Photo of a trendy woman in center, surrounded by images representing the various stages in the textiles journey including retail, clothing bins, new yarn and policies and the design process
Circularity in the Textiles Industry, Image by Janelle Jabour
Past Event

Designing Circularity Into the Textiles Industry

Presented by After


Tue 23 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Free, booking required


Collarts - Wellington St Campus
208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia


Seating available

Clothing. Fabrics. Textiles. Fibres

Whether it’s the clothes on our backs, the upholstery we sit on, the bedding we sleep on, or the carpeting we walk on, textiles are something we are all familiar with and encounter on a daily basis. The journey our clothes and fabrics go through before they get to us is a long arduous one – from being designed, manufactured, sold, worn and its inevitable end of life.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with experts and significant players in the textiles ecosystem in discourse on the role and importance of design in shifting the textiles industry from a linear to circular one. Engage in discussion around the topics of designing with the end in mind, circular business models, economical and policy interventions and all else in between.

After is excited to be partnering with Collarts, a leading creative education tertiary institution offering impactful courses in Design, Performing Arts, Music and Communications. Collarts’ Fashion & Sustainability course focuses on conscious and ethical fashion futures, business strategy, and sustainable fashion business models, encouraging students to create forward-thinking fashion.


Nehal Jain, Co-Founder – After

Nehal Jain is a co-founder of After, an unwearable textiles waste collections and recycling service for both households and businesses. Nehal is passionate about systems thinking, the circular economy, and creating positive impact. Her roots have grounded her in always leading with purpose and passion, and in her personal life she strives to live as sustainably as possible. It is these values that led her to co-founding After and taking on the challenge to systematically change the Textiles Industry.

Nehal brings with her a host of corporate experience from growing a community of technology startups from conceptualisation to commercialisation at Microsoft, to building SaaS products as a product manager at Atlassian.

Sarah Conners, Program Lead – Fashion & Sustainability COLLARTS

Sarah Conners is a fashion educator and Sustainable Fashion industry advocate with a work history in design, retailing, manufacturing, and management. With a strong work history in the fashion and accessories industry Sarah has not only taken time to immerse herself in the skills of the maker but has taken pains to share that knowledge with the broader industry. A passion for Creative and Sustainable Business and manufacturing practice has led Sarah to pursue a career in Fashion Education, working with the students that are the future of the fashion industry. Sarah’s experience also extends to project management of educational projects aimed at growing more circular and sustainable practices in the Fashion design and manufacturing sector.

Danielle Kent, Project Director – Australian Fashion Council

Danielle Kent is a Project Director at the Australian Fashion Council leading the National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme – an initiative aiming to improve the reuse and recycling of textiles, providing a roadmap to 2030 for greater clothing circularity in Australia.

Danielle’s experience ranges across strategy, policy implementation and change management, working with organisations undergoing complex or sensitive change projects, specialising in strategic reviews of organisational operations and structures, process design and implementation planning. Key sector experience is in health, tertiary education, state and commonwealth government and now in the not for profit sector.

As a further area of specialisation, Danielle has a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, from the Melbourne Business School.

Uma Barnes, Fashion Designer – RE.UMA

Uma Barnes is a fashion designer based in Naarm/Melbourne, whose passion for sustainability and circular design led her to found RE.UMA, an upcycled fashion label which focuses on the creation of one-of-a-kind garments handcrafted from high-quality vintage fabrics. Currently studying Data Science at the University of Melbourne, Uma’s approach to fashion is informed by her understanding of the necessity of a circular economy and a commitment to advocating for slow, considered consumption and waste minimization. For Uma, sustainability is not an afterthought nor is it perceived as a limitation, but rather a driving force behind every creative decision she makes, providing endless opportunities for experimentation and innovation. By repurposing vintage fabrics and scraps, Uma has brought to life an array of completely unique pieces, proving that sustainability and style need not be mutually exclusive. Check out her designs at @re___uma

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