Circular Transmission Conference: IKEA/ZWS/ECA Paper by Shirley McLauchlan



The 2 aims of this project was to investigate the possibility of using redundant textile material as a new source to design with, and to engage a group of textile students with sustainability and the circular economy.

This practical project will encourage students to ‘test’ out contemporary theories in relation to sustainability and textiles. The project aims to turn textile material with no commercial value into products that have a commercial value.

KEYWORDS: Textiles; Circular Economy; Surplus; Sustainability; Commercial; Knowledge exchange; Resources.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca


IKEA – Sofie Rogers – Sustainability Regional Leader North

ZWS – Lynn Wilson – Key accounts manager

ECA Shirley Mclauchlan – Senior Lecturer textile department

ETC 3rd year textile students ECA

A practical project exploring The CE (Circular Economy) /Sustainability and what to do with surplus textile material.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca


STAGmap #1 Launched!

STAG is delighted to announce the launch of STAGmap, an online tool which enables users to search via skill or specialism to discover fashion and textile programmes on offer at STAG member institutions.


You can search by skill:


Or by specialism:


This is phase 1 of development of STAGmap, if you have any recommendations or feedback please let us know at

Visit STAGmap now!

Future Skills Summit 4 Oct 16


Event Aim: To explore opportunities for collaboration between the Scottish textiles industry and the FE/HE education sector to drive leadership and skills development

STAG invites industry professionals working in textiles, leather or fashion sectors in Scotland, Further & Higher Education professionals and public sector partner agencies to join the conversation at the Textiles Future Skills Summit.

9.45am – 4.00pm, Tuesday 4 October, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art


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Dr Alison Gwilt Open Lecture 6.30pm 19 April

Last lecture in the series of Circular Economy Lectures delivered in partnership by Zero Waste Scotland and STAG.  Learn from Sheffield Hallam University researcher Dr Alison Gwilt about zero waste pattern design at a free open lecture with Q&A session.

The lectures have received excellent feedback and enhanced student and staff understanding of the circular economy in relation to fashion and textiles, don’t miss the final one! Reserve your free ticket or just come along tomorrow evening.

When? 6.30pm Tuesday 19 April

Where? Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus

Pattern Design Masterclass with Dr Gwilt 20 April

“Zero Waste Pattern Design” is the fifth and final masterclass of the Zero Waste Scotland series for the textile industry.

How does the Circular Economy work in practice? Is concern only at the end of life? Dr Alison Gwilt tackles zero waste pattern design through innovative cutting approaches that push efficiency of materials, fashion and textile design and production.
This Masterclass will be broken into two engaging sessions.

The morning workshop will introduce the practical strategies that can be employed to reduce textile waste during manufacture and use. Through a series of mini exercises, participants will examine their own design practice, and will look at where and how textile waste is created during the lifecycle of the garments they produce.
The afternoon will be a practical hands–on workshop session, where participants will directly experience some of the waste reduction approaches that can be employed to reduce and avoid waste during production and extend garment longevity during use. The practical activities involve pattern making and garment construction exercises, and participants will be encouraged to work individually and collectively to test approaches.

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New textiles qualification – we need your views!

Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry

Working with colleagues in industry, colleges and schools, the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership has identified an opportunity to develop a new qualification – Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry.

This new award will:-

  • introduce learners to a range of job roles within the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop their knowledge of the journey taken by textile products from raw material to finished product
  • develop practical skills used in the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop learners to become effective job seekers and employees
  • develop a positive and responsible attitude to work
  • develop communication and team-working skills

A Qualification Development Team – with representatives from schools, colleges and industry – has been working to draft the content of this proposed new award and we would like now to consult with the wider school and college community to get your feedback.

The survey can be accessed here and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Kennedy at