Episode 014: Interview with Adam Robertson from Kalopsia Collective

Today we’re joined by Adam from Kalopsia Collective. Kalopsia Collective is a textile batch manufacturing company which began with an aim to challenge the way textile was seen. Totally aware of the social impact of design and production, they strive to minimize the environmental impact of the business. This is by considering everything and everyone affected by their business. In this episode, Adam will share with us the challenges they’re facing as a company, especially with fabric, a load of advice to anyone looking to start a sustainable business, and much more.

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3 Key Things

  1. Becoming an ethical and sustainable business is a journey and you need to be okay with the fact that, to begin with, there are so many things that you can’t get spot on.
  2. Be very mindful of what you do.
  3. Sitting down and talking to people about your business goals and getting feedback is very important.

About Kalopsia Collective

Kalopsia Collective is a textile batch manufacturer. We make products of women’s wear and accessories like bags and home wear. Our goal was to improve the way manufacturing within textile was done on small scale and refine that system where we offer to small or medium clients in a way that’s much more effective for them.

On our website, there’s a catalog of products being produced. You can pick what you want, send us the fabric and we’ll send you a finished product that’s ready for sale.

What is your business superpower?

We’re focusing on incremental change where we’re looking at how we can keep moving things forward in new developments. I would say that obsessive nature is probably our business’ superpower. We always want to make something slightly better each time.

How does Kalopsia Collective engage its staff, suppliers, and customers with its mission and purpose?

We try and put as much information out there as possible. We found that the more our clients are engaged with the message the more positive our relationships with them are. Engaging with them has always been so important to us.

We’re a small team so we try and engage our staff with what we’re doing. We always want to know what the challenges are with what they’re doing and where things can be improved. We set aside about 30 mins to 1 hour to talk about things and people can also raise their issues, which encourages them to be engaging.

What has been your biggest struggle so far when it comes to running an ethical and sustainable business and how have you overcome it?

The biggest challenge for us is the textile waste and it’s been a challenge to minimize that as much as possible. It’s wasteful at the end and we don’t know what to do with that. We give away as much as we can to shops.

If you could offer one piece of advice to our listeners to help them with their purpose, what would that be?

I would say don’t be put off if you can’t do it perfectly, to begin with or if you can’t get everything to where you want it to be. You need to keep finding better options and always do that constantly. It’s easy to get disheartened and put off and to just give up completely if you can’t get there. We often hold things to a very high standard, and then rather than doing anything at all, we do nothing.

Can you tell us how you approach environmental management and your carbon footprints?

For us, we’re interested in looking at the economics of what we do. We find a lot of the things that are best for the environment to reduce our carbon footprint, which also saves money. These things often benefit you as a business. It’s not just about all the great that you’re doing for something that’s abstract it’s that one thing that you can do for your business to make things better and more effective.

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