CTF 2024 introduces a significant evolution with the relaunch of the CTF Award, a talent competition challenging designers to create looks made from man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF). The competition is designed as a way to promote and encourage a switch to biobased and/or recycled materials.
Open to emerging designers in business for up to three years, the CTF Award will recognize the innovative use of MMCF fabrics and textiles, with the winner selected by a jury of industry professionals.
The recipient of the CTF Award will be awarded a prize of $10,000 during the event in Milan on May 14.
How to apply:
To apply, you must have been producing commercially available apparel for a maximum of three years (at the time of submitting an application). You should have consistent experience working with and promoting best practices across apparel supply chains and demonstrate innovative use of fabrics and textiles.
What to include in your CTF Award application
Deadline to apply: 1st March, 2024
How it works
A group of finalists will be challenged to create one look out of MMCF material, showing innovative use of the fabric. Each finalist will be sent material from a selected CTF innovation partner working within the MMCF field.
CTF Award innovation partners for 2024 include Södra OnceMore®, Renewcell in partnership with Impetus, Nanollose and Circ.
All finalists will be asked to showcase their look as part of an exhibition during CTF 2024, taking place in Milan on May 14th and 15th. The winner will be presented during an event on May 14 and will win a cash prize of 10,000 USD.
Finalists will be notified in March 2024.
Challenge the Fabric 2024 will take place on May 14 – 15, in Milan
Application form – CTF Award 2024
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Introduction and welcome
The opportunity of Green Textiles
Jonatan Janmark | Partner, McKinsey & Co
Valerie Langer | Fibre Solutions Strategist, Canopy
Forest to fabrics; the importance of sustainable forest practices
This panel discusses the importance of sustainable forest management. Topics
that will be discussed are centered around how sustainable forestry
management is defined, how farmers work with their forests to ensure and
protect the biodiversity, regeneration capacity and reforestation. The panel will
also discuss what sustainable forest management mean for different regions of
the world as well as how it influences sourcing strategies and the demands on
raw material suppliers.
Diana Tuomasjukka | Head of the Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute
Oliver Lansdell | Director, Pulp and Paper, Hawkins Wright
Johannes Bogren | Vice President, Södra Cell Bioproducts
Anna Palmberg | Material & Innovation Developer, IKEA of Sweden
Surya Valluri | Chief Sustainability Officer, Birla Cellulose
Sofia Jorge I Board Member, Sustainability, Risk, Communication, People & Talent, Altri SGPS
Legislation, Policy, and Traceability
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in legislation related to sustainability in textiles. For example, the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles will require the use of more sustainable and recycled materials as well as identification through the Digital Project Passport (DPP). Organizations such as the Textile Exchange are supporting the industry by developing standards to classify preferred materials. Also new startups are focusing on helping brands achieve visibility on their supply chains. How can fashion brands and suppliers alike navigate this new landscape? What role can stakeholders like innovators, NGO’s and industry organizations play? What is required to educate and disseminate knowledge on legislation, policy, and traceability? This panel will explore these important topics.
Christine Goulay | Founder, Sustainabelle
12:05 – Panel
Amit Gautam | CEO & Co-founder, Textile Genesis
Sara Mariani | Chief Sustainability Officer, OTB
Claudia De Witte | Sustainability Leader, Textiles, Eastman
Committing to the future of Next Generation Solutions
This panel discusses the collective commitment at COP27 by brands such as Kering, H&M, Inditex to purchase over half a million tonnes of fibres stemming from Next Generation Solutions. The panel will address what this commitment means for the innovators in terms of the need for scaling, investments and partnerships and the potential challenges of reaching the scale needed.
Dolly Vellanki | Innovation Associate, Fashion for Good
Brooke Roberts-Islam | Founder, Techstyler; Senior Contributor, Forbes.
14:30 – Panel
Jenny Fredricsdotter | Circular Business Manager, Re:newcell
Erik Karlsson | VC/Impact Investor, H&M CO: Lab
Julia Viner | Investment Associate, Fashion, Closed Loop Partners
Peter Majeranowski | CEO & Co-Founder, Circ
Shaping the path forward
This panel will focus on how we can shape the path towards fashion’s sustainable future and highlight the possibilities within the MMCF field. It will discuss the importance of cross industry collaborations and how we can create long lasting change by engaging different stake holders from different industries. What can we learn from the development of other fibre categories or other industries? What will be critical to continue to grow in an innovative and sustainable way?
Andrea Rosso | Sustainability Ambassador, Diesel
Bella Webb | Sustainability Editor, Vogue Business
16:00 – Panel
Amanda Parkes | Chief Innovation Officer, Pangaia
Dr. Shahriare Mahmood | Chief Sustainability Officer, Spinnova
Christina Iskov | Head of Innovation & Academy, Global Fashion Agenda
Conclusion | Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman