Sustainability is the key to the textile industry’s future, argues Churchill Fellow in TEDx talk

Published: 18 Oct 2019

Sustainability is the key to the textile industry’s future, argues Churchill Fellow in TEDx talk

Textiles economy consultant Lynn Wilson argued the case for a circular textiles economy at TEDxBath on 21 September 2019.

Lynn began the talk by stating that 92 million tons of textiles goes to landfills around the world each year. She explained how the textile industry’s considerable impact on climate change could be improved by a circular economy model, where existing textiles are recycled into new items. 

Lynn said: “TEDx Bath was a fantastic opportunity to talk about practical solutions to tackling climate change and to inform audiences of technological solutions. As consumers we are worried and confused about climate change and need some help and pointers as to what small things we can do every day. I try to help consumers through bringing a fresh, pragmatic perspective, built on my knowledge and experiences of the circular economy, gained during my fellowship in Japan.”

TEDxBath comprised a series of talks showcasing new ideas in digital technology, business, ecosystems, inventions, research, creative arts, music and films. TEDx events are local community versions of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference. TED Talks feature a speaker sharing their perspective on a particular issue for up to 18 minutes. In total they receive 1.5 million online views a day. 

Lynn, from Edinburgh, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2015. She travelled to Japan to research circular economy models for the textile industry. She is a circular economy consultant, public speaker and thought leader specialising in the clothing and textiles sector. She is currently studying a PhD at the Adam Smith Business School and is a non-executive director of Architecture and Design Scotland. 

 Read Lynn’s report