Fashion Revolution x Green Drinks: Making Fashion Circular

For this month’s Green Drinks, we are collaborating with Fashion Revolution Singapore!

In this upcoming panel discussion, we ask ‘Can fashion be circular?’

Singapore throws out 1 tonne of textile waste every 5 minutes. 92% is incinerated and there’s no textile recycling plant here. How do we rethink the fashion industry as consumers, and what is the role of fashion designers in saving our planet?

Fashion Revolution and Green Drinks are pleased to present this exciting panel, moderated by Rajesh Chhabara, sustainability professor at TaFtc and a sustainability consultant:
– Nadya Hutagalung, UN Environment and Great Apes Survival Partnership Ambassador
– Nejla Matam-Finn, CEO and Founder of The Fifth Collection
– Jaimie Lim, Director of Waste2Wear Singapore
– Vincent Ooi, Founder of The Source Collection

Hear what these industry professionals have to say and meet likeminded individuals who care for a circular economy for the fashion industry :)

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, Level 6, Vanguard Building, 1 Kallang Junction
Admission Fee: FREE!
RSVP: Reserve your spot here! See you there!

About our moderator and panellists

Rajesh Chhabara is managing director of CSRWorks International, a leading boutique-style sustainability consulting firm in Singapore. Deeply passionate about sustainability, Rajesh specialises in sustainability strategy, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, supply chain and training. He is also associated with as a trainer and consultant for sustainable fashion. Working with, he helped develop the national competency framework for sustainable fashion value chain. He has a keen interest in the application of the circular economy principles to the fashion industry to support responsible production and consumption.

Rajesh has over 20 years of experience in sustainability in diverse industries across Asia. His sustainability strategies have helped clients win global rankings and recognition. His expertise lies in developing sustainability strategies for competitive advantage.

He is the brain behind the hugely popular Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA), the most inspiring recognition for excellence in sustainability reporting. Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit, the region’s first conference on sustainability reporting is conceived, designed and curated by him.

Rajesh is the editorial director for Sustainability Reporting – Learn from Asia’s Best, an annual publication featuring Asia’s best sustainability reports. He has authored a book on fashion retail supply chain responsibility (2005) and co-authored two books on sustainability case studies (2010, 2011).

Eco-activist and media personality Nadya Hutagalung parlayed her 25 years in television, film, and fashion to become one of Asia’s leading voices in the Green Movement.

Devoting her time and voice to environmental advocacy Nadya made headlines with building one of Singapore’s first eco-home from scratch, a project three years in the making. From that task grew Nadya’s favorite project by far – – which became an online resource for anyone looking for information and news on sustainable living.

2013 saw Nadya creating an ivory reduction campaign targeted at the South East Asian audience which brought her to spend a month in Africa and Asia documenting the illegal trade and its effects. The campaign “Let Elephants Be Elephants” has seen over 8000 people to date taking the pledge against buying ivory. For her work on this campaign and her commitment to environmental activism, Nadya was awarded The 9th Annual Infinite Merit Award by Senayan City, an honour, given to individuals with contributions that are seen to bring glory to Indonesia.

Over the years, Nadya has received numerous accolades and awards, she has been named Singapore’s Top 20 most influential people by CNN, Asia’s Leading Trendmakers by Asiaweek magazine, nominated as “Most Responsible Celebrity” by the International Green Awards, and presented with a SIP Fellow Award for her work as a changemaker, thought and action leader, by Singapore Innovation Park.

Nadya is also proud to be a long serving board member of The Green School in Bali, Indonesia which was awarded “Greenest School on Earth” by the US Green Building Council. She has also served as Singapore’s Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour for the last six years, and now Earth Hour Global ambassador as well as Elephant Warrior campaign.

In 2015, Nadya was appointed as GRASP Ambassador and addressed the United Nations General Assembly during celebrations to mark World Wildlife Day on 3-4 March in New York. As the fifth Ambassador of GRASP joining Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey, Russell Mittermeier and Richard Wrangham, the unique alliance joins nearly 100 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies, and private companies committed to ensuring the long-term survival of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

Most recently as an UN Environment Ambassador, Nadya joined Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment and Actor Adrian Grenier in launching the global campaign -#cleanseas – to eliminate major sources of marine litter by encouraging governments to pass plastic reduction policies.

Nejla Matam-Finn is the creator and mastermind behind award-winning luxury vintage fashion re-commerce platform, THE FIFTH COLLECTION ( Her extensive global experience garnered from her French, Swiss and Algerian roots and 12 years of living and working in Asia, coupled with her deep knowledge of consumer behaviour in high-end luxury brands and her love for antiques and collectibles, gave her the inspiration to start her own luxury trading platform specialized in vintage fashion.

Together with her husband Michael Finn, they launched THE FIFTH COLLECTION in 2014, each bringing different strengths to the business: she being focused on the product, customer and market expertise while he provides the financial know-how and operating expertise.

Jaimie Lim is the Director of Waste2Wear Singapore, a brand of Vision Textiles Shanghai. It is a sustainable and socially responsible company providing green solutions for the textile industry by recycling plastic bottles into high quality fabrics and products. The unique process involves turning environmentally damaging waste into sustainable polyester yarns. The recycled yarns are then combined with natural fibers to be woven or knitted into 100% eco-friendly fabrics, suitable for garments, home textiles and accessories.

Every step of the Waste2Wear® process is closely monitored and fully certified by international organizations, like Intertek, OEKO-TEX (Confidence in Textiles), SCS Global Services, Control Union (GRS v3) and BSCI in order to ensure not only the best quality products, but also the best ethical and environmental practices. Waste2Wear® believes in making a difference. For this reason we have partnered with organizations around the world like TARA in India for their Waste2Weave® initiative, and Ocean Recovery Alliance in Hong Kong, in order to develop social and environmental programs that educate and economically empower people.

Born in Malaysia and growing up in Singapore, Vincent Ooi is the founder of SOURCE Collections, an e-commerce brand selling simple, beautiful apparels using the finest sustainable materials that’s offered at a reasonable price.

Beginning late 2008, Vincent was given the opportunity to relocate to Hong Kong where he would design and manufacture goods for numerous global brands.

After spending more than 8 years in Hong Kong, he decided it was time to move back to Singapore, where he would pursue his passion- to create a brand with a social conscious while making a positive impact.


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