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Green Dreamer Podcast interview live! Featuring Patricia Ermecheo, Hosted by Kaméa Chayne

Patricia Ermecheo

Kaméa Chayne – host of Green Dreamer Podcast delves into conversation with OSOMTEX CEO & Founder Patricia Ermecheo.

green dreamer ep 64 - Patricia Ermecheo

How were you able to create a technology to be able to close the loop in our production and disposal of clothing? What does it take to come up with a disruptive idea for sustainability and bring it to life? Patricia Ermecheo, CEO and Founder of Osom Brand and OSOMTEX, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[2:02] What first inspired Patricia’s passion for nature.

 

[4:30] What got Patricia into the world of sustainable fashion.

 

[6:35] Patricia: “I was told many, many times that it was going to be impossible by the most experienced textile engineers… but it is possible and we’ve done it.”

 

[9:20] Patricia: “It is absolutely world-changing because we don’t need to keep exploiting the earth with all these virgin resources like cotton. And we don’t need water or dyes to make this, so therefore the oceans and rivers aren’t going to get contaminated by it. Sometimes it’s so amazing that people can’t even understand!”

 

[9:50] Kaméa: “What’s OSOMTEX doing differently than other textile recycling programs?”

 

[12:27] Patricia: “If you make things easy and fast, people will start to use it more. So I wanted to make it fast and accessible.”

 

[13:24] Kaméa: “Can this be recycled an indefinite number of times?”

 

[15:21] Patricia’s biggest challenge in building Osom Brand and what she’s found to be most effective in spreading the word about the brand.

 

[18:13] Kaméa: “What keeps you going and gives you the courage to keep putting yourself out there?”

 

[22:17] What it meant to Patricia when Osom Brand was featured as one of the most disruptive technologies in the fashion industry.

 

[23:35] Kaméa: “What’s your best advice for someone who has a disruptive idea that they’re just getting started with?”

 

[25:25] Patricia: “Start trying to change your regular habits and lifestyle in a way that will give you more of a peace of mind, so that you can achieve your dream with no stress.”

 

[26:39] Patricia: “People need to choose their sacrifices wisely in order to achieve their dreams.”

 

[26:46] Kaméa: “What do you think we need most today to accelerate towards a thriving planet?”

 

About This Show

If you're an eco creative, visionary, entrepreneur, or activist SO passionate about sustainability that you're eager to do what you can not only in your personal life, but also with your passion projects dedicated to helping our planet thrive, Green Dreamer Podcast with Kaméa Chayne was created for YOU! Actor-entrepreneur and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Adrian Grenier, Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home, Orsola de Castro of Fashion Revolution, Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians, and Nikki Silvestri, named one of The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, are just a few eco pioneers, though leaders, and conservation creatives you can look forward to hearing as honored guests. How can we leverage the power of social and digital media to strengthen the movement? How can we use creative communication, scalable eco ventures, and innovative thinking to push the needle forward? And what do we need to turn our awareness of deep-rooted issues into meaningful action, and accelerate towards sustainability in this time of need? This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we dive into, while ALWAYS concluding with baby actions we can take today and elements of hope we can use to fuel our motivation. If this sounds like your jam, hit SUBSCRIBE and together, let's learn what it takes to elevate sustainability, bring our eco ideas to life, and THRIVE - in every sense of the word. Thanks for bringing your light! With gratitude, your Host @KameaChayne.

Osom Brand Joins 1% For The Planet

Patricia Ermecheo

Osom Brand Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet 

Portland, Oregon, 3/26/18 -- Osom Brand joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

Osom Brand  Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet  

Osom Brand  Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet 

"Our member companies have donated more than $175 million to our environmental nonprofit partners to date. Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of member businesses is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes. Our members lead with purpose and commitment, characteristics that consumers support. We're excited to welcome Osom Brand to our global network," says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet.

1% For The Planet makes it easy for companies and organizations to support what matters most: our communities and our planet. We are very excited to join this amazing network.” says Patricia Ermecheo, CEO & Founder of Osom Brand.

Members of 1% for the Planet contribute one percent of annual sales directly to any of the approved nonprofit environmental organizations in the network. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Thousands of nonprofits worldwide are currently approved.

 About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. We recognize that the current level of environmental giving - only 3% of total philanthropy - is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet.

Through our business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network.

 

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,200 member businesses, a new and expanding core with hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.

About Osom Brand

Osom Brand’s mission is to upcycle as much textile waste as possible to keep them away from landfills. As designers and creators, we focus all of our energy on making premium products out of the most magnificent upcycled threads and fabrics ever created. We work with the best technologies available, a low impact method for upcycling-discarded clothing used in the making of Osom Brand goods. We use zero water, zero chemicals and ethical working conditions along the entire production chain.  Osom Brand’s affiliation to 1% For The Planet is to step forward to our efforts of giving back. It is our commitment to empower organizations of all trades that are making a difference in the community and environment preservation.

 

VOGUE:Stella McCartney Joins the Statement Sock Trend With Her New Upcycled, Zero-Waste Pair

Patricia Ermecheo

Stella McCartney Joins the Statement Sock Trend With Her New Upcycled, Zero-Waste Pair

Stella McCartney’s new socks accompanying an invitation to her Fall 2018 show.

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Fans of Sex and the City will recall the scene in Season 5 where Carrie is stuck in a romantic dry spell and laments that “last night, I actually started writing about my sock drawer. Men as socks.” Yikes. Needless to say, that article didn’t go anywhere—but sock drawers might just be having their day. Statement socks (and tights, leggings, and thigh-highs) have been hot ever since Gucci put those $1,340 crystal-studded logo socks on its Resort 2018 runway, but Stella McCartney is giving the trend a little substance. At this morning’s show, each guest received a pair of McCartney’s brand-new sustainable socks—which might not sound revelatory until you learn they were made with 85 percent upcycled yarn (in collaboration with Osom Brand); they used zero chemicals, dyes, or pesticides; and they created zero waste. Who knew a pair of socks could be so mighty?

On her website, McCartney writes: “We’re passionate about working towards a more circular economy, and we want the entire fashion industry to feel the same—this collaboration [with Osom Brand] is helping to promote just that. We believe no materials should be wasted, instead being turned back into raw material, greatly reducing the need for virgin fibers that use up our planet’s resources.” Consider it a hint of what’s to come in future collections; now that she’s figured out the mechanics of sustainable socks, McCartney can work from the ground up and bring more upcycling, zero-water, and zero-waste innovations into her clothes, handbags, and shoes, too.

VOGUE: https://www.vogue.com/article/stella-mccartney-sustainable-statement-socks

Stella McCartney x OSOMTEX collaboration

Patricia Ermecheo

Stella McCartney collaborated with OSOMTEX to bring to life an upcycled, special edition invitation sock for the 2018 Winter Défilé in Paris. 

Stella McCartney's Instagram post just hours before the show unveils the invite socks made by OSOM with a humorous twist: puppets!

Guess who’s sitting on our sock puppet front row?

Ethically and sustainably manufactured using zero water, chemicals, dyes or pesticides our Stella socks, as part of our Winter 2018 show invite, are made with 85% upcycled yarn in collaboration with @OsomBrand; something both the environment and your feet can feel excited about!

Pre-show Instagram stories:

THE STELLA X OSOMTEX WINTER DÉFILÉ 2018

Made with 85% upcycled yarn from discarded clothing

The story behind the Stella x OSOMTEX Winter Défilé 2018 socks

The story behind the Stella invite socks is a story of true teamwork and trust. I often get asked, sooo, what's the size is your team? And then I always find my self silent ... I don't know.. Big!? I never know what to answer to this question but today I found the answer...My team is huge my team is the size of the world, in fact, you can be part of my team too. When I saw the puppet socks video (see above) popped on Instagram last night I felt joy, I laughed like a kid again, and I thought this story couldn't have had a better finale, it was a total surprise, a really cool surprise...I guess we were all feeling the same love throughout the projec and we definitely share the same passion about doing something remarkable for the environment. Love is a really powerful connection that can work wonders, and these socks are the proof of it. The world is truly changing, I feel grateful, it gives me hope. Hope that we can truly make a change if we work together and believe. Thank you @stellamccartney, we worked like ONE team, every super early-late call because of the time differences, every sample, every close friend involved that contributed to make it happen and of course! how to forget the last minute shipping craziness! Everyone made this possible... THANK YOU! I Can't wait for what's to come... gratitude is a priceless feeling 🙏🏼💚♻💫
Patricia Ermecheo, CEO & Founder OSOMTEX

EcoWatch features Osom Brand and ForRangers anti-poaching story

Patricia Ermecheo

The Most Valued Anti-Poaching Equipment May Surprise You - EcoWatch

The Most Valued Anti-Poaching Equipment May Surprise You - EcoWatch

Thank you EcoWatch for featuring Osom Brand's story about our wonderful collaboration with Conservation International and ForRangers. It is an honor and very humbling to contribute to these brave and committed men in Kenya to protect elephants from poachers. Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for it's ivory.  Click HERE to read full article. 

The Most Valued Anti-Poaching Equipment.

ForRangers socks by Osom Brand 

WWD: Miroslava Duma and Stella McCartney co-host the launch of the Fashion Tech Lab movement at the Google Arts & Culture Lab in Paris

Patricia Ermecheo

SEVEN TECHNOLOGICAL VIRTUES: The path forward in fashion has never seemed clearer than at the Google Arts & Culture lab, where groundbreaking technologies were presented at the Fashion Tech Lab’s Paris launch on Monday.

 Miroslava Duma, Pamela Anderson and Stella McCartney 

 Miroslava Duma, Pamela Anderson and Stella McCartney 

 

“There is a revolution happening in material science, bio- and nanotechnologies. It’s coming into our industry, which, despite producing new trends every season, hasn’t changed its technology for a century,” Fashion Tech Lab founder Miroslava Duma said.

The multinational incubator, agency and philanthropic organization aims to parlay innovation into solutions for the fashion industry in a bid to improve its environmental and social footprint, while fostering style and creativity. As Pascal Morand, executive president of the French couture federation, summarized, “intimately mixing these technological advances in fashion is fundamental.”

Serial entrepreneur Duma said an experimental lab was set to launch in 2018, to connect young talents in design with engineers and scientists to create future-proofed, problem-solving designs.

“The future is in this room and we have no other choice. This is how it’s going to be, and if it isn’t, we don’t have a future,” said Stella McCartney, as press, fellow designers and industry heavy-hitters joined the British designer and cohost Duma for a presentation of seven exhibitors offering solutions to questions such as combating plastic pollution in the sea, cruelty-free leather or garment recycling.

But it was no doomsday proclamation: “A lot of improvement can be injected now, it doesn’t have to be so innovative,” McCartney added, underscoring the idea that while the objectives of these changes were of a planet-wide scale, many of the changes themselves remained on the microscopic, or even atomic level.

“Humanity will never be the same again,” Diane von Furstenberg noted with enthusiasm, expressing pride in the participating companies, innovators and fashion houses alike, and her joy in being present at a key moment.

Take the diamonds produced by San Francisco-based producer Diamond Foundry. Chief executive officer Martin Roscheisen explained that while they were morally pure, flawless they were not, as the process re-creates the conditions leading to the natural formation of diamonds, rather than attempt to duplicate their molecular structure.

Currently, G and H color grades in SI1 to VVS2 clarities are obtained, and their price makes them sustainable at a low price point. Certification by internationally recognized organizations such as the Gemological Institute of America is possible. A 5-carat stone on display here was valued at around $100,000, a lower price point than mined diamonds with similar characteristics.

“Money is the dirtiest thing in the world,” quipped Duma as she stopped in front of a display case filled with growing mint, but she meant it literally rather than in any abstract capacity. Garments but also bills, today composed of a linen-cotton mix, imbued with the company’s peppermint extract based product by Scandinavia-based Mint Materials, would be durably imbued with odor control and antibacterial properties, lengthening their life cycle.

VitroLabs’ sample of cultured leather, a material produced from animal cells, showcased the advanced tissue engineering that finds its roots in medical uses.

Recycling garments has long posed issues due to the presence of dye and other by-products of their creation. Miami-based company Osomtex offers solutions allowing the transformation of discarded garments and textile waste into new threads without the use of water, dye or chemicals.

California-based biotechnological manufacturers Bolt Threads, whose partnership with Stella McCartney has resulted in a gold shift dress exhibited at Museum of Modern Art’s “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibition, offer next-gen performance fibers inspired by spider silk.

“It’s process innovation, as opposed to product innovation,” said Cyndi Rhoades, founder and ceo of Worn Again, a British company focusing on producing “virgin again” cottons and polyester fit to be reintroduced in the garment supply chain.

Livia Firth, Eco-Age a member of the FTL advisory board, said the evening truly felt like the beginning of an era she had “dared to hope for. The industry is ready to listen. 2017 is the year where everything changes.”

First among those present to discover these advances were industry cornerstones such as Kering chairman François-Henri Pinault, executives including Saint Laurent’s Francesca Bellettini and Berluti’s Antoine Arnault, but also designers such as Azzedine Alaïa, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Haider Ackermann.

Click here to read the full article by WWD.

VOGUE: A green evening celebrating new technologies to help sustainability in fashion

Patricia Ermecheo

“This is a sustainable revolution, and it is coming anyway, with or without us!" These are the words that both Miroslava Duma and Stella McCartney used to introduce Fashion Tech Lab to the 400 guests who joined the fashionable launch in Paris last night. The most connected digital entrepreneur in fashion and the popular designer cohosted an elegant cocktail party in the Google Arts & Culture offices to celebrate FTL, Duma’s latest project. Announced almost a year ago, the venture-capital fund and accelerator will help connect projects and brands aiming to transform the fashion system with environmentally and socially responsible new technologies.

 

“Let’s make the planet green again,” said Duma, quoting French president Emmanuel Macron, while McCartney greeted Haider Ackermann and Christian Louboutin not too far away: “We wanted you all here to see how many possibilities exist and how sexy it can be! I’ve been living with this consciousness every single day of my life. Please do the same.” McCartney also recently announced a partnership with one of the companies present, Bolt Threads.

The sustainable revolution, or global evolution, has officially started, and the glamorous group of guests from the worlds of fashion, investment, technology, and education gathered last night definitely decided to take part in it. Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Demna Gvasalia, as well as notable industry figures such as François-Henri Pinault, Alexandre Arnault, Caroline Rush, Natalia Vodianova, Vogue’s Tonne Goodman, Livia Firth, and many others, were there to support the project and show curiosity and awareness.

 

While everyone was catching up on Paris Fashion Week, Duma introduced the companies’ representatives. “There are so many—the ones here tonight are just a few examples,” she clarified. Carla Sozzani and Azzedine Alaïa, for example, learned about the work of Osomtex, a company that transforms clothes waste into sustainable textiles. Close by, a San Francisco–based company that uses animal cells to create cruelty-free leather and fur caught the interest of shoe designer Pierre Hardy. Gaia Repossi went straight to look at Diamond Foundry, the Bay Area–based group that uses technology to replicate in laboratories the conditions in which nature forms diamonds.

“The fashion industry has to be aware and help us with its unique taste and language,” Duma continued. Delfina Delettrez Fendi, appointed as chief creative curator, observed robotic arms in the courtyard as they prepared fancy cocktails ordered via tablets. Delicious candies injected with distilled fruit and vegetable juice (from passion fruit to pepper) were served all around. Firth mentioned several times how cool and exciting she found the sustainable values. Not too far away, Ian Rogers, chief digital officer at LVMH, enjoyed the vibe of the soiree, underlining the importance of maintaining the storytelling and desirability of each product. “It is so great to put in everyone’s head the idea that these realities exist and can be desirable. Let’s keep our eyes open.”

Everyone was there for a reason: Whether for discovering, advising, or just enjoying, FTL created the right atmosphere of dialogue, positivity, and cooperation that is much needed today across the industry. “Why compete? It makes no sense anymore—we need to work all together,” Duma said. “Please don’t leave this room without thinking about this revolution.”

Click here to read the full Vogue Article

Osom Brand Featured in Forbes Eco Holiday Gift Guide

Patricia Ermecheo

"A new crop of entrepreneurs are selling everything from socks, undies, swimwear, stylish apparel, bags to tea pots and even coffee presses made of recycled or sustainable materials. These companies are rethinking manufacturing to make it more planet-friendly.  Buying from these brands is like giving a gift to the environment this Christmas -- something Mother Nature is bound to appreciate."

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Esha Chhabra ,  Forbes Contributor

Read Full link :

http://www.forbes.com/sites/eshachhabra/2016/12/13/the-eco-friendly-holiday-gift-guide-stylish-yet-sustainable-gifts-that-are-good-for-the-planet/#4a1c935b7d31

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19 Stocking Stuffers for Eco-Conscious Shoppers by The Huffington Post

Patricia Ermecheo

This article on The Huffington Post features Osom Brand  and other like-minded brands that we also love!

This list should help you on picking cool eco-conscious gifts to give mindful this holiday season. Yes, it's ok if you' keep something for yourself.Thank you so much for adding us to the list, we will most definitely not let you down.

Read full article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5845cd62e4b0e0184289efe6?timestamp=1481397150690&mc_cid=556ed1b9f1&mc_eid=0cb2fbbef8