Registration is now FULL. If you have registered for the conference, you will receive an email with the Zoom link at 7 AM EDT on March 16 and 17, one hour before the conference begins. See the contact page to reach out with any questions. 

Keynote Speakers

Sofi Thanhauser – Author, Worn

Harald Cavalli-Björkman – Renewcell

We are gathering some of the most knowledgeable and compelling change-makers in the field. See the full line-up of speakers.


The Wilson College of Textiles is very excited to host the first annual Evolving Textiles Conference: Materializing the Future. This year’s themes are circularity in textiles and alternative fibers.

While all alternative fibers are welcome, the focus is on hemp, a fiber with exceeding potential and rapid development in the United States. Progress in hemp is being made across NC State University – in the Wilson College of Textiles, the College of Natural Resources, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Day two will broaden the scope to consider all aspects of circularity within the supply chain. Topics to explore include: Life Cycle Assessment, end of life destinations, resale, mending, recycling, circular design, materials selection, stakeholders and more.

We welcome industry professionals, students, professors, and the general public to register to attend this two-day, virtual conference which will highlight the sector’s advances in sustainability through presentations from experts and change-makers in the industry. This will be an all-encompassing textile sustainability event.

We all know and have attended that conference that feels like preaching to the choir with no actionable change to accompany it. The purpose of Evolving Textiles is to define the current landscape in terms of alternative fibers and circularity in textiles and explore the direction for the future. We will identify challenges and opportunities with the intention of developing attainable goals and work toward having a measurable impact on sustainability in the textile industry over time. We are just as excited to participate in the conference as we are to host it. See you in March!

A sustainable textile system should bring wellbeing and value to society through the provision of safe, high-quality and affordable textile products and the creation of inclusive jobs with fair wages and working conditions, while at the same time minimising any negative environmental and social impacts, and respecting the carrying capacity of the planet.

-2019 Eionet Report, Textiles and the Environment in a Circular Economy