Collective Conversation Seattle

The EFW Collective Conversation, presented by Value Village, is an educational series for fashion industry members and the general public. The day of open dialogue aims to provide information on the challenges, opportunities and innovations facing the sustainability of the garment and textile industry.

Friday, November 4 at Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South

Doors open at 9:00am (light breakfast and beverages to be provided)

OPENING: Myriam Laroche, President and Founder of Eco Fashion Week
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Sass Brown, Author and Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

Followed by Q &A moderated by Eve Andrews, Associate Editor, Grist

Session 1

Solutions and Innovations: The most innovative garment and textile companies are developing new practices in every aspect of their supply chain. True innovation creates solutions for not only the impacts and issues we currently see, but also moves us into the future by thinking ahead to possible impacts. This session will discuss examples of sustainable fashion innovation and challenge us to envision solutions for the future.
11:30am  REFRESH

Session 2

Threading Sustainability Awareness: Social movements happen when people share a common vision, that’s why some brands are making their closed-loop and environmental efforts public. By threading sustainability awareness into their mission, our panelists not only educate consumers on real issues but have fun doing it and challenge the industry to question what the new standard is. This session will showcase how to create a community of conscious shoppers and ways to get creative when talking about your sustainability initiatives.

12:30pm    LUNCH & NETWORKING (lunch to be provided)

Session 3


Value Village Rethink Reuse: Getting the public to recycle and reuse clothing remains a challenge, despite efforts across the region to do so. Given the significant, positive environmental impact that could be achieved from wider adoption of these practices, more must be done to achieve lasting behavior change. This panel presentation will highlight successes in communicating about the importance of reuse and recycling and explore what has, and has not, worked to drive real and lasting behavior change among the general public.

Introducing the Value Village Rethink Reuse Panel, Ken Alterman, President & CEO, Savers/Value Village.

  • Liz Fikejs, Senior Conservation Program Manager, Resource Conservation, Seattle Public Utilities (Threadcycle program)
  • Eric Stubin, President of SMART’s Board of Directors
  • Denise Small, Senior Director of Marketing & Business Development, Northwest Center
  • Moderated by Tony Shumpert, Vice President of Recycling and Reuse, Savers/Value Village

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