The third international conference on a "Circular Economy for Textiles & Plastics" will focus on:

Reuse, Repair & Recycling

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Day 1: November 17, 2022

9.00 Welcoming

Jan Laperre - Centexbel (Chairperson)

Keynote: On the importance of reporting on the circular content of your product

Saskia Walraedt - Polymatters

9:30    Challenges and opportunities linked to the Circular Economy

Circular but not necessarily Economy, the challenge to find metrics for (plastics) waste prevention

Anne Scheinberg - ISWA

Limits and challenges of textile recycling

Anton Luiken - bAwear

Presentations of the scientific posters

11:00    Coffee break 

11:30    The importance of Ecodesign in a Circular Economy model

A Life Cycle Assessment study on recycling of post-consumer textiles

Jana Enking - CML, Leiden University

Design as an enabler for circular textiles 

Tom Duhoux - Vito

12:30    Lunch

13:30    New technologies to support the road to Circular Economy

Making rejuvenated fibres for technical textiles 

Koen De Ruyck - Purfi

Hyperspectral imaging as a tool to identify and sort textiles and plastics

Rémi Tilkin - Centexbel

Second-life for short fibers/powders generated during yarn manufacturing processes

Eduardo Fages - AITEX

New debonding primer for easy separation of multimaterials

Maxime Olive - Rescoll

15:30    Coffee break 

16:00    Plastics and Circular Economy

Holistic processes for the cost-effective and sustainable management of End-of-Life Aircraft Composite Structures 

Elke Demeyer - Centexbel

Opportunity of Recycling Polypropylene Disposable Facemasks and PPE into Composites 

Philippe Vroman - GEMTEX, ENSAIT

Valorisation of post-industrial PET film waste

Sofie Huysman - Centexbel

17:30    Closing and drink

18:00    Conference dinner

Day 2: November 18, 2022

9:00    Recycling as a specific path in Circular Economy

Circular design in plastics: Walloon strategy to implement circularity in plastic products and industry

Aurore Mourette – Plastiwin

Implementing a recycling technology for a biobased fiber. The case of NOOCYCLE® 

Luna Aslan - Noosa

Recycling of polyester from textile wastes via solvent-based recycling 

Maximilian Wende - Fraunhofer  IVV

Tailoring crystallinity in PET fibers for increased enzymatic de-polymerization 

Cristina Palacios-Mateo - Maastricht University


11:00    Coffee break 

11:30    Textiles and Circular Economy


Circular economy in the carpet industry: challenges, approaches, solutions 

Ansgar Paschen - TFI Institut für Bodensysteme an der RWTH Aachen

Impact of secondary raw material in the circular textile economy

Dieter Stellmach & Gabriela Maestri - DITF

OEKO-TEX® - a reliable partner in the context of Circular Economy 

Carolin Franitza - OEKO-TEX®

13:30    Closing and Lunch

Conference speakers

Saskia Walraedt, Polymatters

Saskia Walraedt holds a PhD in polymer chemistry from UGent. She started her professional career in 1996 at ICI, now known as Huntsman. After various functions at Huntsman, Honeywell and TotalEnergies, she joined essenscia in 2009 to support members with the implementation of the REACH legislation. She further built her career in sustainability and circular economy. Since 2018, she heads the department essenscia PolyMatters, representing the polymer producers and plastic converting industry.

Anne Scheinberg, ISWA

Dr. Anne Scheinberg, Global Recycling Specialist, Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation. 
Dr. Anne Scheinberg is here to talk about the CALC (Circular and Low Carbon Cities) Project. In the 1980s she was a young professional working on municipal recycling in North America. Since 1997 she has focused on sustainable waste management and recycling in low- and middle-income countries. She currently divides her time between process facilitation, supporting informal recyclers in SouthEastern Europe, and working on metrics for waste prevention -- the subject of her presentation today.

Anton Luiken - bAwear

Anton Luiken studied organic chemistry at the University of Nijmegen (NL). He has worked for 22 years in applied research at TNO, focusing on improving the environmental performance of the textile supply chain. He is a consultant in the field of circular textiles and specialist in textile recycling. At bAwear he is responsible for the metrics on textile materials, processes and products. 

Jana Enking, CML

Jana Enking holds a master degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University with a focus on chemical and process engineering. She is a PhD student at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University, Netherlands, where she is working on the sustainability of products, processes and industries. Her research includes the development of Life Cycle Assessment methodology with a focus on recycling industries, currently studying recycling processes of PET-containing post-consumer textiles.

Tom Duhoux, Vito

Tom Duhoux has more than 10 years of experience in applying sustainability and circularity principles in businesses. He was co-founder of a sustainability consultancy and has proven the concept of circular business innovation in the textiles industry by founding the circular denim brand HNST. Before his consultancy work, he worked in the field of waste management in Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK. Tom is researcher Circular Economy at VITO and involved in various research projects on circular textiles.

Koen De Ruyck, PurFI

Textile Engineer & Master in Supply Chain, Koen has been working in the textile business for 34 years as

  • Production Manager/Director (Sofinal)
  • Purchase Manager FE (Sofinal)
  • Commercial Director (Sofinal & Ter Molst Int.)
  • General Manager (Tissat Deslee)
  • Supply Chain Director EU (DesleeClama)
  • General Manager of a StartUp (PurFi)

Rémy Tilkin, Centexbel

Rémi Tilkin is a chemical engineer and holds a PhD in material science. For 2 years now, he is a researcher at Centexbel, in the "Medical & Sustainable Materials" group. Rémi conducts research on the development of new sustainable textiles (bio-based additives and dyes, antimicrobial textiles) and new technologies for textile sorting and recycling.

Eduardo Fages, AITEX

Degree in Chemistry (University of Alicante, 2005). Research Doctorate (Ph.D.)  by Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2012. His PhD thesis dealt with the development of antibacterial PP fibres by means of melt spinning process with nanoparticles. He began working at AITEX in 2006 as a technician in the Nanotechnology and Technical Fibres Research Group. Since 2008, Eduardo is coordinating the Materials and Sustainability Research Group. This R&D group is focused on several technical fields: applied circular economy, biocomposites, non-wovens, lamination processes and functional textiles development. He has managed, coordinated, and participated in several R&D projects at regional, national and international programmes. 

Maxime Olive, Rescoll

Dr. Dipl. Eng. Maxime OLIVE is an R&D Engineer with more than 17 years´ experience in the adhesive industry, especially formulation issues and debonding strategies. From 2010 to 2015 Maxime has worked as Team Manager of the Sustainable Chemistry Department in RESCOLL, with activities ranging from adhesive dismantling strategies to adhesive formulation (including substitutions of substances and REACH impact studies) or Life Cycle Assessment. In 2015 Maxime took a position as IP and Innovation Manager in RESCOLL with activities devoted to the development of RESCOLL’s home technologies in smart adhesives and coatings.

Elke Demeyer, Centexbel

Elke Demeyer studied bioscience engineering at KULeuven, Belgium. In 2021, she joined Centexbel-VKC as member of the Plastic Characterisation, Processing & Recycling group. Her research focusses on the development of self-reinforced and natural fibre-reinforced biobased thermoplastic composites, how to boost their performance, reducing their ecological impact and creating a circular economy

Philippe Vroman, GEMTEX, ENSAIT

Associate Professor at ENSAIT School of Textile Engineering, member of the GEMTEX Textile Research laboratory, Lille University/France. Specialist in innovative, advanced and bio-inspired nonwoven materials. Private and collaborative research project manager, MSC and PhD projects supervisor. Recently invested in collaborations with textile and interior designers for developing new textile and composites materials based on recycled fibrous materials.

Sofie Huysman, Centexbel

Dr. ir. Sofie Huysman obtained a master degree in Materials Engineering and a PhD in sustainable materials management at Ghent University.
She works at Centexbel as a research scientist in the group of “Functional Thermoplastic Textiles” for 6 years and is involved in several regional and European projects on extrusion of thermoplastic polymers, focusing on sustainable materials.

Aurore Mourette, Plastiwin

Graduated in Environmental Law, Aurore Mourette has managed in her career the ecological transformation of an industrial area in France, was the CEO of a company linked to 3D printing technology, a Policy Officer for the European Federation of Waste Management Companies where she was able to deal with files on the circular economy in Brussels, she is now the Managing Director of the Walloon cluster, Plastiwin, representing the (bio)plastics, composites, rubber and synthetic textiles industry in Wallonia thanks to its network of 130 members.

Luna Aslan, Noosa

Luna Aslan is a business engineer and entrepreneur. Since 2019 she focuses on the development of NOOSA, as co-founder. Her expertise lies in polylactic acid textile fibers, chemical recycling and circular practices across the textile industry.

Maximilian Wende, Fraunhofer - IVV

Maximilian Wende successfully completed his studies in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 2019. As a scientist and project manager he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV for more than two years. Maximilian conducts research in the recycling of packaging, composite and textile materials with the solvent-based CreaSolv® Process.

Cristina Palacios-Mateo, Maastricht University

Cristina is currently doing her PhD at Aachen-Maastricht Institute of Biobased Materials (AMBIM) studying the enzymatic recycling of polyester fibers and microfibers. For this, she takes on a multidisciplinary approach, combining her background on biotechnology with her interest in polymer engineering and sustainability. At the moment she also collaborates within the “Glaukos” EU-funded H2020 project.

Ansgar Paschen, TFI

Education:  Study of Mechanical engineering with specialization „Textile Technology“, degree PhD
Professional experience: 18 years positions as technologist and Head of Technology at several manufacturers of Textile Machinery
Actual: Team leader Machine Technology and Digitalisation at TFI - Institut für Bodensysteme an der RWTH Aachen e.V.

Dieter Stellmach, DITF

Dieter Stellmach (°1958) has been working at the Center of Management Research of the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research in Denkendorf (DITF) since 1986 as senior project manager and EU contact point co-responsible for research in organisation and management of sustainable textile value creation towards the circular economy, and in textile digitisation. He is active member of networks about fibres and textiles on regional, national and European level.

Gabriela Maestri, DITF

Gabriela Maestri (°1996) is a Textile Engineer (2019) and a M.Sc. Textile Engineer (2022) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil. She participated in research projects in the area of technical and smart textiles (2014-2022). Currently, she is working at the Center of Management Research of the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research in Denkendorf (DITF) as a Research Associate, and contributes in projects with a focus on circular economy and material flow processes in a textile industry approach.

Carolin Franitza, OEKO-TEX®

Carolin Franitza is Stakeholder Manager at OEKO-TEX®. Her main responsibility are the exchange and committee work related to stakeholders of OEKO-TEX® and the associated institutes. Prior to the appointment to this role, she developed approaches for implementing circularity within OEKO-TEX® as part of the product management. Carolin holds a bachelor degree in Textile- and Clothing Management.

Conference dinner


Your travel companion is welcome to join the conference dinner. Please indicate his/her participation on the registration form.


The Gruuthuus cellar, a beautiful 14th century cellar 
Hoogpoort 50 - Gent


17 November 2022 - (18h.00)


60,00 euro per person (VAT not included)


Scientific posters

List of submitted scientific posters

TEX2CE: From linear to circular textiles

Stijn Van Vrekhem - Centexbel

Sc-CO2 and NADES assisted extraction of impurities from polymer melts

Kevin Moser, Elke Van De Walle, Irma Mikonsaari - Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology / Centexbel-VKC

CISUFLO - Circular sustainable floor coverings

Ine De Vilder - Centexbel

Biobased FortePlastics tackling fossil feedstock dependency and microplastic accumulation

Felicitas Pellengahr, Jolande Celis - B4PLASTICS

The project “raw material classification” – Spinnable reclaimed fibres from textile waste

Johannes Leis - Sächsisches Textilforschungs-Institut e.V.

Road to 100

Iris van Laar - Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Smart Fiber Blending

Maud Kuppen - Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Circular solutions for yarn spinning production waste of research facilities

Cristina Palacios-Mateo - Maastricht University

Measuring True Costs in the textile value chain

Evelien Dils, Tom Duhoux, Karolien Peeters - Vito

A Research Agenda on Digital Product Passports

VUB – Brussels School of Governance: Prof. Harri Kalimo, Prof. Tomas Wyns, dr. Stijn Van der Perren
VUB – Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology: Prof. Bram Lievens, dr. Dorottya Varga, Laura Temmerman
KU Leuven – Sustainability Assessments of Material Life Cycle: Prof. Karel Van Acker, dr. Luc Alaerts, René Reich, Veerle Vermeyen

Textile fibres in a circular economy

KU Leuven – Sustainability Assessment of Material Life Cycles: Prof. Karel Van Acker, dr. Luc Alaerts, Veerle Vermeyen, 
Utrecht University – Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development: Prof. Ernst Worrell

Introducing European Horizon 2020 Twin Projects HEREWEAR, MY-FI and NEW COTTON towards bio-based solutions for the clothing industry

Lien Van der Schueren & Guy Buyle (HEREWEAR, Centexbel), Silvia Gava (MY-FI, Mogu), Paula Sarsama (NEW COTTON, Infinited Fiber)

C-4CE | Competencies for Circular Economy

Myriam Vanneste, Centexbel

Conference fees

conference fees 2 says

The registration fee covers the conference sessions, proceedings, coffee breaks and lunches.
The conference dinner is not included and has to be ordered separately.

VAT not included
Payment upon reception of the invoice.


We're sorry to inform you that you can no longer register, since all places are sold out.


Novotel Gent

Novotel Gent Centrum
Hoogpoort 52
BE 9000 GENT


Hotel parking

Entrance Hoogpoort 52
To be reserved in advance!
Rate : € 30 / 24 hours.

Alternative parking nearby

Vrijdagmarkt at 300 m from the hotel.
Rate: € 23.50 / 24 hours.



To improve air quality, Ghent’s inner city (the area within the ring road) is a low emission zone. Only vehicles that meet entry requirements will be allowed into this zone.

Check your vehicle before coming to Ghent

Hotel accommodations

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This conference is also made possible thanks to the following sponsors:


OEKO-TEX® enables consumers and companies to make responsible decisions which protect our planet for future generations.

Our mission is to create trust in textiles and leather and in their production - the concept of circular economy presents a guidance for further innovation and development at OEKO-TEX®.

Carolin Franitza - Stakeholder Manager - OEKO-TEX®


bAwear Score is a young but experienced organization active since 2019 and was founded on the problem: “Why is it so difficult to access reliable and credible impact calculations for textile products?” Together with our partner SimaPro, we set a goal to change this. We believe textile LCA calculations should be accessible, credible and cost-effective. Enabling any company in the supply chain to gain credible insights, make better decisions and build communications around facts and figures. 

That is why bAwear Score provides solutions to create product-level impact transparency. Combining best-in-class LCA software with textile supply chain expertise, we enable you to gain impact insights based on primary and secondary data. Empowering you to become aware and in control of your product's environmental performance by generating credible data to identify impact hotspots, improve decision making and back up your sustainability communications.

Fast, efficient and cost-effective.

Jesse Dolstra, Business Development

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