Circular Fashion Poster

Circular Fashion Conference

The Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy, will host Ireland’s first Circular Fashion Conference on the 26th of April 2019. This innovative conference will bring together designers, suppliers, retailers and makers to discuss how Ireland can move towards fashion circularity.

At this conference you will hear from Irish and international speakers that will inspire changes to the Irish fashion industry. It will look at how the fashion industry can design out waste, pollution and keep materials in use rather then be sent to landfill.

The ticket price will include a light lunch, a networking reception and participation in our Make and Take Factory. Tickets are €45 and they can be purchased here



Safia-Minney - Rediscovery Centre

Safia Minney MBE
Founder People Tree

Safia is an award-winning social entrepreneur and internationally recognised for the company she founded, People Tree, the pioneer of sustainable fashion and food. She led the business as Global CEO for 20+ years in Japan and the UK.

Safia is recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and is a leading influencer in Sustainability, Anti-Modern Slavery and Fair Trade. She set up her consulting business to promote leadership for sustainable business and responsible supply chains. Safia also works closely with CEOs as an Executive Coach strengthening leaders and teams to deliver on sustainability and doing the right thing.

The True Cost Movie featured Safia’s work and she has made many documentaries and short films. Safia is author of 9 books, including, ‘Slave to Fashion’ campaigning to eradicate modern day slavery and ‘By Hand’; ‘Naked Fashion – The Sustainable Revolution’; and ‘Slow Fashion – Aesthetics meets Ethics


Dorothy Maxwell Brown Thomas

Dr Dorothy Maxwell
Sustainability Director
Brown Thomas and Arnotts, Selfridges Group, Ireland
Dr Dorothy Maxwell is 20 years working in sustainability with businesses and government in Ireland, EU, Asia Pacific and the USA. She has an extensive track record in sustainable fashion having run the first Sustainable Clothing Roadmap (SCAP) for the UK government, been Sustainability Director at House of Fraser, Walmart, Nike and now Brown Thomas Arnotts. In 2017 she became The Prince of Wales’s Responsible Business Ambassador for London.

An alumnus of UCD and Imperial College London, she has a PhD & MSc in Environmental Science. She lectures on sustainable business at Imperial College London and authors books, blogs and articles. Books published include Valuing Natural Capital: Future Proofing Business & Finance (Greenleaf Publications, 2015) and “Business and Sustainability – A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, due July 2019).

Carrie Ann Moran

Carrie Ann Moran
Rediscover Fashion
Carrie Ann Moran is Head of Rediscover Fashion at the Rediscovery Centre, Ireland’s National Centre for the Circular Economy. She is a national leader in circular fashion and combines high-end fashion design with environmental mindfulness. Carrie Ann has expertise in lecturing, fashion design, styling, social enterprise, environmental management, sustainability and law. She is committed to bringing awareness of the environmental impacts and ethics within the fashion industry and works towards circularity and transparency.

Vikki Brennan - Made in Africa

Vikki Brennan
Proudly Made in Africa
Vikki has a background in commercial procurement and ethical international trading. Graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters’ degree in International Relations, Vikki’s area of interest has always been in economic development and human rights. Her current role allows her to pursue these interests and contribute to the economic empowerment of workers and entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to her role at Proudly Made in Africa, Vikki was Head of Brand Outreach at the Bangladesh Accord Foundation in Amsterdam. She has previously held roles at high street retailer Primark, moving through the ranks from menswear fashion buyer to Senior Ethical Trading Executive in London.

Joanne Rourke EMWR

Joanne Rourke
Resource Efficiency Officer
Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office
Joanne supports businesses and public sector organisations in the transition to a circular economy. Joanne has many years’ experience working in the environmental sector, particularly in waste management. She holds a PhD in Environmental Communication and a Hons. BSc in Environmental Science. colour is a sustainable change agency creating product- and system innovation for a circular economy in fashion and textiles



This conference is kindly sponsored by EMWR
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