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This 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:

  • Hear from experts on the latest technologies and trends
  • Exchange views and ideas on issues and solutions
  • Inspire and get inspired in round table discussions
  • Identify topics for future cooperation on common initiatives 

Day 1
30 September 2021
08.45 - 09.25
Welcome coffee
09.25 - 09.30
Opening & Welcome
Pierre Wiertz General Manager EDANA
Moderator - Gil Stevens External Relations & Sustainability Director EDANA
09.30 - 10.00
Certification of biodegradable and biobased nonwovens, the role of a certification body
  • Biodegradable, compostable, bio-based;  what it is and what it is not
  • Third party certification improves the credibility and visibility of claims, but not only that. What are the added values of certification?
  • Are all (nonwoven) products certifiable ?
Philippe Dewolfs Business Manager TÜV Austria
10.00 - 10.30
Innovative Polyvinyl alcohol for melt spun fibres and spunmelt nonwovens, offering high functionality and versatile end of life options
  • Aquapak technology allows high hydrolysis, water-soluble, polyvinyl alcohol fibres to be processed via melt spinning, without polymer modification, maintaining full polymer functionality and end of life biodegradation
  • Staple fibres can be used as functional fibres or in combination with others, such as biopolymers and cellulosics, with high affinity and synergistic effects. The fibres also enable reuse/ recycling, anaerobic digestion and marine biodegradation
  • Functional properties include high mechanical strength, liquid management, UV resistance and flushability
Jack Eaton Product Manager Aquapak Polymers
10.30 - 11.00
Innovations to help wipes & absorbent hygiene products meet Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) Guidelines
  • Immediate impact on nonwoven value chain due to SUPD
  • Wipes & absorbent hygiene products – Quick actions needed from nonwoven value chain to meet SUPD guidelines basis the labeling requirements by using available alternatives in terms of sustainable materials & compatible nonwoven technologies
  • Key innovations tailor-made to help wipes & absorbent hygiene products meet SUPD guidelines
Rahul Bansal AVP Global Business Development Head – Nonwoven Birla Cellulose
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.00
Circular economy: sustainable concepts in the viscose fibre production for nonwovens
  • Increasing inputs of different plastic materials into the environment is recognised more and more as a global issue. This is especially relevant in the field of single-use solutions based on nonwovens such as hygiene products that only have a short lifetime and need to be disposed
  • Sustainable and biocompatible solutions are a valuable alternative and are becoming increasingly important
  • Raw material availability, circular economy and transparent supply chains are becoming ever more predominant topics in production processes and communications efforts
12.00 - 12.30
Bio renewable textile fibre, endlessly recyclable
  • Bio renewable textile fibre, endlessly recyclable
  • Polylactic acid (PLA) in nonwoven (benefits, properties, comparison PET,PP…)
  • Chemical recycling technology and potential applications in nonwovens
  • Closing the loop by guaranteeing that every collected textile made from NOOSA fiber is recycled back into a pure and virgin fiber
12.30 - 13.00
Development of ultraviolet curing technology for textile and film based surfaces
  • Developed in aim of printing inks on the textile and film surfaces
  • Eliminates the hazardous chemicals used in conventional bonding systems as well as doubling the production rates
  • Noteworthily reduces the fossil based natural gas consumption, decreases the carbon dioxide gas emissions and makes positive contributions toward the global warming and climate change
13.00 - 14.00
14.00 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.00
Enhancing recycling and reuse of post-consumer AHP
  • Negative impact of multi-material composition and impurities of the diaper plastic waste stream on the PCR properties, and the quality obtained is suitable only for reuse in less demanding applications
  • New developments to accelerate the inclusion of AHP waste streams in mechanical recycling and unveil opportunities for AHP through mono-material, easy-to-recycle technologies that combine PCR with virgin material and the use of impact modifiers to significantly improve the quality of PCR
  • How this stream of PCR can be a valuable source to produce circular polymers using feedstock recycling, helping advance a closed loop system for plastic waste
Natacha Bitinis EMEA technical leader for the Nonwovens & fibres platform Dow
Abby Turner Senior Marketing Manager for Health and Hygiene Dow
15.00 - 15.30
Enabling a AHP circular economy in Flanders
  • Flanders has the ambition to become fully circular by 2050. This means that the Flemish economy focuses on keeping materials in use instead of incineration or landfilling
  • To achieve this goal of becoming fully circular, immediate action is required on multiple product groups. A key product group are the absorbent hygiene products (AHP) constituting 12% of household waste
  • Currently, 65.000 tonnes of AHP are incinerated every year in Flanders, contributing to global warming and the loss of valuable materials
Wouter Dujardin Project Leader Textile Circular Economy OVAM
15.30 - 16.00
Discoveries around nonwovens utilised and developed around new generation mask
Vova Nesin Research and Innovation Director Pentatonic
Lauren Greenwood Head of Design Pentatonic
16.00 - 16.10
Nonwovens You Say?

Nonwovens, you say? is an exciting campaign by EDANA that puts the spotlight on the many benefits of nonwovens. In 10 minutes, get to know the campaign and learn how your company can contribute! 

Natacha Defeche Marketing & Member Engagement Director EDANA
16.10 - 17.00
Rahul Bansal
AVP Global Business Development Head – Nonwoven
Birla Cellulose

Rahul Bansal is ‘AVP, Global Business Development Head’ for Nonwoven business – Birla Cellulose (part of Aditya Birla Group, India).

Rahul has more than 24 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development across Nonwoven & Textile industry. He completed his B. Tech with a specialization in Man Made Fibres Technology.

Prior to working on Viscose fibres at Birla, he has handled Spunlace nonwoven and Wet wipe product sales and business development.

Natacha Bitinis
EMEA technical leader for the Nonwovens & fibres platform
Natacha Defeche
Marketing & Member Engagement Director

Natacha Defeche leads EDANA’s Marketing & Member Engagement department, dedicated to further developing and supporting member services.  The department serves as the voice enhancing the visibility of the industry and the association, its members and its activities such as events, training courses and the INDEX™ exhibition.

She graduated with a master’s degree in Political and Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). She has been with EDANA for 4 years. She has worked for the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs as adviser and for BAIN & Company as Marketing and Communication manager.

Natacha is responsible for managing all marketing and member engagement activities at EDANA. She manages several of the association’s Working Groups such as the Support to Nonwovens Innovations and R&D WG, the Nonwovens Producers WG, the Durable SG and any group which has a marketing need for the topics or products dealt with. 

Philippe Dewolfs
Business Manager
TÜV Austria
Wouter Dujardin
Project Leader Textile Circular Economy
Jack Eaton
Product Manager
Aquapak Polymers
Lauren Greenwood
Head of Design

Lauren Greenwood is a design expert and key project leader with 10 years’ experience in bringing products to market. She is well versed in circular principles of design and has lengthy practical experience of applying these to real products and businesses.

Lauren joined Pentatonic in 2017, where her diligent work ethic was quickly felt by the team. Working closely with engineers, designers, textile specialists and senior leadership, she has led projects for many of Pentatonic’s portfolio of prestigious brand partnerships from early concepts and strategy through to development and final implementation. Having significantly influenced a number of Pentatonic’s major clients on their sustainability projects, Lauren provides a deep understanding of the keys to successful circular collaboration.

Prior to joining Pentatonic, Lauren worked in the design team at Christopher Raeburn, where her purposeful developments on sustainable textiles and manufacturing helped the company stay ahead of its competitors.

Vova Nesin
Research and Innovation Director

With nearly 10 years’ experience in delivering projects across a range of industries and continents, Volodymyr (Vova) Nesin is a distinguished scientist who provides the vision behind Pentatonic’s technical and material innovations.

As Research and Innovation Director, Vova is responsible for identifying untapped and prosperous avenues for Pentatonic to explore, whist leading the development and construction of groundbreaking new sustainable technologies.

Vova has an understanding of multiple precision disciplines that was enhanced by his early education; he attended one of the most prestigious science high schools in Ukraine and, after travelling to Taiwan for further studies and extensive commercial project leadership, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University.

Moderator - Gil Stevens
External Relations & Sustainability Director

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. 

Abby Turner
Senior Marketing Manager for Health and Hygiene

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.

Pierre Wiertz
General Manager

Pierre Wiertz is General Manager of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries. 

Pierre, who started at EDANA in 1982 as a Research Associate, has held the position of General Manager since February 2004.  As head of the organisation, he is responsible for the Association’s strategy delivery and operations and has initiated a new business orientation for its activities and membership benefits and given impetus to the geographic expansion and leadership of the Association, as outlined in its Vision and Mission, as well as in its Sustainability Charter.

From 1982 to 2004, Pierre held several other positions within EDANA. He had begun his professional career after graduating in Economics from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1979, where he worked for three years as a researcher in Labour Economics and Demography. He has authored and co-authored various scientific reports and papers on these subjects

Pierre regularly speaks at European and international conferences on topics related to the nonwovens industry trends and sustainability.

Pierre is fluent in both French and English, and has a working command of Spanish and German.

Fees Members Non members
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2021 (Hybrid) Full delegate pass - attend in person €295.00 €445.00
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2021 (Hybrid) ONLINE Delegate Pass €295.00 €445.00
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2021 (Hybrid) Sponsorship €2,000.00 €3,900.00
Practical info

This event is hybrid

You can choose to attend physically. The EDANA team, will be happy to welcome you in a green environment at the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Hotel (number of seats limited to 65).
Or you can decide to join online. Through our event platform, you will be able to follow presentations and to network with participants. 


Interactive forum

The full-day forum will feature an outstanding programme of 10 presentations. Each presentation will be followed by a LIVE Q&A and a round table discussion animated with LIVE poll questions. 


Free for stakeholders

This Forum is free for stakeholders. If you wish to join as a stakeholder, please send a mail to christelle.tuncki@edana.org

Previous edition

First edition of Nonwovens Circular Forum closes to great aclaim

With over 100 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries in attendance, the first edition of EDANA’s new Circular Nonwovens Forum successfully created a new platform for discussion on sustainability and circularity within the nonwovens sector. 

Nonwoven manufacturers, their suppliers and converters are increasingly focused on finding circular economy solutions and this gathering was established to explore this trend in depth with key technical actors, business leaders and decision makers. The forum opened with a keynote speech from Paola Migliorini, the Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption on the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Action plan. It was followed by a range of insightful presentations and discussions covering initiatives to address the circularity of AHP plastic waste, the biodegradability and compostability of nonwovens, material innovations, and developments in renewable polypropylene. Read more

2020 Programme

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Marie-Josepha Peeters