The waste associated with textile production and the fashion industry is a massive problem. It’s estimated that a simple cotton t-shirt requires 700 gallons of water to make. And with consumers keeping their clothes for half as long as they did 15 years ago according to McKinsey and Company, the problem is exacerbated by volume of textiles needed to fill that demand. Despite the seeming enormity of the challenge Stacy Flynn of Evrnu hopes to address it at the molecular level.
Big Names Buying In
Evrnu recycles waste textiles with patented technology that turns solid waste into a liquid, then transforms it into a new pure fiber that can take on the characteristics the designer needs. And while the company is not yet a household name, it’s attracting the attention of clothing giants like Levi’s, which has developed the world’s first jean made from regenerated post-consumer cotton waste, using Evrnu’s process.
Flynn is a textile and apparel specialist with an MBA in Sustainable Systems and a BSc in Textile Development and Marketing. Over the past 20 years, working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations, Stacy gained an intimate understanding of global textile and apparel supply chains. Now she specializes in materials reuse to reduce waste and the negative environmental impact of fabrics and garments. Stacy believes and lives by the notion that the ideas and intentional actions of a single individual have the power to change the world for the better.
Big Changes Coming Fast
The textiles and clothing industry is ripe for disruption. Textiles recycling and reuse is scaling up and so are efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles in design, manufacture and sale. What innovations and new solutions are industry embracing to eliminate waste across the value chain? What is the role of governments and the consumer in shifting the dial on textiles? Come to the 2017 Zero Waste Conference to hear industry experts like Stacy Flynn and her fellow panelists offer informed perspectives during our morning session on textiles in the circular economy.
The shift to zero waste and circular economy principles will have impacts in all aspect of our lives. To succeed in the face of this massive, fast-approaching change, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is the place to get the insights you can use to adapt. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. The conference will be held on November 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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