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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