INNOVATION - Apparel Industry = Waste. | Sustainable Fashion Academy

Big Closets Small Planet with Michael Schragger

INNOVATION - Apparel Industry = Waste.

Nearly 6 million tons of leftover textiles - the equivalent 18 million new clothes - are wasted in South East Asia and China alone. If we could remanufacture these textiles and reuse them, or ensure we only produce what we need when we need it, we may be able to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing production and support the transition to a circular fashion system.

May 29th, 2019 34 minutes 28 seconds
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Nearly 6 million tons of leftover textiles - the equivalent 18 million new clothes - are wasted in South East Asia and China alone. If we could remanufacture these textiles and reuse them, or ensure we only produce what we need when we need it, we may be able to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing production and support the transition to a circular fashion system. Mike Schragger talks with Nin Castle from Reverse Resources and Ian Brown and Dale Floer from Scalable Garment Technologies about their groundbreaking solutions for turning mountains of textile waste into valuable resources and for reducing the amount of waste overall. Are you curious what their innovative solutions are? Think data mining, a textile waste marketplace and 3D printing inspired knitting machines!

 

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About the host

Michael Schragger is the Founder and Managing Director for the Sustainable Fashion Academy. For more than a decade Michael has been working with fashion and apparel industry companies, sector stakeholders and experts to harness the industry’s power to improve people lives and create positive returns for the environment.

Michael currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife Erika and kids Oz and Blimah.