A full list of podcasts, books, campaigns and organisations to support. Use the contact page (top right) to send me your recommendations - especially if it's your own work!
Fun fact: the photo below, and used in the thumbnails for all my ‘Weekly Reading’ posts, was taken in the Klementinum Library in Prague. This real-life ‘Beauty and the Beast’ library holds more than 20,000 books and the fact it’s in Prague, my first European city and one dear to my heart, is just the cherry on top!
Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press
Clare is Vogue Australia's Sustainability Editor, and she hosts this incredible podcast that 'unzips fashion's issues'. Weekly podcasts feature interviews with international trailblazers, entrepreneurs, scientists, policymakers and anyone working to reshape the global industry. I'm constantly inspired - and Clare's book is of course on this list too!
Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins
Weekly podcast series with business owners and designers in the fashion industry. Kestrel's podcasts regularly give me tips and tricks for running this business, and the US focus aside, it's also a great way to learn the origin stories behind new ethical brands. One of my favourite episodes features Dominique Drakeford from Melanin & Sustainable Style, on the role of race in sustainable fashion.
Copenhagen Fashion Summit
The world's leading event on sustainability in fashion now broadcasts their panels and plenary sessions. Interviews with top industry experts, scientists, researchers and designers - there's so much to learn and this is a great place to start. One day I'll make it there in person!
Fashion Revolution Podcast by Tamsin Blanchard
Explores the hidden stories behind the clothes we wear - through interviews and investigations with garment workers, activists and supply chain experts. Turn up the volume because Tamsin has a soft voice - and enjoy!
Love to Sew by Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos
A weekly podcasts for sewing enthusiasts by sewing enthusiasts! Guests do everything from running their own business to working with other entrepreneurs and suppliers. A great way to learn tips and tricks, and find your tribe.
Stitcher's Brew by Gabby Young and Megan Valero
A UK-based show (where Tilly Walnes has become a drinking game!) featuring weekly interviews with exciting sewing enthusiasts who run their own businesses. The hosts' energy is infectious, and it feels like you're listening to your friends having a chat with an exciting new friend. Guests often start their business as a hobby so there's a lot to learn for aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for new brands or inspiration should definitely check this out.
Sustainability Defined by Jay Siegel and Scott Breen
Their summary is so much better than anything I could write: the podcast that defines sustainability, one topic (and one bad joke) at a time
Hosted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who pioneered the model of a circular economy. Thought-provoking interviews with industry giants and guaranteed to inspire you!
Al Jazeera | Made in Bangladesh
CBC News | Made in Bangladesh
The Guardian | Sustainable Fashion: How to Bring Sustainability Into the Apparel Industry
NPR | The World Behind a Simple Shirt in 5 Chapters
TED Talks | Sustainable Fashion is a Shared Responsibility
Detox | How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
The Story of Stuff | How Things Work
BBC Radio | Fast Fashion – Affordable or Exploitative [broadcast]
BBC Radio 4 | What Price Cheap Clothes? [broadcast]
Kassia St. Clair | The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History 2018
Sandy Black | The Sustainable Fashion Handbook 2012
Michael Braungart and William McDonough | Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things 2009
Sass Brown | ReFashioned: Cutting Edge clothing from Recycled Materials 2013
Elisabeth Cline | Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion 2012
Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose | Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change 2012
Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen | Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes 2011
Tansy Hoskins | Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion 2014
Naomi Klein | No Logo 1999
Safia Minney | Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution 2012
Dara O’Rourke | Shopping for Good 2012
V. Ann Paulins | Ethics in the Fashion Industry 2009
Pietra Rivoli | The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy 2009
Lucy Siegle | To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? 2011
Rachel Louise Snyder | Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. 2007
Henrietta Thompson | Remake It: Clothes. 2012
Kelsey Timmerman | Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes 2012
Frances Corner | Why Fashion Matters
Clare Press | Wardrobe Crisis 2014
Ellen Kohrer + Magdalena Schaffrin | Fashion Made Fair 2016
Campaigns and Organisations
Clean Clothes Campaign
Ethical Fashion Forum
Fair Trade Foundation
Environmental Justice Foundation
The Good Guide
Greenpeace Detox Campaign
Labour Behind the Label
Nordic Initiative, Clean and Ethical
Traidcraft’s Justice Campaign
United Nations Global Compact/BSR | A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains
Clean Clothes Campaign | Tailored Wages
Labour Behind the Label | Tailored Wages UK
Ethical Fashion Forum | Value Chain Call to Action
Baptist World Aid Australia | Behind the Barcode
International Labor Rights Forum | Deadly Secrets
UN Global Compact | The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013
Fair Trade Foundation | Impact of Fairtrade Cotton
Deloitte | Fashioning Sustainability 2013
Greenpeace | A Fashionable Lie, Detox
WRAP | Valuing Our Clothes
Centre for Sustainable Fashion | Steps Towards Sustainability in Fashion: Snapshot Bangladesh
University of Cambridge | Well Dressed?
BSR | Sustainable Fashion Design: Oxymoron No More?
Rank A Brand | Feel Good Fashion: Transparency & Corporate Social Responsibility 2014
Traidcraft | Material Concerns: How responsible sourcing can deliver the goods for business and workers in the garment industry
Vogue UK | How the World Has Changed Since Rana Plaza
NY Times | Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad
NY Times | U.S. Flouts Its Own Advice in Procuring Overseas Clothing
Take Part | This Girl Walked Through Fire So We Can Get Jeans for $9
The Guardian | A Sustainable Model for Fashion
The Guardian | 10 Things That Have Changed Since the Bangladesh Factory Collapse
The Guardian | Fashion is seen as frivolous but it’s at the heart of contemporary culture
The Guardian | Why Sustainable Supply Chains Make Business Sense
Business of Fashion | Preventing Another Rana Plaza
Business of Fashion | Stripped Bare: Brands Move Towards Transparency and Traceability
Quartz | The Case For Fewer – But Better – Clothes
Centre for Sustainable Fashion
MISTRA Future Fashion
Sustainable Clothing Action Plan: Clothing Knowledge Hub
Textiles Environment Design
Textile Futures Research Centre