Webinar: Microfibers x Biodegradation x Toxicity = Reduced Impact

Thursday, March 9, 2023
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


When it comes to the interaction between microfiber shedding and biodegradation, does improving one undermine the other? How does more stable material biodegrade? How do they affect durability and performance? Are we using chemicals that leach during or after a product’s life? We’ll start with the basics. 

We’ll discuss a test method developed to address this relationship. Then we’ll show how to leverage this data in development and marketing supply chains.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • A more holistic approach to sustainability
  • Relationships between microfiber shedding, biodegradability, and ecotoxicity
  • Tips for trustworthy sustainability claims


Headshot of Dr. Jan BeringerDr. Jan Beringer
Senior Scientific Expert

Dr. Jan Beringer serves as the Senior Scientific Expert for Hohenstein. In this role, he uses an interdisciplinary approach to lead the development of clothing physiology, fit and workmanship of garments, functionalization of fabrics, textile UV protection and textile reprocessing. He has extensive knowledge in textile and fiber chemistry, functionalization, nanotechnology, coating and finishing and clothing physiology.

Prior to becoming Senior Scientific Expert in 2015, Dr. Beringer began his career as Head of the Competence Center Innovative Textiles at Hohenstein. From 2009 to 2015 he was the Head of Research and Development of the Department of Function and Care at Hohenstein, specializing in research and testing in the field. Dr. Beringer holds a Doctorate in Natural Sciences in Chemistry with a focus on Textile and Fiber Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart.

Headshot of Jaime GriggsJaime Riggs
Senior Sales Executive

Jaime Griggs serves as Senior Sales Executive for Hohenstein Institute America. In this role, she focuses on building quality, chemical and performance testing programs through collaborative relationships with U.S. brands and retailers and their suppliers. 

Prior to joining Hohenstein in 2021, Jaime worked for 10 years in product management at Geneva Watch Group, managing design, production, and quality programs throughout numerous product lifecycles. She brings the unique experience of once managing her own fashion quality programs, to now helping retailers and brands in managing their own. Jaime holds a B.S. in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College).   



Headshot of Chelsea MurthaChelsea Murtha
Director of Sustainability

Chelsea Murtha serves as the association’s advocate and spokesperson on matters of sustainability and product safety. She engages with Congress, the Executive Branch, independent agencies, as well as state and local legislatures and agencies and foreign governments on sustainability, product safety, and chemical management issues important to the industry. Chelsea is also the staff liaison to AAFA’s Environmental Committee and Product Safety Council.

Chelsea joined AAFA from a Washington, D.C., government affairs firm where she led advocacy efforts for clients, including several trade associations and apparel and footwear importers, on policy developments related to environmental, social, and governance issues in global supply chains. She has also worked for the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and a Washington, D.C., international trade policy consultancy firm. Chelsea earned a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University. 


Stephanie Paendong