TED Keynote at Beyond Green Event, Amsterdam

Beyond Green


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.



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?



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.

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.

Mindful Manufacturing Panel Discussion

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Last week TED’s Dr. Kate Goldsworthy spoke on the topic of ‘Emerging Technology and Sustainable Design & Manufacturing’ in the Mindful Manufacturing panel discussion hosted by the Lissome at The Hub Kings Cross. The debate focused on how we can enable manufacturing communities to foster sustainability practices in production. The event is part of the Threads – Rethinking Fashion series, which explores the topic of sustainability in the apparel industry and how to support innovations for a fair and sustainable supply chain. Other panelists included Rupa Ganguli from SPINNA Cycle, Katelyn Toth-Fejel from Hre Today Here Tomorrow and Daniel Harries from the London Cloth Company.


The series aims to guide the audience through a different stage of the supply chain each time – sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing, and consumption – to expose the issues related to each of them, explore possible solutions and highlight best practices.


The first event From fibre to fabrics took place in the beginning of the year and focused on sustainable sourcing practices to procure raw materials. The panel explored how to empower farming communities by enforcing sustainable agricultural practices in the sourcing of raw materials. The final event in the series Conscious consumerism will take place on the 20 September. This session will explore how to generate a sustainable demand and empower consumers to shift toward a more conscious consumption model. Topics will include recycling and upcycling, the circular economy and in general practices that enable consumers to reduce their consumption impact.


The series has been created by a partnership between Impact Hub King’s Cross, Ashoka Changemakers and The Lissome.



6th March – 10th July 2016

Next month TED’s Senior Research Fellow Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will exhibit her latest work alongside Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen at the #techstyle exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

The exhibition will feature clothes that respond to the environment, dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear— innovations that are poised to have a profound impact on the future of the fashion industry. #techstyle” explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing.

Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States of America

Sustainable Design Contest

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The Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl is today launching their Sustainable Design Contest. The competition runs from the 25th of January till the 27th of March and is open to fashion students from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Poland. The contest welcomes innovative design ideas which have a clear focus on sustainability for the fashion industry. The idea can be applied to a whole collection or focus on a specific type of garment, detail or means of production. The competition is motivated by the statement that over 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined by the designer at the drawing board. One prizewinner will be selected and given the chance to work towards making their winning idea a reality together with KappAhl’s design team during this autumn.

TED’s Senior Research Fellow Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will help judge the competition, representing the ongoing Swedish Mistra Future Fashion project.

ENSAD Conference: Forging the Future

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TED Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Goldsworthy is presenting a paper entitled ‘Designing for a circular fashion economy: technology, collaboration and creativity’ at the 2015 ‘Forging the Future’ Conference Series at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. The series of 9 lectures looks at how design and science can work together towards an ecologically minded future.

Alternating thinking and actors from the realms of science, economics, politics, culture and creativity including high-profile sustainable design academics Prof Jonathan Chapman and Alastair Fuad-Luke, the series unfolds in two main chapters;

Firstly, what do we understand by ‘an ecological practice’? What are its social, ethical, economic and political operating modes and conditions? Which urgent issues must it address today to be able to act meaningfully tomorrow?

Secondly, which current research projects, conducted in the arts, design or sciences have the potential to re-imagine an ecology that is in line with urban dynamics? What kind of knowledge do these projects contain and how might they build on one another towards a constructive outcome?

The full lecture series will be available to view on the conference website at http://www.cyclefaconnerlavenir.ensad.fr

Guardian live chat – Recycled fashion: how do we close the loop?

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Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

On Wednesday 18 February, 1.30pm – 2.30pm GMT, TED Senior Research Fellow Dr Kate Goldsworthy will be part of a panel of experts in fashion and the circular economy for the Guardian live chat.

The discussion on ‘Recycled fashion: how do we close the loop?’ invites to join the online debate where the panel will answer questions for the potential of a circular economy in the fashion industry:

  • Which textiles can currently be recycled, and which pose problems?
  • Which new technologies or projects have the potential to make a big impact on the fashion industry?
  • How will recycling impact the business model of fashion brands?
  • How can fashion brands collaborate to achieve closed-loop fashion, and what might prevent collaboration?
  • How can designers and the public be encouraged to engage in closed-loop fashion?


Other panelists include Hélène Smits (The Circular Textiles Program), Carola Tembe (H&M), Lucy Norris (University College London) and Lynn Wilson (Love your Clothes campaign in Scotland), Annie McCourt (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute) and Carol Rose (WRAP).

The live chat is completely text based and will take place on this Guardian page in the comments section, kicking off on Wednesday 18 February at 1.30pm GMT. You can submit any questions in advance by using the form below, tweeting them to @GuardianSustBiz using #askGSB or sending an email to hannah.gould@theguardian.com and we’ll put them to the panel on the day.

All Makers Now?

Kate Goldsworthy is presenting a paper on ‘Visions for Future Manufacturing’ at All Makers Now? Craft Values in 21st Century Production, a 2-day conference organised by the award winning Autonomatic Research Group, based at Falmouth University, on the 10th-11th July 2014.

All Makers Now?, will raise questions about how, where and why the complex and subtly nuanced characteristics of craft merge with those of digital production, rapid prototyping and the superfast information highway. A vision of a world in which anyone can be a maker and an entrepreneur raises questions about the value of craft in 21st century production, enabling an exploration of its significance within a variety of disciplines and communities, and opening up new perspectives on its role in facing current social, economic and environmental challenges. Aimed at makers and researchers of all shapes and codes including hackers, crafters, inventors, designers, economists, curators and critical theorists, this two day conference will explore craft values, traditional making processes and novel forms of engagement, participation and interaction in digital and material cultures.

All Makers Now?

10-11 July 2014,

Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall


Growing a Circular Economy: Parliamentary Inquiry

Kate Goldsworthy was invited recently to give evidence at the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘Growing a Circular Economy’. Other witnesses called at the meeting included Professor Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation Ltd; Sophie Thomas, Director, The Great Recovery, RSA; Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director, Interface Carpets; Matthew Bulley, Managing Director, Caterpillar Remanufacturing; and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer.

In recent years, there has been a growing discussion of resource efficiency, the ‘circular economy’ and the economic and environmental benefits of maximising the value of resources beyond the life of a product. The Environmental Audit Committee aims to examine the issues surrounding building a circular economy, building a case for transforming the approach to waste, and growing a ‘circular economy’

▪   The potential economic value of resources contained in ‘waste’

▪   The key domestic and international links and resource value chains

▪   The environmental benefits of the circular economy (including design to reduce, re-use, repair/remanufacture and recycling or composting)

▪   The potential benefits of alternative business models, including leasing and design for re-use

▪   The barriers to ‘circular’ business models

Written evidence can be accessed through the committee’s website.

The full transcript of the session can be seen here.

Dr Kate Goldsworthy at Making Futures conference

Dr Kate Goldsworthy presented her work at the Making Futures conference at Plymouth College of Art & Design on Thursday 26th of September. Her paper, titled ‘Designing Cyclability; re-active and pro-active approaches to lifecycle design’ explored the role of design within a cyclability framework, through mapping the varied lifecycle journeys implied by each case-study. The headline topic for this 2013 conference edition was Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice.

The aims of Making Futures are to investigate contemporary craft as a ‘change agent’ within 21st century society – particularly in relation to global environmental and sustainability issues, social equity, social innovation and socially embedded practices including social entrepreneurialism. In doing so, the conference tries to explore whether these imperatives present opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as more centrally productive forces in society.

In addition, the conference hosted three workshops that amplified and explored particular facets associated with the craft-design theme:

  • Workshop1: Craftwork as Problem-solving: (in collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies)
  • Workshop 2: Crafting with Digital Technologies: (in collaboration with the School of Materials, The Royal College of Art)
  • Workshop 3: Transformative Practices in / through Textiles: (in collaboration with the EC funded Crysalis network)


The Making Futures series is underpinned by seven indicative thematic fields, and the workshops and abstracts that have been selected to be part of this event were relevant within any of the following suggested lines of investigation:

  • Sustainability Innovation & Activism
  • Social Innovation & Community Activism
  • Craft in an Expanded Field
  • The Post-Fordist Political Economy and Critical Perspectives on Consumerism
  • Translations & Dialogues Across Local-Global Divides
  • Materials & Processes of Making – from Traditional Approaches to the Crafts of Advanced Technological Manufactures
  • Re-conceptualising Craft Knowledge & Education