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An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. It's a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.

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An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. It's a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.

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Interesting sustainable listen

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Interesting sustainable listen

Education That Goes Down Smooth

By NateBern - Sep 21 2016
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Relatable, inspiring, unique.

iTunes Ratings

88 Ratings
Average Ratings
82
1
1
2
2

Interesting sustainable listen

By H12468 - Apr 17 2017
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Interesting sustainable listen

Education That Goes Down Smooth

By NateBern - Sep 21 2016
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Relatable, inspiring, unique.
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Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: S01 Episode 03 | WATER

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Episode 03 | WATER

Mar 04 2016

33mins

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Rank #2: S02 Episode 78 | PATAGONIA'S WORN WEAR + MAKING MENDING MAINSTREAM

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In episode 78, Kestrel welcomes Nellie Cohen, the Worn Wear Program Manager at Patagonia, to the show. Patagonia's Worn Wear program aims to reduce environmental impacts by encouraging people to change their relationship to stuff, through repair and reuse of what they already have, and by celebrating quality and durability.

Patagonia's largest repair center is in Reno, Nevada, and they did 50,000 repairs there in 2016.

Nellie shares some of the history on Worn Wear, and how it evolved from Patagonia's earlier roots with Common Threads. It's a pretty cool story how Worn Wear originated from a blog that Patagonia surf ambassador Chris Malloy and his wife Lauren had started separately. 

Nellie also elaborates on the scale of Patagonia's Worn Wear, and the number of employees that are dedicated to mending and building out the company's program.

For Nellie, celebrating the stories behind the pieces we wear is huge - she's especially a fan of the family heirloom stories that can be attached to Patagonia's past styles. 

Throughout this chat, Nellie brings up the below companies, ideas and projects:

  • Worn Wear
  • Teijin, Patagonia partnered with Teijin in the early stages of Common Threads to recycle their capilene line, in a closed loop chemical recycling process
  • Don't Buy This Jacket campaign in the New York Times, Black Friday, 2011
  • Jay Nelson, artist behind the Worn Wear wagon
  • I Fix It, a company Patagonia partnered with to create their repair manuals
  • Patagonia's Repair Manuals
  • Yerdle, a company Patagonia invested in through their venture capital arm; they make it easy for brands to buy back and resell used items
  • Nellie gave a shoutout to the work Renewal Workshop is doing when it comes to closing the loop You can listen to our episode with their cofounder Nicole here >
  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Reports on The Circular Economy

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Amazon just launched a 500 piece fast fashion collection. What does this mean? How do you think this will impact the future of fashion? Will sustainability play a role in their upcoming endeavors? Check out The Fashion Law's article to learn more.

Also, chime in on Instagram @consciouschatter and let me know how you think this move will make an impact on what comes next for fashion.

Sep 06 2017

37mins

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Rank #3: S04 Episode 171 | THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FASHION + WHY WE WEAR WHAT WE WEAR

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In episode 171, Kestrel welcomes Anabel Maldonado, the founder of The Psychology of Fashion™, to the show. A platform that explores why we wear what we wear, and the relationships between emotions, personality and aesthetic, The Psychology of Fashion™ also examines current issues in the fashion industry through the lens of psychology.

“You know, if we get away from this sort of like trends just because, buy it because all these people have it — if we think about who we are, why we like what we like, the way that fashion actually can be powerful for us, I think we’re going to buy less but buy better, and invest in things because we’re sure.” -Anabel Maldonado, Founder of The Psychology of Fashion™

On this show, Anabel shares more on her background, and how she has fused her interests to build The Psychology Of Fashion™. When she realized she wanted to build this platform and write about these topics together, she started a research project, to develop a framework to better talk about fashion through the lens of psychology.

The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:

  • “We believe that personal style is not random. The clothes that feel best tap into our truest qualities, are a consequence of our different inner needs, and reflect our most deep-seated narratives about ourselves.”

  • “6 Reasons Why Fashion Is Losing Its Appeal” on The Psychology Of Fashion

  • Alain de Botton, writer and philosopher who has inspired Anabel

  • “It’s funny because it’s not just about the optical effect or making an impression on others — it’s about triggering a certain mindset in yourself.”

  • Enclothed Cognition: how clothes affect your cognitive process, anything cerebral (thinking, feeling, anything that happens in the brain)

  • “Self knowledge is the antidote to mindless consumption.”

  • Big 5 Personality Test

  • PSYKHE, a new e-commerce platform Anabel is launching, that is powered by personality science, machine learning and the psychology of fashion.

  • Article in the Washington Post Kestrel referred to, “Kamala Harris embraced black. That was both unremarkable and theatrically powerful.”

Aug 01 2019

36mins

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Rank #4: S01 Episode 04 | MADE IN USA

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Episode 04 | MADE IN USA

Mar 12 2016

26mins

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Rank #5: S01 Episode 11 | SUPPLY CHAINS

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Episode 11 | SUPPLY CHAINS

May 14 2016

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Rank #6: S01 Episode 10 | COTTON

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Episode 10 | COTTON

Apr 29 2016

31mins

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Rank #7: S01 Episode 44 | ANDREW MORGAN + THE TRUE COST

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Episode 44 | ANDREW MORGAN + THE TRUE COST

Jan 11 2017

38mins

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Rank #8: S01 Episode 12 | NEW BUSINESS MODEL

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Episode 12 | NEW BUSINESS MODEL

May 19 2016

43mins

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Rank #9: S03 Episode 122 | ANITA VANDYKE + A ZERO WASTE LIFE

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In episode 122, Kestrel welcomes Anita Vandyke, the author of Zero Waste Life: in thirty days, to the show. A rocket scientist, blogger, and current student of medicine, Anita is passionate about inspiring others to be every day activists by making small, individual steps to reduce their waste.

"Zero waste living to me means reducing your waste, but also at the same time, it means not wasting away your life - so, not wasting your time, your energy, and finding purpose in your life."  -Anita Vandyke, Author of A Zero Waste Life

 In this episode, Anita shares more on her path toward a more zero waste life, how she wasn't always a minimalist, and how she gradually evolved from her past maximalist lifestyle.

Additionally, Anita shares some really digestible, accessible tips to help us think about reducing waste while traveling and beyond. For her, there isn't one specific way to work toward a more zero waste lifestyle, which is why she built a tiered system that offers options for you, depending on what's going on in your life at different time periods.

For Anita, it's about having grace for yourself throughout the process, and always understanding that life happens.

 The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:

  • Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • Anita's 3 Steps To Zero Waste Method: 1) Reduced Waste Option 2) Low Waste Option 3) Zero Waste Option
  • "It's also a big reminder when you go into a thrift store that fashion has become almost worthless. So, when you see the sale of a jacket or a dress for $3.99, which is less than a coffee in San Francisco, you have to question yourself: how far have we come that fashion is so worthless?"
  • "I like to use the terminology that we have enough."
  • "You can be passionate about a way of living such as zero waste living, but you don't have to be militant about it."
  • Anita suggests to bring your own Zero Waste Kit with you when you travel, including the below: + napkin, stainless steel straw, reusable coffee cup, reusable drink bottle + cutlery
  • "It's like any muscle, though - if you make a conscious decision, it's a muscle that you work at - mindfulness is a muscle, so if you keep practicing at it, it will get easier."

Book Recommendation From Intro:Give A Shit | Do Good. Live Better. Save The Planet by Ashlee Piper

Jul 11 2018

37mins

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Rank #10: S01 Episode 49 | FABSCRAP + REUSING TEXTILE WASTE

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Episode 49 | FABSCRAP + REUSING TEXTILE WASTE

Feb 15 2017

34mins

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Rank #11: S02 Episode 53 | NATURAL DYES + BOTANICAL COLORS

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In episode 53, our first episode of Season 2, Kestrel connect with natural dye guru Kathy Hattori. As the founder of Botanical Colors, Kathy works to bring natural dyeing processes to larger scale production facilities, and also collaborates with designers on small batch dye projects.

In this chat, Kathy breaks down the big differences between conventional and natural dyes, and the scaleability of the latter. Also, Kestrel and Kathy talk about "brilliance of dyes," and how this can be interpreted differently, depending on your relationship with color and its meaning.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are the chemicals that Kathy mentioned have extremely harmful effects. Research has shown that - when washed - NPEs are released from clothing and in turn, discharged into our waterways, where they turn into the even more toxic and hormone-disrupting chemical nonylphenol (NP).

More on Greenpeace's Detox program here >

Mar 14 2017

36mins

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Rank #12: S01 Episode 50 | THINK DIRTY + THE SEARCH FOR CLEAN BEAUTY

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Episode 50 | THINK DIRTY + THE SEARCH FOR CLEAN BEAUTY

Feb 22 2017

28mins

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Rank #13: S01 Episode 19 | CRADLE TO CRADLE + FASHION POSITIVE

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Episode 19 | CRADLE TO CRADLE + FASHION POSITIVE

Jul 04 2016

58mins

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Rank #14: S02 Episode 59 | PATAGONIA, FAIR TRADE + THE FASHION REVOLUTION

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In episode 59, Kestrel had the opportunity to visit the Patagonia Headquarters in Ventura, CA to record an in-person interview with 2 key players in the Patagonia game. Helena Barbour is the Senior Director of Global Sportswear at Patagonia, and Thuy Nguyen is the Manager of Social Responsibility and Special Programs. The two have played a large role in building out Patagonia's Fair Trade initiative - in conjunction with Fair Trade USA - in recent years. 

In light of Fashion Revolution Day this year, and a continued hope to instigate more respect for the people who make our clothes, this chat is focused heavily on the concept and implementation of Fair Trade initiatives in the garment supply chain. Kestrel asks Thuy and Helena to share more about the evolution of the program at Patagonia, including their thoughts on where they started and where they have come. In addition, they discuss the logistics of how the Fair Trade program works, and how it has the potential to help support local communities around the world.

Kestrel brings "scalability" to the table again, and Thuy and Helena provide their insight on the scalability of fair trade manufacturing, and how collaboration is key to the future success of this program. When it comes to storytelling, the three discuss how complicated it still is to bring up the sustainable fashion conversation with an inclusive, nonjudgemental approach. To close, Thuy and Helena each share their ideas on how we can continue to work on small ways of bringing a more conscious approach to what we wear.

Apr 23 2017

33mins

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Rank #15: S01 Episode 32 | CHRISTY DAWN + MAKING DEADSTOCK LOVELY

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Episode 32 | CHRISTY DAWN + MAKING DEADSTOCK LOVELY

Oct 18 2016

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Rank #16: S04 Episode 157 | REMAKE + MADE IN MEXICO

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In episode 157, the first show of Season 4, Kestrel welcomes Ayesha Barenblat, the founder of Remake, back to the show, along with Sajida Silva, a student at California College of the Arts, and one of the future designers who was chosen to join Remake for their Made In Mexico trip. A non-profit that believes that fashion can be a force for good, Remake makes the invisible women who power the fashion industry visible through firsthand documentary footage and stories.

“That’s the thing, you know — people don’t empower people, the women we met are plenty empowered. What they need is for the system to stop oppressing them.” -Ayesha Barenblat, Founder of Remake

On this week’s show, Kestrel reconnects with Sajida + Ayesha, who she joined last October on Remake’s trip to Mexico, as part of their documentary series.

Ayesha sheds light on how distinct this trip was for Remake, considering that so many of the students and influencers spoke Spanish, as well as how we had to meet with the women garment workers outside of a factory setting. Due to not being able to gain access, Remake brought the women from different parts of the country to Mexico City to a safe house to connect with us.

Sajida shares more on the layers of why this experience was so powerful to her, and how inspired she was by the fierceness of the women garment workers we connected with.

The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat: 

  • “Our approach is so different [from auditing processes], and there’s something the industry can really learn from that. It’s not transactional and extraction in value. We were there to bear witness and really, to listen.”

  • Humans Of Fashion on Remake: I Am Oliva

  • Humans Of Fashion on Remake: I Am Reina

  • “I think Reina said it best when she said, ‘the price of what you pay for a garment reflects the exploitation.’”

  • “The more we center this conversation on women on either end of the supply chain — shopper + maker — rising up to ask for dignity, living wages, protections; that’s a very different conversation than sweatshop workers far away that have nothing to do with my life struggles.”

  • Made In Mexico Garment Workers Speak Out For Women’s Rights

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #17: S03 Episode 109 | FINERY + MAKING USE OF THE WARDROBE YOU ALREADY HAVE

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In episode 109, Kestrel welcomes actor and model Brooklyn Decker, and former ABC & CNN anchor Whitney Casey to show. The cofounders of FINERY, Brooklyn + Whitney have built the world’s first wardrobe operating system that reinvents how women view and interact with their closets, and style themselves.

"Women will spend more money on their clothing than their education [in their lifetime]."  -Brooklyn Decker, cofounder of Finery

In this episode, Brooklyn and Whitney share a bit about how they ended up building a company focused on fashion - turns out, for both of them, it wasn't really the fashion industry that drew them in. Instead, they were interested in helping women's lives become a bit easier.

Additionally, Brooklyn and Whitney share some of their thoughts on where they hope to take Finery in the future. It looks like not only is helping women utilize what's in their closet a priority, but also, helping women find ways to put the clothes they aren't using back into the system.

The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:

  • Mint, Slice, Tripit: apps that also help simplify your life
  • "On average, women only wear 20% of their wardrobe."
  • "Half a trillion dollars worth of clothes are hanging unworn in our closets."
  • "A detailed survey of almost 2,000 women aged over 16 found that most fashion purchases see the light of day just seven times." (stat Kestrel mentioned - was featured in Daily Mail in 2015)
  • "We’re not trying to say, ‘Don’t buy anything.’ We are trying to make you really optimize what you have." - from the below article in Business of Fashion
  • "Finery Aims to Succeed Where Other Virtual Closets Have Not", article from Business of Fashion
  • The RealReal, Vestiaire, thredUP, Tradesy (secondhand platforms mentioned)
  • Explore more about FINERY here >

Recommended Artist From The Intro: Mona Chalabi (found via Brother Vellies)

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #18: S02 Episode 85 | THE GOOD TRADE + SOCIAL GOOD

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In episode 85, Kestrel welcomes AmyAnn Cadwell, the Cofounder & Editor-in-Chief of The Good Trade, to the show. A digital media company featuring brands, products & ideas dedicated to social good, The Good Trade is known for its elevated aesthetics and accessible writing style. 

"We're all on different places on the spectrum, and our goal is to really come meet people where ever they are with maybe that next step or that helpful story or that helpful point of action that kind of meets them right where they are." -AmyAnn, cofounder of The Good Trade

Throughout this chat, AmyAnn shares her interesting path into the conscious fashion and lifestyle world. She also shares her thoughts on what social good means to her, and how she's building it into the framework of The Good Trade. 

Also, AmyAnn shares insight into creating a platform with aesthetics in mind, and the importance she and her team place on visuals within their storytelling.

Here are a few of the things brought up throughout this chat:

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Oct 25 2017

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Rank #19: S02 Episode 58 | EILEEN FISHER, FISHER FOUND + CLOSING THE LOOP

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In episode 58, Kestrel welcomes on Cynthia Powers, the Facilitating Manager of Eileen Fisher’s clothing take back program, Fisher Found, as well as Teslin Doud, who was part of Eileen Fisher’s Social Innovators Project, helping develop some of the company’s circular design components.

Kestrel asks Cynthia and Teslin about Fisher Found’s origins, intention and goals. In addition, Cynthia and Teslin share more insight on the meaning behind the program’s three Rs: Reworn, Renewed, and Remade.

The three also discuss the future of take back programs and what we might expect down the line.

This week’s episode was sponsored by The Fourth Gentlemen, who make accessories from bamboo and cork. Why are their bamboo sunnies so amazing?

  1. Bamboo is a renewable resource and apparently one of the fastest growing plants on the planet.
  2. It’s super flexible and lightweight - often I’ve forgotten I have these shares on because they’re like a feather.
  3. They float! If you like sailing or being on the water like me, these are a great option - I’ve lost many a pair of sunglasses to the depths below over the years.

Apr 19 2017

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Rank #20: S02 Episode 60 | THE SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION + QUESTIONING FASHION'S IMPACT

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In this week's episode, Kestrel welcomes two guests to the show: Jason Kibbey, the CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Alden Wicker, writer and founder of EcoCult. The idea for this show exploded for Kestrel after she read an article Alden wrote for Racked“We Have No Idea How Bad Fashion Actually Is For The Environment”. It struck a chord with her -- and many other people who have been using the same unverified fact over and over again in our conversations: the global fashion industry is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world

In this chat, Jason shares his thoughts on where we are currently when it comes to determining the "impact" of the fashion industry. He highlights the reality that creating standards can be especially difficult in the fashion industry because value judgements will inevitably come into play. He also shares what The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is working on with the Higg Index.

Kestrel, Jason and Alden also dive deep into the question of whether conscious consumerism can make an impact, and if so - how much. The search for analytics in the fashion industry is a constant thread throughout this conversation.

May 03 2017

43mins

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