Resources

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!

Podcasts

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

The Circulate Podcast

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!

Documentaries

Al Jazeera  |  Made in Bangladesh
www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2013/08/201382611617275364.html

CBC News  |  Made in Bangladesh
www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/made-in-bangladesh

The Guardian  |  Sustainable Fashion: How to Bring Sustainability Into the Apparel Industry
www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/video/sustainable-fashion-sustainability-apparel-industry-video

NPR  |  The World Behind a Simple Shirt in 5 Chapters
apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title

TED Talks  |  Sustainable Fashion is a Shared Responsibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDUF8D_IHj4

Detox  |  How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZucclsuKaU#t=17

Islam TV  |  Bangladesh in Crisis
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwWPykS9hkM [Part 1]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOQigVLi6fw [Part 2]

The Story of Stuff  |  How Things Work
storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/

BBC Radio  |  Fast Fashion – Affordable or Exploitative [broadcast]
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w0gwd

BBC Radio 4  |  What Price Cheap Clothes? [broadcast]
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b0yf8

Fairtrade Foundation | Cotton impact video
Short (3:00): https://vimeo.com/85454316
Long (11:00): https://vimeo.com/53851781

Books

Kassia St. Clair | The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History 2018

https://goo.gl/QNfWHu

Sandy Black  |  The Sustainable Fashion Handbook 2012
www.thamesandhudson.com/The_Sustainable_Fashion_Handbook/9780500290569

Michael Braungart and William McDonough  |  Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things 2009
www.amazon.co.uk/Cradle-Michael-Braungart/dp/0099535475

Sass Brown  |  ReFashioned: Cutting Edge clothing from Recycled Materials 2013
www.laurenceking.com/en/refashioned-cutting-edge-clothing-from-upcycled-materials/

Elisabeth Cline  |  Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion 2012
overdressedthebook.com/author.html

Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose  |  Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change 2012
www.laurenceking.com/en/fashion-sustainability-design-for-change/

Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen  |  Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes 2011
www.routledge.com/sustainability/

Tansy Hoskins  |  Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion 2014
www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745334561

Naomi Klein  |  No Logo 1999
www.naomiklein.org/no-logo/buy-the-book

Safia Minney  |  Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution 2012
newint.org/books/ethical-living/naked-fashion/

Dara O’Rourke  |  Shopping for Good 2012
mitpress.mit.edu/books/shopping-good-0

V. Ann Paulins  |  Ethics in the Fashion Industry 2009
www.bloomsbury.com/uk/ethics-in-the-fashion-industry-9781563675331/

Pietra Rivoli  |  The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy 2009
eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470287160.html

Lucy Siegle  |  To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? 2011
www.harpercollins.co.uk/titles/9780007264094/to-die-for-lucy-siegle

Rachel Louise Snyder  |  Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. 2007
books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=5997

Henrietta Thompson  |  Remake It: Clothes2012
www.thamesandhudson.com/Remake_It_Clothes/9780500516324

Kelsey Timmerman  |  Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes 2012
eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118277554.html

Frances Corner  |  Why Fashion Matters
www.francescorner.com/why-fashion-matters/

Clare Press  |  Wardrobe Crisis 2014
www.clarepress.com

Ellen Kohrer + Magdalena Schaffrin  |  Fashion Made Fair 2016
https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Fashion-Made-Fair/Ellen-Koehrer/Prestel-com/e486826.rhd

Campaigns and Organisations

Clean Clothes Campaign
www.cleanclothes.org

Ethical Fashion Forum
www.ethicalfashionforum.com

Fair Trade Foundation
www.fairtrade.org.uk

Environmental Justice Foundation
ejfoundation.org

The Good Guide
www.goodguide.com

Greenpeace Detox Campaign
www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/toxics/detox/

Labour Behind the Label
www.labourbehindthelabel.org

Nordic Initiative, Clean and Ethical
www.nordicfashionassociation.com

Oxfam
www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/trade

Traidcraft’s Justice Campaign
http://www.justicecampaign.org.uk/about/

Key Reports

United Nations Global Compact/BSR  |  A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains
http://www.bsr.org/reports/BSR_UNGC_Guide_to_Traceability.pdf

Clean Clothes Campaign  |  Tailored Wages
www.cleanclothes.org/livingwage/tailoredwages/tailored-wage-report

Labour Behind the Label  |  Tailored Wages UK
www.labourbehindthelabel.org/campaigns/itemlist/category/294-report

Ethical Fashion Forum  |  Value Chain Call to Action
source.ethicalfashionforum.com/article/value-chain-call-to-action-1st-Draft

Baptist World Aid Australia  |  Behind the Barcode
www.baptistworldaid.org.au/behind-the-barcode/

International Labor Rights Forum  |  Deadly Secrets
laborrights.org/publications/deadly-secrets-how-apparel-brands-cover-safety-hazards

UN Global Compact  |  The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013
www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/global_corporate_sustainability_report.html

Fair Trade Foundation  |  Impact of Fairtrade Cotton
www.fairtrade.org.uk/includes/documents/cm_docs/2012/F/2_FTF%20Cotton%20summary%20and%20response%20May%202012.pdf

Deloitte  |  Fashioning Sustainability 2013
https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/dk/Documents/strategy/Deloitte-Fashioning-Sustainability-2013.pdf

Greenpeace  |  A Fashionable Lie, Detox
www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/toxics/2014/A-Fashionable-Lie.pdf

WRAP  |  Valuing Our Clothes
www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/VoC%20FINAL%20online%202012%2007%2011.pdf

Centre for Sustainable Fashion  |  Steps Towards Sustainability in Fashion: Snapshot Bangladesh
ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/5671/1/CSF_Vol.6_Steps_towards_Sustainability_in_Fashion_Snapshot_Bangladesh.pdf

University of Cambridge  |  Well Dressed?
www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/well-dressed

BSR  |  Sustainable Fashion Design: Oxymoron No More?
www.bsr.org/reports/BSR_Sustainable_Fashion_Design.pdf

Rank A Brand  |  Feel Good Fashion: Transparency & Corporate Social Responsibility 2014
rankabrand.org/static/FeelGoodFashion_2014_Summary.pdf

Traidcraft  |  Material Concerns: How responsible sourcing can deliver the goods for business and workers in the garment industry
http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/international_development/policy_work/purchasing_practices/purchasing_practices_reports

Interesting Articles

 

Vogue UK  |  How the World Has Changed Since Rana Plaza
www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/04/01/bangladesh-rana-plaza-anniversary-fashion-revolution-day

NY Times  |  Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad
www.nytimes.com/2013/09/02/business/global/superficial-visits-and-trickery-undermine-foreign-factory-inspections.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

NY Times  |  U.S. Flouts Its Own Advice in Procuring Overseas Clothing
www.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/world/americas/buying-overseas-clothing-us-flouts-its-own-advice.html

Take Part  |  This Girl Walked Through Fire So We Can Get Jeans for $9
www.takepart.com/feature/2013/12/16/the-true-cost-of-cheap-fashion?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy

The Guardian  |  A Sustainable Model for Fashion
www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-model-for-fashion

The Guardian  |  10 Things That Have Changed Since the Bangladesh Factory Collapse
www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/bangladesh-factory-collapse-10-things-changed

The Guardian  |  Fashion is seen as frivolous but it’s at the heart of contemporary culture
www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-fashion-blog/fashion-frivolous-contemporary-culture-ownership-usership?CMP=twt_gu

The Guardian  |  Why Sustainable Supply Chains Make Business Sense
www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-supply-chains-business-sense

Business of Fashion  |  Preventing Another Rana Plaza
www.businessoffashion.com/2013/09/op-ed-preventing-another-rana-plaza.html

Business of Fashion  |  Stripped Bare: Brands Move Towards Transparency and Traceability
www.businessoffashion.com/2013/07/nike-nudie-honest-by-bruno-pieters-stripped-bare-brands-move-toward-transparency-and-traceability.html

Quartz  |  The Case For Fewer – But Better – Clothes
qz.com/189904/the-case-for-fewer-but-better-clothes/

Research Institutions

Centre for Sustainable Fashion
www.sustainable-fashion.com

MISTRA Future Fashion
www.mistrafuturefashion.com

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan: Clothing Knowledge Hub
www.wrap.org.uk/node/19930

Textiles Environment Design
www.tedresearch.net

Textile Futures Research Centre
www.tfrc.org.uk

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