Stacked rolls of white textile.

Today, textile waste accounts for 92 million tonnes annually.

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Shockingly, every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned globally.

The rise of fast fashion has dramatically accelerated global production and carbon output. Today, textile waste accounts for 92 million tonnes annually with predictions of 148 tonnes per annum by 2030.

So how do you slow down a clothing juggernaut, and temper the consumer’s obsession with everything new? ABC’s Edwina Throsby hosts a panel discussion with women working at the forefront of sustainable alternatives, Vice Chair of the Social Outfit, Amy Love, design Bianca Spender and Brand & Sustainability Impact Strategist for New Romance, Valentina Zarew.

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Edwina Throsby

Edwina Throsby is a media and arts professional who has worked across film, television, radio, podcasts, print, arts administration, performing arts and live events. She has been Head of Talks and Ideas at Sydney Opera House and Head of Curation at TEDxSydney.

She has worked on television programs including Four Corners, Media Watch, Dateline, The Dream with Roy and HG and Big Ideas. Her documentary films have won Australian and international awards. She holds a PhD in Politics and is currently the Managing Editor of Arts at the ABC.


Amy Low

Vice Chair for The Social Outfit, Amy Low
Vice Chair for The Social Outfit, Amy Low. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Amy Low is focused on delivering sustainable solutions for the fashion industry. She draws on decades of experience in fashion, retail and branding, as Vice Chair for The Social Outfit, and Brand and Marketing Director of Australian surf brand Piping Hot. Piping Hot was recently named in the AFR’s 2022 Sustainability Leaders List.


Bianca Spender

Australian sustainable fashion designer, Bianca Spender
Australian sustainable fashion designer, Bianca Spender. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Bianca Spender is a designer at the forefront of Australian fashion. With a steadfast dedication to creating lasting and elegant pieces for the modern women, she makes ethically accredited and sustainable clothing for the conscious consumer.

Sustainability is a primary focus for Bianca Spender. The brand is committed to the pursuit of ethical and sustainable practices, always looking to champion a bright and environmentally friendly future for Australian fashion.


Valentina Zarew

Valentina Zarew is dedicated to driving a human-centered, circular, and responsible fashion, textile, and retail economy. With a background in consumer insights, sustainability/impact strategy, and communications, her career spans working with International and local organisations including H&M, Spell, Textile Exchange, Patagonia, Shona Joy, The Upside, and The Australian Fashion Council, to name a few.


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