The Sustainable Cotton Atlas - MA Thesis (2018)
In partnership with hessnatur Stiftung, the thesis was developed as a decision-making tool, The Sustainable Cotton Atlas, that can aid fashion brands looking to shift their raw material sourcing towards more sustainable practices, and through doing so, empowering a brand to use their purchasing power to affect positive change in the countries and farming communities they source from.
Key questions: How does one define sustainable cotton farming? What actions are being taken by specific countries and communities around the world to increase the usage and cultivation of sustainable cotton? What can a brand do to increase the cultivation of more sustainably grown cotton to better the lives of farmers and their communities as well as the environment?
Responsible Sourcing Network (2019)
Contributing Researcher for RSN’s Cotton Program which works to ensure cotton produced with forced labor does not make its way into garment and home goods supply chains. RSN aims to achieve this through two Cotton Pledge campaigns for companies to sign committing to not use Uzbek and Turkmen cotton and the YESS: Yarn Ethically and Sustainably Sourced initiative to drive slavery out of cotton production by implementing a due diligence verification program with cotton yarn spinners.
Fashion Revolution (2019)
Contributing Researcher for the annual Fashion Transparency Index Report. The Fashion Transparency Index reviews and ranks hundreds of the biggest global fashion and apparel brands and retailers according to how much information they disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies and practices, and social and environmental impact.
The Beneficial Design Institute researches, develops and tests the holistic design of sustainable fashion and products while working with an international network of universities, institutions and industrial partners. By Beneficial Design we understand the design of the entire system of fashion and textiles far beyond the products and collections. We also promote holistic, integrative design of processes and systems.
Role- Research & Communications support
Traveling from crop to cloth, Cotton Diaries navigates the complexity of one of the world’s oldest industries, uncovering cutting-edge practices that can transform the way we grow, make, buy, and use cotton without degrading the quality of our socio-environmental system for future generations.
A series of real-life stories to inspire demand for real-world solutions.
Since January 2018 I have helped Marzia LanFranchi as lead researcher as she further develops Cotton Diaries.
The hessnatur Stiftung is a non-profit and independent foundation with a unique institutional perspective. Focus of applied project work is a consulting service on sustainability and education within the textile industry.
Throughout 2018 my MA thesis was sponsored by hessntur Stiftung and whom provided tremendous support in terms of industry knowledge and resources.
Upcoming and Past
April 15th, 2019
The “Innovation Forum Upcycling” is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim is to create a new interdisciplinary network of SMEs, research institutions and associations in order to develop creative and innovative upcycling business models for durable furniture. The Innovation Forum is based at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design (AMD) in Berlin.
March 22nd, 2019
Presented the first episode of Cotton Diaries at the annual ‘Fashion for Water’ event by Berlin NGO Drip by Drip.
Drip by Drip is a non-profit organization primarily engaged in industrial wastewater projects in countries that face challenges related to the global textile industry. We participate in a global network, sharing knowledge about the connection between fashion consumption and water resources while developing the world’s first water saving fabric alternatives.
January 17th, 2019
Presented MA Thesis work at the Fashion Impact portion of the Neonyt Conference in Berlin.
Neonyt’s vision is to change fashion together. Through collaboration and innovation, sustainability and technology. That’s why we’ve come up with a new business and communication platform: Neonyt – the global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation.