Take control of your wardrobe
Zero Waste Festival, Pascale Viau, Les belles bobettes and Certex
A study by RECYC-QUÉBEC shows that each Quebecer throws away 24kg of clothing each year, making textiles oe of the most common consumer materials. Additionally, this industry is one of the most polluting and demanding in terms of energy and resources, due as much to transport as to transformation. What issues and solutions face the clothing industry in engaging in a circular economy?
Passionate by textiles since her childhood, Pascale quickly found inspiration in recycling. Aa a young adult, she took her first steps in the large world of ethical fashion as an associate with the recycled clothing company SOAP. Today, still propelled by the same fire, Pascale proposes a new type of eco-design, more chic and soft. Pascale’s creations are made from new cloth left over from the clothing industry, such as the ends of fabric rolls and samples, as well as from recycled denim.
Isabelle Charlebois, les belles bobettes
An environmental activist for many years, Isabelle founded Les Belles Bobettes (Cute Undies) following her studies in fashion design. Recovering second-hand fabric and fashion industry leftovers is at the heart of her business. Her goal: limit waste by creating an ethical, ecological and anti-capitalist production of fashionable underwear. Her creations are constructed in a safe environment promoting physical and gender diversity.
Stéphane Guérard, Certex
Holder of a doctorate in management science, Stéphane Guérard has worked for more than 20 years as a consultant and trainer, principally in the world of social enterprise. Among the subjects that interest him are the environment and residual materials management. A born communicator, he enjoys sharing information that allows his listeners to take action. He joined Certex after working for them as a consultant.
Founded in 1992, Certex is a nonprofit social enterprise that employs 135 people, 100 of whom have functional limitations. They work to recover new and used clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, jewelry and textiles. Materials re-use is Certex’s primary mission within the principle of 3RV-E (The French acronym stands for, in order of priority, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and finally Landfill). Certex subscribes to the circular economy as a solution for the end of life of fabrics, for both consumers and for the players in the world of fashion.
Michelle Poirier, Festival Zéro Déchet
Trained as an immunotoxicologist, Michelle is interested in anything affecting human health, the environment, and the reduction of waste at the source! She has practiced a zero-waste lifestyle for two years and finds it simple, agreeable and economical. According to her, everything should be reusable and reparable. She is a fervent believer in the circular economy.
Having loved participating the Festival’s first edition in 2017, Michelle decided to relive the experience. This year, Michelle is handling the general coordination of the Festival, primarily in recruiting exhibitors and programming. She is very proud to be involved in an event that is creating change! She will host the panel discussion.