Microplastics in Textiles: Adressing the Challenges for Politics, Industry and Research


On 10 December 2019, BSI, FESI - and WWF Germany are organising a joint policy event in Brussels, where first results of the TextileMission project will be presented by its partner organisations. The event also aims to stimulate further European wide research, in order to initiate additional EU project funding for the synthetic related microplastic problem.

The sporting goods industry is one of the major producers of synthetic apparel world-wide and thus one of the actors responsible for the current environmental textile-based microplastic pollution. Therefore, the sporting goods industry is committed to find solutions for the reduction for the polyester-based microplastic-shedding.

In Germany the Federation of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI) together with its partners has initiated TextileMission as a project on the reduction of the textile-based microplastic shedding, addressing textile research on the improvement of fabrics and processes as well as the understanding and amelioration of the household washing conditions. First results on textile research und further solutions (e.g. bio-based alternative fibers) are being presented during this event.

Central topics will be:

  • Causes and extent of microplastic loss in textiles
  • EU research agenda on plastic waste
  • Panel discussion on research policy priorities and Q&A

Day:                   Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time:                 9.00 a.m. - 13:00 p.m. (registration from 8.30 a.m.)
Location:           L42 Business Center & Workspaces, Rue de la Loi 42, B-1040 Brussels
                           Information on how to get there is available here.

The participation is free of charge. Further information on speakers,programme and agenda can be found here.

You want to register as a participant by now? You can access the registration form here.

Federation of the European Sporting goods Industry (FESI)
Ariane Gatti
Email:  gatti@remove-this.fesi-sport.org
Tel: +32 (0)2 762 86 48

Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI)
Alexander Kolberg
E-Mail: alexander.kolberg@remove-this.bsi-sport.de
Tel.: +49 (0)228 92 65 93 14