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Re:GEN-eration Podcast

Re:GEN-eration Podcast

By Alexa Smith and Sharon Silbermann

Thanks for tuning into the RE:GEN-eration Podcast, where we have intergenerational conversations on sustainability and the circular economy! Each season will be co-hosted by Alexa C Smith, #1 best-selling author of An Economic Eclipse, and Sharon Silbermann, Textile Waste Chair of the NY Solid Waste Advisory Board. The hope for this series is to drive conversations about the circular economy BETWEEN generations, as we all have unique assets to contribute and roles to play in addressing the sustainability challenges before us. Stay tuned with our monthly episodes to support our mission!
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Episode 1: History of Linear Fashion

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Episode 2: Business Models for Circular Fashion
Episode 2: Business Models for Circular Fashion
This episode defines business models for circular fashion and explores a variety of strategies serving as inspiration for designers and entrepreneurs seeking to produce apparel while fostering the transition from a linear to a circular fashion economy. While some of these models might not entirely close the resource loop, they are instrumental in conserving materials, engaging consumers, and delaying textile waste as circular infrastructure scales to become more accessible. Despite the imperfection of these business models, they guide the reduction of waste across the Waste Hierarchy, by incorporating tactics such as: mending, upcycling, resale, compostable fibers, rental, virtual fashion, and designing for durability! We look forward to hearing your thoughts about which models you are most interested in and guests you would like to hear from on the show! The transcript is linked on our website: https://www.re-gen-erationpodcast.com 
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March 30, 2022
Episode 1.5: Debriefing 'Linear History' & Systems Thinking
Episode 1.5: Debriefing 'Linear History' & Systems Thinking
In this episode, we recap the topics we learned and found especially important from our previous Crash Course episode on the History of Linear Fashion. We discuss the importance of history not repeating itself, and graze the surface of topics like built in obsolescence, life cycle analysis, systems thinking and business models for circularity--all of which will have their own respective conversations in the future. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this new, unscripted format! Transcript is linked on our website: https://www.re-gen-erationpodcast.com/
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January 31, 2022
Episode 1: History of Linear Fashion
Episode 1: History of Linear Fashion
This episode discusses the history of "linear," otherwise known as fast fashion. We explore the evolutionary advancements in fashion production and consumption as well as temporal changes in attitude dating back to the Industrial Revolution. Our hope is that by understanding the backstory of the current state of affairs in unsustainable fashion, we can avoid the mistakes of the past.
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January 31, 2022
Introduction to the RE:GEN-eration Podcast
Introduction to the RE:GEN-eration Podcast
Welcome to our very first episode of the podcast! This episode will introduce you to this season's enthusiastic co-hosts, Alexa Smith and Sharon Silbermann, who will explain who they are, how they met, and how RE:GEN-eration came to be! Our series represents the nexus between intergenerationality and circularity, focusing on the textile waste crisis. We touch on a variety of concepts, which will be explored further in subsequent episodes. These topics include: climate change, zero waste fashion, sustainable business, the circular economy, resource conservation and of course regeneration! We are so excited to collaborate and interact with you as our passionate audience! Episode transcript can be found here.
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January 31, 2022