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Ep 4: Gijs Spoor what is a social entrepreneur

Ep 4: Gijs Spoor what is a social entrepreneur

Gijs Spoor what is a social entrepreneur

Gijs Spoor is a Dutch social entrepreneur who has a unique story to share. As a child, he met his mentor an Indian organic farmer, who made a big impression on him. He decided that he would move to as an adult. After studying in the Netherlands, where he got his background in organic agriculture and Fairtrade he made his dream come true and moved to India. Gijs is an Fellow and has started several social projects and companies to drive sustainability in production and trade in India.

In this Episode we talk about:

  • What is a social entrepreneur
  • Non Profit – For Profit
  • The value of profit
  • Gijs inspiration
  • meeting his mentor
  • Moving to India with 18
  • Why living in India is like camping for a very long time
  • The cultural shock finding the boundaries
  • Living in Auroville
  • Working all over India
  • Cotton farming is a high-risk, low-profit business
  • Dryland cotton farming
  • Why the green revolution is an arms race between humans and nature
  • The debt trap of Indian farmers
  • Why more than 150000 farmers killed themselves
  • Zero budget farming movement
  • Minimum prices to cover the cost of production
  • The „Fast “ disconnect
  • Organic as a niche product
  • The myths about organic cotton
  • The problem of activist brands
  • The extra cost for organic farmers
  • Why brands should take the leadership
  • The problem with the „Better Cotton Initiative“
  • Understanding Fair Trade and Organic Cotton
  • An incubator for Indian change makers
  • CSR is becoming mandatory in India
  • The Ashoka selection process for social entrepreneurs
  • A community of practice
  • The Atmavichara project

Show Notes, Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Gijs Linkedin page

Zameen

Gijs Ashoka Page

Gijs presentation at Youtube

Auroville

Green Revolution India

Zero Budget Farming

Unlimited Tamil Nad

Better Cotton Initiative

Atmavichara

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

Wherever you are, and however you listen to the Greenblut FM Podcast, thank you! Are you interested in hearing more from Gijs and Social Entrepreneurship? Let him know in the comment section below!

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Ep3: Rachel Faller how to develop a zero waste brand

Ep3: Rachel Faller how to develop a zero waste brand

Rachel Faller: How to develop a Zero Waste Brand in Cambodia.

In this episode, we speak with Rachel Faller. Rachel is the founder and creative director of Tonlé.

Tonlé is a fair trade zero waste fashion label based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2008, Rachel moved to Cambodia with one suitcase and a Fulbright Grant to research sustainability through fair trade.Her research introduced her to some incredible women and artisans, and she started the ethical fashion label KeoK’jay, which she later rebranded into Tonlé.

In this episode, we explore how Rachel was able to start a brand in the highly competitive world of fashion with a small funding.
We will listen to Rachels story and how she was able to start her brand with a tiny budget of 500$ per month.

We know that there are a lot of listeners thinking about starting their own sustainable business. Rachel is a perfect role model to learn from and get inspired.

In this Episode we talk about:

  • Starting with a Fulbright grant to study Fair Trade in Cambodia
  • Train women to run their small accessories business
  • Testing products in a store in Cambodia
  • See what’s working
  • Tonlés sales channels
  • Producing for other brands
  • Bootstrapping a fashion brand with 500$ monthly budget
  • Living with staff members
  • The value of stong relationships
  • Why Tonle chooses to avoid all waste
  • How to scale an upcycling brand
  • Develop a closed loop process.
  • Best practice for Kickstarter campaigns
  • Suggestions for young founders
  • Fun work vs. hard work

Show notes Links and Resources mentioned in this Episode:

Tonlé  Website

Tonlé  Kickstarter Campaign

Tonlé Zero waste 

Tonlé Team

Fulbright 

Thanks for listening !

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Greenblut FM Podcast Session 2 Katharine Hamnett

Greenblut FM Podcast Session 2 Katharine Hamnett

For our second show, we speak to Katharine Hamnett.

Katharine started her career in 1969. But let’s jump back to 1984 where Katharine was part of the ‘Big Four’ fashion show in Tokyo.Together with Comme Des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Jean Paul Gaultier she was part of a showcase for what was then considered, as the best fashion designers in the world.

Katharine is a star maker, launching the careers of many world famous models, giving Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Nadja Auermann and Milla Jovovich their first advertising jobs and Naomi Campbell her first catwalk show.She also gave the first break to some of the some of the world’s leading fashion photographers, Ellen Von Unwerth, Juergen Teller and Terry Richardson.

In 1989, just checking that her business was conforming to the Buddhist principle of Right Livelihood, Katharine Hamnett initiated research into the impact of the clothing and textile industry on the environment. To her shock and horror it revealed an untenable situation.

So. listen to our talk with the „Queen of Green“ Katherine Hamnett

In this Episode we talk about:

  • The Key Factors that made her successful
  • The Golden Age of Art Education in the UK
  • Starting as a Freelancer
  • How to get paid as a freelancer
  • Katharine advice to young Fashion Designers
  • Starting a brand with a baby
  • Spotting and working with Emerging Artists and Talent without money
  • Work with the Genius group Renzo Rosso and Adriano Goldsmith
  • Inventing Stretch Denim and  Stonewash
  • Making Fashion History
  • John Galliano and Martin Margiela
  • Inventing the Slogan Shirt
  • It’s not enough doing T-Shirts
  • The roots of 68
  • Moving into politics
  • The making of the most famous Fashion Pictures
  • Being rude to Margaret Thatcher
  • Beyond living the fashion designers dream
  • from Fashion Designer to activist
  • Dogs in the office
  • Getting the money with a TV Team
  • Hunting for organic cotton
  • Loosing Licensee contracts
  • A Trip to Mali
  • organic cotton vs. conventional cotton
  • Getting involved in politics
  • E campaigning

Show Notes Links, and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Katharine Hamnett

Central St. Martins

Katharine Hamnett Blog

Northern Soul

Adriano Goldschmied

Band-Aid

Margaret Thatcher Picture

Pesticide Action Network

Oxfam

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

Wherever you are, and however you listen to the Greenblut FM Podcast, thank you! Are you interested in hearing more from Katharine and Ethical Fashion? Let her know in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the sidebar of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for The Greenblut FM Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and we read each and every one of them.

If you have any questions just move over to the contact section and drop us a line or click on thew right sidebar. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates

Many, many thanks to Katharine for joining us see you at the next show



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Greenblut FM Episode 1: Safia Minney from People Tree

Greenblut FM Episode 1: Safia Minney from People Tree

Greenblut FM ep1: how Safia Minney build Fair Trade Brand People Tree

Safia is Founder CEO and of People Tree. The story of People Tree had started in 1991 long before anyone was talking about ethical or sustainable . Safia started People Tree in Japan without experience in a foreign country.

At Greenblut, we have worked together with People Tree during the last year and what struck us most about Safia, is her passion for fostering change for the countless producer groups located in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. If there is a difficult decision Safia is always on the side of her producer groups. She visits these groups several times a year and works on ways to optimize their internal structure as well as the products they create for People Tree.

In this way, Safia is a great inspiration on how to rethink what`s possible in fashion today and how to put people and environment before profit.

In this Episode we talk about:

  • Meeting Prince Charles
  • Founding People Tree in Japan
  • How Safia went from Marketing and Publishing to starting a Fashion Brand
  • What were the first move to start a brand
  • Innovations in Fibers and Fabrics
  • Why People Tree produces in Bangladesh and not in Europe
  • Fair Trade vs. Charity
  • How People Tree empowers producers, farmers, artisans and tailors
  • Barriers of Trade
  • Why handmade products are crucial for People Tree
  • master craft makers at work
  • Why Fair Trade and Sustainable Fashion needs government support
  • How to develop Collaborations
  • After Rana Plaza …The problem with major players
  • People want change
  • Creating an empowering environment for Fair Trade Fashion
  • The problem with Better Cotton
  • Beware of Greenwashing
  • Safias productivity tips
  • People Trees environmental policy
  • Make your shopping count
  • Failures and successes

Show notes Links, and Resources mentioned in this Episode:

People Tree

People Tree Chocolate Japan

People Tree Japan

Producer Groups People Tree

People Tree Designer Collaborations

People Tree Emma Watson Collaboration

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!

Wherever you are, and however you listen to the Greenblut FM Podcast, thank you!

Are you interested in hearing more from Safia about Fair Trade Fashion ? Let her know in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the sidebar of the post.Also, please leave an honest review for The Greenblut FM Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and we read each and every one of them.

If you have any questions just move over to the contact section and drop us a line or click on thew right sidebar. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates

Many, many thanks to Safia for joining us see you next show

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