Education On-Demand

Functional Fabric Fair Portland – Fall 2021

Keynote: The Future of Nylon – A Sustainable Approach

Company: VAUDE Academy for sustainable business

Date: Wednesday, Nov 17th

Time: 1:30 PM

Nylon is after Polyester the predominant material in sportswear. The presentation will highlight basic information about the different Nylon types and show how novel biobased Nylon types can offer new performance attributes including their environmental footprint. In addition to known recycling schemes, novel options are also shown. Learn how Nylon can work in a circular economy with its End-of-Life options and take along a future outlook.

Speaker: René Bethmann

Speaker Title: Innovation Manager & Consultant

Speaker Bio: René Bethmann has been a textile & apparel engineer for more than 15 years in the sportswear industry. He has worked for several leading brands across Europe in the field of product and material management (ASSOS of Switzerland, Helly Hansen, Norrøna) Currently he´s working at VAUDE as Innovation Manager, where his focus lies on biopolymers and circular strategies. Furthermore, since 2020 he is a consultant of the VAUDE Academy for sustainable business.