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 Forum for the Future Capstone event

Date: Monday, 13 February 2023
Time: 2000–2115 Singapore / 1500–1615 Istanbul / 1300-1415 Paris / 0700-0815 New York

An estimated 35 percent of all plastics in our oceans come from textile microfibres, posing a significant –but not fully understood – impact to human and marine health. While there are consumer solutions that can reduce the amount of microfibres shedding, how can we look upstream at the manufacturing process and truly tackle this problem from end-to-end?

Forum for the Future and UNDP are delighted to share the findings from the study of microfibre shedding in textile manufacturing processes at this webinar. Together with Forum's project partners Ramatex Group, Nanyang Environment and Water Resources Institute (NEWRI), and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), this ocean innovation project, Tackling Microfibres at Source, set out to understand the impact of various textile manufacturing processes on microfibre shedding, and explore solutions that reduce shedding upstream. 

This capstone event for ocean innovator Forum for the Future aims for participants to:

  • Gain insights into the urgency of the microfibre pollution problem;
  • Learn how it is linked to textile manufacturing through our project’s research methodology and results; and 
  • Understand how the textile industry can take action to adopt transformational solutions that lead to long-term meaningful change, that not only reduces microfibre pollution but also shifts the fashion industry to one that is socially just and regenerative for all.


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