The Textile Institute presents ‘The Sustainable Way’

 The Celebrity Lecture ‘The Sustainable Way’ will provide a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into Defra’s Sustainability Roadmap and a way forward with REACh and Substances of Very High Concern (svhc’s).

Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Lead Sustainable Clothing Roadmap, Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra) will bring the audience up to date on the UK Governments sustainability
initiative, while Asif Shah, Business Development Manager, Shirley Technologies Ltd will talk
about the legislation involved in REACh and substances of very high concern.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday, 2 December at the Friends Meeting House, in
Manchester, from 6.30pm the event is FREE to everyone, but places are limited so anyone
interested must contact Dr Kim Gandhi, Chair, Manchester and Cheshire Section of The Textile
Institute Email: or telephone: 0161 702 9483 / Mobile 0780 170 8878 or
Vanessa Knowles, Chair, Sustainable, Environmental and Ethical Special Interest Group
Email: or telephone: 01942 886402.

Full information is available at the Institute’s website:


The Sustainable Clothing Roadmap is a voluntary clothing industry initiative involving over 300
companies along the clothing supply chain and is co-ordinated by Defra to provide a platform for an
integrated approach to improving the environmental and ethical performance of clothing. While it originated in the UK – it has linkage with Asia (especially China and India), EU and USA to date as most UK consumed clothes have a global supply chain. The aim is to drive sustainability from retailers down through the clothing supply chain and fast track best practice through establishing sound science based evidence, prioritising actions (short to long term) and providing a platform for industry best practice cases in order to catalyse change throughout the sector. Dr. Dorothy Maxwell, Technical Director at Global View Sustainable Services – specialists on sustainable products – runs the Roadmap on behalf of Defra.

The Textile Institute, incorporated in England by a Royal Charter granted in 1925, is governed democratically by and on behalf of individual members throughout the world, registered as a charity and recognised as a non-profit association under the laws of many countries.

Dorothy Maxwell has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Science and 19 years professional experience
working in the environmental / sustainability arena in industry, government and consultancy in Europe, USA and Asia. For the last 12 years, she has focused on sustainable products related projects for industry, governments in several EU Member States, the European Commission and UNEP working on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP), Producer Responsibility, Eco-labelling, Life Cycle Assessment, Ecodesign and Green Supply Chain Management. She has been a policy representative (Ireland, Sweden and Holland) working on the development of EU and international products policy. She is currently Technical Director of Global View Sustainability Services Ltd. specialists in SCP/sustainable products. In this context she is a consultant to Defra on several SCP projects including leading the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap.

Shirley Technologies Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of BTTG Ltd, part of the British Textile
Technology Group. BTTG was formed during the late 1980’s from two globally renowned textile
institutions; the Wool Industries Research Association (WIRA) established in 1918 and The Shirley Institute; the latter set up to support the cotton industry in 1919. Shirley Technologies Ltd is a UKAS accredited laboratory providing competitive, independent expert textile testing, certification, advisory and investigation services across the traditional and specialist textile industries.

Asif Shah is a polymer graduate, who has worked within the technical textile industry for the last 15 years,
holding various technical and commercial roles. The majority of his experience has been involved in the
development of technical coated fabrics and their processes. Asif has also been part of teams that developed the worlds first inflatable curtain vehicle airbag and the development of an MRSA patient slide sheet. Asif is currently employed as Business Development Manager at Shirley Technologies which involves mainly promoting and developing the companies eco textile testing and certification schemes. These include REACh svhc, Oekotex 100 (Human ecology testing), PET (product eco testing) and “Made in green” (certification for ethics and sustainability of textile products and their supply chain).