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Textiles are Way Cool because…

June 7, 2020

Free! But we do appreciate any donations at

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Humans are in constant interaction with textiles from the moment they’re born until after they’ve passed. Textiles are something that everyone is familiar with, but don’t really know that much about. Great advances have been made in the realm of synthetic fibres, dyes, and chemistries since the early 20th century, but human use of textiles made from natural materials predates written historical records.

In this talk, we’re going to discuss the environmental impacts of current “fast fashion” and textile production, and how the industry is shifting in the era of climate change. We will also give an overview of the wide range of natural materials used in textile manufacture, and a brief exploration of some research being done on alternative silk materials.

Mary Glasper is a Materials Developer working in the outdoor apparel industry in Vancouver. She has a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Textile Science, and has professional experience working in both fields. While her current work focuses on primarily synthetic performance fabrics and chemistries, she is keenly interested in natural materials and biomimicry. Her masters research focused on studying the silk produced by the Greater Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella.

Join the Beaty Biodiversity for the first online edition of the Way Cool Series! Register online to watch on Zoom, or join us on Facebook Live ( We will record the session for you to watch later, along with many other videos on our Facebook page. You can also join by phone, please register on Zoom for more information.


June 7
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free! But we do appreciate any donations at