Turning a disruptive innovation for circular fashion to life


How was our guest today able to create a technology to be able to close the loop in our production and disposal of clothing? What does it take to come up with a disruptive idea for sustainability and bring it to life? Patricia Ermecheo, CEO and Founder of Osom Brand and OSOMTEX, shares her wisdom with us on this episode. Let's dive in.

This is a conversation on Green Dreamer Podcast with Kaméa Chayne, a show exploring environmental and intersectional sustainability from ideas to life. Subscribe to Green Dreamer on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or any podcast app and let’s learn what it takes to thrive in every sense of the word!


[2:02] What first inspired Patricia's passion for nature. 

[4:30] What got Patricia into the world of sustainable fashion. 

[6:35] Patricia: "I was told many, many times that it was going to be impossible by the most experienced textile engineers... but it is possible and we've done it."

[9:20] Patricia: "It is absolutely world-changing because we don't need to keep exploiting the earth with all these virgin resources like cotton. And we don't need water or dyes to make this, so therefore the oceans and rivers aren't going to get contaminated by it. Sometimes it's so amazing that people can't even understand!" 

[9:50] Kaméa: "What's OSOMTEX doing differently than other textile recycling programs?" 

[12:27] Patricia: "If you make things easy and fast, people will start to use it more. So I wanted to make it fast and accessible." 

[13:24] Kaméa: "Can this be recycled an indefinite number of times?" 

[15:21] Patricia's biggest challenge in building Osom Brand and what she's found to be most effective in spreading the word about the brand. 

[18:13] Kaméa: "What keeps you going and gives you the courage to keep putting yourself out there?" 

[22:17] What it meant to Patricia when Osom Brand was featured as one of the most disruptive technologies in the fashion industry. 

[23:35] Kaméa: "What's your best advice for someone who has a disruptive idea that they're just getting started with?" 

[25:25] Patricia: "Start trying to change your regular habits and lifestyle in a way that will give you more of a peace of mind, so that you can achieve your dream with no stress." 

[26:39] Patricia: "People need to choose their sacrifices wisely in order to achieve their dreams."

[26:46] Kaméa: "What do you think we need most today to accelerate towards a thriving planet?"   

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To follow: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Conservation International, Fashion Revolution, EcoAge, and EcoAlf

Words of inspiration: "Nothing, I just have a very strong conviction about this mission." 

Health tip: "Eat super clean. And yoga." 

Green tip: "Make sure you are supporting the right brands when you make a purchase." 

Element of hope: "The trend of saving the planet is becoming a thing." 

Words of Wisdom: "Keep dreaming big! Believe in yourself. Be in nature as much as possible. Have empathy."   

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