CleanTechies Podcast

#72 Combating Fast Fashion, Sustainable Cotton, Making a Plug-In-Solution for Industrial Machinery & More w/ Graham Stewart from Fiber52

December 06, 2022 Silas Mähner - Renewables, ClimateTech, & ESG Headhunter Season 1 Episode 72
CleanTechies Podcast
#72 Combating Fast Fashion, Sustainable Cotton, Making a Plug-In-Solution for Industrial Machinery & More w/ Graham Stewart from Fiber52
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Show Notes

Hello everyone and welcome back to CleanTechies the Podcast. This is episode 72.

If you are a climate tech founder with specific questions you'd like us to ask -- OR -- looking for capital and strategic partner introductions, please reach out to me via the Slack Channel or LinkedIn and we are glad to help in any way we can.  

Today we are joined by Graham Stewart the founder of Fiber52 which has a method of dyeing cotton which is significantly more sustainable. 

Graham was born and raised in one of the world's (at the time) largest textile manufacturing towns in the UK. If I caught it correctly he was actually born in one of the factories/warehouses. He went on to spend his life in this industry. 

In today's conversation, he walks us through his background, entrance to sustainability, how he built Fiber52, and then into a lot about what they are doing and other things surrounding the sustainable textile industry. 

Overall, this was a fascinating conversation where I learned so much about an industry I have never explored before. Hopefully, they will grow this technology and make a strong impact on reversing climate change. 

Enjoy the episode and please share it with someone interested in sustainable fashion. 

Topics:

  • [10:37 - 13:16] The process of how textiles are traditionally made
  • [13:39 - 15:55] How sustainable textiles are made
  • [16:37 - 18:59] The business model, transparency across the value chain, challenges, and benefits
  • [33:18 - 37:35] Graham's thoughts and comments on Fast Fashion
  • [40:16 - 44:19] Getting into the textile space for young professionals and the return of the apprenticeship model

We hope you enjoy today's episode - please reach out with any specific questions or discussion points. If you're interested in being a show sponsor you can reach me at silasmahner@gmail.com

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