GTF Berlin 27 - Olska [EN]

I’m Jos and I’m working on research in circular economy and automotive sector, and I would like to know your point of view. If you accept, I’m going to record our conversation, transcribe it and put the transcription with a pseudonym, not with your real name in a repository of text documents that will be used for the research. If you do this and you change your mind later, get in touch with us and we will immediately remove your interview from the repository. I’m leaving you in the information sheet with contact informations. So the first question. No. First, do you agree? And your first name, please?

Yeah. Olska Green. I’m the founder of Sustainable Fashion Brand Oscar based in Portugal. The name was Oscar. Oscar, Yeah. Yes.

Oscar. Okay. Thank you, Oscar. So the first question, can you define circular economy in your own words?

Circular economy. When you create work and live in that way that you reuse, recycle and resell or re redesign, especially, for example, in my work, I’m a fashion designer and I always think how to reuse, how to recycle used clothes. Or if we are if we produce new collection, how we use already not raw materials, but recycled materials. Yeah.

Do you participate in a circular economy yourself in any aspect of your life?

Of course. In my profession, yeah. We create only collections. Zero waste to two types of collection. Upcycling is from use clothes from. We buy second hand clothes and recycle it, redesign it and the second one new collections but from recycled materials with eco certificates. Yeah.

How did you become interested in circular economy ideas and practices?

Because I have two kids. I live in a beautiful country with beautiful nature and I want to save this nature. I want to save this planet for my kids and for future generations. And my kids had allergy from chemicals. And I, I, I wanted to change something. And step by step, a small step. We can change even the whole fashion industry because we, we, we every everyone can choose what to buy and what to sell. Yeah. And everyone can choose sustainable products and everyone can understand how it will be impact for your skin, for environment. And I want to produce the clothes that not harmful for your skin and not harmful for environment.

Very nice. In your opinion, can a circular economy be implemented in individual sectors or industries?

Yeah, of course. Of course. It’s I think it’s it’s also implemented in the individual and the industries because in in these industries entrepreneurs should understand in each stage of production how to reduce waste and how to use recycling. And in individuals of course in home life and everyday life of course also you can understand how to use your waste or how to buy or not buy these things. Or so it’s also about awareness, about education, about understanding and changing their habits. Yeah.

Do you think the circular economy already exists in the car industry?

Uh, I. Yeah, they try. They try. Yeah. And I respect that. They already do some things and some steps towards the whole sustainability. And I know that some brands use recycled materials also in inside for materials in the car or also electric car. But I’m not sure I’m not specialist in car. I’m not sure that production is sustainable. But of course for a long time, for a long distance, of course it’s much better than oil. Yeah. Yeah.

Do you currently own a car?


Which kind?


Young or older car.

Uh, five years. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

So when is the one objective that come to mind when you think about electronics in a car? What is the first thought? Electronics. What do you think about it?

You mean electric car?