September 26
4:00-5:30 PM

Innovate Newport
513 Broadway,
Newport, RI 02840

ADA Accessible: Yes
Fee: Pay what you wish

From Pollution to Solution: A panel discussion and showcase




The Textile Sustainability Forum on September 19th at URI (presented by RITIN, URI & Polaris MEP) will bring together stakeholders from academia, industry, and government, and present new research about sustainability and the textile industry.


For DESIGN WEEK RI, a dynamic panel of experts will come together at Innovate Newport to discuss taking the research and moving it forward into actionable steps for the future, focusing on ocean health and sustainability. Hear about ways in which companies are using recycled plastics from the ocean to create innovative textile materials and products. This discussion will focus on solutions and will leave the audience inspired and empowered to bring about change.


Vinka Craver

Associate Professor; URI 

Karl Aspelund

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
College of Business

University of Rhode Island

Robert Torgerson

Kestrel Innovative Fibers, LLC

VP of Operations