Circularity & Transparency: Regenerative Fashion

9 Session Live Course

Meet your mentors

Jo Salter & Kishore Shah

Jo is a passionate entrepreneur who has dedicated herself to making the world a fairer place. Through Where Does It Come From? she supports artisans, champions fair trade and advocates for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry. She also tirelessly champions other small businesses and collaboration for shared values. Her business was the one of the first to pioneer transparency on labour standards through QR codes in clothing and this innovative approach has helped shift the industry., with a focus on textiles as vehicle for change.

Kishore Shah is a development activist with over fifty years of working in the field. Kishore has a degree in Economics from Cornell University in the US and in Social Research Methods from the Open University in the UK. He also did an internship with the UN in New York in 1967.

Since then Kishore has worked as an activist for social change, a journalist, an NGO professional, a researcher and as a consultant to aid agencies. He has developed specialisation in issues related to ethics and value based development, livelihoods, local governance, natural resource management, and institutional development.

His research has included an extensive study of artisans in India and especially specific issues around decentralised production of cotton khadi.  This led him to set up Khadi CIC, a social enterprise focusing on action research, education and networking on regenerative textiles and textile products

Circularity & Transparency: Regenerative Fashion

This series of webinars will take you through a journey of the building blocks of regenerative fashion. Starting with an overview of ‘Regenerative Fashion’ and then branching out to cover a range of key topics with more depth at each level.

Webinars will include:

- Understanding fabrics and their impact on people and planet

- Regenerative fibre farming - indigenous, non GM, rainfed, grown close to production communities, carbon positive, examples of this are cotton, hemp, linen, wool

- From fibre to fabric production - community production vs large scale manufacture, supporting skills, low carbon, craft, low-water, spinning, weaving, knitting

- Design - design to last, upcycle, recycle. Low waste, flexible design

- Dyeing - printing in ways that are kind to planet

- Fabric printing and dyeing

Sessions schedule

Introduction to Regenerative Fashion

Why must we change our culture on clothing and how do we do it? This session will cover the current issues in the supply chain & why fashion needs to become regenerative for people and planet - through different aspects such as farming, fabric production, design and dyeing. In addition to delaying the end of life of products by mending, upcycling, repurposing, swapping, selling etc then finally recycling of fibres and biodegrading, and ensuring transparency through the entire process.

Ensuring Transparency & Ethics in Supply Chains

Transparency: Understanding the impacts on people and planet This session discusses transparency, covering recent developments and trends and how more heritage fabrics such as khadi have a key role to play in transparency and ethics. From farming methods, traditional processes vs manufacturing to skills and techniques, we explore the stories behind our clothing production.

Creating Kind Fabrics

A masterclass on fabric creation - from the fibres growing in the field to the fabrics you wear. This session will cover the different kinds of fabrics - natural, synthetic and semi synthetic, focussing on the ethics and sustainability in each case. We will then step through the processes required to turn the fibre to fabric, giving a clear indication of the alternative approaches and their impacts. Structure: •The evolution of ‘fast fashion’ •Why we need to change this (facts and figures) •The fabric lifecycle •Natural vs Synthetic •Processes turning fibre into fabric •Better ways of doing it •Key takeaways

Defining and Measuring Impact

How do we know that the clothing we are choosing is actually making a positive impact? This webinar will discuss: - The growth of greenwashing - An exploration of key terms such as ‘conscious’ and ‘sustainable’ - Transparency data available and how to see behind it - Tools for impact measurement (SDGs, Carbon Footprint etc.) Accreditations to understand

Wholesaling Regenerative Textiles

The majority of clothing created is sold wholesale - to brands for onward sale, to businesses for uniform, or warehouses for delivery of smaller custom orders. As we move away from mass production and mass consumption there’s a need to explore new ways of wholesaling that are much more circular and regenerative. This webinar will explore areas including: - Direct partnerships between businesses and farmers/producers - Circular models to upcycle surplus clothing for new productions - Growth of recycled clothes, fabrics or fibres in new collections - A change in payment models to share risk - Re-focusing from low quality disposable to creating less but better - rethinking merch!

Growing Regenerative Cotton

This session will go through the history of cotton growing with a focus on regenerative cotton. Speakers will explore current thinking on regenerative cotton farming including seed sovereignty, indigenous crops, ecological farming, carbon positive crops and smallhold farmer empowerment. The session will be led by Jo Salter with support from regenerative growers eg. Beejkatha, Raddis.

Introduction to Spinning - including demonstration of Spinning Cotton and wool yarn from fibre

An overview of why and how fibres and spun into yarn to be used in fabric making. Different approaches with a focus on spinning by hand. Demonstrations and discussions with Asha Buch (khadi cotton) and Saumya Singh (wool).

Introduction to Blockprinting Fabrics

An introduction to blockprinting covering heritage, block carving and a blockprinting workshop with Morgan Amber.

Circular and collaborative design

How can the design of clothing contribute to its sustainability? This session will cover; Longevity - designing clothes to last, wardrobe staples, quality fabrics and workmanship, Choosing fabrics with thought (see previous session), Choosing accessories with thought - buttons, zips, thread, elastic, Designing for regeneration - ensuring the item can be passed on, upcycled, mended, Circular design - repurposing waste items into clothing/accessories.

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Jo Salter has contributed to the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, a University of Cambridge accredited course. She led a series of small group discussions with the students, where she presented a case study and then invited the students to interact with this. This resulted in thought-provoking and lively conversations where Jo was able to share genuine and frank insights about her journey. I would like to thank Jo for her contribution to the programme and we hope to continue the collaboration in the future.

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