CIRCULÉIRE supports the 2050 Sustainability Accelerator at Republic of Work November 9th 2023
Last night, we had the pleasure of supporting an evening of energy, expertise and and enthusiasm at the Republic of Work Sustainability Initiative with Eshna Gogia and Frank Brennan at Future of Fashion 2030 & Beyond
CIRCULÉIRES Communications and network Lead Lucy Campbell gave an overview of the supports offered to Industry across all sectors in refining and developing circular innovation and business models and showcased the impact of the CIRCULÉIRE funded Design & Crafts Council Ireland and National College of Art & Design and Creative Futures Academy innovation pilot Circular by Design, where 11 design companies were supported to embed circularity into their product development and supply chain operations through a first of it’s kind Circular by Design training code and toolkit headed up by (15) Gwen Cunningham | LinkedIn
We heard from a vibrant panel of mid to late stage retail and apparel entrepreneurs who are driving their business to keep Sustainability and Circularity at the core of their business models with Shana Chu Tailr, Tom Cotter CEO OCEANR and Jack Norman CEO Zirkulu
Shanas’ passion for improving the Fashion industry makes her a big believer in using technology to create a more efficient and sustainable future for fashion. Tailr is an innovative cloud-based SaaS platform that connects design teams with brands with real-time data, using AI to examine different data sets to predict how fabric will handle during production.
Tom Cotter is the founder of OCEANR. Tom turned his life-long passion for water sports to focusing on the ocean’s plastic crisis into a deep focus on research to determine what could be done to help alleviate that problem. Enter OCEANR: an eco-apparel brand with a big focus on #oceanconservation.
Jack Norman is a co-founder at Zirkulu, who are building the future of outdoor apparel from plant-based and natural materials and believes change is no longer a choice but a necessity as the outdoor industry is currently dominated by fossil fuels-based synthetics like polyester and nylon. Zirkulu build technical outdoor apparel based on the principles of the circular economy.
CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners, CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models. In November 2022, DECC announced €1.5m continuation funding for CIRCULÉIRE in 2023.
Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.