The Ceremony to acknowledge the winners of the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Innovation Award 2019 will be held in Frankfurt, Germany on 8 January 2020 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The ceremony will be conducted in the Lecture Area of Hall 4.2. of Messe Frankfurt during Heimtextil, the giant home textiles fair held in the heart of Europe each January.
Dr. Debasish Das, Professor, University of Calcutta, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, and Dr. Subhas Ghosh, Professor, Eastern Michigan University, School of Visual Built Environments, College of Engineering and Technology, won the 2019 Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Innovation Award. The two researchers collaborated on the development of a biodegradable cotton-jute fabric with a waterproof coating that can substitute for non-biodegradable PVC-coated polyester.
Dr. Das will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of both researchers.
Terry Townsend, Chair of DNFI, will introduce DNFI to the audience.
Dr. Christian Schindler, Director General, International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), will present the winners with their award trophy.
The Discover Natural Fibre Initiative (DNFI) was created in January 2010 as an outgrowth of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, declared by the United Nations General Assembly. The purposes of DNFI are to advance the interests of all natural fibre industries and to encourage increased use of natural fibres in the world economy. DNFI is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations with interests in promoting natural fibres through collaboration, consultation and cooperation.
The Organization works to further the interests of natural fibres by serving as a platform for information exchange, by providing statistics on fibre production and use, and by working to raise awareness of the benefits of natural fibre industries to the world economy, environment and consumers.
Source: DNFI, press release, 2019-11-22.