It’s supposed to rain all weekend here in Amsterdam. I’ve compiled some conscious listening, reading and watching material for while cozied up. Enjoy!
Levi’s has always had admirable sustainability goals. Listening to Michael Kobori openly talk about some of the successes and challenges that Levi’s has faced, has strengthened my confidence in the brand’s social responsibility. Big companies are difficult to judge because they have huge social and environmental impacts, but because of their size, they also have the power to push for expansive change.
“In episode 61, Kestrel welcomes Dechel McKillian, founder of Galerie.LA and former stylist for the Black Eyed Peas and Lil Wayne to the show. They talk all things personal style and curation, and explore how sustainability fits into these approaches.” – Kestrel Jenkins. I can’t wait to listen to this one!
Alden Wicker dissects the first Pulse of the Fashion Industry report to disprove the myth that fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry on the planet. Her frustrations with this false fact lead her to do some serious research, which has concluded in a data based fact: the fashion industry is the 5th most polluting industry, equal to livestock. She dives further into the dependence of fashion on the more polluting industries, exposing how much of an impact positive change in this industry could have.
Liz Pape, founder and CEO of brand Elizabeth Suzann discusses the issues around pricing in the fashion industry. An admittedly sensitive subject, she outlines in great detail the pricing of a signature top: the Artist Smock. Both costs and profits are examined in a rare display of complete transparency. Her boldness in tackling this subject is an inspiration. In a culture where more information often invites more criticism, I hope Liz’s openness invokes conversation and can help bring change to this flawed industry.
Documentary: Cup of Culture [Rent it on iTunes]
The culture of coffee is everywhere and has vast social and environmental impacts. This documentary tells a history of how coffee has come to be so popular, while showing the global consequences. Where responsibility lies is discussed with roasters, coffee drinkers, and growers.
Rent it on iTunes
“In countries all around the world, women working in the garment industry experience labor rights abuses such as long hours, low wages, and unsafe working conditions – circumstances that they are trying to change. In this program, Zehra Khan, a leading activist from Pakistan, discusses women’s rights, how she wants to change the system, and which responsibilities governments, companies and consumers could and should bear.” -debalie.nl
Program is in English.
Have a great weekend!
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