Upcycling & The Circular Economy

with our industry experts

Clothes production today is at crisis point – with between 80 to 100 billion garments manufactured each year and 15 million tons of used textile waste generated each year by the United States alone – the figures aren’t stacking up in favour of the planet. Designers, responding to calls to radically overhaul the fashion system, are embracing the principles of the circular economy, but if they are to generate impactful change, we’ll all have to get on board.

In this Masterclass, we unpack the circular economy and what it means to designers and fashion brands. Starting with an introduction to its key principles, learn how circular models affect your choice of materials and waste streams, upcycling methods for sustainable design and ways to embrace recycling technologies. Through exclusive interviews jam-packed with practical tips from pioneering fashion designers and business owners, you’ll discover how they have adapted to working in closed-loop systems as a response to our current polluting and wasteful fashion economy - and how you can become part of the solution too.

In this Masterclass, you will learn:


  • Introduction to the Circular Economy

    with Josie Warden
    Summary

    Josie Warden from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce joins us to introduce the principles of the circular economy and why, as designers, we should be engaging with its values.

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  • Why we should recycle and upcycle textiles

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    Recycling is one of the key principles of a circular economy, yet there have been a lot of questions raised recently about whether it is is a viable alternative to the current system. In this video, I explore the damaging effects of our current, linear processes on the environment, the benefits recycling textiles and fashion can bring, and the arguments for and against recycled synthetic fabrics.

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  • Conscious Consumption with Oxfam, The Better Brand Consultant and Offset Warehouse

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    It’s the age-old, chicken or the egg question for sustainable fashion: are conscious habits the responsibility of the consumer to practise or the brand to enable? In this panel discussion, three fashion experts working across the industry, share their insights into how we all play a part in driving more sustainable and ethical behaviours when buying clothes.

    From preventing us from falling prey to marketing tactics, to learning exactly what goes on behind-the-scenes when we donate our garments to Oxfam, to deciding which are the most ethical fabrics, in this video you’ll learn not only how to become a more conscious consumer yourself, but how to drive better solutions forward using your own fashion brand.

    This event was organised by Kindred, a community-driven members’ club based in Hammersmith, to mark World Environment Day 2019.

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  • The Second-Hand Clothing Market and How to Incorporate Upcycled Textiles Into Your Business, with Oxfam

    with Elen Newcombe-Ling
    Summary

    Have you ever wondered how you can begin to incorporate second-hand textiles into your business? Or wondered where all the clothes that get donated to charity shops actually go? 

    In this video, we chat to Elen Newcombe-Ling, Private Sector Partnerships Manager at Oxfam GB, about the second-hand clothing industry. We discover how Oxfam processes all their textile donations, the positive social and environmental impacts of the second-hand market, and how you can start to incorporate second-hand textiles into your design businesses.

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Interviews


Technical Tutorials


Past Events


Ellen MacArthur Foundation's report into the circular economy: A New Textiles Economy



Additional Reading

Eco producers, manufacturers and innovators at Première Vision September 2019

Monday Sep 30th, 2019
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Production
  • Design
  • Yarn Production
  • Fabric Production
  • Leather

Tips for attending fabric trade shows like Première Vision

Monday Sep 30th, 2019
  • Fabric
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Fabric Production

The sustainable brands redefining luxury with made-to-order business models

Monday Sep 16th, 2019
  • Business In Fashion & Interiors
  • Business Plans
  • Case Study
  • Clothing
  • Design
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Trends

Start treating your offcuts with respect with these creative upcycling ideas for fabric scraps

Monday Aug 19th, 2019
  • Fabric
  • Garment Making
  • Upcycling
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Zero Waste

Recycling for Fashion: Should We Give Plastics a Second Chance?

Monday Jul 22nd, 2019
  • Upcycling
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Clothing
  • Eco Designers
  • Fabric

The Rise of Fashion's Obsession with Plastic Fibres

Monday Jul 8th, 2019
  • Fabric
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Garment Making
  • Marketing

Innovative Materials for Fashion: The Questions You Should Be Asking

Monday Jun 24th, 2019
  • Types Of Eco Fabric
  • Fabric
  • Eco Designers
  • Fabric Sourcing

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate - Circular Design at the V&A Museum

Monday Jun 17th, 2019
  • Featured
  • Fabric

What is pineapple fibre and how do you make textiles from it?

Tuesday Jun 4th, 2019
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Fabric
  • Types Of Eco Fabric

What is banana fibre and how do you make textiles from it?

Monday Jun 3rd, 2019
  • Ethical Manufacturing
  • Fabric
  • Fair Trade
  • Types Of Eco Fabric
  • Garment Making