EFWA Eco Seminar 2018

Disposable Planet - 2

Saturday 17th of November

9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Notre Dame University

44 - 48 Cliff Street

Fremantle WA 6160


Our Speakers


Sass Brown

Sass Brown is the Founding Dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI). Prior to joining DIDI, Brown was the Interim Dean for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design in New York, and was Acting Associate Dean, and the Resident Director of FIT’s campus in Florence, Italy.

As a fashion designer with a background in sustainable development, Brown is an advisor for Sustainia100, the annual Danish sustainable solutions guide that honors developments in sustainability across a multitude of industries. She was also an Associate Design Researcher on the MISTRA Future Fashion educational research consortium that advises on the integration of sustainability into mainstream fashion, that counts H&M as one their clients.

As a researcher, writer and educator, Brown’s area of expertise is ethical fashion in all its forms from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycling, reuse and alternative business models. She has published papers and spoken around the world on the topic of sustainable fashion, she has served as a sustainable design advisor to women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s and small and medium sized enterprises around the world. She has authored two books on sustainable fashion: Eco Fashion and Refashioned.

Brown holds a Master’s in Global Fashion Management from FIT, a Bachelor in Fashion Design from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, UK, and is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

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Marina Chahboune

Marina Chahboune (M. A. Sustainability in Fashion) is a known expert in the field of sustainable textile production, sustainable innovations and circular economy principles. With her special focus and expertise in denim and jeans production she has been working globally within all tiers of the supply chain, supervising projects for fibre and fabric development, eco-friendly garment finishings and the implementation of closed loop concepts.

She founded her Sustainability Consultancy ´Beyond Fashion` in 2011 and for the past 5 years has been working as Senior Sustainability Manager for the global market leader brand in eco-fashion Hessnatur. Aiming to oppose inefficient linear resource flows within the textile industry, she is guiding fashion brands and garment manufacturer to make the transition from a ´take-make-dispose` economy towards ´closing the loop` of product lifecycles through greater recycling, upcycling, re-using and redesigning, as well as setting up roadmaps for circular business models.

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Jane Milburn

Sustainability consultant Jane Milburn is the author of Slow Clothing, a book about living lightly through the everyday practice of wearing and caring for clothes. Jane trained as an agricultural scientist and worked as a rural communicator before completing postgraduate study through the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and establishing Textile Beat in 2013. Jane focuses on natural fibres and considers clothing in a permaculture context. She leads conversations about ethical, mindful and creative ways of dressing by sharing the Slow Clothing philosophy at talks and workshops to inspire a more sustainable clothing culture.  More at textilebeat.com.