Behind the Seams: Sustainability and Circularity in Fashion (Part 2)

When it comes to the apparel industry, sustainability isn’t so black and white. As Techstyler co-founder Brooke Roberts-Islam reveals in this episode, there are plenty of emerging trends in the fashion world that are turning heads and growing interest.

When it comes to sustainability in the fashion world, do we stick to the norm or start a new trend? The answer is obvious and imperative to fashion trailblazer Brooke Roberts-Islam, journalist and co-founder of Techstyler.

In part two of our look at creating a more sustainable fashion industry, you’ll hear that solutions aren’t always so black and white. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for hope and opportunity for sustainable change. In fact, the drive toward sustainability has become a major source of inspiration – it’s helping create a more circular economy in the fashion world.

On This Episode:

Brooke Roberts-Islam, Co-founder, TECHSTYLER & Senior Contributor, Forbes


Brooke is an experienced and respected journalist, consultant and author. She is a leading voice in the fashion and textile industries and has a reputation for authoritative, evidence-based analysis and reporting. Brooke recently authored a book charting the past 20 years of sustainable fashion initiatives in which her interviewees included Ryan Gellert of Patagonia; Kilian Hochrein of W.L Gore & Associates and Eva Karlsson of Houdini Sportswear.

Brooke has prior industry experience in knitwear design, development and production, coupled with a previous career in medical science, resulting in a unique skill set for analyzing, interpreting and prioritizing sustainability solutions for materials, technologies and the supply chain.

Mia Quinn, Senior Director, Public Affairs at American Chemistry Council

Mia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling and infrastructure.

She is passionate about collaboration, clear communication and engaging audiences to learn more about innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.

Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.