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027: How an organisation have Retold our clothing stories and gave it a second life with Sian Rowlands

Sian Rowlands

In this episode, we talk to Sian Rowlands. She is an award-winning creative businesswoman. She is the CEO and Chief Storyteller of a growing regional retail SME, Retold. The company focus on female fashion, where she gives clothes a second chance of happiness. 

During this episode, we take a look at the process of selling or buying with Retold. We look at what is a capsule wardrobe and how a few key clothing pieces could go a long way. We also talked about some of the clothes that you might find at Retold ranging from Zara to Prada to give these pre-owned clothing a second chance to shine.  

Episode Highlights

[01:44] How did your journey start?

[03:21] The problem at the moment is high street fashion is really pushing consumerism. They have 52 seasons, every single year now.

[03:33] We have 52 seasons in the fashion industry, the fast fashion industry. So every single week, most high street fashion brand are putting new products on the shelves.

[05:36] One of the things that I really wanted to do was to explain to our followers and our customers that it was the next chapter in our story, so not only is it the next chapter in the clothes that we sell but it is the next chapter for my ex-wardrobe and therefore Retold.

[06:15] What is the process for people purchasing or selling their clothing?

[09:08] Capsule wardrobe blog post.

[12:28] Overall feedback from people when they visit the store.

[13:40] About 25% of the products that we get through the doors still have their original tags on.

[15:34] By buying second hand you are reducing the carbon footprint of the item itself, you are feeding back into the economy.

[18:03] What has been one of your most important decisions that you have made around mama earth?

Final Five

1.What is one social media platform that you follow?

 Kathryn Kellogg – Going Zero Waste

2.What is your hope for mama earth going forward?

 I just hope that society wakes up to and maybe starts to deal with our addiction to single-use plastic. 

3.What advise can you give our crazy birds this week to help out mama earth?

 Refuse single-use plastic.  

4.What is one sustainability fact that you like to use in a room with people not yet on a sustainability journey?

 150 billion items of clothing end up in landfills every single year, which is the equivalent to 410 million items every single day which is the equivalent 17 million each hour, so that is 284, 700 every single minute, which is the equals 4,757 every single second. 

5.Where can people find you?

Facebook

Instagram

Website

Key Take Away

“150 billion items of clothing end up in landfills every single year, which is the equivalent to 410 million items every single day which is the equivalent 17 million each hour, so that is 284, 700 every single minute, which is the equals 4,757 every single second. “

Throwing things in the bin seems to be very easy, but the moment we place an item in the bin, it needs to go somewhere. Some items make it to a recycling facility but the majority ends up in landfills. When we throw clothing in a bin, it finds its way to the landfill. The number as you heard is shocking and there are a few ways how we would be able to divert this from landfills. The first being purchases better quality products that will allow you to use the clothing for longer. Buy second hand and if you want to get rid of items, rather sell them or donate them to have a second chance at life to someone that might need it more. You could also look into repurposing your clothing by converting them into bags, blankets or whatever you would require. The possibilities are endless.

About the author, Mariska

Hi and welcome! My name is Mariska. I am originally from South Africa, but now call the world my home. I am an artist, designer, environmentalist, podcast host and speaker.

I started the Mama Earth Talk podcast in 2018 to share some of the things that I learned about just how easy it can be to reduce your impact on the environment. This then quickly grew into a forum that showcases the amazing things that many people are doing to make the planet better, and further into a source of hope and inspiration for many. A few of the amazing guests include Zero Waste Queen, Bea Johnson, Claude Silver, Kathryn Kellogg and zero waste chef Max La Manna.

If you do not already I urge you to follow me and my journey on social media (@designbymariska), and to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot your own waste using the handy tips I post!

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