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Speaker(s): Deeti Vyas Béghin, Helen Newcombe, Olivia Pinnock, Roger Williams
Chair: Dr Richard Perkins

Recorded on 24 February 2018 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

As fashion production processes get faster and faster, this event will ask: how can fashion brands and producers adapt their business models, in the face of growing demands to reduce the environmental impacts from the production, consumption and disposal of clothing?

Chaired by Dr Richard Perkins from the Department of Geography and Environment, a panel of speakers brought together by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment will explore how fashion now demands faster and faster production and consumption of clothing; new approaches being pioneered by brands to become more sustainable; and the role consumers play in shaping demand for a new type of fashion future.

Deeti Vyas Béghin is Chief of Business Longevity at Global Bright Futures. Deeti comes from a retail and commercial banking background and has spent over 7 years in the finance sector. In 2006, Deeti left the world of mainstream finance to pursue her interest in bridging the worlds of sustainability and business. More recently, she been involved in the sustainable fashion sector with organisations such as Made-By, WRAP, and CottonConnect, working on projects ranging from analysing the commercial viability of sustainable business models in fashion to farmer training programmes to improve the livelihoods to cotton farmers.

Helen Newcombe (@davyjs) is the founder of Davy J, a British swimwear brand that creates beautiful active swimwear, all manufactured in the UK and made using ECONYL® yarn, a nylon yarn regenerated from 100% waste materials including fishing nets and other marine rubbish.

Olivia Pinnock is a Freelance Fashion Writer and Lecturer.

Roger Williams is an award winning Director/Producer and Director of Photography, who has worked with some of the world’s most respected broadcasters and entertainment companies.

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