Bernadette Casey

Bernadette Casey

Bernadette Casey is a founder of The Formary a sustainability consultancy helping clothing organisations both large and small transition to the low carbon economy. The Formary leads the Textile Reuse Programme, a cross industy collaboration building a circular economy for clothing and textiles in New Zealand. Bernadette is a public speaker and the recipient of awards from HRH Prince Charles and UK sustainable design guru Kevin McCloud for her ground-breaking work in textile development. She is the topic of a Forward Film documentary, highlighting exceptional people and world-changing ideas that are impacting the course of human development. An Edmund Hillary Fellow she holds a MSc from Liverpool University, her research investigated ethical purchasing behaviour.

The Sartorial Skin You Are In Pt. 1

May 27, 2020
Part 1: The current state of the fashion industry. The word ‘fashion’ can evoke an elite clique of creatives to which ordinary clothes wearing people like you and me can...

The Sartorial Skin You Are In Pt. 2

May 27, 2020
Part 2: How to build a better clothing industry, for everyone Clothes Neither you nor I, but our washed-out clothes: shirts, kameezes, and briefs under the starry sky on the...

Investing in a new textile economy

November 20, 2018
The following provocation by Bernadette Casey forms one part of Financing the Future, our dynamic content project exploring the market opportunities for impact investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project is...

Evolution and revolution - how textiles have remade our world time and again (and why we need them to do it again)

October 27, 2017
Ancient Greeks worshipped Athena the goddess of wisdom, craft, and war, she was the protector of ships and of weaving (the sail cloths that propelled the ships). According to Elizabeth Barber,...

Textile Solutions

July 08, 2015
Textiles are the closest things to our skin. From within moments of our birth until we are laid to rest, our clothes are a material extension ourselves. They reflect our...