Circular Design Award Winners announced at Gala event!
Celebrating Excellence in Circular Design, we unveil the winners of the inaugural awards and spotlight the best of emerging sustainable fashion design at the Gala celebration in Auckland!
Industry Value and Sustainable Pathways Report
We’re excited to announce the Economic and Sustainability Impact report EY NZ is producing on behalf of New Zealand's clothing and textile industry, and how you can get involved.
Circular Design Award Presentation Event
Join us as we unveil the finalists of the Circular Design Award 2023! This exciting Award presentation event will celebrate the inaugural finalists of the Award with an exhibition of their entries.
Our Impact 2023
Find out about the impact we've created over 2023 as we work to build an innovative, full-circle and thriving future for the fashion and textiles industry in Aotearoa. We've put together a highlight reel and a timeline to share our progress over the last four years.
This is the Way! Climate Action in NZ's Fashion Industry
Fast fashion is routinely lambasted for its climate and environmental performance – and justiﬁably so. But the sector in this country is not sitting on its hands. Kia Ora October 2023 spotlights our climate action work in NZ's fashion and textile industry.
Expert tips: How to shop for clothes that last
Mindful Fashion stresses the importance of supporting locals in this article from One News highlighting tips on how to shop for clothes that last, with insights from industry experts on where to shop, what to look out for when choosing what to buy, and how to use and care for clothes.
How sustainable is Fashion Week, really?
The role of Fashion Week is evolving due to technology and the rise of fast fashion, and as our CE says, it has a responsibility to promote responsible engagement with fashion. Mindful Fashion adds its voice to this article exploring the changing nature of NZFW.
Mindful Fashion launches inaugural Circular Design Award!
The Mindful Fashion Circular Design Award is a sustainable design competition that challenges creatives to reimagine the fashion system in Aotearoa, using the dual lens of our unique place in the world and the circular economy, to find innovative ways to keep textiles in use.
MFNZ succeeds in advocacy for Machinist Skills training
After 2.5 years of engagement and advocacy, we are pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved recognition of the critical need for skills training for Sewing Machinists in the NZ apparel and textile sector by Hanga-Aro-Rau the Manufacturing Workforce Development Council.
Clothing waste: Does NZ need a tax on fast fashion?
With the recent launch of the Australian Textile Product Stewardship Scheme, Lisa Owen from RNZ's Checkpoint asked our CE Jacinta FitzGerald if NZ needs a tax on clothing entering the NZ market.
TMNZ’s Position as a For-Purpose Business
Tax Management NZ is a for-purpose business, dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the environment. Through its philanthropic arm, Whakatupu Aotearoa TMNZ funds impact initiatives including Mindful Fashion NZ.
Mindful Fashion unveils Fashion Industry Climate Action Toolkit
Mindful Fashion has today unveiled its Climate Action toolkit for clothing & textile businesses. The toolkit has been developed after a successful pilot in 2022 took 10 businesses through a programme to measure their emissions and develop reduction strategies.
Fashion is making some progress on sustainability, this is what needs to come next
10 years on from the Rana plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, our CE Jacinta FitzGerald looks at what progress the industry has made, and where we need to see more ambitious action to address fashions impacts.
Mindful Fashion AGM 2023
We welcomed the Mindful Fashion community from across Aotearoa to our 2023 AGM hosted by the Mindful Fashion Board and Chief Executive Jacinta FitzGerald, where we announced our new Chair Juliette Hogan.
Challenges and opportunities with Textile Waste
Mindful Fashion adds its voice to further illuminate the growing textile waste issues and opportunities in Aotearoa, explored in this segment by TVNZ 1 News.
Viva x Mindful Fashion video series Behind The Seams
Introducing the VIVA x MINDFUL FASHION video series Behind The Seams: What It's really like to work in fashion. We look at the often overlooked roles in the fashion industry and uncover what it’s like to work for some of the country’s leading fashion brands.
Tax Management New Zealand’s Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation invests back into NZ.
TMNZ invests 100% of its profits back into Aotearoa. Its philanthropic partner Whakatupu Aotearoa shares the impact of working with Mindful Fashion New Zealand.
Issues with Fast Fashion and Textile waste in New Zealand
Mindful Fashion Chief Executive Jacinta FitzGerald talks to One Breakfast about fast fashion, why we need to move to a more circular economy to reduce waste, and what some businesses in NZ are doing about it.
Cactus Outdoor's Repair Programme
Mindful Fashion member Cactus Outdoor and Albion Clothing talked to Seven Sharp about their repair programme keeping quality clothes in use for longer.
Being Mindful in Fashion - Metropol Magazine
Metropol spotlights our work alongside one of our industries leading voices Peri Drysdale from Untouched World.
Mindful Fashion Climate Action Programme - Measuring NZ's Apparel Industry
Good Magazine spotlights how Mindful Fashion's Climate Action Programme supports fashion businesses in New Zealand on their decarbonisation journey.
Bin should be last resort for clothing waste - Mindful Fashion
Programme Director Jacinta FitzGerald speaks with Radio New Zealand about the growing issue of textile waste in Aotearoa, a challenge we need to address at a system level, starting with awareness and education.
Mindful Fashion Meet & Greet Christchurch
Mindful Fashion New Zealand Meet & Greet hosted at the Untouched World cafe in Christchurch. An evening of connecting and learning, and the opportunity to meet and connect with others from the industry.
Design for Disassembly - Circular Design
One of our key work streams at Mindful Fashion is activating the circular economy for our clothing in Aotearoa through circular design. We kickstarted this work with a circular design workshop for our members.
Textile Exchange Climate+ Stories from The Field
Mindful Fashion had the honour of partnering with Textile Exchange last week to bring Climate +, Stories from the Field to the local fashion and textiles industry in New Zealand.
Hanga-Aro-Rau Introduces their Skills and Workforce Leadership Plan
Mindful Fashion are proud to be featured as a spotlight industry in the first Skills and Workforce Leadership Plan developed by Hanga Aro Rau, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council.
PwC New Zealand partners with Mindful Fashion
Mindful Fashion is delighted to announce a strategic relationship with PWC New Zealand that will see the firm’s Legal team provide pro bono services to help the fashion industry’s transition to a sustainable future.
Mindful Fashion launches Climate Action Programme
Mindful Fashion New Zealand today launched its Climate Action Programme, an initiative designed to catalyse action and support the local clothing and textiles industry on its decarbonisation journey.
Jacinda Ardern knows the importance of New Zealand Fashion
Jacinda supports New Zealand designers during her US tour in May 2022. She wore a hot pink suit made in the Auckland suburb of Morningside by NZ designer and Mindful Fashion Board Member Juliette Hogan on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Mindful Fashion Modern Slavery Submission
Mindful Fashion has submitted a response to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) proposed legislation, to address modern slavery and worker exploitation in supply chains and operations.
New Zealand’s Fashion and Textile industry Skills Landscape
A skilled workforce plays a critical role in the development of an innovative, full-circle and thriving fashion and textiles industry in Aotearoa. Mindful Fashion, with industry and tertiary education providers, has mapped the skills landscape to identify gaps and opportunities.
Industry Recruitment - Reflections and Areas of Growth
Julie Malone from Apparel HR reflects on recruitment in the industry for 2020-21, highlighting the roles and skills that are in demand for 2022 and beyond, where the growth areas are and what employers are looking for.
No repeating the cycle
New Zealand is not immune to the environmental and social impacts created by the fashion industry. Sonia Yee from New Zealand Institute of Directors looks at the role of Boards in addressing Aotearoa's Fashion Industry challenges.
Mindful Fashion AGM 2022
Mindful Fashion was joined by members and partners from across the country for its AGM in April 2022. We announced new projects and were entertained and challenged by guest speaker Kate Hall!
Mindful Fashion launches Sustainability Insights Report 2021
Mindful Fashion NZ releases its inaugural Sustainability Insights Report, an industry first for New Zealand. The report demonstrates the collective progress being made in the NZ fashion industry and presents a path forward for positive sustainability action.
Mindful Fashion NZ partner with Raw Assembly for educational series
Mindful Fashion New Zealand recently partnered with Raw Assembly Australia to create a five part education series that unpacks the complexities of standards and certifications in the fashion and textile industry.