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25 Sep
hand holding headphones on grey background listening to ethical fashion podcast

Happy Listening: 14 of the Best Sustainable Fashion Podcasts

Whether you’re new to the world of sustainable fashion or want to go deeper into specific elements of the movement, podcasts are a great way to brush up and do some productive listening while you go about your day. Here are our top picks for fashion podcasts.

Fashion podcasts you’ll love

Podcasts are an entertaining (and often free) way to stay productive whilst going about your day-to-day business. You can listen to one while you’re making breakfast, sitting on the train, or even walking the dog. But did you know there are a bunch of great ethical and sustainable fashion podcasts well worth tuning into?

You might not have the time to do your own research, but luckily we’ve compiled a list of the best fashion podcasts that you can simply download and listen to wherever, whatever you’re doing. Let’s get listening.

1. Conscious Chatter

Kestrel Jenkins, founder of AWEAR World, has a wealth of experience in the ethical fashion industry, working for responsible companies such as People Tree. Her fashion podcast Conscious Chatter covers style and sustainability. She interviews a wide range of fashion industry experts from designers, entrepreneurs, and advocates, to farmers and factory workers. Jenkins talks style and ethics with guests such as:

  • Andrew Morgan, director of groundbreaking documentary The True Cost (S01 Ep44)
  • Safia Minney, founder of People Tree (S01 Ep08)
  • Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (S01 Ep05)
  • Sandra Capponi, the Co-Founder & Head of Development for Good On You (S02 Ep54)

Her series The Root, made in collaboration with black indigenous sustainability expert Dominique Drakeford, focuses on the need to decolonise the sustainable fashion agenda, and equitably centres the voices, knowledge, and labour of BIPOC. Tune in on the Conscious Chatter website, subscribe and download for free on Apple Podcasts.

2. Wardrobe Crisis

Clare Press is a fashion journalist, former editor-at-large for Marie Claire Australia, and author of several books, including one of our faves Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion. Now this eco-influencer has hit the airwaves with her ethical fashion podcast also titled Wardrobe Crisis. According to Press, “this show unzips the real issues that face the industry today, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity, and creativity.” Having kicked off in 2017, Clare has spoken with an amazing array of experts, so you’re bound to find an interesting conversation to tune into.

Start listening via the Wardrobe Crisis website or subscribe via Apple Podcasts. Follow Press on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

3. Conscious Style Podcast

What will it take to cultivate a more sustainable and equitable future for fashion? That’s what co-hosts Elizabeth Joy and Stella Hertantyo are dedicated to exploring on the Conscious Style Podcast with their line-up of inspiring, change-making guests.

Find the podcast on all listening apps like Spotify and Apple Podcasts or watch the video versions over on YouTube.

4. Consciousness Beyond The Product

Consciousness Beyond The Product is a podcast special discussing the fashion industry and picking apart important topics that can no longer be overlooked. Hosted by Sabinna Rachimova, the founder of the fair fashion brand SABINNA, each episode features brilliant guests in a diverse selection of industry opinion leaders. You’ll find topics explored such as sustainability beyond the product, inclusivity, and fashion and technology.

Listen over on Spotify and other major listening platforms.

5. American Fashion Podcast

Run by co-hosts Charles Beckwith, Seth Friedermann, Cathy Schepis, and Lisa-Maria Radano, American Fashion Podcast, which ran from 2014 and has an archive of 200+ episodes, explores current issues in the garment industry. The team also looks at more sustainable and ethical practices in the future of fashion. Featuring a range of designers, retailers, executives, photographers and writers, the ethical fashion podcast holds discussions with fashion bigwigs.

American Fashion Podcast is perfect for anyone—from those wanting to learn more about the ethical fashion industry, to those looking to start a business. Listen on the website or subscribe and download for free on Apple Podcasts. You can follow their conversation on Twitter at @AFPod.

6. Business With Purpose

Hosted by Molly Stillman, a long-time lifestyle and fashion blogger, Business With Purpose highlights a number of businesses—from huge international brands, to community non-profits, and everything in between—who all aim to change the world for the better.

Tune in on Molly’s website, subscribe and download on Apple Podcasts, or tune into what Stillman has to say on Twitter @stillbeingmolly.

7. Low Tox Life (Episode 5)

While Alexx Stuart’s podcast series Low Tox Life isn’t all about fashion, this episode featuring Hannah Parris is a must listen. Hannah is the co-founder of more sustainable brand Mighty Good Basics. In this podcast she covers a range of topics, including issues in the garment industry, overcoming challenges in responsible fashion companies, and successful marketing tactics.

Listen via Alexx’s website or subscribe and download for free on Apple Podcasts. You can also follow Alex on Twitter for tips on how to live your own “low tox” life, @Alexx_Stuart.

8. Pre-Loved Podcast

Pre-Loved Podcast is a weekly interview show about rad vintage style with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with, hosted by Emily Stochl. They chat about style, running a fashion business, sustainability, slow fashion, the stories behind incredible vintage pieces, and why they choose second hand things first.

To follow along with all things #PreLovedPod and otherwise, you can listen on the website and Apple Podcasts.

9. Sustainably Influenced

In Sustainably Influenced, Bianca Foley and Charlotte Williams explore the efforts in making changes to their lifestyles as influencers. As they aim to live more sustainably and consciously, they hope that they can encourage you to make one small change today. They also shed a little light on the many different terms in the sustainability world, and discuss the different aspects of living a conscious lifestyle and how we can do our bit to make a difference.

You can listen to Sustainably Influenced on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

10. Crash Course Fashion

Crash Course Fashion is a podcast hosted by Brittany Sierra, founder and CEO of The Sustainable Fashion Forum. It explores the intricate relationship between sustainability, fashion, and business, navigating the ongoing journey and multifaceted challenges of advancing toward sustainability in an industry driven by constant change, supply chain complexities, and ever-evolving consumer demands.

You can listen to Crash Course Fashion on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

11. Style With Substance

Each week Style With Substance explores a new topic, joined by an industry insider guest to discuss clothing recycling, renting your wardrobe, thrifting, and fashion that gives back to the planet. Series one explores greenwashing and the myths that surround sustainable fashion.

Check Style With Substance out on Apple Podcasts.

12. Fashion Revolution Podcast

A global movement consisting of designers, producers, workers, and fashion lovers from all around the world? And this movement making a podcast series? We don’t know about you, but we were all ears right away. Fashion Revolution Podcast is a movement which aims to transform the fashion industry by telling stories that vary across the whole value chain, making them accessible for almost everyone.

Tune in on Apple Podcasts to learn about the production of the clothes you are wearing and which personal stories might be connected with these garments. While there are only three episodes, they are well worth a listen.

13. Ethical Fashion Initiative’s Ethical Fashion Podcast

Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts Simone Cipriani, Head and Founder of the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press in the new Ethical Fashion Podcast.

Listen to the episodes on Ethical Fashion Initiative’s website.

14. Sustainable Talks with N&N

The fashion industry is often a black hole. In this podcast, two old Italian friends Nicolo and Niccolo, working more than 15 years in the fashion supply chain,
want to find some clarity with the most sustainable players of the fashion industry.

You can find the episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to stop playing Sex and the City re-runs off your phone on the bus to work. Why not download one of these fashion podcasts and learn more about style ethics and the industry? Happy listening.

Hungry for more? Check out these great ethical fashion books and documentaries

Editor's note

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