Greg Stillman Joins NFW as Director of Business Development

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Former Venture Investor and Innovation Management for Fashion for Good to help commercialize NFW’s high-performance sustainable textiles across industries

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Stillman’s career has been driven by a dedication to environmental stewardship, both in energy and now in textiles.

NFW, a materials company that is innovating revolutionary new sustainable textiles, today announced the hire of Greg Stillman, previously of Fashion for Good - Plug and Play, as Director of Business Development.

Stillman’s career has been driven by a dedication to environmental stewardship, both in energy and now in textiles, which is one of the most polluting industries, producing 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year.

Prior to his work at Fashion for Good, Stillman spent five years as a research and development scientist within the Department of Energy, helping to develop new technologies for the geothermal industry. He also holds an MBA and MS in Environmental Sciences from Stanford University.

Recognizing the opportunity to improve the environmental impact of global industries beyond just energy, he joined Fashion for Good to facilitate the funding and commercialization of breakthrough innovations. In his role as Venture Investor and Innovation Management, Stillman lead an accelerator program that transferred technologies from startups to large fashion brands and invested in fundamental new technology to re-order the supply chain.

“Having worked as both researcher and investor, Greg is the rare expert that bridges science, commercialization, and sustainability. He can have a conversation about the research and development of new materials in the context of what customers need and want in a changing world,” said Luke Haverhals, CEO of NFW. “It’s truly a superpower and one we’re excited to have on board as we scale the production of our materials to new partners and use cases.”

As Director of Business Development, Stillman will help bring materials produced with NFW’s proprietary technology to market through key industry partnerships, as well as integrate ongoing research and development phases to ensure the company is addressing market needs while meeting core company sustainability goals. In this new role, he will also deepen existing strategic partnerships with retailers and designers in fashion, automotive, and other industries that rely heavily on textiles in their products.

“I’m honored to be joining a science-first, impact-based company like NFW, which leverages the natural strength and diversity of nature to prove the feasibility and tunability of circular materials,” said Stillman. “Right now, we need action. We need companies that aren’t sitting on the sidelines, thinking about what can be done to solve our environmental crisis, but who are actively developing new solutions and even more importantly, bringing them to market. NFW is going to be a force for good and has a stellar team that I’m excited to be joining.”

NFW has developed a natural materials platform that consists of closed loop processes and clean chemistries that produce beautiful, luxurious and durable items that have a positive impact on the environment. In addition to its Welded Fiber Technology, NFW also produces Mirum, a high-performance, plant-based material that uses 100% natural inputs and is completely free of petroleum-based plastics.

NFW is currently based in Peoria, IL with a team of 27 people. To learn more, please visit: http://www.naturalfiberwelding.com

About NFW

NFW is a company dedicated to revolutionizing the materials industry. We develop technologies based on the sustainable use of plants and natural fibers for more beautiful durable goods and textiles. Our technologies broaden the spectrum of natural capabilities for application in the textile industry and beyond.

At NFW, our mission is to be stewards of material abundance, helping all of humanity prosper with less conflict over finite resources. We design with efficient supply chains that make use of renewable resources and waste materials. Using NFW’s scientific breakthroughs, we enable natural fibers like cotton, flax, silk, wool, and other abundant renewable resources to interact at the molecular level and unlock performance previously only possible using synthetics from fossil resources.

We believe the best way to serve people is to respect each other while taking care of our shared environments; so we are building scalable technologies designed to have a positive global impact by using less resources to produce.

NFW was founded in 2015 and is based in Peoria, Illinois.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.naturalfiberwelding.com and http://www.madewithmirum.com.

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