Bernadette Casey is the Founder and Creative Director of The Formary a textile research and development company which is currently leading the Textile Reuse Programme, a collaboration between New Zealand industry, government and social enterprise building the systems and technology to extract much greater value from our clothing, significantly reduce environmental impacts and save resources.
The Formary’s ground-breaking work in sustainable development has won them several awards including awards from HRH Prince Charles and UK sustainable design guru Kevin. The company is also the topic of a Forward Focus Film documentary, highlighting world-changing ideas that are impacting the course of human development.
Bernadette writes about sustainability and fashion for a number of magazines and was guest writer for “Melting Point” a book about global warming published by Penguin in 2008. A University guest lecturer, she has spoken at the Social Enterprise World Forum on Guardianship, Stewardship and the Environment from a clothing perspective and at the Global Fashion Conference 2018. She holds an MSc in Marketing, her research explored ethical consumer purchasing behaviour for which she was awarded a University of Liverpool Dissertation of the Year.