We do enjoy a good podcast here at ZERRIN HQ! Especially if it a podcast on sustainable fashion! An easy and handsfree way to consume content on the go (or while doing house chores!) we love tuning in and listening to people having insightful discussions on a variety of topics. When it comes to discussions on sustainability in fashion, here’s a couple of our favourite ethical fashion podcasts which will help keep you up to date with the latest news, interviews and ideas circulating in the industry.
1. Conscious Chatter
One of the more well-known sustainable fashion podcasts recommended by Good On You and Eco Warrior Princess is Conscious Chatter. It is hosted by Kestrel Jenkins, who has worked with People Tree and Ecoutere. She interviews people trying to make a change in the fashion industry such as Safia Minney, founder of People Tree and Po-zu and Andrew Morgan, director of the documentary The True Cost.
Available on: Spotify and Conscious Chatter
2. Wardrobe Crisis
Clare Press, Vogue Australia’s sustainability editor-at-large, hosts the Wardrobe Crisis. She has also published a fabulous book by the same name. She meets and records insightful conversations with people who are pioneering cool ideas in the sustainable fashion industry. From individuals like Timo Rissanen who came up with the idea of “zero waste fashion design” to people working in the sustainability department of large brands like Levi’s. In short, this sustainable fashion podcast unzips the industries key issues. It also goes deeper to speak about the realities, complexities and politics of fashion and personal style.
Available on: Spotify, iTunes, and Wardrobe Crisis
3. Made Better
What does it mean to make products that respect people and planet? And what could it look like to improve our relationship with what we wear? Made Better is a show in search of answers. Each week, Susannah Jaffer, a former fashion journalist turned founder of ZERRIN, speaks with inspiring individuals about the interconnected impact of the things we create and consume—from clothes to cosmetics—and explores how we can all journey towards making better choices for a healthier planet and perspective. This show will discuss topics like ethics, sustainability, mental health, diversity, body image and more. We’ll have conversations with all sorts of individuals, from designers to activists, influencers to academics, guided by how we can collectively do more good around 5 P’s: People, Planet, Product, Packaging and Principles.
Available on: Spotify and apple podcasts
4. Monocle on Design
Are you looking for a podcast where you can hear from renowned figures in the sustainable fashion movement such as Eva Kruse, CEO of Global Fashion Agenda, or Fashion Critic of The New York Times Vanessa Friedman? This is the podcast to tune into. The podcast is hosted by Executive Editor of Monocle, Josh Fehnert. All of the podcasts are less than 10 minutes, so you can listen to this one on the go.
Available on: Spotify (Search: Monocle 64) and Monocle on Design
5. Spirit of 608
Hosted by longtime fashion journalist Lorraine Sanders, Spirit of 608 caters to a wide audience interested in the sustainable fashion movement from the average consumer to the aspiring business owner. She also covers the basics of social media marketing and PR tips to interviews with successful sustainable fashion leaders. It’s an interesting sustainable fashion podcast to tune into even if you don’t have any plans to be an entrepreneur anytime soon.
Available on: Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, RSS Feed
6. Business With Purpose
Business With Purpose is an ethical fashion podcast hosted by Molly Stillman, the beauty blogger of Still Being Molly. Employing her expertise in the fashion industry as well as her experience as a radio host, Stillman engages listeners by discussing topics that are usually glossed over. These include men’s view of sustainable fashion, using fashion as a platform of supporting low-income households, and bridging the cultural divide in the US.
Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Google Play, Stitcher, RSS Feed, Business With Purpose
7. The Slow Home
This podcast focuses primarily on conscious living, rather than the topic of sustainable fashion. But it will certainly inspire you to revamp your wardrobe into a more mindful one. Hosted by Brooke McAlary, a writer who decluttered her life after being diagnosed with postnatal depression. For instance, she introduces listeners to a world of meditation and slow living, as opposed to the fast-paced world we live in today.
Available on: iTunes, Stitcher
8. Fashion Revolution
If you’ve been keeping in touch with the sustainable fashion movement, you will recognise the platform, Fashion Revolution. They also play a huge role in raising awareness about sustainable fashion and encouraging large retailers to be more transparent. Meanwhile, it is shorter than our other selections on this list with only 3 episodes. Yet, it informs listeners on the working conditions of the garment workers in sweatshops, something that other ethical fashion podcasts which focus primarily on entrepreneurship fall short of.
Available on: ACAST and iTunes
9. Ethical Business Podcast
Kickstarted by two Australians – Melanie Palmer and Ross Townson – this ethical fashion podcast tackles the issue of ethical business practices from the corporate viewpoint. Palmer has experience managing Australia’s largest foreign aid program whereas Townson was a senior legal officer and policy manager of the Australian government. Therefore, using their political and legal expertise, they uncover the injustices of the corporate world. This of course includes those occurring within the fashion industry.
Available on: iTunes, Stitcher, Ethical Business Podcast
10. Remember Who Made Them
This is a six part ethical fashion podcast series, digital campaign and fundraiser that aims to help energise a new solidarity economy in fashion. The podcast seeks to amplify the messages to show global solidarity with the people making our clothes and to ensure companies who have profited take responsibility to support them at this time. They also empower listeners with adequate tools and resources to donate, buy less, buy better and hold fashion brands accountable. The episodes are jam-packed with useful information, and the show is aimed at anyone with an interest in fashion, social justice – or both!
Available on: iTunes, Spotify, Remember Who Made Them
11. Manufactured Podcast
Jessie and Kim, the hosts of this sustainable fashion podcast, have backgrounds in the fashion supply chain and human rights respectively. In this podcast, they delve deeper into understanding sustainability and the making of fashion.
Available on: iTunes, Manufactured Podcast
12. Business of Fashion
The business of Fashion is known as the essential resource for anyone in fashion, frequently described as “indispensable” in the fashion world. Imran Ahmed, founder and CEO of BoF, leads their podcast, discussing the wider impact of the industry with designers, creatives, and business experts. Episodes range from how to start a fashion business to red carpet interviews to sustainable initiatives in the industry. It offers thoughtful stories and fresh fashion-oriented perspectives.
Available on: iTunes, Spotify, Business of Fashion Podcast
13. Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl
Vintage enthusiast and stylist, Emily Stochl is the creator and host of the Pre-Loved Podcast. Each episode introduces perspectives of second-hand fashion from style, running a business, sustainability, stories behind vintage fashion, and the global second-hand industry at large. The podcast introduces expert opinions and creative ideas such as “fashion as a force for good” with founder of the non-profit of Remake, Ayesha Barenblat and “what we’re wearing, how we’re living, and its effect on the planet and its people” with Jenny Welbourn, creator of Wear I Live blog.
Available on: iTunes, Spotify, Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl
14. Wear Your Values
The Wear Your Values podcast, created by the sustainable fashion brand Echte, offers a go-to guide on how to recognise truly sustainable brands without words like ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ clouding your perceptions. Over the course of their five episode series, you’ll understand just how much work it takes to be sustainable for a brand. You see the journey a piece of clothing takes from when it’s being made to you taking it home and just how many chemicals your body is exposed to when you buy new clothing item. Finally, you get a behind the scenes look at ECHTE as a sustainable brand.
Available on: iTunes, Spotify, Wear Your Values
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