Thinking Outside of the Flower
Brianna Kilcullen, Founder, Anact
Conventional cotton uses 24% of the world's pesticides and is the world's thirstiest crop depleting our water resources and polluting river basins. It also depletes the soil and poisons the land. What are our options? Cue, hemp. This presentation will do a deep dive into the opportunity that hemp fiber holds for the textile industry.
Brianna Kilcullen is a sustainability and supply chain consultant, entrepreneur, speaker and overall hemp hustler. She has worked in the apparel industry for most of her career for companies such as prAna, a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear, and Under Armour. She has traveled to over 40+ countries and has worked in factories on almost every continent. She was Under Armour’s first ever full-time sustainability employee based out of Baltimore, MD. Prior to working in the apparel industry, she lived in Uganda post-civil war and traveled and worked on agribusiness initiatives on the northern Ugandan and South Sudanese border. She has also lived in South Africa where she studied human rights and race relations. She is launching a hemp towel company that is better for people and the planet in Summer 2019. She has been featured in publications such as Marijuana Business Magazine and Range, an outdoor publication. She also sits on Florida's Hemp Advisory Board, advocating for hemp fiber supply chain infrastructure in Florida. She graduated from The George Washington University International Business program and is an avid traveler and dual citizen in Ireland and the United States that welcomes conversations around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, Africa and her favorite Chance the Rapper song (it’s ever evolving).