Textile Recycling Conference in Prato
Natural Fibre Connect Presents Prato’s Textile Recycling Industry
Join us at the Textile Recycling Conference in Prato! With the city’s rich textile heritage as the backdrop, we’ll explore sustainable practices and collaborative efforts within the natural fibre industry. A key highlight of the conference will be Textile Exchange’s GRS Meeting.
The highly anticipated event, tailored specifically for those based in Prato, brings together industry leaders and innovators to delve into the world of textile recycling. As part of the Natural Fibre Connect 2023 Conference, this Prato event will include a delegation of the international delegates who will be attending the main conference in Biella.
Expect thought-provoking presentations, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities that will leave you inspired, empowered, and ready to take on new challenges. The conference promises to be a catalyst for driving meaningful change, making it an event you won’t want to miss.
We welcome all members and stakeholders of the Prato-based textile industry to participate in this special conference, organised in collaboration with Confindustria Toscana Nord (CTN).
Members of CTN can enjoy complimentary registration using a special discount code. For more information and assistance, please get in touch with the organisation’s local representative.
Reserve your spot today and be a part of an initiative that will shape the future of textile recycling. We look forward to seeing you in Prato!
Find the detailed speaker programme as a download here.
27 September 2023
- 09:15 - 09:30
- Fibre Strategy
- 09:30 - 09:45
- Sustainable materials benchmark: an Italian pilot
- 09:45 - 10:00
- The traceability of cashmere: challenges and prospects
- 10:00 - 10:15
- Sustainably certified mohair value chain
- 10:30 - 11:00
- Coffee break
- 11:00 - 11:15
- The chemical compliance of recycled products
- 11:15 - 11:30
- Industry perspective
- 11:30 - 12:45
- Workshop GRS Global Recycling Standard
Speakers:Laura Terrall Kohler
- 12:45 - 13:00
- Closing remarks
David McElroySustainable Fibre Alliance | Head of Standards
Get ready to join David McElroy, Head of Standards at the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), as he discusses the traceability of cashmere – exploring the many challenges and prospects – and shares exciting new updates on the SFA Cashmere Standard and Chain of Custody during NFC 2023 conference and pre-conference sessions.
With a PhD in Human Impacts Ecology and professional experience in changing behaviours, David strongly believes that we cannot protect nature without first understanding and meeting the needs of the people whose lives are tied to the natural world. He has developed a comprehensive understanding of voluntary sustainability standards systems and creating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work for everyone involved.
Elisa GavazzaZDHC | Southern Europe and Quality Management Director
As Southern Europe Regional Director, Elisa is responsible for the representation and implementation of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme in Italy, France Spain and Portugal. In her role, Elisa focuses on increasing the awareness of ZDHC, related stakeholder engagement and scaling the uptake and implementation of ZDHC guidelines, platforms and solutions. She is also supporting ZDHC in building a long-term quality strategy for quality assurance.
Francesca RulliProcess Factory | Founder & CEO
Sustainability and process management expert, Francesca Rulli is founder and CEO of Process Factory, a company specialised in supporting sustainability projects implementation. In 2013, she created 4sustainability, the framework for the sustainable transition of fashion & luxury companies.
Chairwoman of the ZDHC Academy Steering Committee, a co-founder and CEO of Ympact Società Benefit, she is author of Fashionisti consapevoli. Vademecum della moda sostenibile (Dario Flaccovio Publishing House, 2022).
Francesco MariniMarini Industrie spa | Managing Director
As the third generation of a family textile company in Prato – Marini Industrie spa, specializing in fabrics for clothing – Francesco Marini has a degree in industrial textile.He started his professional experience in Marini Industrie, becoming company managing director, head of collections designer and sales manager.He is also president of Fondazione Museo del Tessuto, managing body of Museo del Tessuto di Prato.He is deeply involved in shared initiatives of Prato entrepreneurs: in Confindustria Toscana Nord (currently Member of Presidential Council with responsibility for internationalization and Growth), CID-Detox Implementation Consortium (Adviser), Pratolnvest Consortium (Adviser), Saperi-Advanced services for businesses (President).
Laura Terrall KohlerTextile Exchange | Senior Director of Standards & Assurance
In Laura’s role as the Senior Director of Standards & Assurance at Textile Exchange, she is responsible for the organization’s standards and certification system. This includes ensuring that standards are designed and implemented to deliver positive impacts and are a relevant tool to demonstrate credibility toward the adoption of responsible practices in the textile industry. A pivotal focus for Laura and her team is the current development of a unified standard system that aligns efforts across fibers and materials while incorporating climate outcomes at the raw material level through certification.
Laura has been working in sustainability assurance systems since 2000 when she joined the Rainforest Alliance. During that development period she had the opportunity to evolve with sustainable forestry programs during the rapid growth of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification around the globe. Laura adapted her assurance knowledge and experience to standards programs in agriculture, greenhouse gas verification, and tourism.
Marco CoetzeeMohair South Africa
Marco qualified at a Chartered accountant in 2013. He worked for an audit company between 2011 and 2014, worked as a financial manager in the red meat industry for two years and then started his journey at Mohair SA on the 1st of April 2016, appointed as the financial manager. Only five years later, Marco progressed to lead the company forward as the general manager.
Riccardo Dall'AneseTIL - Test & Innovation Lab srl | General Chemistry Manager
Graduated in Clinical, Forensic and Sport Chemistry at the University of Turin, since 2013 he has been involved in eco-toxicological chemical analyzes dedicated to the fashion sector; since 2021 he has been Manager of the General Chemistry laboratory of the TIL – Test & Innovation Lab.
At the same time as the laboratory activity, he carried out the activity of technical consultant for various public prosecutors in the criminal field for technical assessment activities on fire residues.
Participation in the UNI technical commission pertaining to the WG22 ISO/TC38 working group dedicated to textile materials, participation in the technical commission of the laboratories established at the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) and member of the working group established by the Interprovincial Order of Chemists of the Veneto for the PFAS study (2017).
Collaboration with the Department of Orthopedics of the Careggi Hospital and Villa Ulivella Clinic for the development of an analysis method based on biomarkers for the identification of periprosthetic infections.
Participation in training activities in the working group set up by the Fire Investigation Unit (NIA) of the National Fire Brigade for the evaluation of analysis and contamination techniques in the sampling and investigation phases.
Roberta PecciPECCI FILATI Spa | Managing Director
Roberta Pecci holds a Master degree in Electronic Engineering from Università di Firenze (1997), and a Master in Business Administration from SDA BOCCONI Milano (2001).
She worked for McKinsey & Company (Milan) as Associate Consultant in 2002-2003.
She now manages two textile companies producing yarns for knitwear, PECCI FILATI Spa (fancy combed yarns) and FILATI NATURALI Srl (high-end carded yarns with a strong focus on recycled cachemire) and one producing home textile and fashion accessories (AGOLAB srl), all based in the textile district of Prato.
She is President of BoD of B&C Speakers Spa (Publicly listed company manufacturing professional loudspeaker transducers); Member of BoD of Polimoda Fashion School (Florence), and of NTT Next Technology Tecnotessile Società Nazionale di Ricerca s.r.l. – research company specialized in Textile technologies; Member of General Counsil of Confindustria Toscana Nord.
Silvia GambiSolo Moda Sostenibile | Sustainable Fashion Consultant
Silvia Gambi is a journalist living in Prato, Europe’s largest textile district. She grew up amidst factories, the smell of fabrics, the noise of looms: it is part of her DNA. Silvia’s interest in sustainability started several years ago and she has been lucky enough to witness the path taken by many companies to approach this issue.
Silvia specialises in communication and sustainability. She helps companies build their responsibility strategy and communicate it with appropriate storytelling. She develops projects, creates connections.
In addition, Silvia provides training in companies and to students at fashion schools and university masters courses. She has taught sustainable fashion and communication at Polimoda, the University of Florence, the Master in Sustainability at the Bicocca University. Her courses vary in length, depending on requirements.
She also teaches the course in “Supply Chain Management” of the Master in Textile at the Galli Academy in Como.