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[Webinar] Addressing the Textile Microplastics Challenge
Many of our favorite garments have been found to be the source of significant microplastics in the ocean. It is estimated that between 0.2 and 0.5 million tonnes of microplastic fibres from textiles enter the marine environment each year (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017; Eunomia, 2016).

It is estimated that one laundry cycle with synthetic textiles can emit between 700,000 and 6 million microplastic fibres, representing up to 0.5 % of the product’s total mass (OECD, 2020; Ziajahromi et al., 2017). In this way, the washing of synthetic textiles may account for up to 35 % of total annual microplastic releases (OECD, 2020).

To date, much of the attention has focused on the shedding, washing and disposal of synthetic textiles by consumers. However, this is only part of the picture and ignores microfiber leakage during the manufacturing and processing of these materials.

Agenda
a) Hong Kong's vital role in sustainable sourcing
b) Impacting Mermaids > Microplastics Detection in marine environment
c) Research & Innovation for Sustainable Textile Design
d) Development Program to improve environmental performance of Textile Industry
e) Assessment and Data to plan improvements
f) Q&A

Featured Speakers:
1. Dr. Cindy Lam - Lecturer, Department of Ocean Science @The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2. Ms Emily Choi - Senior Manager of Consumer Products @Invest Hong Kong
3. Dr. Lei YAO (Gloria) - Director @Project Development @HKRITA
4. Dr. Frank Lam - Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering @The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
5. Gundolf Klaehn - Head of Environmental Component @Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
6. Rakesh Vazirani - Global Head of Sustainability Services, Consumer Products @TÜV Rheinland

Nov 16, 2021 03:00 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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