“2005 – Hong Kong - I was waking up each day and checking the pollution index, wondering whether I could run outside; the factories in China were choking us.
At the same time, undetermined building waste was being thrown into the harbour to reclaim the land. Why was innovation doing this to us?"
In the past these were just questions, and an energetic curiosity. Later they became the fuel and ammunition needed to start me on my journey of sustainable innovation. What more did I need?
Working through the lens of sustainable innovation, projects are designed to reduce the impacts of water, waste and carbon across the total textile and apparel process (raw material to end of life). Innovation keeping us all at the sharp point of what we do.
A balanced yet varied portfolio working with brands (Nike, Esprit, H&M) retailers (Marks & Spencer) an array of suppliers from polymers (DuPont) through fibres (Teijin) an innovative mix of fabric suppliers and more collaboratively under the non profit area (the Textile Exchange). Projects range from large to small; for those stepping into this for the first time, or continuing along their path to a deeper level of R&D.
'The world will not evolve past it's current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.'
'An estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.
'To make cotton for the average T-shirt requires upwards of 30 bathtubs full of water.'
Fred Pearce - Confessions of an Eco Sinner