About Continuum

Continuum Textiles draws on the extensive experience of its founder, Stuart Adams.
Stuart Adams
Founder and Principal

With over 30 years of merino sheep farming in Australia and 5 years of grain farming in Canada, along with the development of the sustainable wool brand i-merino, and his consulting to Textile Exchange on the development of the Responsible Wool Standard, Stuart has a broad and deep view on full supply chain issues. 

 

In farming, Stuart is known for his pioneering approach to using technology to increase efficiency and lower environmental impacts.  In Australia he initiated the development of a sustainable farming program for wool growers, working with Curtin University.  He is currently talking with global seed suppliers to apply new strategies that will support productivity, and create value for sustainable practices.  He is a members of the Ontario Rural Leadership program, where he can further expand his knowledge and influence.

 

Stuart has a strong background in supply chain management, having designed a traceability system to track wool from farm to shelf for the i-merino value chain.  In 2005 the i-meirno value chain was awarded the European Union Ecolabel. A global first for a merino wool value chain. Stuart has worked closely with all parts of the value chain for cotton and wool, establishing relationships, visiting factories, faciltiating large orders to global brands and ensuring quality management across a value chain.

 

As a member of the technical committee for the Responsible Wool Standard, Stuart advises closely on the standard writing, with responsibilty for the development of the land management modules.   He also takes on the calibration of the auditors, shadowing a number of the audits, and setting qualification criteria.

Credentials

 

  • 2015-16: Participant Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program

  • 2000-01: Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.  2 year professional and personal development scholarship including regional and community case study visits to Vietnam and Malaysia

  • 1999: Progress Rural Western Australia - Rural Leaders Course: 6 month professional and personal development course including a case study trip to Israel

  • 1996: Research Horizons Course for Grains Policy Leaders, Bread Research Institute, Sydney 

  • 1989-92: Bachelor of Business (Agriculture), Curtin University, Muresk Institure of Agriculture, major in Wool Technology and Marketing

 

Awards

 

  • 2013 Pontiac Chamber of Commerce finalist for Farm Enterprise category

  • 1999 Wagin Woolorama Fellowship Winner for innovation in the Australian Wool Industry

  • 1998 Young Australian of the Year Award, National Finalist, Regional Development Category

  • Young Rural Achievers for 1998 Top 100, compiled by Australian Farm Journal

  • 1997 Young Australian of the Year Award, Regional Development Category Winner

  • 1997 Queen’s Trust Award for Young Australians for the development of new and innovative products from common types of Australian wool.  The award consisted of a world wide study trip identifying new markets and technology for 20–21 micron wool

 

Please send any inquiries to stuart@continuumtextiles.com

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