Fiona Ford is a PhD researcher based in Scotland. She specializes in the circular economy for fashion and textiles. We connected over a hot tea when she was visiting New York City last month and I was really inspired to hear all about the sustainability initiatives going on in Scotland right now.
During this workshop Fiona presents her master's research, exploring new and innovative approaches to sustainability, through the business model. Sustainable business models consider how the design of products and services create, deliver and capture value at a systems level. It is thought that by taking this approach the fashion industry can begin to acknowledge its underlying flaws.
Mentioned in this workshop:
The meaning of sustainability as a business concept
What is a business model and how can it be sustainable?
What types of sustainable business models can exist within the fashion industry?
The limitations to these models and recommendations for the future business agenda.
The community led Generation of Waste COP26 project, currently on tour.
Follow at @GenOwaste
@fash_rev_scotland, a group of activists who campaign for a fair, safe, clean, equitable and transparent fashion system. These guys are not only influencing brands and citizens, but have made in-roads with policy makers and schools.
Fibreshed North West England who have produced the first denim to be grown and spun in the UK for 150 years.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the many sustainable fashion initiatives happing in Scotland.
Fiona is a PhD researcher working in the circular economy for fashion and textiles. Her areas of expertise include product design, policy, business models and systemic industry initiatives. Since beginning work in the circular economy in 2019, Fiona has worked on a variety of short projects with leading international and local multi-stakeholder networks. She is also helps lead the volunteer team at Fashion Revolution Scotland.
Prior to 2019, Fiona gained ten years’ experience in the design and product development of athleisure and activewear products. Fiona is enthusiastic about innovations with potential to scale the lesser developed circular economy propositions for clothing, including remanufacturing and recycling. Her next research project will investigate the impacts of UK based textile supply chains, from fibre cultivation through manufacturing and consumption, using a circular economy perspective.
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