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Princess Royal discusses sustainable textiles

President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) hears of industry’s commitment to sustainability.

10th July 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

The UK’s University of Huddersfield welcomed Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to its campus on July 7th, where she addressed the 92nd Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC) held at the Barbara Hepworth Building.

She was attending TIWC in her capacity as president of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

The Princess Royal has a keen interest in sustainable manufacturing, and with the theme of TIWC being Sustainability of the Textile and Fashion Supply Chain – Transitioning to Zero Carbon and Zero Waste met with delegates to discover more about how the conference had addressed strategies to manage the impact of the textile and fashion supply chain.

She was welcomed by University of Huddersfield vice-chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, TWIC chairman, Professor Parik Goswami the University of Huddersfield’s Professor of Technical Textiles and director of the Technical Textiles Research Centre, and Adam Mansell, UKFT CEO .

The Princess Royal attended a round-table discussion of the textile industry’s Roadmap to Net Zero chaired by Professor Goswami, met final year students from the university’s textiles, fashion and costume design courses and was shown the 2023 graduate Showcase.

“We were extremely honoured and proud to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the 92nd Textile Institute World Conference here at the University of Huddersfield,” said Professor Goswami. “Her interest in our industry, and in particular our commitment to improving its sustainability, is a long-standing one and we were delighted that she attended this conference with this vital issue at its heart.”

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