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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Fast Fashion

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Fashion is the world’s second largest polluter. It's time to make radical changes in our clothing manufacturing and buying habits.


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Fashion is allegedly one of the world’s biggest polluters. Even worse – 300 000 tonnes of used clothes are burned or buried in landfill annually, much of this unworn, as manufacturers dispose of unsold stock.

The UK is one of the worst offenders when it comes to buying disposable clothes, with the average person buying more clothes per capita than any country in Europe.

Join the panel who will help fast fashionistas understand why it’s now time to make radical changes in our clothing manufacturing and buying habits.

This event is brought to you in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland. It is chaired by Monica Lennon MSP, Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee.



Lynn Wilson, Circular Economy Wardrobe

Lynn Wilson originally trained in textiles and fashion, and is an award-winning academic researcher, circular economy design specialist, business consultant, lecturer and public speaker (TEDx Bath 2019). She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Glasgow, the title is ‘Closing the loop. Driving circularity in consumer clothing disposal.’ From 2013-2017 she was the Sector Manager, for textiles and manufacturing, in the Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland. She is a Non-Executive Director of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS), a member of the UNEP ‘working group on product life extensions for the circular economy’ and an RSA fellow.

Gordon Renouf, Co-founder and CEO, Good on You

Gordon Renouf is the co-founder of Good On You, the world's leading sustainability rating system for brands. He’s been an advocate for consumer rights for more than 30 years, including as a Board Member of Consumers International and the Consumers Federation of Australia.

For the last 10 years he’s focused on our right to make sustainable and ethical consumer choices. Good On You enables shoppers to check the ethics of their favourite brands and to discover new more sustainable alternatives. Good On You’s vision is that consumer choices help drive producers to put ethics and sustainability at the heart of their business or risk losing market share.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy. Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors.  He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.  He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.

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