27th March, 2019 at 9:30am
Breakfast Briefing: Responsible Materials
Talk | YCN Rivington Rooms — For our members

We'll bring together a panel of specialists to find out what's happening in the increasingly conscious world of materials, from sourcing to design.

Materials – the intrinsic building blocks of all making processes, from design and engineering to cooking and gardening – are finally beginning to be recognised in terms of how they shape, reflect and influence the world we live in. Once innovative and life-changing materials, such as plastic, are rapidly polluting our planet, with disastrous consequences. Now a new (and long overdue) focus on sustainability and accountability is driving the search for more sustainable alternatives and, as consumers become increasingly conscious, it's up to businesses to make sure they are seen to do their part to make a positive impact on the planet.

From huge consumer brands such as Adidas (promising to use only recycled plastics by 2024) to boutique makers (such as Carmen Hijosa and her sustainable leather alternative, Piñatex), businesses from all sectors are waking up to the reality of the environmental and social cost of materials and investing in research into the provenance, life-span and potential for reuse and recycling of every material they use.  

On 27th March we'll be gathering a panel of specialists to brief us on how new processes, discoveries and applications are changing the way consumers and industries use and think about materials. On the panel will be Seetal Solanki, designer and Founder of Ma-tt-er and author of Why Materials MatterLiz Corbin, Director of Research at Metabolic and Founder of Materiom, an open platform for materials experimentation, and Amanda Johnston, curator and educational consultant at The Sustainable Angle and author of the Fabric For Fashion books. Join us for breakfast at the YCN Rivington Rooms for an insight into what's happening at the forefront of materials sourcing, processing and designing, and discover what you can take away and implement to impact your own products or businesses.

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More on the panel:

Seetal Solanki is a designer and Founder of Ma-tt-er, a materials research design studio, consultancy and school. Ma-tt-er advises, designs, communicates and educates what materials are, what they can be and where they come from in order to implement a responsible future. Seetal is also author of Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World.

Liz Corbin is a sustainable materials expert. She is the Director of Research at Metabolic, a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle global sustainability challenges and Founder of Materiom, an open platform for materials experimentation and development for a circular economy.

Amanda Johnston is curator and educational consultant at The Sustainable Angle, a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimising the environmental impact of industry and society. Amanda has curated the sustainable textiles collection and Future Fabrics Expo since its inception, drawing on a background in design consultancy and fashion education. She has also co-authored two books: Fabric For Fashion, and Fabric For Fashion: The Swatch Book. She teaches at London College of Fashion.


Event Details
  • Location:
    58-60 Rivington Street,
    London, EC2A 3AU,
    United Kingdom View Map
  • Start:
    27th March, 2019 at 9:30am
  • End:
    27th March, 2019 at 11:00am
  • Cost:
    For our members

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