2015 International Fiber Recycling Symposium

June 8 - 10, 2015
Union Square, San Francisco

Big Success for 5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium held in San Francisco!

The 5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium, held at the San Francisco State University’s Lam Family College of Business Downtown Campus, attracted a large audience to see new research and design ideas to utilize discarded textile fiber products. Industry professionals, fiber researchers, and organizations dedicated to sustainable sourcing and manufacturing practices met to discuss this global issue of fiber and textile waste.


* When using these photos, please give photographer credit to Mark Baugh-Sasaki.

Attendees recognized the need to develop a variety of solutions for recycling fiber, textiles, and products, both at the post-industrial and post-consumer levels. There were many informal discussions and differing opinions, which stimulated dialogue for further research as well as new connections among the attendees.

Sorting technologies, identifying new uses, and, in general, viewing the various forms of discarded fiber as “valuable” instead of “waste,” moved the discussion toward resource conservation rather than waste disposal. Researchers were able to show various methods of recycling for new use as well as new fiber production.

For more information, please contact:

Gail Baugh, President, PeopleWearSF, gail@peoplewearsf.org

Dr. Connie Ulasewicz, Professor, SF State, cbu@sfsu.edu