Conference: The role of textile re-use in a circular economy

28th June 2017 | Events

The role of textile re-use in a circular economy:
Practice and policy in Central and Eastern Europe

Organised with the kind support of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia

Wednesday 28th June 2017, 9:00 – 13:30
Kuća Europe, Augusta Cesarca 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Humana Nova and RREUSE kindly invite you to a conference that will open the topic of re-use and treatment of used textiles in Croatia and countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It will bring together used textile operators and other actors including social enterprises to network and discuss the current state of play both in terms of practice and policy. The conference will be followed by site visits at the premises of Humana Nova and the first re-use centre in Croatia.

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome coffee
9:30 – 9:45 Opening remarks

Mario Šiljeg, Ph.D. – State Secretary in Office of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia
Tadej Slapnik – State Secretary in Office of the prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia
Marin Galiot – City of Zagreb, Head of investment department

9:45 – 11:15 Panel 1: Market, Practice and Innovation (followed Q&A Session)

Sebastjan PiklZadruga Dobrote / Textilnica – Market with second hand textiles
Ivan BozicHumana Nova – Experience from Croatia
Marijan Galović Humana Nova – The first re-use centre in Croatia
Paolo FerraresiRREUSE – Textile stories from Europe
Goran Mikac Regeneracija – Challenges of collection and use of recycled textiles for insulation and protective floor coverings

11:15 – 11:30 Comfort break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2: Stronger policy to support re-use (followed Q&A Session)

Michal LenRREUSE – European policy to support re-use and repair
Marleen VosKOMOSIE –  Cooperation with local government on innovation in textiles
Matthias NeitschRepanet – Austrian social enterprise and re-use
Marijan GalovićHumana Nova – Current legislation in Croatia: What can be done to boost re-use

13:00 Conclusions and end of conference
13:00 – 13:30 Walking Lunch and networking


Optional: Departure to site visits (travel together by bus)

Humana Nova sewing workshop in Cakovec
First Croatian re-use centre in Prelog

17:30 Travel back to Zagreb

Expected arrival to Zagreb at 19:00

Registration is free but places are limited.

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