Ayca Yilmaz

Senior Manager, Sustainable Products and Materials

Sustainable materials and products specialist with experience in environmental impact analysis, fashion industry standards and certification processes, and responsible sourcing.

Previous Brands
Gaia Sourcing UK LLP
Green Story Inc
LTB Jeans
Work Experience
Senior Sustainability Manager
Jan ‘22 - Jul ‘23

● Led efforts to integrate corporate sustainability objectives into the product development process, resulting in a significant increase in certified product intake of wood (to 60% from 8%) and cotton (to 31% from 7%) within 2022 ● Coordinated 3 successful audits for GOTS, GRS, and RWS brand certifications and ensure compliance with the standards throughout multiple internal teams’ processes ● Developed and optimized tools and processes to make sure 100% traceability and compliance of sustainability claims across 10+ standards ● Evaluated certificate and material options to upgrade sustainability criteria aligning with corporate sustainability strategy, totalling 6 additional certificates and 4 new fibres in the benchmark ● Researched and analyzed innovative materials and supplier partners to create capsule collections collaborating with design, buying and quality teams ● Provided guidance and training on material and product sustainability processes for the internal and external partners

Team Lead – Analysis
Jun ‘21 - Dec ‘21
Green Story Inc

● Supervised a team of six analysts, overseeing small to medium-sized life cycle assessment (LCA) projects for fashion and footwear products ● Reviewed supply chain data from fibre to finished products, LCA models, and final environmental impact reports, ensuring accuracy and quality ● Provided training to the analysis team on textile processes and products, enhancing their understanding of practices and methodologies in the fashion industry

Environmental Impact Analyst
May ‘20 - Jun ‘21
Green Story Inc

● Conducted environmental Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to identify opportunities for improvement in energy consumption, GHG emissions, and water use ● Researched and evaluated literature and industry reports for potential LCA projects involving innovative materials ● Led primary data collection from fashion supply chains for detailed analyses of production processes, products, or systems

Sustainability Specialist
Sep ‘18 - Aug ‘19
Gaia Sourcing UK LLP

● Guided and trained intercompany departments on sustainable materials, processes, industry standards and certifications, fostering a sustainable mindset within the organization ● Established a sustainable material library from innovative fibres to packaging solutions ● Initiated partnerships and developed sustainable materials with fibre, yarn, and fabric manufacturers globally ● Represented the company in fashion and material/fabric fairs, showcasing sustainable practices and building industry connections

Fabric and Product Developer
Apr ‘11 - Sep ‘18
Gaia Sourcing UK LLP

● Led product development for +5 product categories, collaborating closely with design, quality and buying teams ● Researched and developed new fabrics, staying updated on industry trends through fabric fairs, showrooms, and competitor analysis ● Improved product quality and performance by upgrading the wear and washing testing policy and process, eliminating cancellations due to quality issues

Assistant Garment Technologist
Jul ‘10 - Mar ‘11
LTB Jeans

Created technical packs and solved pattern and workmanship-related issues by collaborating with design, buying, and pattern-making departments

French - Basic
English - Fluent
Turkish - Native
Education & Training
George Brown College
‘19 - ‘20
Postgraduate Certificate
Sustainable Fashion Production
Ege University
‘04 - ‘11
Bachelor's degree
Textile Engineering
Munich, Germany