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E22: Edwina Huang: The answer to fashion sustainability is scalability


What can you do if you know that the world can be your oyster and you are passionate about fashion and sustainability?

In the case of our guest – Edwina Huang creating a solution to an age-old problem was the answer.

As the founder of Phoenxt fabric technology company,  she turns waste fabrics into beautiful new fabrics. 

Episode Notes:

  • Discover how her passion for a more sustainable fashion future led her to think differently and how she started her business.
  • The way in which you can recycle fashion waste and how they are different from each other;
  • What is better – mechanical fabric recycling, chemical recycling, or biodegradable fabrics?
  • What is Open and Closed Loop recycling and the impact it has on the newly created fabrics;
  • Why “biodegradable” fabric is not so easy to create;
  • What are the various types of waste generated in the fashion industry;
  • Who is better at being sustainable – the BIG brands or the small independent fashion brands?
  • What is the truth behind the accusations of “greenwashing” aimed at big brands;
  • Practical tips and Do’s and Don’ts for small brands and how to be more sustainable.

Mentioned Resources:

Connect with Edwina at:
email: [email protected]
Instagram: @phoenxtrecycling
Follow Phoenxt on LinkedIn:

Fashion for Good Platform for Fashion Sustainable Innovation
AquaFill Producer of recycled nylon for sports and swimwear fashion brands
Ellen Macarthur Foundation: Make fashion circular

Key takeaways:

  • Why doesn’t the fashion industry recycles its own waste, like other industries? Why is incineration and sending waste to landfill or third world countries the only options available?
  • More than 80% of used fabrics in fashion are made out of blended fibers. They cannot be handled in recycling.
  • There are three types of waste – pre-industrial, post-industrial, and post-consumer waste.
  • If we want to turn waste into raw material again, we need to understand what we want to make and use this material after.
  • Brands and innovation need to find the sweet spot in order to work together.
  • Big brands have the power to push the agenda and to influence the supply chain, but it takes them longer to implement change compared to small brands.
  • Every brand should ask themselves: what impact do you want to create as a brand? If you want to create a BIG impact, then you need to ensure your process is scalable.

About the host:

Dessy is the founder of Fashion Insiders & Co – an online platform supporting fashion and creative entrepreneurs who are in the process of launching and growing purpose-driven brands.

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