“The fashion and textiles industry is the second biggest polluter in the world after oil. It accounts for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions, uses a quarter of chemicals produced worldwide each year, and falls just behind agriculture in the amount of water it consumes.
“We’re interested in how technology can reduce this impact – how can we help fashion businesses in Sussex develop and source new textiles that can reduce the damage this industry is causing.
“The university has always been at the centre of innovation for fashion and also for technology. We’re excited about forming new collaborations that unite these industries, changing perceptions about fashion and sustainability and creating awareness.”
The event, on 24 November at The Lighthouse in Kensington Street, Brighton, is for those involved fashion businesses as well as designers, creatives, materials scientists, bio and nanotechnologists who are at the forefront of developing new textiles and efficient production processes for the fashion industry.
The event will be chaired by Lizzy Bishop, Founder of Brighton Fashion Week, Europe's first fashion week dedicated to sustainability, and the Future Fashion Project which launches in 2018 as an online platform, nurturing and developing a new generation of sustainable designers and presenting them to a global stage.