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Ben Galloway, Founder of Trash Footwear Ben is the founder of Trash Footwear - Trash Footwear began when Ben Galloway of Raglan made a pair of sandals from his old jeans to take on his OE. Three years of walking the world wore through the ‘new’ sole but not the ‘old’ jeans! The idea brewed as Ben also saw parts of the world awash in waste!

Melissa McMahon, Chief Evangelist of Trash Footwear Melissa is the chief evangelist of Trash Footwear and the creative director of Circulate; which co-ordinates pop-up events, actions and design opportunities that raise awareness around current perceptions of ‘waste’.

Andrew Howson, Manager of Sitka NZ Andrew Howson is the owner and manager of Sitka’s flagship store in NZ - A little over five years ago the 30-year-old Parnell resident was working as a graphic designer and had no knowledge of the retail world. Sitka, won the People’s Choice award at the inaugural BNZ Newmarket Business Excellence Awards in 2012. Andrew and his team have created a store that’s about more than just selling clothes.

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