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Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast with Crispina ffrench
Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast with Crispina ffrench

Circularity in Business and Mindset – Connecting with Lise-Anne and Scott Cooledge of Outerknown’s Project Vermont

Episode 28 Link Box - We've Got You Covered! Dive in:

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    Outerknown - Project Vermont Collection: Outerknown's Project Vermont
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    More About Outerknown:  
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    Project Vermont on Instagram:  @projectvermont
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    Mention - the Bernie Sanders Mittens Meme:  Bernie's Famous Vermont Mittens
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    Mention - West Carter and A New Earth: https://anewearthproject.com/
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    2021 Local News Article Featuring the Cooledges: St. Albans Messenger Article
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    Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling SUMMIT:  2023 Rags to Riches Summit

Meet Lise-Anne and Scoot Cooledge, founders and operators of Outerknown’s Project Vermont, Rags to Riches 2023 Summit Presenters, and our guests today for Episode 28 of the Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast with Crispina ffrench! 

Outerknown Project Vermont Logo

Outerknown is an industry leader in textile upcycling and economic circularity, and their Project Vermont chapter is an exciting example of how their vision can be transformed and customized to the unique vision of its creators as well as the unique needs of the local and regional community where it thrives.

Lise-Anne Cooledge - Head Honch at Outerknown's Project Vermont
Lise-Anne and Scott talk with Crispina about their collaboration with Outerknown to divert textiles from landfills while nurturing a mindset of community and economic circularity from the epicenter of their work in rural St. Albans City, VT, USA.

Project Vermont is truly a collaborative effort in circularity – Scott enjoys refurbishing vintage sewing machines (among other “collateral,” as he likes to call the kind of castoff, out-of-order machinery that he rescues and fixes up). The majority of the product created for Project Vermont is stitched up on old Singers that Scott has nursed back to health himself!

Project Vermont Sweater Mittens


When you think about the repurposed materials that go into the products, the local labor employed in the workshop, and the larger vision of global sustainability embodied by Outerknown, you really start to understand the ripple effect of the Cooledge’s impact with Project Vermont!

If you enjoy this podcast episode as much as we do, you can catch Lise-Anne and Scott as Summit Presenters at the rapidly approaching Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Summit from May 17-19. This is a 3-day, all-online event with FREE tickets. We’ll see you there!

Are you ready to be energized, inspired, and supported? This is the Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Podcast!

Outerknown's Project Vermont - Storefront Location on Main Street in St. Albans VT

Project Vermont has a physical location in St. Albans! You can find them and their team of sewists (mostly working away on their refurbished vintage sewing machines!) at:

46 North Main St.
St. Albans City, VT 05478

Come shop where they create the magic!

Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Project Vermont collection by Outerknown!

Project Vermont Blanket Shirt Pillows

Project Vermont Blanket Shirt Plaid Pillow

Project Vermont Small Blanket Shirt Dog Bed Cover

Project Vermont Small Blanket Shirt Dog Bed Cover

Project Vermont Sweater Mittens

Project Vermont Sweater Mittens

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