About Seed to Self

Our Vision

To shift the paradigm in the textile industry to a socially and environmentally sustainable future. 

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Our Mission

To cultivate responsible practices in the textile industry through self-enquiry, education, leadership and creative programmes. 

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Our Values

Our values-based practice is central to how we operate within the organisation and with our stakeholders. In the spirit of true empowerment and respect for the natural environment, all stakeholders have it within themselves to nurture mutual and spiritual wellbeing.

  • Transparency and openness
  • Accountability
  • Participation and diversity
  • Best practice
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Optimism

Our Principles are
  • Self-Inquiry
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Trust
  • Care
  • Compassion

About the Team

Theresa Grantham

Co-founder

An haute-couture fashion consultant and dynamic businesswoman based in New Zealand, Theresa knew there must be a better way to service the fashion industry with a clear conscience. She set out to change the karma of clothing and ended up launching Seed to Self to be a laboratory for social innovation and transformation.

Gijs Spoor

Co-founder

Ashoka India Fellow, Gijs Spoor, is a trained agricultural engineer, social entrepreneur and consultant. He successfully set up two organic fairtrade cotton value chain companies and trained 15,000 farmers over the last 12 years. He then launched a social entrepreneurship incubator. GIjs also hosts a leadership learning hub for the Presencing Institute, set up by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) professor, Otto Scharmer.

Our Story

To date, Seed to Self has initiated three programmes: a flagship product range, a fashion design institute programme (Seed to Self Matatika) and a professional learning journey (Seed to Self Journey). We have prototyped other programmes to complement our three core activities, including an international high school exchange and mentoring for small to medium fashion enterprises.

Seed to Self Matatika

Seed to Self Matatika

Seed to Self Matatika supports fashion design students, as future leaders in the industry, to use their role to make fashion a force for powerful positive change and shape the future of fashion.

Seed to Self Journey

Seed to Self Journey

Seed to Self Journey is about transforming fashion and textile industry practices at a time which demands radical and genuine change by following the Indian cotton textile value chain from its source to its final destination, meeting organic farmers, artisans and other workers behind the scenes.

The Value Chain Story

The Value Chain Story

The flagship product range is a manifestation of the path of our own learning journey into ethical and transparent value chain development, including all the bottlenecks and complexities.

The Future is Bright

Going forward, Seed to Self wants to further develop successful programmes that inspire and connect change-makers across the industry and grow the movement for transformation. For this, we seek to partner with fashion colleges, institutes, designers, brands, manufacturers and research organisations to leverage joint networks and knowledge.

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