CIRCULARITY #1 on December 14th 2019 was Australia's first call-to-action workshop supporting all designers to learn how-to implement the foundations required to accelerate the transition to circular design and become one of Australia's much needed leaders addressing the UN's Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.
The workshop will address the best practice methods and crucial ethical, inclusive, circular, waste-free and carbon neutral steps that designers and garment businesses need to take in order to meet the industry specific climate recommendations set by the UN and promote collaborative opportunities for participants.
SPEAKERS in order of appearance include:
The Workshop was filmed by Sean Stark of Contract Media.
Learn more about the Speakers
The workshop’s step-by-step and Q&A session format is designed to expedite a fast pivot to circular economy practices. See details here.
One of the day's key sessions is the Circular Strategies Workshop: How to Transition to a Circular System facilitated by Jenni Philippe from Design Thinking in Action who will lead participants to redesign using circular design principles and put in place actionable commitments.
Industry experts will deliver solutions on how-to navigate challenges along the production supply chain, learn about “true sustainable textiles”, and finally close the loop by creating circular waste systems to repurpose textiles plus carbon offsetting to build a business that is carbon neutral, zero waste and circular by design.
The final session is for participants to source and order sustainable textiles from STSC plus have one-on-one MeetUp sessions with our experts. Participants will also receive an invaluable post-event follow up session with Ethical Consultant, Celine Massa formerly of Good On You.
DOWN TOOLS & STOP DESIGNING NOW.
Driven by customer’s enthusiasm, we know that Australian designers and garment business leaders are keen to learn how to make better, responsible and more sustainable products.
CIRCULARITY is an event for all designers, spanning from large companies producing off-shore through to design students as we teach How-To Transition to a circular economy model, gain hands-on experience and source true sustainable textiles, plus set up a waste system to re-purpose textiles and build a business that is carbon neutral, zero waste and circular by design.
By implementing circular systems, businesses can promote transparent eco-friendly certifications that will encourage customers to purchase products that reflect their values.
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Alison has isolated specific Australian-centric goals and identified pathways set forth by the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action plus the February 2019 Report tabled by the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee titled Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption and Sustainability Report.
To introduce the first in the CIRCULARITY series, Alison will encourage all participants in the fashion and apparel sector to sign their commitment to the Charter and send to the UN pledging to take increased action.
SEAN STARK - Contrast Media - founded in late 2018. The idea came about after Sean returned from O/S after many years working as a photojournalist with Associated Press specialising in conflict stories, and this stage of his career he was mentally and physically burnt out.
Sean went on to complete a Cert 4 in Youth Work at Mt Druitt TAFE and a Diploma of Community Services so he could share marry his skillset and create Contrast Media.
Sean had seen how working behind a camera made an impact with students from Bidwell Primary and Chiefly Collage and his goal is to raise awareness for current social concerns affecting many young people today. Through Sean’s current work telling important stories with AP and creating Contract Media his purpose is to work with youth including Indigenous, Special Needs, At Risk, Re-Offenders, Substance Abuse, Abuse (Sexually, Physically and Mentally), LGBT, Homeless and Newly Arrived.
We are enormously privileged to have Sean and his new recruit Michael who is a refugee from Iran to be filming the Workshop and help us share the message of community, collaboration and hope.
MODERN SLAVERY ACT plus Q&A session
Sarah is the co-founding member of Unchained Business Services with her partner Dr Stephen Morse.
UNCHAINED show businesses and organisations in Australia how to be leaders in addressing Modern Slavery. Sarah highlights key aspects of the Act, addressing the realities of the fashion supply chain and discuss what “negatives” to look for, and how we can respectfully request information when working with small artisans and makers who may not be able to afford formal certification, yet learn about the ethical employment, wage standards, wealth inequality and values we place on our business model and feel assured when establishing these personal and business relationships.
Design Lecturer including the Sustainable Textiles for Masters at UNSW Art & Design plus one of the forces behind Fashion Revolution Australia.
Participants can book a MeetUp session with one of the speakers. Textile Sourcing and MeetUp’s start at 5.45PM.
HOW-TO CARBON OFFSET. PRESENTATION plus Q&A session with
Shreya Hegde, Partnerships Manager of Greenfleet.
Greenfleet work with business to calculate and plant enough trees (which are protected on a legal agreement for up to 100 years) to sequester your carbon emissions.
Greenfleet are an environmental charity who are passionate about planting biodiverse native forests in Australia to absorb carbon emissions and help fight climate change.
To date, we have planted 9.2 million trees and over 500 forests to protect our climate, improve soil and water quality, and restore habitat for native wildlife.
SHOW & TELL TEXTILES
Alison will showcase hundreds of ethical and sustainable textiles, talk about their makers and artisans, raw materials, biodiversity, recycled materials, textile design, eco-digital printing, eco-dyes and the social impacts our decisions make.
Participants can source from hundreds of sustainable textiles. Learn more about STSC's textiles.
Plus chats on why I don’t support rPET in everyday clothing and eco-alternatives, a showcase on ethical vegan leathers from soybean and mushroom mycelium and announce STSC’s new alternative to synthetic swimwear with 100% plant based biodegradable FSC certified sustainably sourced bio-rubber.
CAPSULE COLLECTION LAUNCH
Diana Manzi and her label by modetische using 100% ECOVERO™ single jersey knit plus designer Jody Head whose garments showcase her world-first pleats using eco-fabric Tencel™ Satin.
12.30PM - 45 mins.
Participants can book a MeetUp session with one of the speakers. Textile Sourcing and MeetUp’s start at 5.45PM.
1.15PM - 1 hour
FASHION DESIGN & PRODUCTION – TALKS plus a Q&A session
MAKE IN AUSTRALIA.
Marcel Pandher has his own factory Belle Marc in Marrickville offering design, product development, local manufacturing plus fashion import and export services.
Marcel has worked in the industry for 20 years and focuses on local production from start-up emerging designers through to established designers such as ex-Sass & Bide designers’ new labels by Sara Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton.
OFF-SHORE PRODUCTION plus MAKE IN AUSTRALIA
Diana Manzi designs and produces in Australia for her own label modetische plus works as a Fashion Production Manager, formerly working for Australia’s top designers including Camilla Australia, Kitx, OCC Apparel and Alice McCALL.
An invaluable Q&A session for designers to ask pertinent questions to both presenters on producing locally and overseas.
15 min break
CREATE A TAKE-BACK SYSTEM & BRAINSTORMING WORKSHOP
Alison Jose, Circular Centre and Susan Hansen, MEYD IT.
Introducing the Circular Centre’s Circular Textile Waste Service, Alison offers designers and corporate businesses a way to build in a circular take-back model to capture, re-sell, re-design or re-purpose garments and commercial textile waste back into high quality products.
Susan Hansen is the founder of MEYD.IT and is working with the Circular Centre’s clients IKEA and General Pants to create a DENIM RE-DESIGN PROJECT where we first capture used denim, and then working with designers, Susan re-designs them along with our local Disability Enterprises to re-create body inclusive garments including adaptive clothing that are re-sold both in-store and online with General Pants.
Susan’s background is in environmental scientist and technology with a strong interest in fashion inherited from her mother. Susan founded MEYD.IT to help conscious citizens connect with local makers who are making clothing more ethical and transparent.
Susan is a FashTech Founder making Slow Fashion convenient at scale, seamlessly connecting makers, wearers and suppliers. Meyd.it is redefining how fashion is made and consumed through technology and innovation with 3D AR Blockchain AI & IoT.
Hannah Feringa will be presenting the product CARAPAC and brainstorm around industry specific plastic requirements for the fashion and apparel industry.
CARAPAC is producing fresh food packaging that is sustainably produced, durable to serve your packaging and transport needs and environmentally friendly. Made from crustacean shell waste, CARAPAC is completely home compostable at the end of life, making it the only packaging option that is not just waste neutral, but actually waste-negative.
3.45pm - 1 hour
SYSTEMS CHANGE WORKSHOP
HOW TO TRANSITION TO A CIRCULAR SYSTEM & Human Centred Design
Jenni Philippe’s consulting business; Design Thinking in Action delivers workshops that shape a new business paradigm. Collaboration, systemic approach, ethical considerations and human-led innovation are at the core.
Jenni has over 12 years of experience in strategy, design thinking and program implementation across a wide range of industries in both private and public organisations.
STRATEGY. How do circular principles apply to your business and design models? Are there different or better ways to meet user needs by applying circular strategies?
In this workshop, you will redesign fashion items by reflecting on the functional and emotional needs that it serves. Using circular strategies you will create new solutions that are better for people and planet. You will familiarise yourself with circular economy principles and business models.
4.45PM - 45 mins
GROUP BRAIN STORMING – Q&A session
Facilitated by Jenni Philippe and speakers where we open the floor to ideas of how in Australia we can collaborate to implement circular systems changes.
SUSTAINABLE TEXTILE SOURCING and Q&A
Participants can view, ask questions and place textile orders for sampling and production with Alison Jose from STSC. Sustainable Textile Supply Chain.
Also purchase GUPPYFRIEND WASHING BAGS. Sold in a carton of 24 bags.
PRE-BOOKED 15 MINUTE MEET-UPS
· Marcel Pandher
· Diana Manzi
· Shreya Hegde, Greenfleet
· Jenni Philippe, Design Thinking in Action
FREE Q&A SESSION WITH CELINE MASSA, ETHICAL CONSULTING SERVICE
Following the event, participants will be sent a Q&A link to Celine Massa. for a free session to support your new direction.
CELINE MASSA. ETHICAL CONSULTING
Celine offers an Ethical Consulting service to clients requesting Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Guidance to help create sustainable and ethical practices for forward-thinking apparel brands. In a contemporary ethical fashion industry context, Celine brings over fifteen years of experience working with purpose-driven organisations and most recently, she worked for four years developing, implementing and overseeing Good On You's ethical rating process which led to rating over a thousand fashion brands.
Celine works with designers to investigate current practices to see how they impact on people and the planet. This involves assessing the entire supply chain, environmental practices, climate change specific actions as well as industry standards to be taken into account. Together Celine will identify what sustainable and positive labour changes can be made which are viable and appropriate to a client’s situation.
LOCATION. EnergyLab Sydney, Bldg 25, 4-12 Buckland Street, Chippendale
DATES. SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019