Texworld Talks Upcycling Options

At Texworld last week, the focus on sustainability was clear — or rather green. Check-in reveals the usual show materials and a leafy green pamphlet all-its-own denoting the sustainable highlights of the textile trade show, which included its “Textile Talks” programming series and a panel on upcycling. The panel, “Upcycling: Exploring Options in Today’s Landscape & How Brands and Individuals Can Make a Difference,” covered everything from brand overstock, returns and textile recycling methods to the best way to design and market upcycled goods, so that the “cool factor” is evident. Panelists included: Rachel Kibbe, cofounder of Helpsy, a large-scale clothing and textile recycler; Patrick Duffy, founder of Global Fashion Exchange, an international education platform on sustainability; Daniel Pinto, director of business development and strategy at Scoop, a Portugal-based manufacturer that partners with brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger; Rachel Lincoln, director of sustainability and product ops at Prana, and Nicole Bassett, cofounder of the Renewal Workshop, a certified renewal partner of Mara Hoffman and Prana, among others. The conversation was moderated by 0, a social good enterprise partnering with Vietnamese artisans. “With the upcycling panel, it was important to talk about all the different organizations that have a piece

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