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.

TED Associate Researcher to Speak at TEDxSydneySalons

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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

THE BIG FIX

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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

Discovering new Islands: preparations for Workshop 05

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This reflective blogpost is written by one of TED’s Trash-2-Cash Post-Doctorial Researcher’s Dr. Rosie Hornbuckle about the process of getting ready for next week’s workshop session in Copenhagen.

 

Each Trash-2-Cash (T2C) project workshop brings new challenges for the methodology team.  The process of planning the activities which form the basis of the design-science interactions is in itself an experimental collaborative design process.  We begin by sharing ideas around some key objectives for the workshop, we identify current challenges that we need to address and try to come up with appropriate ways to do this in the workshop using methods and tools from our collective experience.  Sometimes this means devising experimental workshop sessions, other times all that is needed is a conventional PowerPoint presentation or an open discussion.  And then occasionally – to our great relief – a situation arises where we can repeat activities that we know have worked in previous T2C workshops (WS).

 

WS05 in Copenhagen is based on one of these ‘tried and tested’ activities. Julie Hornix from design agency VanBerlo, recalled a session that Material Connection had prepared for WS01 in Stockholm, way back in September 2015 (timely that it is reappearing exactly one year on).  In its first appearance the session was described as a ‘marketplace’ with scientists each having a ‘stall’ to share the different fibre technologies they would be developing in the project.  Our methodology team recalled that it had been a particularly effective and engaging way to share knowledge, introducing designers to the materials they would be helping to develop, using samples, videos and diagrams instead of scientific datasheets or dense papers.

 

Right now, we are at a Milestone in the project where Fibre Prototype 1 has been produced and so, once again our materials scientists have significant new knowledge to share with all of the partners.  Differently, this time, designers also have work to present: new design briefs and Concept Areas have been developed from all of our scenario work, and in Copenhagen our design and manufacturing partners will be choosing which Concept Areas they want to work on in more depth.

 

This time instead of a marketplace we have decided that Islands are an appropriate place for interdisciplinary discovery: groups will visit each island in turn to unearth the newly formed gems of scientific endeavor and design ideas.

 

On our Science Islands visitors will be able to see the first scientific results demonstrated through fibre samples with the best scientists in their field on hand to answer probing questions.

 

On our Design Islands visitors with discover material and product samples showing cutting edge design in three different types of application. Leading textile and industrial designers will provoke, translate and ideate to develop Concept Areas through discussion. They will be on hand to respond to questions from the scientists and manufacturers about how these design visions align with technical material challenges.

 

WS05 promises to be an exciting moment for all of the T2C partners: the methodology team get to use a repeatable workshop design; the scientists get to present their first results and glimpse the types of products their fibres could become; manufacturers can start to realise the types of textile structures and finishes that they will be able to test; designers will finally get something tangible and meaningful to work with: real materials and actual product concepts.