Welcome to Episode 14
In this podcast episode, I’m joined by Pam Burnett, COO of Cream Collection.
Her goal is to eliminate pesticides from all forms of agriculture.
Pam was the creative director of the South African fashion brands EARTHCHILD & EARTHADDICT. She Designed and directed collections for these brands which grew organically from 3 to 23 profitable self-owned stores within 8 years.
Pam’s entrepreneurial determination delivered results, in 2015 she solely launched the “first to market” brand of Premium, Sustainable & Fashionable Hospitality attire in Australia.
In a price conscious market place, she steers the company to remain true to its values and ethics. Cream Collection proudly shares the Leaderboard of the Global Textile Exchange 100 Club, with companies like Patagonia and Armed Angels.
This leaderboard audits and publishes companies who utilise only organic cotton throughout their collections.
”I think the word “passionate” is dated. My new favourite word is “pioneer”, as by pioneering, change happens and beautiful things evolve.”
Our Small Business chat includes some of the following highlights:
Customers being ambassadors
Research, research, research
Cash flow projections
The importance of outsourcing
The Ripple Effect
“I was introduced to organic cotton in about 2004. And I realized how important organic cotton was to the planet and to communities.
I started working with organic cotton and just got more and more involved in environmental issues.
Once you start researching you are just blown away by all the negative impact that fashion has on the planet.
It was 2009 and I was sitting on my couch in Cape Town South Africa and this amazing program called Master Chef was on TV and I was watching these two pioneers were on the show. One was a chef. His name is Matt Stone and the other is Joost Bakker, and he’s a sustainable architect.
They had designed a pop up restaurant and they were just talking about sustainable produce, sustainable livestock, and sustainable restaurant procedures etc. I thought I want to be a part of that!”