Bernadette Casey

Bernadette Casey

Founder and Creative Director of The Formary (New Zealand)

Founder and Creative Director of The Formary® a textile research and development company specialising in the development of ground-breaking fabrics from agricultural and post-industrial fibre waste. Established in 2008 The Formary® consults to organisations worldwide, diverting textile waste from landfill transforming end-of-life textiles into valuable feedstock for new products.

Her first client was global coffee giant Starbucks, their two year collaborative project created closed loop solutions from Starbuck’s vast supply of used coffee sacks. Resulting in WoJo® a high performance, award winning upholstery fabric.

This was followed by Mibu® an interior fabric created from surplus straw generated from rice harvesting. Mibu® was selected by the organisers of the World Exposition 2015 in Milan. “Feeding the Planet / Energy for Life” Mibu® intersects food and textiles and has since been exhibited in France and Korea.

The Formary is currently leading the NZ Textile Reuse Programme. A collaborative project with NZ leading corporations and organisations, developing scalable circular solutions for end-of-life clothing and textiles.

A TedX Speaker and the recipient of awards from HRH Prince Charles and UK sustainable design guru Kevin McCloud for her ground-breaking work in textile development. She is the topic of a Forward Film documentary, highlighting exceptional people and world-changing ideas that are impacting the course of human development.