September 30th is International Podcast Day, and we’re ready to celebrate. 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 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 podcasts that you can simply download and listen to wherever, whatever you’re doing. Let’s get listening!
Kestrel Jenkins, founder of AWEAR World, has a wealth of experience in the ethical fashion industry, working for sustainable companies such as People Tree. Her podcast Conscious Chatter covers fashion, style, and sustainability. She interviews a wide range of fashion industry experts from designers, entrepreneurs, and advocates, to farmers and factory workers. Kestrel talks style and ethics with guests such as:
- Andrew Morgan, director of groundbreaking documentary The True Cost (S01 Episode 44)
- Safia Minney, founder of People Tree (S01 Episode 08)
- Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (S01 Episode 05)
- ((DRUM ROLL)) Sandra Capponi, the Co-Founder & Head of Development for Good On You (S02 Episode 54)
Her latest 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, or download on Overcast, a free podcast app for iOS. Follow Kestrel on Twitter @kestrelee.
Clare Press is a fashion journalist, former editor-at-large for Marie Claire Australia, and author of several books, including our fave 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 Clare, “this show unzips the real issues that face the industry today, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity, and creativity.” Having only kicked off in 2017, Clare has already spoken with an amazing array of experts, including:
- Marine biologist and fashion model, Laura Wells on why plastic sucks (Episode 1)
- Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, Vincent Stanley on ethical fashion (Episode 22)
- CEO of Sussan, Rebecca Hard for a Fast Fashion Question Time (Episode 16)
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.
Lorraine Sanders is a long-time fashion journalist whose podcast Spirit of 608 puts a spotlight on women at the forefront of fashion, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and tech. Her weekly episodes are a great resource for people looking to start or expand their own ethical fashion business. Guests discuss a range of challenges they face running businesses and how they manage to overcome them, for example:
- Moving from flea markets to a flagship store with Marcia Clarke (Episode 84)
- How to launch a fashion tech startup with Sarah Shapiro and Melissa Koerner (Episode 82)
- The business of ethical fashion blogging with Sustainably Chic’s Natalie Smith (Episode 71)
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. For instance, Molly interviews:
- How to support ethical, fair trade, and small businesses during COVID-19 (Episode 190)
- How to get started shopping ethically (Episode 210)
6. 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 sustainable brand Mighty Good Basics. In this podcast she covers a range of topics, including issues in the garment industry, overcoming challenges in ethical fashion companies, and successful marketing tactics.
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 of the Brume & Daisy blog. They chat about style, running a fashion business, sustainability, slow fashion, the stories behind incredible vintage pieces, and why they choose secondhand things first.
- The founder of the non-profit-organization Remake, Ayesha Barenblat, talks about fashion as a force for good (S02 Episode 14)
- Jenny Welbourn, creator of Wear I Live, a blog which is focused on “what we’re wearing, how we’re living, and its effect on the planet and its people” (S02 Episode 11)
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.
Hosted by globally respected speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad, Good Ancestor is an interview series with change-makers and culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. In episode 22 Layla speaks with writer, stylist, and consultant, Aja Barber, whose work focuses on the intersections of feminism, colonialism, and race in regards to our clothing and how we choose to consume.
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.
- How To Support Black Owned Businesses With Marilyne Kékéli of Mamater (Season 2, episode 5)
Check Style With Substance out on Apple Podcasts.
So, what are you waiting for? Time to stop playing Game of Thrones re-runs off your phone on the bus to work. Why not download one of these podcasts and learn more about style ethics and the fashion industry? Happy listening!