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Hochschule Reutlingen bei internationaler Online-Konferenz zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit (c) Hochschule Reutlingen
30.06.2021

Hochschule Reutlingen bei internationaler Online-Konferenz zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit

Zur Frankfurt Fashion Week findet in diesem Jahr erstmalig die internationale Online-Konferenz „Future Europe Sustainable Fashion“ statt. Die Fakultät Textil & Design der Hochschule Reutlingen ist Mitausrichter dieser hochkarätigen Konferenz mit internationalen Speakerinnen und Speakern.

Als Hochschule mit 165 Jahren Erfahrung in der textilen Ausbildung und Forschung war und ist die Fakultät Textil & Design stets Zukunftstreiber der Textilindustrie. Derzeit steht die nachhaltige Transformation der Branche im Mittelpunkt vieler Aktivitäten. Gemeinsam mit der International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) und Maleki Green Finance schafft die Fakultät durch die Ausrichtung von „Future Europe Sustainable Fashion“ eine wichtige Plattform um den Informationsaustausch und Wissenstransfer aller Stakeholder der Branche zu fördern.

Zur Frankfurt Fashion Week findet in diesem Jahr erstmalig die internationale Online-Konferenz „Future Europe Sustainable Fashion“ statt. Die Fakultät Textil & Design der Hochschule Reutlingen ist Mitausrichter dieser hochkarätigen Konferenz mit internationalen Speakerinnen und Speakern.

Als Hochschule mit 165 Jahren Erfahrung in der textilen Ausbildung und Forschung war und ist die Fakultät Textil & Design stets Zukunftstreiber der Textilindustrie. Derzeit steht die nachhaltige Transformation der Branche im Mittelpunkt vieler Aktivitäten. Gemeinsam mit der International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) und Maleki Green Finance schafft die Fakultät durch die Ausrichtung von „Future Europe Sustainable Fashion“ eine wichtige Plattform um den Informationsaustausch und Wissenstransfer aller Stakeholder der Branche zu fördern.

Am 7. Juli werden sich weltweit Expertinnen und Experten von Washington D.C. über Paris, Lugano, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong und Reutlingen aus digital zusammenfinden und eingehend über das Thema Nachhaltigkeit in der Textilindustrie diskutieren. Dabei kommen in drei thematischen Blöcken zu Strategie, Finanzierung sowie Produkt und Innovation Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus Gesellschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft zu Wort.

Die Moderation sowie wissenschaftliche Begleitung und Zusammenfassung der Konferenz übernehmen Prof. Dr. Tina Weber, Prof. Dr. Malte Wessels und Prof. Dr. Jochen Strähle von der Fakultät Textil Design der Hochschule Reutlingen sowie Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni von der Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano.

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Lenzing supports school competition on circular economy and climate protection (c) Lenzing
VCÖ BRG SolarCity Linz Gruppenfoto
22.06.2021

Lenzing supports school competition on circular economy and climate protection

  • Excellent project to encourage ingenuity among young students
  • Experiment on biodegradability of textiles and nonwovens produces impressive results
  • EUR 30,000 in prize money for a total of 209 participating schools in and outside Austria
  • Lenzing views supporting these kinds of projects as part of its sustainability mission

Lenzing – The Association of Chemistry Teachers in Austria – known by its German abbreviation, VCÖ – has been holding project competitions that thrill students and take them beyond the traditional syllabus for 30 years. Every two years, it highlights a key topic for ninth- and tenth-graders to explore by conducting special experiments and learning from their observations and conclusions.

  • Excellent project to encourage ingenuity among young students
  • Experiment on biodegradability of textiles and nonwovens produces impressive results
  • EUR 30,000 in prize money for a total of 209 participating schools in and outside Austria
  • Lenzing views supporting these kinds of projects as part of its sustainability mission

Lenzing – The Association of Chemistry Teachers in Austria – known by its German abbreviation, VCÖ – has been holding project competitions that thrill students and take them beyond the traditional syllabus for 30 years. Every two years, it highlights a key topic for ninth- and tenth-graders to explore by conducting special experiments and learning from their observations and conclusions.

This year, the 16th installment of the competition is called, “Achieving a cleaner climate and a circular economy with chemistry”. These topics are also near and dear to the heart of globally active fiber manufacturer Lenzing. That’s why the company promptly announced that it was prepared to support this project competition in several different ways. First, Lenzing made a contribution toward the sponsorship fund totaling EUR 30,000. Second, it initiated a special prize on biodegradability – a topic of growing importance given the huge challenges involved in reducing plastic waste. Finally, Lenzing placed a recognized expert at the students’ disposal to provide assistance and answer questions: Michaela Kogler, Project Manager Nonwovens & Technical Products.

Teaming up with rainworms

Two teams were tasked with biodegrading different fibers – just like those used to produce textiles and nonwovens – with the active participation of worms. Students at BRG solarCity in Linz buried fiber nonwovens, a basic material used in wet wipes and other products, in soil that was populated with numerous rainworms, while students at Vöcklabruck Junior High School for Sports and Integration layered textiles into a vermicomposting bin. Both experiments intended to determine the extent to which certain materials would biodegrade quickly. As it turned out, both projects showed that wood-based fibers, like those that Lenzing manufactures for the textile and nonwoven industry, break down very rapidly into natural constituents that swiftly pass into the soil. In contrast, fossil-based plastics such as polyester or polyethylene cannot be decomposed by worms or bacteria but remain in the soil, sometimes for hundreds of years.

The prizes for this year’s competition were awarded on June 11. The competition attracted entries from no fewer than 209 schools, including 11 from outside Austria. For more information on the projects and the winners, visit www.vcoe.or.at.

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide © Hohenstein
Today, at its headquarters in Bönnigheim, Germany, Hohenstein has expanded as a versatile service provider beyond the castle with modern lab buildings.
04.01.2021

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto Mecheels laid the foundation for an internationally-renowned company in 1946 when he founded the Hohenstein Institutes, a textile school in Hohenstein Castle. His son, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Mecheels modernized the Hohenstein Group’s business structures and expanded into new research and service areas such as textile finishing or professional laundries/dry cleaning. He helped to forever change textile safety with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification system that protects consumers from harmful substances. Under Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels’ leadership since 1995, Hohenstein has been at the forefront of microfiber analysis, consistently perfected its created standards for comfort and compression testing and worked to reduce the industry’s ecological impact. Last but not least, the testing laboratory in Hong Kong, which has been in operation since 2011, and the Hohenstein textile testing laboratories in Bangladesh and India, which were opened in 2018, ensure even greater market proximity.

Solutions for the Global Textile Industry

Today, Hohenstein specializes in the testing, certification and research of all kinds of textile-related products. With a total of more than 1,000 employees at its headquarters in Bönnigheim and in more than 40 branches, contact offices and laboratories worldwide, the company faces the current challenges of the global industry.

"Textile sustainability remains a major focus for us and is woven through every decision we make," explains Stefan Mecheels. “Even services that are seemingly focused on innovation contribute somehow to longer lasting products, less waste and more safety. Our Digital Fitting Lab helps brands leap forward with digitized apparel development. Using modern 3D and 4D technologies and our traditional fit and pattern expertise, we help our clients design better fitting clothes with fewer prototypes and less waste.”

When SARS-CoV-2 struck, the company developed a quality label to easily identify non-medical, community masks that meet legal and functional requirements. The Hohenstein Quality Labels are independent proof with a high level of credibility among buyers and consumers.

Anniversary

Among the celebrations, Hohenstein plans to hold a mid-year press conference with regional and industry journalists. "We are celebrating this anniversary because we have succeeded in constantly adapting to the market and use our applied research to anticipate developments. For this I would first like to thank our employees, who, in keeping with the motto We live textiles, put their hearts and souls into their work. A very special thanks also goes to our customers, some of whom have been placing their trust in us for decades," says Stefan Mecheels, adding "I am convinced that we are positioned to continue our contribution in the future.