing the projects on Renewable polyeolefins and Chemical / Feedstock recycling. Both of these projects enables Borealis to offer virgin-like circular solutions, suitable for demanding applications such as food contact and performance grades.

Stephan started his career working for 8 years in consultancy, of which he worked 7 years at PwC as sustainability consultant, where he started to advice its customers on the possibilities of Circular Economy back in 2013. With a passion to accelerate the circular- and biobased economy, he stepped over to the biobased company Corbion in 2015, where he worked for 4,5 years as director business development and strategic partnerships for Corbion’s bioplastics portfolio. In 2020 he joined Borealis to further work on making the plastics industry circular.

Stephan Roest has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Utrecht University, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at Delft University and an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. 

Gil Stevens
External Relations & Sustainability Director
EDANA
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Gil Stevens is the External Relations and Sustainability Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since March 2018.

With a Master’s Degree in Product Development and in Environmental Science, Gil started his career as product engineer in the building industry. Pursuing his passion for sustainability, Gil joined the Cradle to Cradle Platform in 2012, where he has been guiding companies in different sectors, such as textiles, cleaning agents, building, office equipment towards the integration of C2C and preparing them for a circular economy. As sustainability coach at Sustenuto, Gil supported organisations in developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. At the beverage group Spadel, Gil’s responsibilities included the coordination of local CSR representatives at the various European sites and external CSR communication. During his career, Gil also concluded an Executive MBA programme at the Antwerp Management School.

Gil currently has responsibility for managing sustainability and maintaining external relations for EDANA. He manages several of the association’s Working Groups including the Circular Economy WG, Sustainability WG, Construction WG and the Communication & Advocacy SG. 

Gustaf Tobieson
Application Marketing Manager
Borealis
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Gustaf Tobieson is Application Marketing Manager (AMM) - Consumer Products at Borealis and responsible for extrusion coating and fibres and meltblown.

Gustaf Tobieson lives in Uddevalla, a city 100 km north of Gothenburg on the Swedish West-coast. He has an educational background from Umeå University - international Business Administration. Gustaf has been working at Volvo Cars as lead buyer exhaust after-treatment and for the last almost 20 years with Borealis in various commercial roles and since 2015 as Application Marketing Manager.

Abby Turner
Senior Marketing Manager
Dow Europe
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Abby Turner is the Senior Marketing Manager for Health and Hygiene for Dow Europe GmbH. In this role, she is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and execution of plans for existing and new products within key applications. She drives the innovation and sustainability strategy for the hygiene market working in close partnership within the value chain including machine manufacturers and brand owners.

Abby has spent almost her entire career with Dow. Throughout the years, she has worked in a variety of roles including Customer Operations Leadership and Commercial Excellence Leader for EMEA. She graduated from an HCIMA in Hospitality and Event Management and more recently Marketing Diploma from IMD and the General Management program at INSEAD in France and Singapore.

Andrea Vittadello
Sustainability Project Manager
Mérieux NutriSciences
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Pierre Wiertz
General Manager
EDANA
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Fees
Fees, including recoverable VAT when applicable Members Non members
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2020 Webinar Pass €195.00 €345.00
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2020 Speaker/Moderator €0.00
Any stakeholders outside of the nonwovens and related industry can attend free of charge. Please contact, Christelle.tuncki@edana.org. Fee includes: access to the live webinar, pdf version of the presentations after responding to satisfactory evaluation. Fees may be subject to recoverable VAT if applicable.
Practical info

Programme

The forum will be held on 13 October 2020 via webinar from 13.00 - 15.00 CET

A link to join the webinar will be sent to you before the event.
The programme will be available soon.

 

Roundtable discussions

After the round of presentation, participants will split into two different moderated virtual break-out session for 20 minutes to further discuss and ask questions on presentation topics. 

 

Are you a stakeholder?

Any stakeholders outside of the nonwovens and related industry can attend free of charge. Please contact Christelle.tuncki@edana.org

For any questions please contact
Marie-Josepha Peeters
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