Learnings from Catalyst Summit 2020

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

Blog by Poppy Smith for Circular Economy Wardrobe

On the 8th of July 2020, I attended the Catalyst Summit. This was an online event for women aged 16-24 years old held by Catalyse Change, a social enterprise striving to empower women towards a sustainable future. The event was hosted by Traci Lewis (Catalyse Change, green project manager) and Jenna Holliday (An adept gender researcher and practitioner). I am interning this summer with Circular Economy Wardrobe which has meant I’m take a deep dive into learning about the global environmental and human damage that the fashion industry causes. In the UK alone we spent £30 billion on fashion and throw away 1.1 million tonnes every year of which 300,000 tonnes goes to landfill at a value of £140 million.[1]

Sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the information and news we see about what’s going on in the fashion industry. I wanted to find a way to process this information and learn how to put my thoughts into actions for positive change. In this blog I want to share with you what I learned at the Catalyst Summit to help me do that.

Catalyst Summit 2020 hosts

The focus of Traci and Jenna’s workshop was to educate the participants on how to develop a Sustainability Blueprint. The blueprint is made up of several elements which will be discussed in this report. Additionally, the day-long online event incorporated three guest speakers; Nat Fee, Carla Denyer and Rhian Sherrington. Their talks inspired those of us watching to find the confidence in ourselves to try and actively seek positive change for our planet. I personally felt even more empowered to carry on my journey of educating myself and promoting circular fashion after attending this event.

[1] WRAP Valuing Our Clothes Report, 2017 The full report can be downloaded below.

Catalyst Summit 2020 report
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