TFIA Guest Blogger | Paul Castro - Out of Mind

TFIA Guest Blogger | Paul Castro - Out of Mind

This week, guest blogger Paul Castro takes us through how better environmental performance can positively effect the bottom line!

Fashion manufacturing is a major cause of environmental degradation. Most first world companies manufacture overseas in order to save money. The resulting pollution, being out of sight, is also out of mind.

But things are changing, for a very powerful reason. Profit! Companies are starting to realise that better environmental performance can positively affect the bottom line.


Clean by Design’, for example, is a program created in the USA by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council). Its goal is to reduce the environmental impact of textile manufacturing in developing countries, by implementing a ‘green supply chain’.

In order to execute this efficiency management program, the NRDC developed 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution. These best practices are divided across three main areas: Water (e.g.: reuse of cooling or process water), Energy (e.g.: recover heat from hot rinse water) and Electricity (e.g.: optimize compressed air system).

The program focuses on textile dyeing and finishing in over 50 mills around the world. Improvements in efficiency are “high impact, low-cost, profitable, with a short payback period of usually less than a year”.

The bottom line results? Savings on average of U$ 440,000 and up to U$3.5 million for the top mill, in the first year.

Linda Greer, director of NRDC’s health and environment program states:

‘Every one of the textile mills that has participated in ‘Clean by Design’… improved its environmental performance and saved money’.

A fantastic way to save money, whilst protecting the environment.


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Paul Castro is one of TFIA's Student Members, and is currently undertaking his Masters in Fashion & Textile Design at RMIT University. Paul will be guest blogging for the TFIA over the coming months to keep you updated on issues of ethical and sustainable Fashion across the global supply chain. You can read more on Paul and his work HERE!


Thanks for reading!

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"I am a girl in a hurry to crack the world of fashion, my goal is to have my name and label up in lights alongside Chanel and Jimmy Choo." Stephanie Jones

Stephanie already runs her own label called Stelle Di Notte featuring children's wear, soon set to expand into flower-girl dresses and bridal wear. Her first range, Holy Communion Dresses, and more of the Stelle Di Notte label can be seen here!  

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Having recently completed year 10 at Chisholm Catholic College, Stephanie is also studying The Business of Fashion Course part time at TAFE with a focus on learning how to run her own business. Her achievements to date include representing her school at the Australian Apex Teenage Fashion Awards for the last two years, the first year of which she was the youngest designer.

More recently, Stephanie also ran her own fashion parade fundraiser. The event took place in the Perth CBD, exposing her creations to a wider audience and building her presence in the local industry. So what does this young designer have planned next?

"In the future I am planning to study fashion in university, leading me internationally to places like New York which is my dream."

The TFIA looks forward to working with Stephanie and supporting her journey through the industry. Want to keep updated? You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook or contact her at

Thanks for Reading!

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Meet | Paul Castro

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