Webinar: Microfibers in the Fashion Industry

Thursday, March 21, 2024
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.


Join us for a webinar, hosted by Eurofins | MTS, focusing on one of the pressing environmental issues in the apparel industry today: microplastic pollution. This informative session will offer an overview of the latest research and regulatory requirements, shed light on the hidden impact of microplastics and explore innovative strategies to mitigate this growing concern.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • About the impact of microplastics pollution.
  • An overview of the regulations and standards.
  • Strategies to tackle the microplastics pollution.


Headshot of Dr. Pratik IchhaporiaDr. Pratik Ichhaporia
Vice President - Technical Services  Consumer Product Testing North America
Eurofins | MTS

Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia is an esteemed speaker and author who specializes in addressing quality, safety, and environmental concerns that impact the textiles, toys, and hardlines industries. As the Vice President of Technical Services for Consumer Product Testing North America at Eurofins, Dr. Ichhaporia plays a pivotal role in assisting Eurofins clients in establishing and implementing robust and efficient compliance programs. He also provides ongoing guidance to Eurofins clients regarding monitoring legislative and regulatory updates pertaining to consumer product safety and chemical management. Dr. Ichhaporia actively contributes to the development of standards in organizations such as AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). His educational background includes a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Fiber and Polymer Science from Clemson University. 


Headshot of Nate HermanNate Herman
Senior Vice President, Policy

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s Policy department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 

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Stephanie Paendong