Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Sophie Thomas

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Graphic and communication designer Sophie Thomas has been working in the fields of sustainable design and material process for over 15 years. She is the Founding Director for Thomas Matthews and Director of Circular Economy at the RSA. Her long term interest in sustainability and materials has led her to share her experience of closed loop thinking with other designers, and in 2012 she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain through practical exploration.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
I have gone back into my communication design practice and am beginning to work with businesses who want to ‘be circular’ but are unsure how to start and what it actually means.

I am also developing ideas around how designers can develop Ocean Friendly Design, specifically tackling marine plastic through active programmes. Both these pieces are continuing my conviction that seeing is believing and the way to lean this stuff can be kicked off through kinaesthetic learning. As Great Recovery participant Rich Gilbert said: You can read blogs and reports all you like, but you will never forget the smell of a landfill site.

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?
I will be sharing the developed methodology of how you can design a circular business and how to understand which of the circular design models you should be designing to. We have been developing the circular economy edition of the double diamond.

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?
For me it’s all about people, their projects and research and networking. When I meet a bright spark with a ‘crazy but it might just work’ idea I get very excited and go through my mental rotadex to see who I can connect them with.

Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Ed Van Hinte

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Ed van Hinte is a Dutch engineer, design critic, writer and educator with a degree in Industrial Design and Engineering from the University of Technology in Delft.

He has written and published many books some of which concern the consequences of diminishing material production and consumption. Some relevant titles are:

  • product lifespan extension in Eternally Yours
  • mass reduction in Lightness Studios.

He has delivered workshops on design and architecture all over the world, and in December 2014 received the Pierre Bayle lifetime achievement award for design criticism. Ed is involved in design research at DRS22 in The Hague, a multidisciplinary research facility for young designers that he started with graphic designer Renate Boere.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a few projects right now:

  1. I’m continuing my exploration into the design of a lightweight standard house
  2. I’m researching ways to cultivate the value of used fleece, with fashion designer Conny Groenewegen
  3. And my main focus is writing a brand new book (working title Designing Lightness) as part of a campaign to understand lightweight structures, together with Adriaan Beukers, Erik Wong and Nai010 Publishers

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?

Controversially I’m going to say that circularity is not the right thing to aim for. I’ll convince you that we should focus on cultivating value over time, and minimising the flow of materials instead. Come to my talk to learn more!

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?

Hopefully I will learn about projects showing the way to both a richer and a much more modest future civilisation

Meet Elin Larsson – Sustainability Director at Filippa K & Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker

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Mini Bio
Elin Larsson has been the Sustainability Director at Filippa K since 2011. But she’s been with Filippa K since 1996 in a vast range of roles, so the responsible ethos of the stylish brand runs deep for her.

Having experience in logistics and supply chain management, sales, and project management gives her unique insight into how business functions will need to go from disconnected to connected in a circular economy. She’s currently working on strategies to demonstrate that environmental and commercial sustainability can comfortably coexist.

Elin also has qualifications in Sustainable Transition (exploring the crossover between politics, the economy, and environment) from Jönköping University in Sweden.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
It’s an exciting time. We’re at the beginning of a long journey to fundamentally redesign the conditions, rules, and expectations for a ‘responsible’ fashion industry and right now my team is testing new models that fit within the circular economy  – or as we at Filippa K say – our new business models respect ‘planetary boundaries’.

Our industry must change, that fact is indisputible. Either you ignore that…or you become part of the transformation and that is what we have chosen. We are highly motivated and determined to succeed.

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?
Our mission is to help our users build a sustainable and curated wardrobe. That seems to many like an overwhelming challenge, but I’ll be sharing how our initiatives are guiding us towards new business models and solutions that we hope will lead industry best practice.

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?
It is a big system change that is needed, and organisations can’t expect to achieve success by working alone. We’re hoping to inspire others with our presentation, but also to see how others are approaching this big challenge and hopefully bring that inspiration home with us. We all need to work together to drive big change. I look forward to meeting with you all at the conference!

TED Keynote at Beyond Green Event, Amsterdam

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This Friday TED Researcher Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will be giving a keynote at the second edition of BEYOND GREEN: Towards a Zero Waste Industry, in Amsterdam.

 

Organised by Circle Economy and The Amsterdam Fashion Institute the event aims to use the collective power of students and industry to tackle critical issues throughout the fashion system. The event will unpack the practical challenges and opportunities surrounding the topic of zero waste, through inspirational and international keynote speakers and action-focused workshops led by industry experts.

 

The speaker lineup includes Isaac Nichelson (Chief Sustainability & Marketing Officer at Recover), Cyndi Rhoades (Founder/CEO of Worn Again), Gwen Cunningham (Lead Textiles Programme at Circle Economy), Tamara Koch (AMFI Graduate), Zil Vostalova (AMFI Graduate) & Jessie Kroon (Founder of A New Zero). The event is sold out but will be available to watch through live streaming.

 

Inspiration

Pioneering brands and innovators, as well as promising students will take to the stage to debate the latest developments in the field of circular fashion. From game-changing material recovery technologies to innovative closed-loop business models, what does a zero waste fashion industry look like?

 

Action

Through expert-led workshops, on company-specific challenges, Beyond Green provides a platform through which the next generation of motivated fashion professionals and seasoned industry pros will take the next steps in uncovering and designing new, innovative solutions to the age-old challenge of waste and the future of fashion.

Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Cyndi Rhoades

 

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Cyndi is the founder/CEO of Worn Again and has led the business from its early ‘upcycling’ days to its’ focus as a technology innovation company.

With a vision to eradicate textile waste, she has worked on a series of ground-breaking products and projects with world leading designers and global brands, including Virgin Atlantic, Eurostar, Virgin Balloon Flights, M&S and most recently, a collaboration with H&M and Kering’s Sports and Lifestyles brand, Puma.

In addition to circular economies Cyndi is also passionate about canal boating & car boot sales.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
We are in development of a textile to textile recycling technology that can recapture polyester and cotton from end of use textiles to be reintroduced into the beginning of the supply chain as new. The technology will provide a crucial enabler for the industry to transition to a circular resource model.

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?
I’ll be talking about how a new generation of technologies achieve the biggest technological advance the industry has seen since the Industrial Revolution.

 

Follow Cindy at Twitter @cyndirhoades 

Circular Transitions – The Big Themes

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The Circular Transition Conference is fast approaching and this series of blogposts will keep you up date with the latest news and developments as the final pieces of the event fall into place. The conference, which is part of a research project for the Mistra Future Fashion consortium will be the first global event to bring together academic and industry research for fashion textiles for the circular economy.

During the coming weeks we will introduce the four keynote speakers Cyndi Rhoades (Worn Again), Sophie Thomas (Thomas Matthews, The Great Recovery), Elin Larsson (Filippa K) and Ed van Hinte (Lightness Studio/ DRS22). The speakers will focus on the three sub themes of the conference: Materials, Models and Mindsets. We will also start announcing the exhibitors who are a group of pioneers demonstrating the latest innovative materials, processes and design models in this field.

TED Researcher to Speak at Sustainable Fashion Event with the Queen of Sweden

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Everything you can imagine is real –  Bea Szenfeld

 

This week Professor Rebecca Earley will speak at the Facing the Fashion Paradigm shift – The Relevance of Sustainability Seminar at the opening of the Everything you can imagine is real exhibition in Berlin.

 

The event will be attended by Her Royal Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden who officially will inaugurate the exhibition and open the seminar.

 

In connection to the exhibition, an expert seminar moderated by Chairman Rolf Heimann, hessnatur Foundation will take place. Among others, participants such as the Sustainability Manager at H&M, Hendrik Heuermann, Sustainability Director Elin Larsson, Filippa K and author Magdalena Schaffrin, will take part in the discussions. Can different business cycles from fast fashion to slow fashion be a way to tackle irreversible challenges in the fashion industry?

 

The exhibition presents images created by The Royal Swedish Opera with Stockholm Graphics, Karolina Henke, Carl Thorborg and Stina Wirsén and last but not least 15 artworks from the paper collection Haute papier – the white Collection –  from Bea Szenfeld. The spectacular handmade creations are the result from crafts and ideas rooted in a desire to make society more equal and open, hence the name of the exhibition.

Kate Goldsworthy to Deliver Keynote at the Textiles Recycling Conference

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Next week TED Researcher Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will present a keynote based upon the current Mistra Future Fashion project research at the Textiles Recycling Conference. The talk ‘Designed to Last: Fast & Slow Fashion Futures’, will explore a range of approaches for a more sustainable fashion industry. Leading with the notion of longevity applying to both both material as well as product it will present multiple and connected design strategies, from long-life proposals: mendable, transformable, adaptable garments; to short-life proposals: disposable, compostable, recoverable and re-manufacture-able features.

 

This year’s conference will explore the crucial issues affecting the textiles recycling sector, from local authority campaigns and charity perspectives to broader challenges from regulations to export markets. The event will also feature an update on the Clothing Action Plan, covering design through to retail, discussions on the East Africa export markets and insights into reuse and recovery process developments. Textiles Recycling 2016 will hear from the president of the Textile Recycling Association as well as having an international focus with a briefing on the post-Brexit market by one of Europe’s top textile experts. With perspectives for and by local authorities, textile recyclers, charities and waste management firms,

 

Date: 5th October, 2016

Location: Qeii Centre, London

Sticky and Stranded in Copenhagen: Reporting from Trash-2-Cash WS05

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Copenhagen was strangely sultry for mid-September.  Each morning as we walked/metro-ed/uber-ed our way to Copenhagen Business School the sun was warm and uplifting.  But then as the day progressed it became uncomfortably sticky until the cool relief of the late summer evenings. This unseasonal weather seemed to set the tone for the meeting.

 

We greeted each other with the broad smiles and genuine embraces which only come with the familiarity of a year’s worth of working together.  Although there was an anticipation about the difficult questions we had to answer over the two-day workshop, the atmosphere was warm and optimistic (something that the Skype calls has rarely managed to achieve).

 

In the morning we proceeded with the planned talks and activities, sharing knowledge about T2C materials on a tour of R&D islands.  In the heat of the afternoon, we started to explore our design islands.  Navigating from materials R&D to new design concepts was tricky at first, it took a while for people to adjust to the unfamiliarity of design applications – the journey could have been smoother.  At the end of Day 1 it wasn’t clear if we had achieved everything we had intended; had the two areas of materials knowledge from science and design cross-pollinated or simply passed each other by?  And some difficult questions about project direction remained unresolved.

 

By contrast Day 2 was a dramatic voyage.  We started by raising again the project direction issues in an open discussion.  There was an uncomfortable uncertainty as partners discussed their contribution to solving the problems.  Through some brilliant tools and mediation from our lead facilitator from Material Connexion and the generous collaboration of all of the partners, gradually the indecision turned into commitments and the sticky discomfort changed to excited optimism.

 

As we fed back the previous day’s Design and R&D Island work to the whole group, we began to see the project pulling together in a synchronicity that hadn’t been possible before.  The project materials lined up with the manufacturing capabilities and we began to see the types of products they could become.

 

The joy after a truly intense, sticky and rocky 2 Day journey was palpable: “This was the best workshop yet”.  Even if at times it felt like we might at any moment become stranded, the hard work of working together paid off.

 

My big takeaway from Copenhagen: “we need uncomfortable moments to progress”

 

And the result?  By workshop 06 in London we will have our first design concepts and our first Trash-2-Cash material samples.

New Trash-2-Cash Podcast – Meet Tina

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In this new podcast, Trash-2-Cash Researcher Tina Mueller of Copenhagen Business School explains why the Intention-Behavior gap is important in understanding consumer perceptions of recycled goods. To learn more about social marketing and sustainability research from the customer’s perspective, go to iTunes or SoundCloud to listen. Don’t forget to subscribe so you receive all new episodes automatically!