Fashion has a major waste crisis. Circularity — along with slowing down production — can be an antidote, if done right. But what does real circular fashion look like in practice? What would it look like to have a true systems approach to circular design and circular fashion?
Today Stella is interviewing Carmen Gama, the Director of Circular Design at Eileen Fisher, which is a company that has been leading the way on many circular fashion practices. Carmen Gama also co-founded a B2B circular service called MAKE ANEEW which you’ll hear a lot about in this episode.
Carmen Gama shares what circular design means in practice and how brands can create their own post consumer waste reduction supply chains.
If you’re curious to hear more about what it’s like to be a circular designer, and how you might be able to explore this career path, you can read a Conscious Career Chat with Carmen on Conscious Fashion Collective
Also in this episode, we are continuing with our Green or Greenwashing series. This week, on the theme of circularity, Stella and I are unpacking the claims around recycled polyester. Very curious to hear your takes on this controversial fabric as well over on Instagram!
Listen to This Episode:
Tune in to this episode of the Conscious Style Podcast below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
- Conscious Career Chat with Carmen Gama
- Eileen Fisher Renew
- Waste No More by Eileen Fisher
- The Big Favorite
- New Standard Institute Article
About Carmen Gama
Carmen Gama (@gamacarmen) is the Director of Circular Design at Eileen Fisher and the Co-Founder of MAKE ANEEW.
MAKE ANEEW creates post consumer supply chains for businesses that recovers value from discarded garments through repair, remanufacturing and fiber-to-fiber recycling.
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