There is increasing demand for certified products and materials. Consumers want higher standards from the products they buy, and designers and manufacturers want to make sure they can verify sustainability practices in their supply chain.
Learn how businesses in the fashion and textile industry can use standards and certifications to ensure traceability, cultivation and processing integrity, and what is required to communicate these schemes with customers.
This is a free education series with global specialists, aimed at designers, brands, textile suppliers and manufacturers across Australia and New Zealand and is open to all. Each session will look at different fibre groups.
Callie Weldon, Standards Specialist @Textile Exchange
Callie Weldon has over a decade of experience working with sustainable textiles. As the Standards Specialist at Textile Exchange, Callie consults with stakeholders on their sustainability goals and how Textile Exchange standards can be a tool for achieving impact. She specializes in animal fiber content knowledge, specifically alpaca, and helps to manage the suite of Responsible Animal Fiber standards. Before joining Textile Exchange, Callie worked for a number of impact brands as a buyer for ethical apparel programs. Callie is also the founder of Fair Fiber, a social start-up dedicated to creating economic mobility opportunities for small farmers in the Peruvian alpaca fiber industry. Callie holds a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprises from Colorado State University. She is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Manu Rastogi, Head of Product Innovation & Product Sustainability @Kathmandu
Manu Rastogi is the Head of Product Innovation & Product Sustainability at Kathmandu, New Zealand. With a strong background in materials engineering, Manu has more than 18 years of experience working in the fashion and outdoor industry across different parts of the textile supply chain in China, Bangladesh, India and New Zealand. Working for the last 9 years at Kathmandu, his role is to support the team on Product Innovation & Product Sustainability as two key pillars of Kathmandu’s winning Product Strategy.