CTF 2022 in Paris






Nina Elmersson – Vice President Innovare, Ekman & Co AB Dio Kurazawa – Co-Founder of the Bear Scouts Sara Mariani, Chief sustainability officer at OTB Group Christine Goulay, prev. Kering and Global Director at Pangaia Science Dio Kurazawa, Co-Founder of The Bear Scouts Shahriare Mahmood, Chief Sustainability Officer at Spinnova Romain Brabo, Co-Founder of LVMH Nona Source Komal Singh, Senior Colour and Material Designer at Polestar Shameek Ghosh, CEO and Co-Founder of TrusTrace Caroline Ledl, Head of Product Management at Lenzing Danièle Clutier, Research and Consulting Director, Institut Français de la Mode Anna Palmberg, Material & Innovation Developer, IKEA of Sweden AB Alice Shulman, Head of Co-Creation and Creative Initiatives, Weekday Marion Henry, Sourcing and Impact Strategy Manager, Balzac Paris Johannes Bogren, VP Södra Cell Bioproducts, Södra Skogsägarna Ricardo Strauszer Zemelman, Commercial Manager Pulp, Arauco Bernhard Riegler, Vice President Marketing at Sappi Specialised Cellulose, SAPPI Simone Seisl, Fiber and Materials Strategy Lead: MMCF, Textile Exchange Klaas Nuttbohm, Implementation Director, ZDHC Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Director New Business Development, Kelheim Fibres Claudia de Witte, Sustainability Leader, Eastman Muchaneta Kapfunde, Founding editor-in-chief of FashNerd Jenny Fredricsdotter, Circular Business Manager, Renewcell Angeline Elfström, Business Development Manager OnceMore®, Södra OnceMore® Kirsi Terho, Key Account Director, Infinited Fiber

2022 – Challenge the Fabric Paris

For its second edition, CTF 2022 gathered industry professionals from different parts of the value chain to engage in meaningful panel discussions regarding topics on how to collectively drive the development of MMCF forward. The panel discussions deep-dived into the themes of cross-industry collaboration, challenges, and opportunities with MMCF from a brand and producer perspective. The event offered a place for actors within the entire value chain to meet and open the dialogue about MMCF and the fantastic moderators and panelists of the day included. The CTF mingle and symposium increased the possibility to connect, network, listen to initiated speakers while also taking part in driving the transformation of the textile- and fashion industry forward and gain knowledge. The second edition of CTF also strengthened the initiative’s position on the global market featuring participants from the OTB Group, IKEA of Sweden, Renewcell, Lenzing, Spinnova and many more of the different industry’s most important players.
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Introduction and welcome


Global Outlook


Sustainable Forestry


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.




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.




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.




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?


Conclusion – Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman


Challenge the Fabric 2023 will take place on May 9 – 10, in Milan

Cancellation/no show policy
If you have registered for the event but are no longer able to attend, we ask you to kindly notify us at the latest 14 days prior to the event. Please notify us via email at ctf@ekmangroup.com. A cancellation fee of EUR 300 will be applied to registered attendees in case of no-show.