This led us from footwear into the ‘upcycling’ of corporate textiles, turning waste materials like end of use uniforms into desirable products such as hand bags from Virgin Atlantic airline seat covers and Train Manager’s bags for Eurostar’s staff. The company has worked on a number ground-breaking products and projects with other global brands, including Virgin Balloon Flights, Marks and Spencer and McDonald’s. But this still wasn’t enough by itself. It became clear there was a better way to design out textile waste and design in ‘closed loop’ solutions. The team is currently engaged in full time development of a circular recycling technology for the textile and clothing industry, working closely with its’ development partners, H&M and Kering Group’s Sports & Lifestyle brand Puma.
Cyndi began her career as a film maker in music videos and documentaries which over time evolved into a deep interest in global economics and its impacts on society and the environment. She was responsible for the creation of Anti-Apathy, a sustainable lifestyles organisation set up in 2001. From this, Worn Again was born with the aim of eradicating textiles waste. She also helped to co-found the RE:Fashion Awards, the world’s first Sustainable Fashion Awards in London in 2008.
As an award winning entrepreneur, Cyndi has been chosen as a Courvoisier Future 500 Ambassador, a Force for Good Pioneer by Tomorrow’s Company and an Enterprise UK Ambassador.
He has worked in the apparel business for over 20 years, gaining wide experience in sourcing, product design, research and development, and international sales in the process. He is passionate about innovation, both in product and thinking, and the need to go beyond mere compliance to bring about sustainable and socially responsible trade.
Nick is a serial entrepreneur: he has built and sold one business; in another business he increased turnover from £2m to £12m in Europe, and then, as head of global business development, increased turnover from £24m to £32m, culminating in the successful sale of the company and exit for the founders. He has consulted successfully with other businesses, including a start-up shoe company, a manufacturing agency and factory in Vietnam, and a high tech Taiwanese innovator. He has also worked with many of the leading brands and retailers in the world, including Nike, Puma, Timberland, M&S and Intersport amongst others.
Ashley joined Worn Again in 2016 to work on the development of the process for separating mixed cotton and polyester waste, drawing on his expertise in the cellulose field.
He studied Chemistry at the University of York, gaining an MChem degree in 2011, after which he moved to Finland to pursue a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Helsinki.
Over the course of 5 years he researched the synthesis and application of ionic liquids and organic electrolyte solutions to dissolving cellulose, for use in the manufacture of cellulosic fibres. Along with his thesis, he has published peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on this topic and has presented at high profile international conferences in his field.
He is passionate about the application of chemistry to sustainability and solving problems and hopes his research can contribute to the development of a circular economy for textiles.
Joshua joined Worn Again in 2017 to further develop and understand the chemistry pertinent to our textile to textile process. He studied Chemistry, Resources and the Environment from the University of York, obtaining his MChem degree in 2013, following which he began a PhD in Chemistry with the University of York in partnership with TWI ltd, which he completed in 2017.
During his PhD, he researched the connection between physical properties of protic ionic liquid systems to their corresponding molecular interactions, allowing for a deeper insight into what governs the solvation behaviour in these systems. He has collaborated with numerous research groups, published multiple peer-reviewed scientific articles and presented at various high profile international conferences in his field.
His motivation as a research scientist comes from an innate desire to better understand chemical systems, and to use fundamental knowledge to better a chemical process either in terms of performance or sustainability.
As a researcher at Worn Again since 2012, Mel is working to map the global volume and flows of PET & cellulosic textile resources including end-of-use textiles which will become the feedstock for Worn Again’s process. Mel is also collaborating with partners on circular supply chain projects including the Interreg NWE Fibersort project.
She studied fashion in Australia, Denmark and graduated from the university of Hertfordshire in England with a thesis entitled ‘Sustainable fashion consumerism – A look at how polyester fashion consumption could become environmentally sustainable’.
Working with a values driven business marries perfectly with her passion for the environment, sustainable fashion and circular economics.
Outside of work she is hooked on ballet classes, skydiving and loves to travel.
In recent years, Binoy has moved his focus towards working with smaller companies and helping them to develop their businesses for the future. Binoy sees the good work that Worn Again are doing for social enterprise and hopes to help the company grow and achieve its ambitions and aspirations for social change. Outside of work, Binoy enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons.
Worn Again is supported by a strong board of directors from fashion retail, science, engineering, academia, and entrepreneurship.