Bernadette Casey

AuthorBernadette 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

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 feel excluded. But unless you are reading this in the nudey, and all power to you if you are, your clothes wearing self is part of the global clothing system. Fashion, far from being frivolous, is one of the largest and most...

The Sartorial Skin You Are In Pt. 2

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 clothesline whisper with each other… ~Bankim Let There is no sugar coating the seismic disruption the pandemic has created for the clothing industry. New Zealand, small and remote, is in a unique position to build a better...

Investing in a new textile economy

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 produced by Pure Advantage and promoted in association with the Impact Investing National Advisory Board Aotearoa New Zealand and the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia...

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

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, professor emerita of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, textile production is older than pottery and perhaps even older even than agriculture and stockbreeding. Textiles are...

Textile Solutions

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 personality and communicate to the world so much about who we are. Clothes are the most visual identifiers of our clique and social position: they act as a type of code. Researchers were even able to confirm the geographical...

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