40 participants, split into 6 teams, put their thinking caps on to find sustainable solutions to 3 industry challenges set by Bikini Berlin, Otto Group and TCBL over 48 hours.
On the 14th and 15th January 2019 the third edition of the Sourcebook-organised Thinkathon: the hackathon-inspired collaborative ideas workshop, took place at the Old Smithy’s Dizzle in Berlin’s Friedrichshain. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds, from the fashion and textiles industry to architecture, research, marketing, tech – and even rocket science! – from across Europe, as well as Japan and New Zealand.
Experienced systems thinking coaches were on board to help navigate the Participants through development, research, prototyping and testing, as they brought their diverse expertise together. Read the results summaries after the video, shown at the Fashionsustainconference in the first ever NEONYT Hub, during Berlin Fashion Week AW19.
TCBL: Sustainable Short Runs
How to map European manufacturing capacities for sustainable nearshoring, small batch production and short lead times?
#1 The Short Runs Toolbox
Easy-access tools and resources directory for carrying out short runs: the knowledge base includes data from existing platforms, with links to resources and services available in the TCBL network, as well as a filter/checklist to ensure only serious requests are sent to manufacturers.
#2 SHORTRUNS Agency
Agency for European designers and manufacturers that facilitates short runs by identifying partners and capacity, streamlining processes, and offering access to funding, to make short runs feasible for smaller brands and optimise capacities with manufacturers.
Otto Group: The Circular Experience
How can the circular economy be more accessible, appealing and tangible for the customer?
#3 “Blue Loop” Customer Journey
Membership scheme that allows customers to collect points based on how sustainable their purchases are, by returning used items and participating in clothes repair workshops. Points can then be used towards building up a more sustainable wardrobe.
#4 Otto Circular System
Circular community platform that offers take-back recycling and upcycling services, resale/reuse/swap shop and circular style advice. Points are awarded for returned items, which can be exchanged for sustainable products/services, or donated to enterprises/projects.
Bikini Berlin: The Future of Retail – for Good
How can shopping malls transform the retail experience to involve and activate customers at a time when sustainability is key?
#5 Bikini Fashion Clinic
Alterations clinic to promote repair and reuse over disposal to extend the life cycle of clothing. Also hosts a series of family-friendly workshops and events that aim to build a community of sustainable thinkers.
#6 Step into Sustainability
Series of walking tours of Bikini informing visitors about sustainability with interactive displays and installations. On completion, visitors receive a commemorative gift and are encouraged to subscribe to the Bikini Sustainability Newsletter.
A big Thank You and Congratulations to all the Participants, Coaches and Challenge Hosts!
If you are interested in being part of the next Thinkathon make sure to sign up to the Sourcebook Newsletter to be the first to know about our next call for participants, or if you’d like to host a challenge get in touch.