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.


Brad Pettitt

Dr Brad Pettitt was elected as the Mayor of the City of Fremantle in 2009. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

Until taking up the role of Mayor, Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise include climate change, international aid policy, and sustainability planning.

After completing his degree and PhD in sustainable development at Murdoch University he had the opportunity to work with Oxfam on community fisheries project in Cambodia. After that he went to work with the Australian Government Aid Program in Canberra before returning to Murdoch to lecture in sustainable development.

Brad has been a strong advocate for greater urban density and a more sustainable and liveable urban form. Brad has driven a major urban renewal program across Fremantle that has resulted in a pipeline of over $1 billion of new development.

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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.


Nicki Colls

Nicki is a sustainability engineer with 15 years of leading change projects as both a project manager and business manager. Reframing sustainability as a value proposition through integrated communications is her superpower. Nicki has project managed the delivery of the carbon accreditation programs for government, been leader of teams achieving best practice sustainability awards and developed and implemented new economic models for sustainability in Government Housing. 

Nicki is co-founder of Fibreshed Melbourne, a not for profit connecting local textile communities around slow fashion.  Nicki works with local farms, mills and designers who collaborate for a better future. 

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, has been writing for Eluxe Magazine, since its launch, interviewing eco-advocates and covering news about ethical fashion, sustainable architecture, ecotourism and conscious living. Her involvement with sustainable development further intertwines with her work as film critic, journalist and visual artist. Chiara's Material Puns use wordplay to weld the title of her painting with waste materials that are upcycled on canvas. She has exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Bologna, Palermo, Oxford, Paris, Manhattan and Kolkata. Chiara works for online, print, radio and television and has been a jury member and collaborator of several film festivals. Chiara's engagement with sustainability is also shared with the students who attend her course in Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.