- Apparel Industry
- 3rd Party Certification
- Environmental Certifications
- Social Responsibility (SR) Certifications
For designers, brands, and manufacturers interested in making successful transitions toward more sustainable business practices, the consultants listed provide long-standing expertise in the sustainable textile industry that can help assist your company’s chain of custody to sustainable and socially responsible practices. Enjoy taking advantage of the wisdom of these pioneers of the sustainable textile revolution!
Directory of Consultants
Founder and President, Eco-Innovations
- Product design and development.
- Farm to shelf horizontal collaboration and integration throughout the supply chain.
- Retail strategy.
- Implementation and execution.
- Market research.
- Educational outreach.
Coral Rose is a recognized strategist, eco-educator and speaker on the subject of sustainable textiles and the practical application of sustainability to business. She has been a featured speaker and panelist at events such as; MAGIC International Textile Show, The ECO-SHOW, All Things Organic (ATO) and Texworld-New York.
The Sustainable Action Leadership blog is read in over 30 countries, by students, wholesalers and retailers. Retailers include Nordstrom, JCPenney, and the North Face, where her blog is utilized as a useful tool and credible resource on the companies internal intranet.
Coral Rose is a member of the University of Delaware, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies Advisory Board. The University of Delaware is offering the first University graduate program in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business.
In January 2008, Coral created and led the first “Sustainability Leadership” Executive Education Course for the University of Arkansas. A partial list of clients have included Adidas AG-Corporate, Karen Neuberger, Lenzing Fibers and The Organic Exchange.
- Ecologically responsible product development
- Sustainable textile sourcing
Lynda has been involved in the organic cotton industry since 1990. Lynda teaches Sustainable Fashion Design in CCA’s Fashion Design Program. She is also the owner of Lynda Grose, Inc., a design and consulting firm specializing in ecologically responsible product development, sourcing, and communication.
She is the founder of Simplelife Kids and the cofounder of the Esprit Ecollection, the first complete ecological clothing line distributed internationally by a major corporation. Her clients include Gap Inc., Sustainable Cotton Project, Indigenous Designs, Marketplace India, and Patagonia. She co-founded the Esprit Ecollection, the first complete ecological clothing line distributed internationally by a major corporation.
She has first-hand international experience in manufacturing and marketing organic cotton, and currently advises international development organizations, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations in the textile industry. She is a founding member of The Center for Sustainable Design, Surrey, England, and the International Society for Sustainable Design. Since 1994, The Sustainable Cotton Project has been working with farmers, manufacturers and consumers to create markets for certified organically grown and sustainable cotton, including working on the ground with local farmers.
Principal, Shift Advantage
- Identify and integrate sustainability goals and improvement plans into businesses and their supply chains.
- Develop greenhouse gas, packaging, water, energy and solid waste reduction initiatives.
- Benchmark and track improvements.
- Create business relevant sustainability reports and communications for internal and external (media, customers and other stakeholders, etc) audiences.
- Design and deliver workshops and educational seminars such as design for the environment, sustainability 101, and manufacturer/supplier workshops.
Eric Brody has over a decade of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility. Through his work with large corporations, small start-up companies and non-profits, Eric has been able to prove that doing the right thing for the environment and society can provide a competitive advantage. Eric has successfully designed and implemented a wide range of sustainability strategies and initiatives, including projects relating to factory and distribution center operations, environmental scorecards, metrics and reporting, stakeholder development, raw material sourcing, product design, packaging, logistics, consumer education, media outreach, and product recycling and reuse.
Clients include Boeing, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association, Keen, Adjmi Apparel Group, and Under Armour. Prior to launching his consulting company, Eric worked as the Sustainability Business Integration Manager for Nike for seven years and Sustainability Manager for Nau, a technical outdoor and urban clothing company, for three years.
Eric has actively participated in many industry collaborative working groups and voluntary programs to cultivate change throughout the industry. Eric’s roles have included Founding Executive Committee Member with the Green Blue Sustainable Packaging Coalition; Corporate Partner with the EPA SmartWay Program; Benchmarking and Standards Development Team with the Ethical Sourcing Working Group; Standards Development and Rollout Team with the Beyond Monitoring Working Group; Standards Development and Rollout Team with the Textile Water Working Group; and Corporate Partner with the Climate Savers Program.
Kate Fletcher, PhD.
- Product Design and Development
- Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Fashion and Textile Research
- Sustainable Fashion and Textile Education
Dr. Kate Fletcher is a researcher in textiles/environment/design issues at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England. Dr. Fletcher is also the author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles. The new industry book is out January 2008, and this book “not only defines the field, it also challenges it, and uses design ideas to help shape more sustainable products and promote social change. Each chapter combines long- and short-term solutions that deal with making changes to industry as it exists today, while articulating a new vision for the sector based on sustainability principles.” It will covers material cultivation/extraction; production; use; disposal; service design, localism, speed and user involvement. Discounted pre-orders are now being taken. For more information about Kate and Sustainable Fashion and Textiles, please click here (links to pdf)
A Note from Kate: Over the last 13 years, I’ve taken on consultancy commissions in topics as diverse as recycling and futures work; and educational consultancy and product design and development. Clients include: Marks and Spencer, Chelsea College of Art & Design, People Tree, Intermediate Technology Development Group and The Salvation Army. I have lectured widely and written commissioned book chapters as well as lots of other articles. For a full list of my publications, click here. I offer lectures and workshop and discussion forums, tailor-made to your needs. For more information about inspiration, information and training sessions, click here. My unique knowledge, skills and insight is underpinned with a broad, systems approach to design rooted in ecological thinking. I am particularly interested in materials, products and concepts that are not just ecologically aware but also transform our relationships with materials and our experience of the world.
Dr. Marsha Dickson
- Social Responsibility Issues in the apparel, textile and footwear industries
- Sourcing global apparel production and marketing
Dr. Dickson has a varied and impressive history in fashion, design, and social responsibility issues. Professor Dickson received her Ph.D., 1994 from Iowa State University, Textiles & Clothing. Her dissertation focused on consumers of ethnic apparel and textile crafts from alternative trading organizations. Her past and current major areas of interest include: global apparel production and marketing, social responsibility in the apparel, textile, and footwear industries, consumer product evaluation and decision making, and apparel product development.
Dr. Dickson is currently a Professor and Chairperson at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Before that she was the Associate Professor at the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, Kansas State University, and the Associate Professor at the Department of Consumer and Textile Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Dickson is also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association and the Founder and Director of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business.
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt
- Sustainable fiber production and product development
- Development of sustainable or socially responsible materials standards
- Animal welfare certification for fashion merchandise
- Labeling and marketing of sustainable fiber products, including labeling for blended organic fibers, country of fiber origin, code of conduct compliance, and animal welfare
Gwendolyn Hustvedt is an Assistant Professor of Textiles and Fashion Merchandising at Texas State University-San Marcos. Her area of expertise is sustainable fiber production and product development. Her research includes work on consumer preferences for labeling of blended organic cotton apparel, animal welfare certification for wool products and consumer sensitivity to genetic modification in the fiber supply chain.
Current projects include a survey of the animal welfare practices of Texas animal fiber producers. She has also received grant funding from Nike, Inc. to examine garment labeling for production by unionized workers or code of conduct monitoring in apparel factories. Her other areas of interest include the impact of fiber, textile and apparel production on water quality.
- Assistance in applying for GOTS certification, including developing appropriate organic system plans
Grace has been the sole proprietor of GAIA Services since 1985, consulting, speaking, writing and educating in the field of ecological agriculture, including organic certification, policy, food system issues, ecological farm design and related topics. Grace’s current activities include inspection, technical writing, internal audits and policy and regulatory analysis for the organic industry, including giving public presentations and workshops to a diverse range of audiences.
During 2003, Grace served on the Adjunct Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. From 1986-2004, Grace served as a faculty member for the Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) and instructor in Sustainable Design, Building & Land Use Summer program, faculty in year-round B.A. program for agriculture and food system issues, and Social Ecology Faculty at Burlington College, Burlington, VT. In 1994-1999, Grace worked as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist for the USDA National Organic Program drafting regulations covering organic crop production and all components of USDA’s accreditation program for certifying agents. She was also the liaison to the USDA Sustainable Development Council and assisted in conducting ISO 65 audit of organic certification agency. Since 1984, Grace has acted as an organic certification inspector and trainer. Grace is the North American representative for the Global Organic Textile Standard working group (GOTS)under OTA (Organic Trade Association).
Ouroboros Holdings, LLC
- Surfectant Application
- Textile Chemical Toxicology
- Dyeing Development
Sam has been a leader in the sustainable movement for over 35 years with his pioneering work in sustainable manufacturing and processing. He is considered an expert in wet processing (dyeing) development, and he served on Green Seal and USEPA-GreenBlue standards development for surfactants. Sam is also considered an expert on surfactant application and textile chemical toxicology.
- Mill Issues
- General Support Services
Guy Carpenter has over nineteen years of managerial success in both the branded and non-branded textile/apparel industry. When consulting designers, brands and manufacturers, Guy successfully maintains “the big picture” and feels strongly it is important to incorporate sustainability in 3 areas: Product, Practice and People. He has proven skills in strategic vision, tactical implementation, mentoring, manufacturing, operations, sales and marketing. Additionally, Guy maintains a thorough knowledge and strong global base of textile, product, manufacturing and international product distribution of the apparel/textile life cycle. His high energy and results- oriented executive skills make him a ‘builder of business’, where his strengths lie as a Senior Executive where leadership, problem solving skills and the ability to initiate both sustainable practices and profitability are key objectives. Guy is the Founder and President of Cape Fear Apparel, a private label manufacturer of eco-clothing (organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, soy) for Brands and Department Stores, including Dillard’s, and other internationally-based department store chains. Before founding Cape Fear Apparel, Guy was the Chief Operating Officer of Naturally Advanced Technologies located in Vancouver, BC. At this company, Guy conceived and successfully repositioned this company as an innovative leader in the development and production of sustainable/organic textiles and apparel from its former business as a purveyor of hemp clothing. His achievements extend with many other companies and brands. If it is desired to learn more about Guy’s achievements in this industry before deciding whether to use his cosulting services, please contact Guy@capefearapparel.com
- Sustainable Sourcing and Manufacturing
- Global Eco Trade Show attendance
Howard began his seasoned career in the sustainable textile field in 1988 when created and constructed 3 Eco stores using sustainable materials. He designed and manufactured eco products in locations that utilized fair trade policies. Howard received commendation from The City Of Santa Monica for environmental practices. Howard is a consultant for sourcing and manufacturing issues for US brands using eco friendly fabrics. Howard is also the proud creator and Co-Producer of the Global Eco Trade Show.