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Renewable Inputs for the Textiles Industry
Mar '09
The TTNA, in conjunction with the International Fibre Centre, will be conducting its first in a series of three seminars throughout 2009, exploring the present and future use of renewable raw materials in fibre and textile production.

When: Thursday, 2nd April 2009
Venue: Multi Purpose Room, (Printing Building), RMIT University, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick

The lineup of speakers includes:

Sustainability input policies of Toyota – Jon Ward, Manager Environmental Policy Corporate Affairs, Strategy & Environment, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd

The impacts of climate change and of changing consumer vehicle preferences are a key focus of the current Green Car Plan for Australia's automotive industry. Akin to other car-producing nations around the world, Australia is investing heavily in developing green and hybrid car technology and looking seriously at including renewable inputs in all aspects of future automotives. This presentation will explore what this means for the Australian TCF industry.

Sustainable characteristics and opportunities offered from hemp fibres – Phil Warner, Managing Director and Founder, Ecofibre Industries Limited

When it is known that all things renewable will play a big part in the future of industry and consumption, how is Australia placed to meet that demand? Will manufacturing industry have to import refined natural fibres into a land of great agricultural capacity or can the challenge to build a supply line be met locally and how? And if a local supply can be secured will that enable Australian manufacturers not only to compete locally with imports but be in a greater position to export?

PLA fibres: CSIRO's research outcomes for commercial products – Dr Mike O'Shea, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Molecular Health & Technologies

As a melt-spinnable fiber with a vegetable source, PLA has many of the advantages of both synthetic and natural fibers. Perhaps most distinctive among these, though, is the fact that, like natural fibers, its raw material is both renewable and non-polluting. This eliminates the often-underestimated problems associated with using a finite supply of oil as a raw material. Beyond having a renewable raw material, though, PLA is also compostable. CSIRO has conducted fascinating research into the PLA fibre and potential commercial end uses and has three patents in the pipeline.

The trouble with greenwash – How businesses can avoid the pitfalls when promoting themselves in a green marketplace – Frank Lilley, Small Business & Outreach Manager, Victoria, The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Frank will look at Green Marketing from an enforcement perspective. The presentation will provide guidelines to businesses on what they should take into account when advertising the environmental benefits of their goods or services. The presentation also provides examples of actions taken by the ACCC where businesses have engaged in misleading & deceptive conduct.

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