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 Change’s event hosts

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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