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Here are some information about sustainability, circular economy, thought leaders, facts and figures.

These are for everyone who wish to understand more and better, get involved in protecting our planet and its habitants by sharing knowledge.

I’d be grateful if you could tag @aliceboscstore when sharing these information so Alice & Co. can slowly become a community of keen learners and sharers.

Portraits

Photograph by  Driely Carter  for Slow Factory

Photograph by Driely Carter for Slow Factory

 

Céline Samaan

Designer, Advocate, Writer and Founder of Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall.

She is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and is on the Board of Directors of AIGA NY.

She writes for New York Mag: The Cut, Elle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, among others.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN Vogue, Refinery29, Scientific American, Fast Company, Teen Vogue and many more.

Céline Semaan Vernon is a Lebanese-Canadian designer, activist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Two common themes underpin her diverse work: the power of remixing, collage, and juxtaposition in creating new aesthetics and narratives; and the need to humanize and embed our current world with a deep sense of empathy. Vernon founded Slow Factory out of her design consultancy, and the fashion firm has grown to be world-renowned for high-quality silks printed with satellite images from NASA. This physical juxtaposition of old-world luxury with new technology and space exploration delivers a message of meaning and activism, where each collection tells a greater story about human rights and environmental awareness, in partnership with non-governmental organizations.

Vernon’s collections have supported the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund, UNICEF, and ANERA. Previously she worked as a user-experience designer for HUGE Inc., General Assembly, and Condé Nast among others, and has recently joined the board of directors of AIGA New York. She was born in Beirut, grew up in Montreal, studied in Paris and Montreal, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Her background is in art, technology, and information design, and her mission is centered on responsible design, human rights, and open data. (source: MIT Media Lab)

Céline Semaan, a Lebanese activist and designer has been approached by the United Nations to create a Study Hall Conference at the UN headquarters supported by the UN Office for Partnerships. She is also the founder and CEO of @theslowfactory and @thelibrary_eco. On the 1st of February 2019, she led a major Study Hall during New York Fashion Week to explore sustainability in fashion under the theme “Good for the Earth and Good for the People.” The half day event gathers industry experts, designers, scientists, and UN representatives to inspire collaborations to advance the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and move the needle toward a sustainable future in fashion. More details in this article https://en.vogue.me/fashion/celine-semaan-lebanese-activist-designer-just-led-a-major-study-hall-at-the-un/

"I'm working on a project where instead of taking naturally harvested cotton, we work with recycled cotton, recycled wool, recycled cashmere. The goal is that we give a break to the land for us not to work with virgin resources but focus only on recycling the textile that is already existent and it's non-harming to the environment. Waste is our resource". During her conversation with Sadhguru on February 14 after the Fashion for Peace event organized by yogi mystic Sadhguru and his Isha Foundation.

“At a time when major European and American brands are tripping over themselves to come up with a “sustainability story,” sometimes the simplest solutions are the best: buy vintage.” Céline Samaan, 22 April 2019, Vogue

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Definitions

Circular economy

Podcasts

Costing the Earth (BBC Radio 4)
Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet.

Apps

GoodGuide
Search, browse or scan safe and healthy consumer product goods based on scientific ratings.

CoGo
Make more of your purchases from ethical and sustainable businesses in the UK.

Too Good to Go
Save delicious food and fight food waste from cafés and take-aways in London. Download the app for free and join the world's largest community of Waste Warriors.

Charities

The Felix Project
This charity collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold and deliver this surplus food to charities so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.

Books

Rétro-cool (in French)
Nathalie Dolivo and Katell Pouliquen, 2018, Flammarion

Tips

By hanging your laundry—skipping the drying and ironing—you can reduce your t-shirt’s carbon footprint by a third – WWF

Shift away from car based travel, through major investment in public transport, walking and cycling. GreenPeace

Quotes

“Buying vintage plays a huge role in reducing the fashion industry’s global footprint.” – Billie Piper, actress @billiepiper

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.” Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer (The Guardian Live Interview 2014) @viviennewestwood

“Every day the clothes, tech and toys that fill the shelves in our shopping centres seem to arrive there by magic. In fact, about nine out of 10 items are shipped halfway around the world on board some of the biggest and dirtiest machines on the planet.” iNews, January 2018

"Transport is responsible for a huge chunk of the UK's carbon emissions and the levels are actually increasing," Muna Suleiman from Friends of the Earth says.

Links

Fashion Revolution@fash_rev

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Library Study Hall™@studyhall.earth
An education initiative and non-profit organization focused on sustainable literacy. Study Hall Conferences are cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary gatherings of the minds exploring tangible eco-solutions to bring to market.

@unitednations
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/