For more than 50 years, Arauco have been developing products based on renewable forest resorces, allowing ut to offer a wide variety of sustainable and quality solutions that improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. 

Our products are part of a value chain for the paper, apparel, construction, packaging, furniture, and energy industries.

With a presence in the forestry, cellulose, wood, panels, and clean an renewable energy sectors, we are globalized company with a presence on five continents, reaching more then 4,000 customers around the world.

Birla Cellulose, the Pulp and Fibre business of Aditya Birla Group (ABG), is a leading sustainability focused man-made cellulosic fibre producer. Its nature based fibres come from natural renewable sources from responsibly managed forestry. Grasim Industries Limited, a flagship company of ABG, ranks amongst the top publicly listed companies in India and operates Indian facilities of Birla Cellulose. Birla Cellulose operates 12 pulp and fibre sites globally that apply closed-loop processes and environmentally efficient technologies that recycle raw materials and conserve natural resources It’s five global advanced research centers are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and pilot plants. It’s new generation innovative products like Livaeco by Birla Cellulose, Liva Reviva, Birla Excel and Birla Spunshades are designed with superior sustainable credentials. With an aim to create bigger and broader impact, Birla Cellulose collaborates actively with its value chain partners and works closely with organizations like, Canopy Planet, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), Changing Markets Foundation, Textile Exchange, WBSCD, Fashion for Good amongst others to continually learn and apply the best practices within its global operations and across its value chain.


About Södra
Södra was founded in 1938 on the idea that we are stronger together. We are now the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with 51,000 family forest owners as members. Together, Södra’s members own a world-leading industry that processes forest raw material into renewable products such as pulp, timber, building systems, liquid bioproducts and energy. Rooted in the forest, we grow the future.

About OnceMore®
OnceMore® from Södra is the world’s first large-scale process for recycling blended fabrics. The textile waste is processed and combined with renewable wood from responsibly managed forests. What was once waste becomes new products made from OnceMore® material.


Altri is a portuguese Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp (BEKP) & Dissolving Pulp (DWP) producer, being one of the lowest cost producers in Europe.

Altri’s three pulp mills – Celbi, Caima and Biotek – have a technical capacity to produce above 1 million tonnes per year.

Listed on Euronext Lisbon and a member of the PSI20 since 2005, Altri is also a leader in forest management, through Altri Florestal, with 90 thousand hectares in Portugal of FSC® and PEFC™ certified forest under management,10% of which have a conservation function.
To optimise forest management, Altri develops a single renewable source of energy: residual biomass. The pulp mills operated by Altri are entirely self-sufficient on power that is produced through the burning of wood components not suitable for pulp production – the black liquor.


Sappi and through its Pulp Brand Verve is the largest non integrated producer of Dissolving Pulp. The 3 Sappi mills producing Verve have a capacity of almost 1.4 million tons produced from global forestry certified wood which is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable

Our efforts toward creating a tomorrow that is better than today shows in that almost 60% of global Lyocell fibre, finds its origin at a Sappi Mill.


Our future is not restrained to being a B2B pulp producer moving toward a key partner to each tier within the textile and fashion value chain.

TextileGenesisTM is a pioneering supply chain traceability platform for the fashion and textile industry, enabled by blockchain technology. Our award-winning FibercoinTM traceability technology creates real-time traceability at article level from fiber-to-retail for brands and retailers. The platform is custom-built for all sustainable fibers in the fashion industry such as man-made cellulosic fibers, sustainable cotton, responsible wool, and recycled polyester.

TextileGenesisTM is partnering with 50+ global brands that collectively drive $250bn+ apparel sales. The cloud-based delivery model ensures easy accessibility from any device and is available globally in three different languages. The TextileGenesisTM platform builds on the product traceability to create strong business incentives for textile suppliers to pro-actively share supply chain traceability data, and assesses the environmental and social credentials of the entire supply chain.
TextileGenesisTM has won prestigious innovation awards in the fashion industry. It won the Global Change Award 2020 from H&M Foundation, Accenture and Swedish Royal Institute of Technology from among 6000+ innovations across 175+ countries. 

TreeToTextile is a Swedish-based gamechanger within the textile industry with an important mission to develop Better fibers to all. The company has developed a break-through technology for production of cellulose-based fibers for the textile and nonwoven markets, and is jointly owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso and LSCS Invest AB. The Tree to Textile TechnologyTM fiber originates from biobased and traceable resources. The technology is circular, has a high-efficient chemical recovery, and it has no CS2 emissions. When reaching end of life, the fiber is biodegradable. The Tree to Textile TechnologyTM targets a low environmental footprint and has continuously developed the technology through 3rd party life cycle assessment.

Woodspin is the exclusive producer and distributor of wood-based SPINNOVA® fibre, a sustainable, natural material made from trees. Woodspin is a 50/50 joint venture between the world’s largest hardwood pulp producer, Suzano, and Spinnova, an innovative Finnish materials technology company.


The ZDHC Foundation oversees the implementation of the Roadmap to Zero Programme and is a global multi-stakeholder initiative of more than 150 ZDHC Contributors within the fashion and footwear industry. The vision is to create a world where sustainable chemical management leads to the protection of life, land, air, and water. ZDHC uses collaborative engagement to drive a holistic, industry-focussed, practical approach to sustainable chemical management. ZDHC Guidelines, Platforms and Solutions drive large-scale industry-wide implementation that advances the industry towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

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Tuesday 9th May

18:00 - 20:00

Welcome Mingle

Wednesday 10th May




Introduction and welcome


The opportunity of Green Textiles

Keynote speaker

Jonatan Janmark | Partner, McKinsey & Co


Sustainable Forestry

Keynote speaker

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.

Keynote speaker

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.

Keynote speaker

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?

Keynote speaker

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

Malva Carlsson


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 Symposium on May 10th but are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask you to notify us no later than 14 days prior to the event. Please notify us via email at