18:00 - 18:30 GMT ON 12 NOV

DIF on AIR What would a circular fashion economy look like in Los Angeles?

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  • Speakers:
  • Karri Ann Frerichs, Andy Shrader, Hilde van Duijn, Clay McCarter
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The fashion industry in Los Angeles City alone includes more than 11,000 businesses and employs approximately 38,000 people, up 17% from 2014 to 2018. In April this year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released LA's Green New Deal, an ambitious update to the City's 2015 Sustainability pLAn. The Green New Deal outlines 445 initiatives for the city to achieve zero waste and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Within its 13 chapters and 152 pages, the GND includes one statement concerning LA's fashion industry to "Engage the textile and apparel industry to develop and implement zero waste manufacturing strategies and divert unwanted garments from landfill."

Join this session to find out what is currently happening at the city level and what the brands and manufactures that call LA home are doing to achieve zero waste and operate in accordance with the circular economy.


Speakers

Karri Ann Frerichs

Karri Ann Frerichs

Executive Director Circular Fashion LA

Karri launched CircularFashionLA to help brands make the switch to circular production and distribution models, help policy makers liaison with the fashion industry, and to support technologies and suppliers that advance the Circular Fashion Economy. She also teaches Sustainability and Circular Fashion Business Models to fashion design and marketing students at Woodbury University in Burbank. Karri's fashion industry experience includes women's apparel domestic manufacturing and sourcing, product development and merchandising, wholesale and DTC sales distribution, and business development consulting.

Andy Shrader

Andy Shrader

Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5

Andy advises the Councilmember on issues related to the environment, climate change, water policy, technology, and sustainability, working to ensure the city can meet its present economic, environmental, and sociopolitical needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. He staffs the Councilmember on the Energy and Environment Committee. Andy was elected in 2003 as one of the founding members of the Mar Vista Community Council where his most notable motion instituted the popular Mar Vista Farmers Market. He earned a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting and a Certificate in Global Sustainability from UCLA.

Hilde van Duijn

Hilde van Duijn

Fibersort, Circular Textiles

Circle Economy’s Circle Textiles Programme strives for a zero waste textile industry and develops the systems innovations necessary to beat and prevent the mountain of (used) textiles we are facing. Hilde serves as the Project Manager for the Fibersort project, funded by the European Interreg programme. The Fibersort is a technology that automatically sorts large volumes of textiles by fiber composition and color, to create a reliable homogeneous feedstock for textile-to-textile recycling. Through her social enterprise EigenDraads, Hilde walks the talk to show the potential of used textiles for cities to realize their circular and social ambitions.

Clay McCarter

Clay McCarter

Policy analyst, City of Los Angeles

Clay McCarter is a policy analyst with the City of Los Angeles focusing on the fashion industry. He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in History from UCLA. His strengths are performing analytical research and providing advisory services to the highest levels of organizations, developing policy from implementation to approval, building and managing multi-million dollar budgets. He blends his professional career with a passion for music, composing orchestral and jazz pieces and performing as a trombonist.

Host

Sarah O’Carroll

Sarah O’Carroll

Government & Cities Network Manager

Sarah joined the Foundation in 2019 as the Government and Cities Network Manager. Sarah facilitates networking and knowledge sharing between the Foundation’s government and cities members; working with them to build collaborations with each other as well as with the Foundation’s broader network of businesses and learning institutions.

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