Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School will welcome the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium to Manchester on the 7th and 8th June. It will be the first international conference for the University’s newly formed Fashion Institute, who will host the event in conjunction with the Textiles Institute.

The Fibre Recycling Symposium has been running since 2007 under the joint chairmanship of the University of Bolton (UK), Georgia Tech (USA) and Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan).

Textile and fibre waste is a global issue. In the UK alone, around 25 million tonnes of textile fibre waste is destined for landfills. Much of this could be reused or reprocessed and fed back into production and re-fabrication if appropriate means of recycling, reprocessing and regenerations are in place.

Addressing the global challenge to develop solutions for recycling fibre, textiles and products, the symposium provides a forum for scientists and industrialists to come together to exchange ideas and discuss the latest research and innovative solutions. This year Manchester Metropolitan University has joined the symposium to make the event more inclusive and to bring together an even broader spectrum of research and industrialists in the recycling arena.

The event is expected to attract academics, manufacturers and organisations dedicated to sustainable sourcing from around the world. Over the two days delegates will hear from key speakers in the industry and have the opportunity to join stimulated discussions.

Topics of focus include: natural and synthetic fibre recycling, carpet recycling, reuse of fibrous waste in new applications, cleaning processes and machineries, environmental impacts and possible solutions, and future trends. Attendees are invited to take advantage of the symposium dinner for networking and to make new connections. They will also have the opportunity to join a stadium tour of Manchester United Football Club.

Dr David Tyler, Reader Production Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University commented "We are delighted to announce that the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium will this June (7th and 8th) take place at Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with The Textile Institute. The University is a partner in the H2020 RESYNTEX project, making this an ideal opportunity to showcase current thinking about the Circular Economy before an interested international audience. ”