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Podcast – The circular economy playbook, episode 17: Reclaiming luxury’s social impact with Marie Cudennec Carlisle

In this episode, Ali and Sarah interview guest Marie Cudennec Carlisle, CEO and co-founder of luxury furniture design business and social enterprise Goldfinger. They are recipients of a grant awarded by ReLondon’s business transformation programme thanks to the Mayor of London’s Green New Deal. Goldfinger create beautifully bespoke furniture from reclaimed and sustainable wood. Profit is put back into the Goldfinger Academy, where they teach woodworking skills to marginalised young people from the local community. In addition, they run a volunteer-led community kitchen, delivering meals to vulnerable residents in the local community.

Ali and Marie discuss the origins of the business, challenges to its supply chain and how its circular principles mean greater social impact Goldfinger has on the community it serves.

Resources mentioned throughout the episode:

Report: The circular economy at work: Jobs and skills for London’s low carbon future

Case study: Girasole Taste of Italy waste reduction

Redistribution of surplus food: The Felix Project, City Harvest

Food saving apps: Karma, Too Good To Go, OLIO

Repair workshops and classes: Petit Miracles, The Good Life Centre, The School of Stuff

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Hosted by: Ali Moore – Head of communications @ ReLondon / Sarah Beaton – Senior project manager @ ReLondon

Produced by: Cecilia Law, Corporate communications manager @ ReLondon

Podcast producer and episode editing by: Podcast Pioneers

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