Ethical and sustainable fashion and textiles with Nina and Adam of Kalopsia

Kalopsia Director photograph Adam Robertson and Nina Falk

Adam Robertson and Nina Falk

In one of the worst-offending industries for landfill and modern slavery, Kalopsia proves you can make products more ethically and minimise environmental impact.

A batch manufacturer of textiles, apparel and accessories, Kalopsia is a social enterprise which started as an artistic collective and morphed into a textile producing community interest company.

It makes exciting products (including for brands you will have heard of), supports the textile industry and the people in it, minimises waste and environmental impact. And it demonstrates all of this is possible as a sustainable (in all ways) business.

Adam Robertson and Nina Falk join me on the programme in an interview I recorded and broadcast for both the Responsible Finance podcast and for Sheffield Live. They cover:

  • Kalopsia’s journey from running galleries and exhibitions to batch manufacturer,
  • how Kalopsia has learned from other industries to develop highly efficient processes and systems,
  • what batch manufacturing means,
  • making the customer experience on the website as easy as possible,
  • the widespread misinformation about ethics and sustainability in fashion and textiles.

Also in this episode: It’s Our City campaign update; the Cambridge Social Innovation Award; NatWest Social and Community Capital grants and more.

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  • 1:40 Final day to get involved in Sheffield City Council’s big conversation survey.
  • 3:25 It’s Our City campaign update.
  • 4:40 Reshuffle news and Jake Berry quits role as Northern Powerhouse Minister.
  • 5:59 Presenteeism is rife and affects productivity according to new survey of business leaders.
  • 8:15 Interview: Nina Falk and Adam Robertson, Kalopsia
  • 30:15 Would you like £10,000? Apply (if you’re eligible) for the Cambridge Social Innovation Award, open now.
  • 33:01 Would you like £20,000? There are seven grants to this value available from NatWest Social and Community Capital.
  • 35:00 Recap of last week’s show.
  • 38:30  It’s Our City campaign update.
  • 41:02 Percy Bishton, co-owner of Sheffield climbing wall, The Climbing Works, appointed chief routesetter for bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
  • 42:24 Wrapping up.

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