Entretien avec Christina Dean, fondatrice de Redress

Mardi, c’était la journée des femmes, pour l’occasion je vous propose d’en découvrir un peu plus sur une femme engagée qui fait un boulot extraordinaire pour changer l’industrie de la mode et du textile. Petit entretien avec Christina Dean, fondatrice de l’ONG Redress. Christina Dean est devenue particulièrement médiatisée après le défi « 365 jours de vêtements d’occasion » dont nous avions parlé il y a quelques mois. Tous les liens cités sont donnés à la toute fin de l’article.

L’entretien était mené en anglais, mais je vous propose de trouver la version française juste en dessous, un peu plus loin 🙂

Last Tuesday was women’s day and I had the chance to meet with Christina Dean for this occasion. Interview with this very commited woman who founded NGO Redress, an NGO promoting a more sustainable fashion through waste reduction. Christina got particularly mediatised after the « 365 days of secondhand challenge » that we talked about a few months ago in this blog. All the links to the brands/NGO mentionned in the interview are given at the end of this post.

 

Hi Christina, can you tell us a bit more about you and what made you create Redress?

I used to be just a “normal” person, just living. Without a strong passion towards my career. I was a practicing dentist in London. I was young you know, just starting on a new career, and when you are so young you do not know what your career is going to hold for you. But basically I didn’t really enjoy dentistry. So I re-trained as a journalist, and when I moved to Hong Kong, I worked there for a couple of years as a journalist, for many magazines, such as parenting magazines, or SCMP. I wrote about anything, health, travel, environment, best job ever, exploring the world. And in terms of exploring the world I landed upon the issues of China, and not just China, Asia I should say. Having come from Europe (UK), I was brought up in a very healthy environment and I never really have had to question how difficult it would be to live in a place that is not so healthy. So as a journalist I started to investigate about our wastes or how little was done to address it, and I was horrified by what I saw. I needed to do something, I started Redress. Although Redress has a bit of a different history, but that is essentially how it began. The purpose of Redress is to try and reduce wastes in the fashion industry. We try to promote sustainability in the fashion industry through waste reduction, it is particularly important in Asia, as they produce the clothes for the world (specifically China), but not just that, the economy is changing a lot in Asia too, and it is becoming a large consumer market.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fast Fashion

Un petit peu d’humour pour le week-end avec John Oliver pour ceux qui comprennent l’anglais. J’aime beaucoup cet humoriste, derrière son show super marrant il traite de vrais problèmes et fait « subtilement » passer pas mal d’info:

A bit of humour for the week-end with the super funny John Oliver. Really like this comedian, behind the humour of his show, he addresses real problems, and « subtly » gives lots of info:

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Marks & Spencer, grande enseigne modèle?

(Photo © Marks&Spencer)

Hier, M&S annonçait leur collaboration avec Livia Firth dont on avait parlé dans un précédent post lors de la London Fashion Week. S’associer avec Livia Firth, c’est un peu LE ticket pour être estampillé « Marque éthique, mode durable et responsable ». Livia Firth est incontournable dans le monde de la mode écolo-éthique. Elle est très connue pour ses positions contre la Fast Fashion, et pour autant, là elle s’associe avec une marque, qui de l’extérieur, ne semble pas bien différente de GAP, Zara, Tex ou H&M. Oui mais, en fait non.

Yesterday M&S announced their collaboration with Livia Firth (who we already talked about, during LFW). Partnering with Livia Firth it is the winning ticket to be classified as an ethical and sustainable fashion name. When it comes to green responsible ethical eco-fashion, Livia Firth is everywhere. She is very famous for her opinions against Fast Fashion, and yet, today she is partnering with a huge fashion label, that does not look that different from GAP, Zara, Tex or H&M from the outside. Yes, but actually no, they are quite different.

J’ai commencé à m’intéresser particulièrement à M&S quand ma copine qui est chargée de trouver les usines de fabrications adéquates en Asie pour une grosse enseigne suédoise – Oui j’ai une copine qui fait ça et on s’entend super bien 😉 – m’a dit qu’ils étaient bien plus en avance que ce que l’on pourrait penser. Et elle m’a envoyé le lien vers une vidéo qui présente Brandix, la toute première usine textile eco-friendly, implantée au Sri-Lanka, à Seeduwa. Et c’était il y a 7 ans. Sa marque ne peut pas utiliser ses services, car elle a été construite en partenariat avec M&S.

I started to get interested into M&S when a friend of mine, responsible of sourcing the right factories in Asia for a big swedish label – Yes she is my friend and we get along really well 😉 – told me that brands like M&S were much more ahead of the game than what we could think. She sent me the link to a video that presents Brandix, one of the first eco-friendly garment factories, based in Sri-Lanka, in Seeduwa. And it was 7 years ago. Her brand cannot use the services of this factory, because it was built in partnership with M&S. 

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Mais que deviennent nos vieux vêtements?

(Photo extraite du film Unravel de Meghna Gupta / Photo taken from the Unravel movie from Meghna Gupta © Unravel)

Avertissement au lecteur: Attention cet article est bourré d’info, d’actu et de liens et à la fin il y a même des patrons gratuits! 😉

Warning for the readers: Be careful this post is filled with info, news and links, and at the end you’ll even find some free patterns to download! 😉

L’autre jour, je recevais un email de Christina Dean de Redress qui me demandait si je serais disponible dans 2 semaines pour donner un coup de main après la collecte de vêtements usagés qu’ils organisent du 7 au 11 septembre auprès des employés d’une vingtaine de grosses entreprises partenaires. Le ‘keep caring clothing drive’, en partenariat avec Miele, l’électroménager que tout le monde rêve d’avoir mais que personne ne peut se payer ;P

The other day, I received an email from Christina Dean from Redress that was asking if I would be available in a couple of weeks to give a hand after the old clothing collection they are organizing from the 7th til the 11th of September amongst the employees of about 20 corporate partners. The ‘Keep caring clothing drive’, in partnership with Miele, the brand of household appliances that everybody dreams to have, but that no one can afford ;p

CLOTHING DRIVE REDRESS

(Poster éducatif de Redress – Educative poster from Redress)

Le but est de collecter les vêtements dont les employés ne veulent plus, de les trier, d’en redonner une partie aux associations locales, et de garder une autre partie pour la « Secondhand pop-up shop » que Redress organise du 22 au 24 septembre à Wanchai, Hong Kong. C’est en partie comme ça que l’organisation se finance.

The purpose is to collect all the unwanted garments, sort them out, then give one part to local charities, and keep the other part for the « Secondhand Pop-up shop » that Redress organizes the 22-24th September in Wanchai, Hong Kong. The profits will help financing the NGO. 

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