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#CircularFashion: Identify high-value solutions
Wed 19 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
Join us to identify high-value solutions that will change the future of fashion
Goal: Introduction to Circular Economy and how YOU can gain value from identifying best circular practises.
For Who: Fashion brands, fashion and sustainability students, manufacturers, policy makers and retailers interested in sustainability.
Today’s consumers are assessing their priorities and increasingly asking:
‘Why own something that I only use sporadically?’
‘Why accumulate more belongings when I could be out experiencing life?’
‘Why pay for space/objects I do not use?’
In a Nutshell:
Our world is facing serious environmental change, influencing all life on the planet. As the second most polluting industry, the global fashion industry has an immense impact on the environment and on the millions of people who work in the industry. For example, according to the UN if the fashion industry does not change its tactics, by 2030 clean water will no longer be a reachable resource for half the world’s population. Fashion is not just about the latest IT bag, but holds tremendous capacity to spark change that can influence the lives of millions and have a monumental effect on our planet.
As consumers, brands and retailers we should not feel helpless but empowered to educate, inform and act to tailor make the future of the industry we want to see. This proaction cafe is all about the first steps towards transformative change in the fashion industry.
The circular economy is one where everything is re-used and nothing is wasted. It is the antithesis of the linear “build, buy, bury” model of a one-way stream of raw material to factory, to user, then landfill. The circular economy has the potential to completely transform the way in which businesses operate, and resource-intensive industries, including fashion, are at the heart of the debate.
The throwaway culture is gradually becoming obsolete, and the concept of the circular economy promises a way out, prompting fashion companies to think how re-using, recycling and repairing can become relevant to their businesses.
In this practical workshop we will introduce circular economy within the context of fashion before joining solve together labs to identify how we can start to implement circular economy best practises to create new business models that add value to people and spaces.
18:30 Registration and Welcome Drinks
18:50 Intro to Impact Hub Westminster & Circular Economy Club
18:55 Circular Economy Intro
19:10 Key Circular Economy Areas: new fibres, new packaging, recycling, new methods, 3D printing, demand-driven manufacturing, resell, repair, product as a service with case studies.
19:30 Solve-Together Labs
20:30 Harvesting Key Insights and Next Steps
20:35 Closing Drinks
Moderated by Mia Jafari and Anna Tarí
Mia Jafari, Head of Community & Programmes at Impact Hub Westminster
Mia is a start-up entrepreneur and designer specialising in sustainable fashion (www.miajafari.com). She is also an accomplished program designer supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises align their business with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mia is passionate about co-creation, sustainable fashion and manufacturing, human centred design, experiential learning and developing strategic partnerships.
Anna Tari, Partnerships Manager at the Circular Economy Club (CEC)
CEC is a networking group that gathers designers, engineers, economists and strategists who are resetting the world standards. CEC spurs investment to the circular economy by connecting circular economy professionals and investors.
Mentors to be confirmed.