The UK fashion industry is the country's fourth-largest carbon emitter - in an age of climate emergency, the sector must respond. Sophia Zielinksi-Keall shares the barriers to creating a sustainable clothing industry
I work primarily within our Sustainable Business team and joined Bioregional in June 2019. Since then, I’ve helped support Kingfisher on a range of projects leading up to its annual sustainability reporting period and have also worked with them on their Sustainable Home Products programme.
I’ve also worked with a large UK charity shop retailer to help identify areas for sustainability improvement across its operations.
I had worked in the retail industry for more than six years. My journey started within womenswear at Karen Millen and I then transitioned into menswear at Topman. More recently, I worked for online fashion retailer ASOS, where my passion for sustainability within retail really took off.
As a merchandiser at ASOS, I built and delivered profitable product ranges through working with buyers, designers and global suppliers. Alongside this, I completed The Sustainability Fundamentals course developed by the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), and later became the merchandising representative in wider ethical sourcing and sustainability meetings.
When I'm not at work
I love to swim, cycle and run and took part in a few triathlons and aquathons last summer. My goal is to complete an Ironman one day - eek! I’m a lover a good food and when trying out new recipes, I’ve been known to cause chaos in the kitchen.