Towards Circular Fashion
Textile Exchange was delighted to collaborate with State of Fashion and Control Union on 30 May 2018 on “Towards Circular Fashion” – an exciting program of events that took place in Arnhem, The Netherlands, prior to the official launch of State of Fashion’s “Searching for the New Luxury“. This extraordinary exhibition will remain open until 22 July 2018, so be sure to check it out if you are in the area!
Over 100 people joined us on 30 May to explore solutions to closing the loop on today’s linear model of fashion.
The morning saw Textile Exchange host a workshop – “Closing the Loop on Textiles” – with engaging breakout discussions on key topics including product design, end-of-use, and Cradle to Cradel.
In the afternoon, Control Union hosted a symposium that continued the exploration of finding ways to work towards a sustainable and circular fashion sector. Senior representatives of like-minded companies from the textile industry and related sectors joined this intimate, pre-competitive symposium.
Wednesday 30th May 2018
Morning: Textile Exchange Workshop – Closing the Loop on Textiles
Speakers & Facilitators:
- Karine BassoInnovation Manager, Fashion for GoodKarine BassoInnovation Manager, Fashion for Good
Karine Basso is an Innovation Manager at Fashion for Good where she mainly focuses on identifying and helping to nurture, accelerate and scale innovations that can transform the fashion industry in a force for good. She does that through bespoke support to start-ups through mentoring sessions, access to funding, brands and manufacturers, and support on business model refinement. She looks for solutions for the end-of-use part of the fashion industry’s value chain, supporting innovations that provide an alternative to the currently cradle to grave model. Karine has over 10 years of work experience in the sustainability and impact field working together with organizations in different sectors to guide them towards a more sustainable and circular future.
- Charline DucasUnit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&ACharline DucasUnit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&A
Charline is leading the development of C&A’s circular economy strategy, which includes sustainable materials and sustainable products, globally. In that capacity, she is able to combine her passion for materials, innovation and sustainability.
Charline has over a decade of international experience in sustainability in the fashion industry. Prior to C&A, she has worked for Textile Exchange as their sustainability specialist and adidas in various roles of materials research, development and innovation.
Her education background includes a Master's of Science in textile engineering. She is native French and is currently living in Brussels, Belgium
- Lisa BarsleyMaterials Program ManagerLisa BarsleyMaterials Program Manager
Lisa joined Textile Exchange in 2014 after becoming involved with the organization while researching organic cotton and food security. With a BSc in International Development from the University of East Anglia in which she focused on agricultural sustainability, Lisa joined Textile Exchange to support the organization's organic cotton activities, particularly its Organic Cotton Round Table. Lisa remains involved in this work and continues to lead on the production of Textile Exchange's annual Organic Cotton Market Report, but her new role as Materials Strategy Manager sees her now working more broadly across the organization's fiber strategies.
- Michael KininmonthGlobal Business Development Director, Lenzing AGMichael KininmonthGlobal Business Development Director, Lenzing AG
Michael has spent the whole of his 44 years working life in textiles. He trained at University of Bolton in the UK. He has had a wide and varied career spanning fiber spinning through to garment production, woven and knits through to non-woven composites, apparel fabrics through to medical textiles. He is widely travelled and is the holder of several textile patents. He joined Courtaulds just after the launch of TENCEL, and still has the scars to prove it. He is now employed by Lenzing Fibers as Business Development Manager. His currently responsibilities are split between sustainability and denim projects. Michael lives in Nottingham in the UK along with his wife Julia, 2 children Alex and Olivia and the dog Eddy.
- Sarah HermsManager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbHSarah HermsManager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbH
Sarah is sustainability manager at Tchibo, a German retailer for consumer goods and coffee. Sarah leads the Circular Economy activities which includes the integration of recycled materials in Tchibo assortments, services to prolong the product life, recycling services and Circular Business Models. To develop these activities, Sarah combines her passion for developing resource-saving ways of consumption and her background in industrial ecology and business economics. Prior to Tchibo, Sarah worked for a policy consultancy on sustainable regional development and studied at TU Delft (Netherlands), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and ESB Reutlingen (Germany).
- Dr. Kim PoldnerProfessor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & ResearchDr. Kim PoldnerProfessor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & Research
Kim is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands where she coordinates the Circular Fashion Lab. Through bringing together scientists and designers, Circular Fashion @WUR contributes to the creation of new ‘categories’ of materials previously unknown in the fashion industry, disruptive technologies that re-define textile supply-chains and inspired processes of organizing that turn competitors into comparables. Learn more via www.wur.eu/circularfashion<http://www.wur.eu/circularfashion>.
Kim graduated at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland: for her PhD project she longitudinally studied 58 sustainable entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Her research interests evolve at the crossroads of entrepreneurship, aesthetics and sustainability and she has written award winning case studies on sustainable fashion pioneers such as Veja and Osklen. Before she embarked on an academic career, Kim was founder of the first eco fashion store in The Netherlands in 2005 and initiator of online platform Eco Fashion World. Her green wardrobe, including her up cycled wedding dress, was exhibited during the exhibition Wear I Am in 2017.
- Jenny PutsSupply Chain & Sustainability Intern, SkunkfunkJenny PutsSupply Chain & Sustainability Intern, Skunkfunk
At the moment I am doing an incredible interesting internship at Skunkfunk, under the supervision of Jon Curutchet. I have studied Fashion Technology in Belgium, got extremely passionate about Sustainability and did a minor Sustainable Fashion Design at KEA in Copenhagen. This September I will continue a master Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University, pursued to find answers and solutions for the fashion industry.
- Simone SeislConsultant for Fiber & MaterialsSimone SeislConsultant for Fiber & Materials
Simone studied design and textile engineering in Austria and went for a career in the global fashion and sporting goods industry, held various positions in design, product management, marketing and buying departments, also at the headquarter of adidas. In 2008 she decided to only focus on sustainability topics within the industry, first working as a consultant at the Dutch NGO Made-by, then as head of marketing and sales at Remei AG in Switzerland. She has expertise in leading CR initiatives on brand level, in supply chain transformation and integrity, product innovation and best-practise marketing and communication. Based in Freiburg, Germany, she works for Textile Exchange as a fiber and materials expert and as a consultant for brands and retailers.
- Liesl TruscottDirector of European & Materials StrategyLiesl TruscottDirector of European & Materials Strategy
Liesl Truscott is the European and Materials Strategy Director with responsibility for developing and embedding Textile Exchange’s preferred materials program. Liesl has specialized in organic cotton and has a deep knowledge of the sector. With a first class degree in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle in Australia, she has spent over twenty years in the fields of corporate social responsibility, occupational health and safety, and environmental management – working within both the private and public sector.
Member of the Senior Advisory Team.
- Friederike von Wedel-ParlowFounder, Beneficial Design InstituteFriederike von Wedel-ParlowFounder, Beneficial Design Institute
The Berlin born designer Friederike von Wedel-Parlow founded the „Beneficial Design Institute" in autumn 2016. The Institute focusses on quality, beauty and innovation for a positive cultural change in our world, with a positive effect for people, environment and business. As professor for “Sustainable Design Strategies", she built and lead the Master's program "Sustainability in Fashion" at Esmod Berlin University of Arts. She has entrepreneurial and educational experience owning her own fashion brand as well as assisting professor for Vivienne Westwood at University of the Arts Berlin. Friederike is jury member for “Bundespreis Ecodesign” for the German Federal Environment Ministry.
09:30 – 09:45 – Welcomes
Liesl Truscott, European and Materials Strategy Director, Textile Exchange
Michiel Scheffer, Deputy of the Province Gelderland
09:45 – 10:00 – Industry update – The “”Big Picture” in Circularity
Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute
10:00 – 10:45 – Panel Discussion – Strategizing for Circularity
We chat with three experts who are driving a circularity strategy into their business, and explore their journey from the seed of an idea to where they are today – and what’s ahead. Our panel will share some of the struggles and challenges they’ve run into as well as the highlights and what keeps them excited about driving the circularity agenda forward.
Moderator: Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute
Charline Ducas, Unit Leader Global Circular Economy, C&A
Michael Kininmonth, Global Business Development Director, Lenzing AG
Sarah Herms, Manager Sustainability – Lead Circular Economy, Tchibo GmbH
11:00 – 12:00 – Breakout discussions:
1. Product design – developing products with longevity, zero waste, and circularity.
Facilitator: Kim Poldner,Wageningen University & Research | Thoughtstarter: Jenny Puts, SKUNKFUNK
2. The key challenges and best practices in implementing circularity from an end-of-use perspective (from recycling to circular business models)
Facilitator: Karine Basso, FashionForGood | Thoughtstarter: Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing
3. Cradle to Cradle – Celebrating Positive Impact
Facilitator: Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Beneficial Design Institute | Thoughtstarter: Charline Ducas, C&A
12:00 – 12:30 Feedback and Wrap-up
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Afternoon: Control Union Circular Fashion Symposium
Evening: Networking Reception & BBQ
To post or see updates on social media, use #TowardsCircularFashion
Thursday 31st May 2018
Daytime: Fashion Colloquium – International conference of ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion
Evening: Official Opening of State of Fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury
Textile Exchange Workshop: Contact Lisa Emberson, Materials@TextileExchange.org
Control Union Meeting: Contact Jantine Schrijver, firstname.lastname@example.org
State of Fashion Launch: Contact Hester Swaving email@example.com