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Fullscreen capture 7072016 90432 AM.bmpMud Jeans leases jeans. When they are returned they are resold as vintage jeans with the story of the adventures they have had so far. When they are no longer useful as jeans the cotton is recycled as yarn that is woven into sweaters.

Bert van Son from Mud Jeans is in Australia using his knowledge of the circular economy to advise Australia Post how to redesign uniforms with the final destination of the uniform materials in mind.

He argues that Generation Y is no longer satisfied with built in obsolescence.

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The circular economy movement is about sustainable development and reusing, repurposing and redesigning products with recycling as a final step.

WA is becoming a leader in this as we move  from the resources boom to creating jobs in a sustainable economy.

In June we were the only state to host one of the world’s Open Source Circular Economy events, we can’t keep up with the demand for Coderdojos  and groups like enkel  are bringing together changemakers, from school students to grandmothers, who are experimenting with new approaches to designing and creating for the future.

If you are in WA and would like to start learning about Redesigning Futures contact me and I will try to match you with a mentor, group or workshop to kick start your journey.

 

Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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