Shaper: Kresse Wesling

Show aired on 16th January 2016

Transcript

Kresse Wesling, MBE, is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience. After first meeting with the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which turns industrial waste into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to charities related to the waste. Elvis & Kresse’s first line is made from decommissioned fire hose, 50% of the profits from this line are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. The company now collects 12 different waste streams, has several charitable partnerships and is involved with collaborations across industries, from fashion houses to FTSE 100 companies etc.

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“We started this business really as a response to landfill. We didn’t want lovely materials languishing in the dirt.”

“Someone who would run into a burning building to save a child…you know, there is something wonderful about that.”

“I was living  with students from 70 different countries; our goal was to discover solutions for world peace through being educated together”

“I studied politics because I genuinely thought I will be Prime Minister of Canada.”

“I think it’s terrible that we criticise people for U-turns when actually they should be allowed to understand they’ve made an error and fix it.”

“…as soon as you are making money you can do what you want. I learned that businesses are quite liberating that way.”

“You either care and give a damn about your grandchildren – or other people grandchildren as the case may be – or you don’t.”

“There are very few times when we come against a hurdle we can’t sort of jump over together quite happily.”

“…the only way to have acceptable compromises is if you can tell them to the world. If you are ashamed of them, then you have to turn back and start again.”