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WRED - The Shirt Off Your Back – The State of Textile Recycling, Reuse, and Repair Today
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM PST
Category: WRED


The Shirt Off Your Back – The State of Textile
Recycling, Reuse, and Repair Today

October 30, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Check in will be available outside the main entrance of the store starting at 8:45 AM. The store opens at 9:00 AM and programming will start promptly at 9:15 AM. 


Join WSRA and Zero Waste Washington as we explore the impact of textiles on the waste stream, consumer behavior related to buying clothing and other products, the reuse and recycling of textiles, as well as looking upstream to designers and brands who are weaving durability and sustainability into their products. We’ll hear from a number of experts from local and national leaders in clothing and gear reuse, fast fashion impacts, repair, and innovative design. Hosted by REI Co-Op at their flagship store we’ll hear about the challenges, innovations, and solutions that are available when it comes to the shirt on your back getting another life! 

REI Flagship Store | 222 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 | MAP
We are highly encouraging carpooling and utilizing public transportation for this event. An attendee list will be made available for carpooling purposes.  

REGISTRATION - Registration is now closed for this event as we've reached capacity.  Please stay tuned for more upcoming WSRA Events HERE

Up to 21 days prior: All but $20 administrative fee
7 days to 20 days prior: 50% of fees refunded
Within 7 days: No refunds.


9:10 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 AMThe Impact of Textiles on the Waste Stream and Where are We Going from Here
David Stitzhal, President, Full Circle Environmental

9:45 AMDesigning for the Circular Economy
Kamal Patel, Digital Product Designer, Circular Economy Designer

10:00 AMResearch Perspective - The Role of Consumer Behavior
April Atwood, PhD, Faculty, Seattle University

10:30 AM – Networking Break

10:45 AMREI’s Approach - Reuse, Repair, Reselling
Sue Long, Sustainability Initiative Manager, REI Co-op

11:15 AMRepair and Reuse Approaches
Shannon Conrad, Manager, Rainy Pass Repair
Michelle Flores, Director of Sales and Merchandising, Renewal Workshop
Shan Sparling, Program Manager, Ragfinery

12:15 PM – Networking Lunch

1:45 PMPanel Discussion - Designing for the Circular Economy, Durability, and Upcycling

  • Lilah Horwitz, RENEW Designer, Eileen Fisher Renew
  • Ciel Kullman-Glover, Zumiez 
  • Lindsay Lawrence, Metamorphic Gear
  • Casey Sagisi, Program Manager, NW Sewn 
  • Ruth True, Nube9 
  • Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Channel Sales Manager, Efficio 
  • Sue Long, Sustainability Initiative Manager, REI Co-op

3:15 PM – Closing Remarks

3:30 PM – Adjourn


April Atwood, PhD, Faculty, Seattle University

Shannon Conrad, Manager, Rainy Pass Repair

Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Founder, Efficio

Gabriel-Bello Diaz is a Puerto Rican designer and teacher. As founder of Efficio he combines 3D printing and laser cut technology with leather to create high end leather products. With his background in architecture and robotic engineering he has developed educational programs and curriculums that encourage students to pursue a variety of STEM careers. Gabriel has been published in several books for his research in robotics and is currently working on his first solo publication on deconstructing public school education. He is also very passionate about empowering people of color and started an online fashion editorial, Hyena Culture, that highlights artists using their talent to strengthen and give back to their own community. 

Lilah Horwitz, RENEW Designer, Eileen Fisher
Lilah Horwitz comes from a background in sustainable fashion design. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, she launched her own independent label, making one-of-a-kind garments from vintage textiles. She came to EILEEN FISHER Renew in 2014. With one foot in the visual brand-creative and one in Resewn garment design, Lilah works to highlight the exciting story and pioneering techniques of the EILEEN FISHER circular design program.

Sue Long, Sustainability Initiative Manager, REI Co-Op

Michelle Flores, Director Of Sales + Merchandising, Renewal Workshop
Michelle Flores is the Director Of Sales + Merchandising for The Renewal Workshop, a company offering industry-wide solutions to optimize the value of resources invested in apparel.  The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands to refurbish their unsellable returns and excess inventory at its own state-of-the-art factory in Oregon, creating the category of Renewed Apparel.  Previously, as the Buyer + Merchandiser for stores like Urban Outfitters, Animal Traffic, and Johan, Flores discovered a passion for finding more sustainable practices in the Fashion Industry. Flores' goal is to change consumer thinking around clothing and textiles, by helping brands, stores, and customers find the value in Renewed Apparel.  She holds a BA in Fashion Merchandising at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lindsay Lawrence, Metamorphic Gear 
Metamorphic Gear is the brainchild of Lindsay Lawrence, a world traveler, sailor and lover of the outdoors. Inspired by the outdoor equipment that he used while hiking and traveling, Lindsay wanted to design a range of stylish but reliable eco- friendly products for the outdoor enthusiast to use in their urban life. Having been involved with sailing both professionally and recreationally, Lindsay witnessed the durability of sail material before it was sent to landfill so decided to give it a new lease on life as the major ingredient in Metamorphic Gear’s products.

Lindsay’s drive to create a company that is earth minded and forward thinking while always maintaining its integrity has attracted a team of likeminded folks. We are driven to innovate, create and deliver stylish, upcycled products you will be happy to bring into your urban life.

Lindsay has a BA from the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. His focus of studies was on sustainable business and resources management.

Kamal Patel, Digital Product Designer, Circular Economy Designer
Kamal calls himself a design generalist. He's been a print designer, UX designer, and a lean entrepreneur for various corporate and non-profit clients. His current design work is as a systems and circular-economy designer with King County, Impact BioEnergy, and the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development and the Office of Innovation and Performance.

Casey Sagisi, Program Director, NW Sewn
Casey is a Seattle-based designer, educator, and apparel/accessories product developer. He serves as Northwest Sewn's first program director, working to create an ethically- and sustainably-minded product development workshop for people entering soft goods manufacturing. He is also the board chair for Muses, a Seattle-based not-for-profit that serves low-income communities through industrial sewing training and labor advocacy programs.

Shan Sparling, Program Manager, Ragfinery
Shan Sparling is the Program Manager for Ragfinery, a program of the Bellingham nonprofit organization Reuse Works.  Ragfinery is a bold and innovative project with a multi-faceted vision to address social, economic, and environmental issues by diverting textiles from the waste stream. Since opening our doors in mid-2014, Ragfinery has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of our community by addressing these issues creatively with, various workshops on how to reuse textiles, community events, community education and outreach and sales of unique and affordable clothing, fabric and supplies. It is our goal to create awareness about the massive issue of textile waste while providing realistic and accessible solutions for individuals to have an impact on the issue. Within this model, we provide job training opportunities for low-income residents to gain essential skills necessary to enter the workforce. 

David Stitzhal, President, Full Circle Environmental
David created Full Circle Environmental, Inc. over twenty years ago, and has been in the resource conservation field for nearly thirty.  During that time he has worked directly with Fortune 500 companies, small business, governments, elected officials, and NGOs to creatively craft and implement successful resource conservation programs. He has particular expertise in product stewardship policies and programs for such diverse materials as paint, pharmaceuticals, batteries, electronics, mercury-containing lighting, carpet, textiles, and packaging. David served as Coordinator of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council for its first fifteen years.  He is currently Board President of the National Stewardship Action Council.  Stitzhal has a Masters Degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University, a double bachelors degree from Swarthmore College, and a ninety-pound dog.

Ruth True, Founder, Nube9


Presenting Sponsors
Silver and In-Kind Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event! If Interested, please contact Anne Piacentino at [email protected] or 206-244-0311