Summer School Circular Textiles Lab

The future is a circular economy for the textile and fashion industry. Today, many initiatives are working on reducing the huge negative impact the industry has on climate. It is clear, the sector needs more circular ideas to make a substantial change! In this Summer School you will be working in teams to jointly create an initiative that helps to foster systemic change in the (biobased) textile industry. The week will be full of masterclasses, workshops and coaching sessions with WUR experts and well-known guest speakers. This all with not only the aim to help you understand the complex steps in the value chain and the factors that influence them but also to help you become a change agent yourself.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 26 August 2024 until Fri 30 August 2024

Duration 5 days
Venue Wageningen Campus
Price EUR 2,750.00

Why follow this course?

You will start the programme in our online learning environment with short knowledge clips, readings, assignments and a series of podcasts that will guide you through the world of bio-based materials and their application in the textile industry. In the Summer School week, you will enjoy masterclasses or visit pioneering businesses in the mornings. In the afternoon you will be working in groups on an assignment and there is time for expert and peer feedback.

The main topics addressed in this course will be:

  • Biobased Textiles
  • Sustainable Design Approaches
  • Biobased Materials
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Sustainable businesses
  • Design
  • Law and regulations

Is this course for you?

This Summer School is intended for professionals involved in all stages of the biobased textile industry who dream of a circular textile and fashion industry. Are you an agri-food expert, designer, freelance, entrepreneur or product developer? Or maybe a sustainability manager? We need you in this programme!

Programme & topics

In this course, you will embark on a journey to explore the world of biobased materials for textile applications. From exploring available biobased materials and their properties, to designing a garment following sustainable design approaches.

Learning outcomes:

After following this online course you are expected to:

  • Recognise the need for a biobased textile and fashion industry
  • Understand the complex steps in the textile value chain
  • Understand the role of the consumer and the psychology of behaviour change
  • Have the tools to think about more sustainable business perspectives
  • Have inspiration from game changers to take the next steps
  • Have taken part in the shaping of a community in a biobased textile and fashion industry
  • Have the skills to work on change in a sustainable way

Practical information

Max. 35 participants.

Based on your attendance, you will receive a certificate after the programme is finished.

More information & registration

Sign up for Bio-based Materials for Futureproof Textiles or download the flyer.