Shelly Gottschamer, responsible for Constructive Interference at Circular Systems, has twenty years of diverse experience leveraging sustainability and sourcing to create business value, with significant background in apparel that spans all phases of global sourcing strategies, technologies, and trends.
Circular Systems is a materials science company focused on creating a net positive impact on our environment, society, and economy through innovation. Its circular plus regenerative technologies provide systemic solutions for transforming waste into valuable fiber, yarn, and fabrics for the fashion industry.
Circular Systems was recently onboarded as a recycler to our Circular Fashion Partnership, we asked Gottschamer five questions to find out more:
What inspired you to make a difference in the apparel industry?
“I’ve been fortunate and have visited a lot of different manufacturing facilities, and through my travels I have seen the impacts first-hand and up close. I soon realized I was able to make a difference and have since focused my career on efforts to improve the industry.”
Can you tell us more about how Circular Systems has helped to drive sustainability in the apparel industry?
“At Circular Systems we believe that zero impact is not enough, we must move fast and at scale, to reach beneficial impact. Together we have to raise the bar across the industry.
Circular Systems Texloop Rcot Primo process has redefined quality, the recycled cotton ring spun counts we produce are the finest available and are recognized by GRS (PD00067).”
What do you believe are the most critical challenges that we need to overcome to implement a circular fashion system?
“Design is the tip of the arrow and designing products to be circular is imperative. Ahead of design we need to think about the entire system and invest in technologies that will quickly move us past zero impact and achieve scale.”
How do you think the Circular Fashion Partnership can make an impact in Bangladesh?
“Bangladesh is an important manufacturing region and focusing our efforts on the source will move us forward and drive impact.”
What does an ideal future for circular fashion look like to you?
“We do not over consume, we repair and reuse first, and our spent textiles have value and are not thrown away.”
Read more about the Circular Fashion Partnership here.