If you're not yet familiar with Conscious Chatter and you're a regular podcast listener, this is a 'must subscribe'. It's creator and host, Kestral Jenkins originates from Wisconsin, US and was, to my knowledge, the first in the ethical fashion/ sustainable clothing podcast space. A self confessed 'Conscious Fashion Freak', her podcast brings together her love of fashion and her commitment to fair trade and caring for the environment. Now close to 100 episodes, Kestral has interviewed a broad spectrum of guests including designers, manufacturers, activists and influencers.
Earlier this year, Kestral interviewed Andrew Morgan, maker of The True Cost, the go-to film about fast fashion. Filming The True Cost was a direct response to the Rana Plaza disaster of 2013 when 1,034 people died and many more sustained life changing injuries, when the building they were working in collapsed. Andrew discusses how the film has helped raise awareness of the clothing industry from development, trade, human rights and environmental issues. Keen to emphasise the positive, Andrew suggests that by starting in small ways and making small changes to our individual buying patterns and habits, brings a greater sense of empathy. “The pessimistic would argue that it's a drop in the ocean, but the reality is it opened the door to more and more change.”.