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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

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Relatable, inspiring, unique.

iTunes Ratings

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
81
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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

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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.

Rank #1: S02 Episode 102 | MELANIN & SUSTAINABLE STYLE + ETHICAL FASHION AS A PRIVILEGED WHITE GIRL THING

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In episode 102, Kestrel welcomes Dominique Drakeford, the founder of Melanin & Sustainable Style, to the show. A platform that is bringing melanin to the forefront of sustainable fashion, beauty and living, MelaninASS is helping to give the ethical industry an authentic and culturally relevant voice. 

"This whole community is about 'let's talk about what's wrong' - we talk about what's wrong from an environmental point of view, we talk about fast fashion and we point fingers at H&M and we do all this ... but let's look at ourselves and let's talk about some real issues that are wrong because honestly, sustainability is founded on culture - the essence of sustainability is rooted in culture and we don't talk about it."  -Dominique Drakeford, Founder of Melanin & Sustainable Style

In this episode, Dominique shares a bit of her background and the eclectic experiences that have led her into the sustainable style conversation.

Kestrel and Dominique also discuss the layers behind two notable articles written by Dominique: "Who The Hell Wants To See Only White Women In Sustainable Fashion" and "Why I Think Ethical Fashion Is A Privileged White Girl Thing". Dominique highlights several of the disconnects in the sustainable fashion conversation - from representation to discrimination to tokenism to appropriation to privilege - and how historical relevance and institutional racism are being left out of the discourse.

They talk about the reality of how the ethical fashion space has been dominated by white women, and how privilege and race relations need to play a larger role in our approach to this conversation.

Also, Dominique shares her inspiration behind the Vanguard Series, a project she developed on her platform to highlight "true visionaries and cultural influencers who are creating a positive impact in the fashion, beauty and/or the sustainable lifestyle industry." 

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

Recommended reading from the intro: "Why Fashion Is Key to Understanding the World of Black Panther" by Tanisha C. Ford in The Atlantic

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #2: S03 Episode 134 | REFORMATION + THEIR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THREDUP

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In episode 134, Kestrel welcomes Kathleen Talbot, the VP of Operations + Sustainability at Reformation, to the show. A revolutionary lifestyle brand, Reformation offers thoughtfully produced clothing at an affordable price–a reminder that being green shouldn’t mean sacrificing style and quality.

“If you’re confident and you’re motivated to really manage the impact of your product and really your product’s whole life cycle, you shouldn’t be afraid of growth. You should be really trying to maximize that because by growing our business, by reaching a bigger consumer base, we’re actually magnifying our impact." - Kathleen Talbot, VP of Operations + Sustainability at Reformation

In this episode, Kathleen shares more on the origins of Reformation, and how they are an act + iterate company. For Reformation, they’re all about testing to try to reduce their impact - when they discover that something isn’t working and/or reducing their footprint, they shift right away and try something else.

Kathleen also shares more on how Reformation believes that growth isn’t something they shy away from - instead they lean into it, and believe that growth - if done in the right way - can only expand their impact exponentially.

Throughout this chat, Kestrel + Kathleen talk specifically about the resale market, and Reformation’s recently launched partnership with ThredUp to help close their loop.

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

  • “Up to 90% of the clothing that is thrown away is before the end of its useful life and can be reused, and only a fraction of stuff is getting recycled.”

  • According to ThredUp’s 6th annual Resale Report released this last April, they stated that by 2022, the resale market will hit $41 billion.

  • ThredUp’s Report outlines that RESALE is growing 24 times faster than RETAIL.

  • ThredUp’s Report says that 1 in 3 women (18 years of age and older) shopped secondhand last year.

  • Reformation Vintage Shop in Los Angeles

  • Vestiaire Collective, another resale platform Kathleen mentioned that Ref has partnered with in the past

  • Depop, another resale platform Kathleen mentioned that Ref has partnered with in the past

FROM THE INTRO:

Kestrel is traveling with Remake on their Made In Mexico trip this upcoming week. Alongside students from California College of Arts, the group will travel to Mexico City and Oaxaca, with the intention to meet directly with garment workers and artisans to hear their personal stories.

If you are interested in following along on the journey, you can watch Kestrel’s Instagram @consciouschatter or Remake’s @remakeourworld.

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: S01 Episode 03 | WATER

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Mar 04 2016

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Rank #5: 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

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Rank #6: S03 Episode 136 | THE MINIMALIST WARDROBE

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In episode 136, Kestrel welcomes Sebastian Juhola, the creator of The Minimalist Wardrobe, to the show. A platform and popular Instagram, The Minimalist Wardrobe is meant to help people minimize their wardrobes, with a focus on ethical and sustainable values.

“Minimalism brings instant results for your personal life. It has those practical effects right away, in addition to sustainability and the environment. It also helps you personally in tremendous ways.” - Sebastian Juhola, Founder of The Minimalist Wardrobe

In this episode, Kestrel gets the chance to connect with Sebastian about what led him to start @theminimalistwardrobe Instagram. Surprisingly, he started it on a whim for fun, and at one point in 2017, left it dormant for several months. Now, the account is growing an average of 500 followers per day.

Throughout this chat, Kestrel asks Sebastian to share his insight as to what storytelling + social media tactics are resonating with The Minimalist Wardrobe audience. Also, they discuss the potential that minimalism has in bringing a more mainstream audience to the sustainable fashion conversation.

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

  • The Minimalist Wardrobe Community on Facebook

  • “Minimalism is a good way to get the masses excited about this [sustainability] because they can feel instant results.”

  • “I think it’s human nature that we crave instant results.”

SUGGESTED READING

“Why Does So Much Ethical Fashion Look The Same?” by Whitney Bauck on Fashionista

Oct 17 2018

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Rank #7: S04 Episode 168 | THREDUP + THE MASSIVE RISE OF RESALE

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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

On this week’s show, Erin shares more on how the secondhand world brought her into the sustainability conversation — she got her start working at Crossroads years ago. We also chat about the thrill of the hunt when it comes to secondhand, and how we both got into thrift shopping, in search of those extra special pieces that nobody else would have.

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

  • thredUp processes up to 100,000 items per day

  • At this time, thredUp lists over 2 million unique items on their website

  • “We have definitely felt the Marie Kondo effect. We had an 80% spike in our clean-out kits, when ‘Tidying Up’ aired on Netflix.”

  • Choose Used, thredUp’s partnership with Olivia Wilde + Conscious Commerce

  • The Circular Fashion Fund, 501(c)(3) under thredUp, that invests in the next generation of non-profits and businesses pushing to transform the fashion industry

  • thredUp’s 2019 Resale Report

Jul 09 2019

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Rank #8: S01 Episode 04 | MADE IN USA

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Mar 12 2016

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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

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Rank #11: S03 Episode 108 | G-STAR RAW + THE MOST SUSTAINABLE JEANS EVER

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In episode 108, Kestrel welcomes two key players at G-Star RAW to the show - Adriana Galijasevic, their Denim and Sustainability Expert, as well as Frouke Bruinsma, corporate responsibility director at G-Star RAW. A condition for doing business at G-Star RAW today, sustainability has been formally built into the company's framework since 2006.

"SUSTAINABILITY HAS BEEN A CONDITION FOR DOING BUSINESS AND IT'S A CONSTANT WORK IN PROGRESS, SO WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION AND ALWAYS STRIVING TO SURPASS OUR LATEST SUSTAINABLE ACHIEVEMENTS."  -ADRIANA GALIJASEVIC, G-STAR RAW'S DENIM + SUSTAINABILITY EXPERT

In this episode, Kestrel asks Adriana + Frouke to share their personal experience with sustainability, as well as the background story G-Star RAW has connected to sustainability. In 2012, G-Star RAW took their sustainable capsule and decided to expand that concept and apply it to their entire line. Since then, sustainability has been a condition for doing business and it's a constant work in progress. 

Adriana + Frouke also share a very in-depth and detailed account of the layers of sustainability + circularity that were integrated into the design and manufacturing process behind The Most Sustainable Jeans Ever. As Adriana explains, The Most Sustainable Jeans Ever are a culmination of all of the sustainability work G-Star RAW has been doing formally since 2006; the team developed this project using a holistic approach, and a sustainable lens on every step of the process.

The denim fabric used in this project was certified Gold level by Cradle to Cradle, and one of the most powerful elements of this collection is that G-Star RAW has created open-source access to their sustainable denim fabric-development processes through C2C's Fashion Positive Materials Collection.

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

  • "Cradle To Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things", book that impacted Adriana's interest in sustainability
  • "If You Care About Ethical Fashion, It's Time To Stop Sleeping On G-Star RAW", article by Whitney Bauck in Fashionista
  • Some of the issues with denim manufacturing historically when it comes to sustainability: + The indigo and the use of sodium hydrosulfites + Cotton and its water-intensive nature as a crop + throughout the denim manufacturing process
  • DyStar®, partner G-Star RAW worked with to develop the cleanest indigo technology for their most sustainable jeans (the process uses 70% less chemicals + 15% less indigo, it doesn't require any hydrosulfites and it produces no salt byproduct in the reduction or the dyeing process)
  • Artistic Milliners, partner G-Star RAW worked with in the development of their fabric for the most sustainable jeans
  • Saitex, where G-Star produces - "basically the beacon of sustainable manufacturing"
  • Bangladesh Accord, one of the first ways the industry started working together to collaborate
  • Renewed Denim, new product launching in stores in May (jeans made with upcycled yarns from recycled G-Star RAW jeans)
  • EarthColors, launched in November 2017 (in collaboration with Archroma, naturally-dyed jeans, colored with traceable dyestuff derived from recycled plants and nutshells)
  • Lena Library, a Fashion Library in Amsterdam where you can "check out" or lease garments 

Recommended Reading From Intro:"Fonts, Colors, Layouts Impact Whether Customers Will Buy From Your Website" via The Fashion Law

Apr 03 2018

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Rank #12: S03 Episode 128 | THE GARMENT + THEIR VIRTUAL POP-UP

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In episode 128, Kestrel welcomes Morgan Hamel, the founder of The Garment, to the show. A platform that helps connect women and responsible brands, The Garment is known for their Virtual Pop-Ups, which showcase quality products from makers who also have a good story.

"I realized that there was an entire community of makers out in the world who basically were trying to connect to a community of women who are interested in living more vibrant lives by owning fewer, better things, and sometimes those communities struggle to find each other. Basically, The Garment stepped into the middle." -Morgan Hamel, Founder of The Garment

In this episode, Kestrel chats with Morgan about the origins of The Garment, and how their Virtual Pop-Ups really work.

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

The 6 featured brands + links to their platforms are outlined below:

Aug 20 2018

52mins

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Rank #13: S01 Episode 11 | SUPPLY CHAINS

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Rank #14: S03 Episode 111 | ADITI MAYER, ADIMAY + REVOLUTION WASHING

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In episode 111, Kestrel welcomes Aditi Mayer, the creative behind ADIMAY, to the show. Aditi explores the crossroads of artistic expression and social action on ADIMAY, and has a focus on style, sustainability, and social politics.

"I think the way we look at sustainable fashion now - it's been a response. So, sustainable fashion exists because the industry is inherently broken, and we could argue that fast fashion has profited off the normalization of exploitation. As we go forward, I think if we work toward a more just industry, that's inherently going to change the definition of sustainability too. It's tied with change, it's tied with being critical about how the industry currently stands - so, that's a reflection of who we are as individuals, but also where we stand in larger systems."  -Aditi Mayer, founder of ADIMAY 

In this episode, Aditi shares a bit of her personal backstory, and how she became interested in photography as a form of escapism, and then fused it with her interests in style and sustainability. She shares a powerful experience from the first "sustainable fashion event" she attended, and how it revealed to her a lot of realities of race, class and privilege in the industry.

"I definitely realized that fashion at large is really a microcosm of larger systems of inequality."

Kestrel and Aditi explore three articles in particular, that are featured on ADIMAY, that speak to: ethics vs aesthetics, women of color's representation (and lack of) in sustainable fashion, and the rise of the activist tee. 

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

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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #15: S02 Episode 72 | BACK BEAT RAGS, AFFORDABILITY + SUSTAINABLE FASHION

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In episode 72, Kestrel welcomes Isadora Alvarez, the creator of Back Beat Rags, to the show. Isadora created her company as a reaction to some of the negative experiences she had working for an off-price retailer in LA. She created her business - Back Beat Rags - in a way that was the total opposite of the previous company she worked for. Isadora specializes in making what she calls: "low impact goods".

Every piece in the Back Beat Rags collection is under $70 dollars.

Throughout this chat, Isadora walks us through the process of creating her garments via her super local supply chain, and how much she loves having close relationships with the people who make her clothes. She also shares insight on building a sustainable fashion brand with affordability in mind.

Tune in to hear tips on how to build a sustainable brand with lower price points in mind, and to hear how Isadora thinks people are "shying away from fast fashion". 

Eco Warrior Princess is a media company that's pushing to change the way we perceive sustainability. Not only does founder Jennifer Nini rock some killer style, but she's also bringing fresh ideas to the sustainability conversation. Check out everything I'm gushing about here: http://ecowarriorprincess.net/

Jul 25 2017

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Rank #16: S03 Episode 123 | WHIMSY+ROW, THE INFLUENCER AGE + BUILDING A CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY

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In episode 123, Kestrel welcomes Rachel Temko, the founder + creative director of Whimsy+Row, to the show. A lifestyle brand for the creative, adventurous lady, Whimsy+Row not only offer their clothing + goods online, they also have a lovely freestanding store in Venice, California.

"I started Whimsy promoting other brands, and that to me is like - we should all be in this together to spread the word and make everybody aware that this is more of a lifestyle." -Rachel Temko, Founder + Creative Director of Whimsy+Row

In this episode, Rachel shares her journey toward taking the leap to start her own company, and how much the creative energy of her family has inspired her over the years.

Additionally, Kestrel + Rachel discuss this new age of influencers, and Whimsy+Row's approach to hiring them for their marketing efforts. While Rachel believes you have to use a combination of influencer marketing mixed with more traditional styles today, she sees the extra benefit of receiving valuable content through influencer partnerships.

Rachel also shares more on her larger vision for Whimsy+Row, which involves building an eco-conscious community first, and a fashion brand second.

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

  • "A Guide To Working With Niche Influencers", article on Business of Fashion that Kestrel mentions
  • "I first want Whimsy+Row to be an eco-conscious community, and second - a clothing brand."
  • "What's great about working with influencers - what I really love - is that you get more content. So, maybe if you didn't get a ton of sales out of the post, you might get some beautiful content that you can repost, and your customers can see firsthand how it looks on a different type of person and body shape, so that's where I think working with influencers can be better than doing paid advertising." 
  • "I mean we think about what we eat all the time and what we consume - why are we not thinking about what we're putting on our largest organ on our body?"
  • "I think the easiest thing we can all do is just reinventing what we already have in our closet."
  • "Now that I only buy sustainable brands or vintage, I find that my stuff lasts longer, and I'm more connected to the pieces that I own."

Article Recommendation "You Can Quit Feeling Guilty - Sustainability Isn't An All Or Nothing Game" by Sarah Spoljaric for The Good Trade

Jul 18 2018

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Rank #17: S02 Episode 89 | FARMGIRL FLOWERS + DIRT ON THE FLORAL INDUSTRY

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In episode 89, Kestrel welcomes Christina Stembel, the founder of Farmgirl Flowers, to the show. An online floral shop that is dedicated to creating good jobs, Farmgirl Flowers is also focused on maintaining a sustainable supply chain, and minimizing waste in the floral industry. "INSTEAD OF HAVING 40-60% WASTE OF FLOWERS, WE HAVE LESS THAN 1% WASTE." -CHRISTINA, FOUNDER OF FARMGIRL FLOWERS

Throughout this episode, Kestrel and Christina chat about the complicated supply chain behind the floral industry, and the impact it has on farmers, and the environment - especially when it comes to waste.

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

  • 40% of cut flowers are thrown away in the U.S. because the shops can't sell them before they die.
  • Flower shops must up-charge their bouquets in order to compensate for the flowers that are expected to be wasted.
  • Ritual Roasters, first place Christina sourced burlap coffee bags from for their flower wraps.
  • Christina took inspiration from In-N-Out Burger, because they were doing one thing really well; when she launched Farmgirl Flowers, the "less is more" trend hadn't taken off yet.

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Nov 22 2017

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Rank #18: S04 Episode 158 | BOYISH ON DOING BETTER DENIM

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In episode 158, Kestrel welcomes Jordan Nodarse, the founder and Creative Director of Boyish Jeans, to the show. While Jordan recently founded Boyish in 2018, he’s been around the denim scene for years — having been behind the launch of Reformation’s first denim collection, as well as Revolve’s GRLFRND denim.

“I always tell people — it’s all about progress, not perfection. You’re never going to be 100% sustainable. Even when you feel like you’re 100% sustainable, you can always be more efficient. And the environmental impacts are always going to be evolving to become better and better, so you always have to evolve.” -Jordan Nodarse, Founder of Boyish

On this week’s show, Jordan shares more on what first got him into denim — trying to make his own jeans. Being a musician at the time, Jordan wanted to have jeans that looked more like Bryce Springsteen in the era of bootcut, so he cut out the inseam of vintage jeans and altered them to get the look he was going for.

Kestrel + Jordan also discuss more of the intricacies of what sustainability means to Boyish, how it’s always evolving, and how important it is for Jordan to use his brand to help educate shoppers.

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

  • Refibra by Lenzing, fabric that Boyish uses

  • ZDHC (Zero Discharge Of Hazardous Chemicals); company Boyish works with that audits them regularly

  • OEKO-TEX; Boyish works with them to help certify their factory

  • Intertek; Boyish works with them for auditing

  • The HIGG Index

  • BCI Cotton + GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, Boyish has their mill only purchase one or the other, to ensure their cotton is traceable. They also request transactional certificates for everything, and do their best to buy consistently from their suppliers.

  • PP (potassium permanganate): one of the harsh chemicals often used to distress denim. Jordan says it can easily be replaced by using natural cold water reactive enzymes.

  • Tonello, more sustainable garment-finishing machines that Boyish uses

  • Solar Sister, nonprofit Boyish donates to through 1% For The Planet

  • Stashers, cool company that makes a silicone-based replacement for ziplock bags

Apr 24 2019

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Rank #19: 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."

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