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ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Sustainability throughout the carpet supply chain

This year's Annual Conference will return to the IET in Birmingham with an exciting programme encompassing developments in thinking and practice around sustainability across the carpet supply chain.

Mark Shayler of Ape, the environmental creative agency, will open the conference with a call to re-think waste and sustainability. Picking up the circular economy theme, Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will give his view on the concept and its practical implementation. International award winning interior designer Vanessa Brady of Interior Design Services Ltd will illustrate theory into action in her presentation on interior design for longevity and sustainability.

Networking at 2014 ConferenceBreakout options include the sustainability credentials of wool, as well as a series of sessions focusing on reuse and recycling, including national recycler Trent Valley Recycling on their recent expansion. Addressing the importance of partnership working will be Russell Owens from the Welsh Government, explaining how councils in Wales have collaborated on recycling.

Anthony Cline, Operations Director for Carpet America Recycling Effort (CARE) will outline the key success factors in US carpet recycling, in particular the commitments made by the manufacturing sector to support end of life Voluntary Producer Responsibility. US recycler Sean Ragiel of CarpetCycle will then relate the practical aspects of running a successful carpet recycling business.

Conference Sponsor 2015 AntronThe conference will again be sponsored by Invista ANTRON® Carpet Fiber and will take place on 11 June, preceded by an Awards Dinner on the evening of 10 June. Download the full programme here. Book online for the conference here.

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