PCIAW® Summit | Q&A with Cyndi Rhoades

The scope of the textile and professional clothing industry means that the issue of sustainability has long been a problem with a dire need for a solution. As one of the largest industries in the world, the professional clothing trade body has a responsibility to practice sustainability wherever possible.
Using sustainable practices means that businesses in the workwear, corporate clothing, PPE and many more, can have a substantial effect on the world environmentally, economically and socially. The benefits aren’t only outside of the businesses as sustainable practices also usually mean reduced costs.
The PCIAW® considered it vital to have an expert on the issue of sustainability presenting at the PCIAW® Summit on the 18th June 2019, at the Montcalm Marble Arch, London. We are therefore delighted to announce Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again Technologies, will be presenting on ‘A circular future for the Professional Clothing Supply Chain is on the horizon’.
With Cyndi and her team’s intense determination to find a solution to the problem of textile waste, Cyndi’s presentation will raise awareness of the issue of sustainability within the planet and how professional clothing businesses can make the change to more sustainable practices.

  • What drove Cyndi to seek improvement in regards to textile waste through the supply chain of the industry?

Cyndi began her career as a filmmaker in music videos and documentaries which over time evolved into a deep interest in the impacts of commerce and global economics on society and the environment. These interests led to the formation of Worn Again Technologies which she has been driving forward ever since.  From its early beginnings in upcycling to its current polymer recycling technology, the innovative process will revolutionise the way we recycle raw materials. With backing from of a team of world-class scientists, investors such as H&M, Sulzer Chemtech and Kering, as well as partners including Ellen McArthur Foundation and Cradle 2 Cradle, Cyndi’s vision is becoming a reality.

  • What, in Cyndi’s opinion, is the most startling statistic about textile waste that the industry should be more aware of?

The statistics that often shock people the most is that in 2017 apparel consumption stood at 62 million tons annually, but this is set to rise by 63% to 102 million tons by 2030. When we couple this with the evidence that less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing, it truly encourages the industry to sit up and take notice.

  • How important is the acceleration and innovation of new technology in terms of recycling and reusing textiles?

Given that the world’s apparel consumption is due to rise so rapidly in the next decade and that the majority of this apparel is currently going to landfill, it’s vital that the industry make changes quickly in order to see a positive impact on the issue of waste and the circularity of raw materials.

  • Could she give us a hint to what her presentation at the Summit will include?

Cyndi will be discussing the emerging solutions that will provide the professional clothing industry with new raw materials that are able to re-enter the supply chain as part of the continuous loop.  

  • Why is it important to give a platform to the discussion of the issue of textile waste and recycling?

We have seen awareness growing about the problems surrounding textile waste over recent years among both brands and consumers. However, there is a lack of awareness when it comes to the emerging solutions that will be able to create the seismic shift needed to offer real global change.
Cyndi’s presentation will be a vital education in the growing issue of textile waste and what your businesses can do to incorporate sustainable practices. Here at the PCIAW® we are deeply excited to hear Cyndi’s presentation on this vital issue within the Professional Clothing industry.
If you are interested in hearing Cyndi give her presentation on Logistics, then please visit https://pciaw.org/pciaw-summit-2019/buy-tickets/https://pciaw.org for more information on how to book your ticket to the Summit or call one of the team at +44 (0)1908 411 415.

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