93. Perspectives on Fashion’s Decarbonization: Exploring Areas of Consensus and Dissensus

93. Perspectives on Fashion’s Decarbonization: Exploring Areas of Consensus and Dissensus

This episode is an audio version of a keynote that host of this podcast, Kim van der Weerd delivered at Planet Textiles, which was hosted by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition as part of ITMA – a machinery expo for the apparel sector in Milan in June 2023. She reflects on her work in various decabonization projects – from a forthcoming research report from Transformers Foundation to discussions from the Asia Garment Hub, and beyond – and shares her own views and opinions on where the industry seems to agree, where it doesn’t, and how we might understand each other better. She tells us how important it is to recognize that not all companies can decarbonize at the same speed and to the same extent. She also unpacks the challenges of financing decarbonization, the evolving leadership models in sustainability and emphasises the importance of empathy in the collective pursuit of a sustainable fashion industry.

Read more: Inside the little-known group setting the corporate climate agenda by Ian Morse for the MIT Review.
Stay tuned for the upcoming mini-series, “Crossover Moments,” where we explore moments of personal transformation that led people to question and ultimately reject conventional approaches to sustainable fashion.

CREDITS:
Host: Kim van der Weerd
This is a Maed in India production.
Creative Director: Mae Mariyam Thomas
Project Manager: Shaun Fanthome
Producer: Nikkethana Kamal
Recording Engineer: Lakshman Parsuram
Sound Editor & Mix Engineer: Sarthak Ray

91. How it’s made: On Garment Finishing with Rita Castro & Dionísia Portela

91. How it’s made: On Garment Finishing with Rita Castro & Dionísia Portela

On this episode we’re exploring one of the final stages of production in apparel manufacturing with Rita Castro & Dionísia Portela from Confetil, a Portuguese garment manufacturer that has been supplying brands all over the world since 1960. Dionísia is Sustainability Manager and Rita is Sales and Commercial Manager for four of Confetil’s customers. They tell us more about the processes that give our clothes the final look and feel that brands aim for, from solid T-shirts to those with graphic patterns or vintage looks, different types of dyes and dyeing processes, and the sustainability of these finishing processes.

87. How it’s Made: On Wool with Marianne Mclean-Atkins

87. How it’s Made: On Wool with Marianne Mclean-Atkins

On this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into wool production with Marianne Mclean-Atkins, a textile designer and knitwear specialist with 20 years of experience working as an in-house designer for Asia-based apparel suppliers, doing everything from concept to execution. She is currently Sustainable Fashion Education Director at Redress in Hong Kong. We go through the various stages of the production of wool, starting from the rearing and shearing of the sheep, to the classing of the fleece, degreasing, scouring, spinning, dyeing, blending, and finally the knitting or weaving of the yarn. We also touch on why wool fell out of favour, and what the future looks like for it.