About Her Business & Career: Stacy Flynn is the cofounder and CEO of Evrnu, a textile company that has developed a new type of technology called NuCycl that generates new fibers from recycled ones which can then be used in the production of entirely new fabrics. Evrnu was founded in order to help prevent the massive environmental destruction—an estimated 92 million tons of waste is created annually—caused by fast fashion and the linear production system employed by the textile industry. The company has partnered with leading brands, such as Target, Adidas and Levi’s, to help bring sustainable alternatives and closed-loop solutions to the retail world and create a circular economy for fashion in the process.
Why She Made the Worthy 100: When Flynn traveled to China to meet with manufacturers, she realized the damaging impact that the textile industry was having on the environment. So, she geared up to tackle the issue of fast fashion, saying in her 2015 TED Talk: “This problem is so much bigger than me, but I am pissed and incredibly well trained.” The year prior, Flynn had cofounded Evrnu, a textile recycling company that uses its patented technology to completely transform the molecular structure of discarded garments. Through its regenerative fiber technologies, Evrnu has been able to generate not only upcycled material, but an entirely new material all together.
Year Founded: 2014
Headquarters: Seattle, Wash.