Sustainability Intern



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Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Who We Are:

Founded in 2009, Reformation is a revolutionary lifestyle brand that proves fashion and sustainability can coexist. We combine stylish, vintage-inspired designs with sustainable practices, releasing limited-edition collections for individuals who want to look beautiful and live sustainably. Setting an example for the industry, Reformation remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainable fashion—running the first sustainable factory in Los Angeles, using deadstock and eco fabrics, tracking and sharing the environmental impact of every product, and investing in the people who make this revolution possible. The brand has also established itself as a pioneer in retail innovation, developing an in-store tech concept that brings the best of its online experience to its physical doors.

We are a future focused organization committed to the belief that the problems facing our planet and society can be solved through innovation, common sense and education. Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're #2.

Here at Ref, we put people first. We know that you can't innovate and do cool stuff without having everyone on board. So we work to create a culture where everyone feels like they belong and where their voices are truly valued. We build an inclusive culture together and make a real impact along the way.

Sustainability Intern

We’re looking for a Sustainability Intern who can help advance our efforts to make meaningful change within the fashion industry. You will support the work of our Sustainability team by leading a meaningful project that focuses on our Made Smarter sustainability pillar. This person will develop a new and improved rating system for our fiber standards. This person is curious, analytical, data-driven, detail-oriented, and likes to tackle hard problems. They are passionate about progress and making a difference.

This is a paid internship (40 hours/week) that will last 12 weeks during the summer of 2024 (June 3th - August 16th). Full-time offers may be made based on individual performance and position availability. This role can be based in London or at our LA headquarters.

What you’ll do

  • Develop a robust and methodical rating system to improve our current Fiber Standards
  • Create a timeline and identify various deliverables and milestones to mark project progress and success
  • Conduct a gap analysis of existing frameworks and industry standards that evaluate and rate textile fibers and materials
  • Determine the most important impact categories to consider in our fiber standards (i.e. carbon, water, eutrophication)
  • Explore how circularity can be taken into account in our fiber standards as a new impact category
  • Assess innovative fibers by gathering qualitative data on innovations whose impact has not yet been quantified
  • Develop a process specifically to rank new fibers with a focus on regenerative fibers
  • Distill information from primary and secondary research into insights for regular check-ins with the team and project manager
  • Deliver a final presentation and summary report of the updated standards to the Sustainability team
  • Create and deliver cross-functional communication of the updated standards and update Fiber-related training materials accordingly
  • Other related project scope and support roles as mutually agreed!

What you’ll need

  • Currently enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university with a major related to Sustainability and/or Environmental Science; a concentration in textiles is a big plus
  • Demonstrated ability to distill complex data and information
  • Strong research skills with proactive approach to gathering information
  • Open-minded and collaborative
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

Benefits & Perks

  • Intern orientation and experience supported by the People team
  • Dedicated mentors throughout the intern project
  • At least 2x/month intern engagement opportunities (e.g. Executive speakers, networking sessions, trainings)
  • Clothing discounts, dog-friendly office, company events and much more
  • Mission-based company and a casual and entrepreneurial work environment

The Reformation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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