6 Episodes of Conscious Chatter to Get You Through the Week
While some people might consider Mondays to be the most difficult day of the week, sometimes getting through Wednesday, can be equally as challenging. Especially on a nice summer day when a cold drink by a body of water sounds a helluva lot better than getting your #werklife on in an office.
When the day starts to feel long and I find myself staring out the window somewhat sleepy (normally after lunch-ha), I like to listen to a podcast to give me a shot of inspiration and get my wheels turning again. My go-to podcast of late, Conscious Chatter. Produced and hosted by slow fashion maven, Kestrel Jenkins, the Conscious Chatter podcast, has featured notable guests/brands like Eileen Fisher, Mara Hoffman, Patagonia, and Reformation.
Whether you’re sitting in front of your laptop or headed to get your afternoon coffee, here are six must-listen episodes of the Conscious Chatter podcast featuring a few inspiring people who also spoke at our annual conference, The Sustainable Fashion Forum this past spring! Okay, okay, and we also threw our interview in there. #sorrynotsorry
In episode 163, Kestrel welcomes Mary Alice Duff, the founder of Alice Alexander, to the show. A size-inclusive, ethically and sustainably made womenswear brand, Alice Alexander is on a mission to radically change the fashion industry to one that is inclusive of ALL BODIES and is respectful of people and the planet.
“It’s still the vision and our mission — when someone is shopping on our website that they feel seen. And to not get the feeling that I got when I went shopping before I had my own brand, and all I saw were thin white women whose bodies looked nothing line mine, and it was very clear that this isn’t a place for me.” -Mary Alice Duff, Founder Alice Alexander
In episode 168, Kestrel welcomes Erin Wallace, the brand director at thredUp, to the show. The world’s largest tech-powered resale marketplace, ThredUp’s platform gives you the chance to buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothes.
“I mean if everyone in the U.S. bought just 1 item used instead of new this year, it would save around 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road for an entire year.” -Erin Wallace, Brand Director at Thredup
In episode 166, Kestrel welcomes Marielle Elizabeth, a body positive blogger, writer, photographer + self-proclaimed social media monster, to the show. A standout Instagrammer, Marielle is also known for her #slowfashionforall hashtag and blog Something Copper.
“The conversation of ethical fashion already comes from a place of immense privilege, and if we are not making space for everyone, we are failing.” -Marielle Elizabeth, Founder of Something Copper
In episode 164, Kestrel welcomes Cayley Pater, the founder of Made Trade, to the show. An online marketplace, Made Trade curates artfully-designed, ethically-sourced goods that put people and our planet first, and they are on a mission to become the ultimate destination for conscious consumers who love design.
“We love to shoot on bright, fun colors and to celebrate diversity in that way. Color is a big part of cultural representation.”
-Cayley Pater, Founder of Made Trade
In episode 162, Kestrel welcomes Sarah Spellings, a fashion writer for New York Magazine’s The Cut. Having been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS New York, among others, Sarah’s recent writing about sustainable fashion and going fast fashion free in 2018 has generated an array of interest.
“A lot of my friends were like, ‘you’re no fun to shop with anymore.’ and she was like, ok, it’s the end of the year — basically, are you going to be fun again? And I was like, ‘no, it’s a lifestyle change.” -Sarah Spellings, Writer for New York Magazine’s The Cut
In episode 161, Kestrel welcomes Brittany Sierra, the founder of the Sustainable Fashion Forum, to the show. A PR and marketing strategist by trade, Brittany has a deep passion for creating community and building connections, and she just recently produced the 3rd annual Sustainable Fashion Forum in Portland.
“You know, when I created the event, it wasn’t me, this expert, who knew so much and wanted to share it with everyone. It was more of me wanting to create a place where if you’re interested in this, you can come and learn from people who I felt were the experts.” -Brittany Sierra, Founder of Sustainable Fashion Forum