Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Cyndi Rhoades


Future 500

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


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

Lead Researcher to Speak at German

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


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


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!

TED Associate Researcher to Speak at TEDxSydneySalons


TED Associate Researcher Clara Vuletich will speak at the first session of TEDxSydneySalons next week. This new series of intimate events will be held across the year, combining talks, films, music and more.


The inaugural Salon focuses on the theme of sustainability and takes place at a very special location – the top floor of Tower Two, International Towers at Barangaroo, home to a unique sustainable development plan and, of course, a sensational new view of the city.


The lineup includes recycling expert Garth Lamb, who seeks to inspire us to take smarter approaches to recover and reuse materials; 2016 TEDxSydney alumni speaker Clara Vuletich talks more about her work in the sustainable fashion space and how we can engage with ethical fashion; ant ecologist and science communicator, Kirsti Abbott looks at our literal relationship with the little things beneath our feet; and Nij Lal talks about the science of solar, and the future of sunshine. The program also includes films, music and a chance to get together after the event to discuss, share and inspire.


Date: Thursday 22 September 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: North Lobby, Tower Two, International Towers, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney


Tickets available here

Social Innovation in Fashion


5th– 7th September


One of our current PhD researchers Emmeline Child has just presented at the International Conference for Social Innovation ISIRC2016 in Glasgow. Here she was presenting how her methods in fashion design, have led to Social Innovation in the Industry. Emmeline was drawing from her experience as a practitioner and through her PhD research, which is looking to develop design led models that can be implemented to increase levels of upcycling within the fashion industry.


Presenting in a predominantly business and management based environment places our fashion and textile design research at the forefront of this changing global market.  Showcasing these ‘design thinking’ strategies demonstrates how beneficial the work of designers and practitioners can be in the workplace today.


Emmeline notes that;


‘The impact of a clear vision can plant the seed of change to make a more sustainable future. Through cross-fertilization and careful nurturing, the impact can be wider than anything you initially intended. ‘The path to a more beautiful world can come from vast plans and small gestures… as long as the strategy bears the needs of future visitors in mind’ (McDonough and Braungart, 2015, p.180). It can be insightful to seek outside the social innovation paradigms for tested examples that can inform models for success in the future.’

Enabling Research to Change


Our Swedish project partner Mistra Future Fashion has opened up a new funding opportunity;  Enabling Research to Change. It’s a call for new ideas that contribute to a systemic change of the fashion industry, making it circular and more sustainable. 60, 000 are offered to support new ideas for enabling research to change.


The clock is ticking for the transformation needed for the fashion industry to become sustainable. Efforts to find breakthrough ways to change are right now happening around the world. Most prominent researchers are engaged, supported by front running fashion companies. To stretch further – this is a call for additional breakthrough ideas that are worth being further explored! Mistra Future Fashion offers 60,000 € to support new ideas for enabling research to change.


Mistra Future Fashion is one the biggest research programs in the world and consists of a consortium of researchers and fashion industry actors that act towards the change – on how to design for circular economy, how to promote a more sustainable circular supply chain, how to enable user to act sustainable, and how to increase recycling. We now call for new additional ideas and partners that can strengthen our efforts on our journey to enable a systemic change of fashion industry.


Key focus areas that will be prioritized are “Digitalization”, “Implementation” and “Scale-up of Services”.


Deadline 30th of November 2016



TED PhD Researcher Bridget Harvey would like to invite you to Hackney Fixers second festival of repairing – THE BIG FIX.


Once again there will be the cramming of as much repair activity as possible into one space, featuring:


  • The Restart Project, electrical and electronic repair
  • Traid: clothing and textile repair, and upcycling
  • School of Stuff: chair repair advice
  • Hackney Bike Workshop: cycle checks and repairing
  • Sugru, repair demonstrations and more…


All the people involved are passionate repairers who will help you to repair your own things – bring along your broken stuff and learn skills to fix it!


Bring, fix, learn, enjoy…and it’s free!


Date: Saturday 17th September, 12pm – 4pm
Location: The Gallery, Stoke Newington Library, Edward’s Lane N16 0JS, London


The Restart Project   TRAID   The School of Stuff   Sugru   Hackney Bike Workshop