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LAUNCH Challenge 2018: Sympatex, an official partner of the LAUNCH Challenge, supports circular economies and sustainability in our global society (12/4/18)
After a rigorous selection process carried out by 35 international experts and decision makers from
research, business and government, on December 5 and 6 LAUNCH will present the finalists of this
year’s LAUNCH Circular Innovation Challenge in front of a large audience. Sympatex, a pioneer in
sustainable functional textiles and a LAUNCH partner, is lending its support to the selection of the
finalists during the two-day international LAUNCH Forum in Bentonville, Arkansas (US). The objective
of the international LAUNCH network is to foster innovative trailblazers in the field of sustainability
whose creative ideas and projects for establishing a circular economy stand out. The LAUNCH Forum
sponsors are active in a wide range of industries. In addition to Sympatex, sponsors in the textile
industry include the US-based VF Group, which owns The North Face, Icebreaker, Timberland and
The objective of LAUNCH is to connect the dots between the initial idea and the final, successful
establishment of a sustainable innovation on the market. While traversing this challenging path, the
winners receive financial support and advice from the experienced members of the international
LAUNCH network. A total of 125 start-ups and young companies from 36 countries signed up for this
year’s LAUNCH challenge. And they all have one thing in common: through their innovative and
courageous ideas, they stand out among the crowd and shy away from no risk in using their
sustainable products and services to convey to their customers and society the need for a circular
economy and how it can be achieved.
In the final round for instance, one of the nine finalists is Worn Again Technologies, a young British
start-up and pioneer in avoiding textile waste. With its polymer recycling technology, the company
supports the global textile industry’s urgent and necessary efforts to create a circular economy for
“There is no alternative to changing our linear economic mindset to one that is focused on a circular
economy. As a B-Corp certified company, we believe it’s our responsibility to do our part in fostering
sustainability – and that means beyond the borders of our company and the industry as well. We view
LAUNCH as the ideal platform for further establishing circular economy models in our society,”
explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex Technologies. “We’re looking forward to working together
with the finalists and helping them realize their innovations through our partnership,” adds Fox.
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