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  • STEFAN SIEGEL + NOT JUST A LABEL
    Having been described by Vogue Paris as “One of the ten most essential websites of today”, Not Just A Label is the world’s leading platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion. In this podcast, founder Stefan Siegel discusses his goals to redefine what fashion and manufacturing looks like by creating a new system completely. He sees huge power in being able to connect consumers to independent designers, citing the transformation of the food industry as inspiration for this change.
  • THE SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION 
    This week’s guests are Sustainable Fashion Coalition CEO, Jason Kibbey, and writer and EcoCult founder, Alden Wicker. Kestrel, Jason, and Alden dive deep into the question of whether conscious consumerism can make an impact, and if so – how much? The search for analytics and standards in the fashion industry is a constant thread throughout the conversation.
  • FAIR TRADE
    In this episode, Kestrel visits the Patagonia Headquarters to chat to two key players in the Patagonia game, Helena Barbour and Thuy Nguyen. The two have had a huge role in building the company’s Fair Trade initiative in recent years. The conversation is thus rooted in the concept and implementation of such agendas in the garment supply chain, including the pair’s evaluation of the programme at Patagonia. To close, they each share ideas on how we can be more conscious about the clothes we wear.
  • TRANSPARENCY 
    In this episode, Kestrel speaks with Natalie Grillon and Shahd AlShehail, co-founders of Project Just. They discuss transparency in the fashion industry, and the platform Natalie and Shahd are building to help catalog easy-to-digest information about brands so shoppers can have access to more supply chain information before they buy.
  • CONSCIOUS BLOGGING 
    Jennifer Wang of Sustainable Siren, Natalie Smith of Sustainably Chic, and Valeria Hinojosa of Water Thru Skin are the inspiring young guests of this week’s episode. These women have made blogging with a conscious edge a main priority in their lives. They discuss blogging as a business, the millennial approach to storytelling, the struggles that go along with the glamourous façade, and how we can contribute to a better fashion world.
  • PIÑATEX + PINEAPPLES AS A LEATHER ALTERNATIVE 
    In this episode, Kestrel speaks to Dr. Carmen Hijosa, founder of Ananas Anam – a company that creates new materials for a new world. One such material, and one that Hijosa created herself, is Piñatex, a textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. They discuss the future and impact of textile innovation, and how using waste as a resource can benefit people in communities around the world as well as the health of the planet.
  • PUSHING THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION CONVERSATION 
    Writer Alden Wicker shares some of the tactics she uses to bring the sustainable fashion conversation to larger audiences via news outlets such as Newsweek, Refinery29, and Quartz. Alden and Kestrel also discuss a question that younger generations in particular are asking: “how do I get into sustainable fashion?”
  • ANDREW MORGAN + THE TRUE COST 
    Andrew’s 2015 documentary, The True Cost, has become the go-to source for eye-opening information about the realities of the global fashion industry. He shares his story of entry into the sustainable fashion conversation. While the conversation touches on the frustrating and sometimes devastating realities of the garment industry, Andrew is hopeful and shares thoughts on the changes he has seen, and the potential for greater positive shifts that lie ahead.
  • PATAGONIA, FAIR TRADE + THE FASHION REVOLUTION 
    In this episode, Kestrel visits the Patagonia Headquarters to chat to two key players in the Patagonia game, Helena Barbour and Thuy Nguyen. The two have had a huge role in building the company’s Fair Trade initiative in recent years. The conversation is thus rooted in the concept and implementation of such agendas in the garment supply chain, including the pair’s evaluation of the programme at Patagonia. To close, they each share ideas on how we can be more conscious about the clothes we wear.
  • YOUTH FASHION SUMMIT + THE NEXT GENERATION 
    Kestrel Chats with three young people who have all had the opportunity to attend the Youth Fashion Summit in conjunction with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. They share their experiences at the Summit, as well as their suggestions on how we can educate our own communities on the realities behind our clothing.

 

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Ted Talks 

  • A Wardrobe To Die For – Lucy Siegle 
    Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, Siegle’s talk sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can, or rather need, to be made by both the industry and the consumer. Far from outlining a future of drab ethical clothing, she believes that it is indeed possible to be an ‘ethical fashionista’.
  • Ethics are the new black – Sue Thomas 
    Dr. Sue Thomas is an advocate for ethics and sustainability within the fashion supply chain, and the creator of a new MSc Ethics in Fashion Programme at Heriot Watt University. She outlines the ethical issues that pervade the textile and garment supply chain, highlighting the importance of inclusivity, accountability, and not playing the ‘blame game’.  She touches on what can be done at every part of the lifecycle of a garment, including design and disposal, to lessen the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry.
  • Changing the world through fashion – Eva Kruse 
    Eva Kruse is the CEO and President of the Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week. The former is behind the world’s largest and most important event on sustainability and fashion: The Copenhagen Fashion Summit. She explores the level of power the fashion industry holds in our society, and the resulting urgency of reforming it. She talks about what each and every one of us can do to lessen our personal footprint as well as the social and environmental impacts of the industry as a whole.
  • How to engage with ethical fashion – Clara Vuletich 
    What do you know about the clothes in your wardrobe? Clara Vuletich is a designer, researcher, educator, and consultant who works with some of the biggest brands in the world to help them ask the right questions about where the clothes that we wear come from. In this talk she advises consumers on how they can become more mindful lovers of fashion.
  • Wearing nothing new – Jessi Arrington
    Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for her weeklong trip to Palm Springs for TedActive except 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. This talk is a lesson in conscious consumerism – wrapped in a rainbow of colour and creativity.
  • Grow Your Own Clothes – Suzanne Lee
    Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there’s still one minor drawback…) and the potential is simply stunning.
  • A feminist perspective on the Fast Fashion Industry – Jeanine Gloyer
    In this Ted Talk, Jeanine Glöyer offers a new meaning to the phrase “fashion victim”. Focusing on the global trend of informally hiring women for labour intensive work in the textile industry, and linking that to the position of women in society, Jeanine sheds a harsh light on the realities of the fast fashion industry. She does provide a solution, however, in the form of her ecologically and socially sustainable fair fashion label, Jyoti – Fair Works.
  • A solution for a sustainable fashion industry – Fredrik Wikholm 
    The global textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. How can we make it more sustainable? According to social scientist and Creative Director Fredrik Wikholm, it’s easy: we just need ethics, the environment, and economics to be buddies. With his new innovation, the ‘Rag Bag’, he challenges big fashion business to take action now, before it is too late.
  • The high cost of our cheap fashion – Maxine Bedat
    The apparel industry is one of the biggest violators of both the environment and human rights. In this compelling and information-packed talk, former legal clerk, and co-founder and CEO of Zady, Maxine Bédat shows how you can take back the power of your wardrobe and feel better in (and about) your clothes.
  • Sustainable fashion is a shared responsibility – Willa Stoutenbeek 
    “Just because we are not prepared to pay just a little bit more, does not mean that nobody pays the price”. A burnout and bankruptcy gave fashionista Willa Stoutenbeek a reason to think about where she was and where she wanted to go with her life. Sustainability was the answer. Not only as a way of life, but also in fashion. She believes this to be a shared responsibility, by government as well as the consumer.

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Other providers

  • Man Repeller: Mara Hoffman on Melding Activism and Fashion
    Even more impressive than women who have earned the title of “girl boss”, are those who build their empires with social responsibility and a genuine commitment to social consciousness in mind. CFDA designer Mara Hoffman fits that bill. During her conversation with Man Repeller, she discusses her journey, her multiple calls to consciousness, what it means to be a “woke” creative entrepreneur, and how to push through uncomfortable moments to reach authentic transformation.
  • BBC Radio 4: Stella Mccartney Desert Island Discs 
    In this episode, Kirsty chats to the woman that brought Eco to high fashion. Stella discusses growing up the daughter of one of the most famous men in the world, and the surprising normality and freedom of her childhood that would go on to heavily influence her approach to fashion. She reflects upon her career, and stresses the urgency with which designers and the industry at large need to adapt.
  • The Rich Roll Podcast: Andrew Morgan on the True Cost of Fast Fashion: The Ethical and Environmental cost of clothing 

    Andrew Morgan is the talented filmmaker behind the beautiful and heartbreaking documentary, The True Cost. In conversation with The Rich Roll, he emphasises the inextricable connectivity that unites us all, which translates into our collective responsibility to be informed and to act. In the case of combatting the harsh social and environmental effects of fast fashion, this means placing conscious capitalism over mindless consumption.

  • Making Good: Making a difference with thoughtful choices – in life, in business and in fashion
    When faced with complex issues like climate change or fast fashion, it is easy to feel disempowered and helpless. In this interview, Jen Gale chats to Charlie Ross, founder of ethical textile company Offset Warehouse, and they discuss just how one person can see a problem and not only come up with a solution, but a sustainable business model too.
  • The Slow Home: Ethical Fashion with Melinda Tually of Fashion Revolution
    In this episode Mel and Brooke talk about the importance of ethical fashion and the transparency that is starting to appear in many well-known labels around the world. They discuss the importance of being intentional with the choices we make, opting for quality over quantity, and simply buying less fashion. Mel also has some fantastic advice for those of us who feel completely overwhelmed by the problems facing the fashion industry, and the inevitable guilt that accompanies a deeper look into the clothes we wear.
  • Low Tox Life: Building an Ethical Fashion Brand with Hannah Parris 
    London-based Hannah Parris is an Economics PhD turned ethical fashion expert and entrepreneur. She shares what’s happening at the forefront of ethical fashion, why we should transition away from fast and untraceable fashion, how to buy less and feel great about it, and how much better organic and ethical fashion is for people and planet. She dissects GMO vs. organic cotton farming, GOTS certification, how she built an ethical underwear brand, and much more!
  • Behind The Thread: Fashion Revolution Transparency Index an the impact of Generation Z on ethical fashion 
    In this episode of Behind the Thread, Sarah Ditty of Fashion Revolution talks about their latest version of their Transparency Index. Rekha Ramesh of Daymon Worldwide looks at how Generation Z could impact ethical fashion, and Arvind Singhal of Technopak India discusses the importance of the Indian handloom industry.
  • Spirit of 608: The mavericks repairing and revamping Patagonia, Prana and other ethical apparel brands
    There is currently no standardised way for apparel companies to responsibly dispose of clothing they cannot sell. Likewise, there is no clear path for collecting worn-out apparel from consumers and revamping it so it can be resold to brand fans. From their Oregon-based workshop, Nicole and her business partner Jeff Denby are growing a team to solve these problems for big brands, hoping to fill a serious void in an industry that heavily contributes to the estimated 12.7 million tonnes of textiles that end up in landfill each year.
  • The Minefield: Why isn’t ethical fashion more in vogue?
    From fashion to food, we are in constant danger of tacitly supporting exploitative or cruel practices. Yet many consumers choose willful ignorance over shopping ethically. This podcast explores why.
  • The Plant-Based Podcast: Bravely Challenging the Perception of ethical fashion 
    Vegan since high school, with anti-establishment, activist tendencies, and a penchant for punk-rock music, Joshua Katcher never saw himself getting into fashion with a capital F. Today Joshua owns a brand of fine vegan menswear called Brave GentleMan, which evolved out of his blog about the effects and impacts of the fashion industry. He is particularly concerned with how especially ethical, vegan fashion can bring together the concepts of empathy and kindness with mainstream notions of masculinity.

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