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Bernadette Casey

Bernadette Casey is the Founder and Creative Director of The Formary, a sustainable textile research and development company currently leading the Textile Reuse Programme—a collaboration between industry, government, and social enterprise building the systems and technology to extract much greater value from our clothing, significantly reduce environmental impacts, and save resources.

The Programme was launched by Hon. Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation and Associate Minister for the Environment, and won an Emerging Services business award in 2017.

Bernadette writes about sustainability and fashion for NZ Apparel magazine, Pure Advantage and was a guest writer for “Melting Point” a book on global warming published by Penguin. She is on the Board of iD Dunedin Fashion Week and guest judge for The Oversew Fashion Awards.

She has spoken previously at TEDxTeAro, the Social Enterprise World Forum, the Global Fashion Conference 2018 and at universities as a guest lecturer.

Bernadette holds an MSc in Marketing; her research explored ethical consumer purchasing behaviour for which she was awarded a University of Liverpool Dissertation of the Year.

About The Formary:

The Formary’s first client was global coffee giant Starbucks; their two-year collaborative project created closed loop solutions from Starbuck’s vast supply of used coffee sacks, resulting in WoJo® a high performance, award winning upholstery fabric.

This was followed by Mibu®, an interior fabric created from surplus straw generated from rice harvesting. Mibu was selected for exhibition by the organisers of the World Exposition 2015 in Milan. “Feeding the Planet / Energy for Life” Mibu intersects food and textiles and has since been exhibited in France and Korea.