The fashion Industry is facing many challenges as the textile production demands are rapidly increasing. Textile consumption is expected to increase 3 times by 2050. In addition to this, there is almost no circularity in the industry as 95% of textiles after its product lifetime are burnt.
Project AlgaeFabrics envisions algae as a future raw textile material has developed a strategy to achieve this. Organic organisms of algae are spread globally in the oceans and lakes and are a crucial element in the carbon flux as it converts large volumes of CO2 to oxygen and useful building blocks like cellulose. This makes a positive impact in dealing with global warming.
Cladophora, an algae species we work with, are rich in cellulose making up to 70% of its content. Cellulose is an excellent material to make yarn from and is already sporadically used in our fast fashion textiles, but, mostly not from sustainable resources. Obtaining our cellulose from the sea is by far the most renewable and sustainable resource for fashion of the future.
For this visionary concept, the detailed technical roadmap and the relevance to the future of fast fashion Tjeerd Veenhoven was awarded the Global Change Award 2015 initiated by H&M Foundation. Currently the project is in the final stage towards yarn-production expected in October in collaboration with AMIBM and ITA research institutes.
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Steven van Rijswijk
“Steven has widespread experience in corporate finance”
Steven van Rijswijk currently is head of Client Coverage in ING Wholesale Banking and is responsible for activities around Corporate and FI Clients. He is part of the Commercial Banking Executive Team and he is responsible for sales, Transaction Services product development.
Steven started his career at KPMG as auditor. In 1995, he joined the Corporate Finance team at ING (Barings) and after 5 years moved to Hong Kong where he led the TMT Team. In 2004, he moved back to the Dutch team as sparring partner for senior management and blue chip companies in the Netherlands. In 2012, he became responsible for Corporate Clients and Event Finance on a Global scale and was appointed as Commercial Banking Head of Client Coverage in January2014. In September 2017 he will join the executive board as Chief Risk Officer.
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Manon van Beek is Country Managing Director at Accenture The Netherlands. Manon combines her role as Director of Accenture The Netherlands with the role of Management Consulting Lead in Benelux and Global Industry Management Consulting Director of utilities. Manon has played an important role in transformation and innovation, for instance, with market liberalization, operational excellence, energy, smart cities/grids and electric vehicles. In addition, she is a sponsor of the Dutch Leadership Development Program Connect as an active leader inside and outside of Accenture, on topics such as sustainability and diversity. Manon has a Master's degree in Business Economics.
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