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WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Host Clare Press was the first VOGUE sustainability editor, and each week she interviews international guests about the big issues facing the fashion industry. Get to know their personal stories, and be part of the change.
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WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Host Clare Press was the first VOGUE sustainability editor, and each week she interviews international guests about the big issues facing the fashion industry. Get to know their personal stories, and be part of the change.
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    What's the Story with Recycled Polyester? Cyndi Rhoades from Worn Again Explains All

    What's the Story with Recycled Polyester? Cyndi Rhoades from Worn Again Explains All

    More than half of all the textiles use today are polyester. You will definitely have poly in your wardrobe, even if you prefer natural fibres. Synthetics are lurking everywhere, whether as polyester, nylon, or blends mixed with cotton. Poly is cheap, ubiquitous and it's not going away any time soon. It's also made from fossil fuels, doesn't biodegrade and most of it ends up as waste.
    Cyndi Rhoades believes recycled is the answer.
    A UK-based, US-raised activist turned entrepreneur, she founded Worn Again Technologies (originally called Worn Again) in 2005 - determined to make a difference and create a business out of solving the challenge of textiles ending up in landfill or incineration.
    Initially, she looked to upcycling. “It was really hard it make it work at scale, but also ultimately we weren’t solving the problem of textile waste," she says. "Once these second-life products were used, they would end up in landfill anyway. So we were only postponing textiles going to landfill. It made us realise that recycling at a molecular level was the solution.”
    From her formative days in London's early 2000s sustainable fashion scene, to living on a barge off-the-grid today, Cyndi has a long view on how this space has evolved and what's coming next.
    Ever wondered how virgin polyester is actually made? Did you know the recycled kind is almost always made from recycled plastic bottles, not textiles? How sustainable is it? How do we decide? It is greenwashing? Can we really make fashion circular? What would that look like? Why is it taking so damn long? This Episode is like a masterclass in material-to-material recycling.
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    • 49 min
    Waste Colonialism and Dead White Man's Clothes with Liz Ricketts

    Waste Colonialism and Dead White Man's Clothes with Liz Ricketts

    Are you unwittingly contributing to waste colonialism via your wardrobe choices? What happens to our unwanted clothes when we donate them? Overproducing and underusing clothes has far-reaching consequences, as this week's guest Liz Ricketts of The Or Foundation explains.
    Each week, around 15 million pieces of secondhand clothing arrive in the Kantamanto second-hand clothing market in Accra, Ghana - and 40% goes to waste.
    This is the story of how your old shirt or dress or pants might end up clogging drains in Accra. Or form part of a heavy rope of textiles in the ocean, or lurking under the sand like some dystopian synthetic sea monster. Or smouldering on a waste mountain in an informal dump that’s been on fire months.
    It doesn’t have to be this way - maybe your old clothes will get fixed up and sold on to live another life. It’s complicated, as are the solutions.

    What do you think? Let us know! We're on Instagram @mrspress and @thewardrobecrisis, and on Twitter @mrspress
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Status, Self-Obsession, Mental Health & What's Really Controlling How We Act - Will Storr

    Status, Self-Obsession, Mental Health & What's Really Controlling How We Act - Will Storr

    Are you a special person? How self-obsessed are we, as a society? How and why do we compare ourselves to others? What makes us group-ish? Violent? Or community minded? How about narcissistic? And is that getting worse?
    This week's guest is the British author Will Storr, who's latest book is Status Game: on social position and how we use it.
    After reading one of his previous books - Selfie, How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us - Clare persuaded him to come on Wardrobe Crisis and share his ideas and research about what lies beneath our social media culture, power games, virtue signalling and obsession with getting ahead.
    Will is also the author of a book, TED talk and creative writing class called The Science of Storytelling.
    In this lively discussion, Will and Clare talk about everything from Ancient Greece to TIME magazine covers; the origins of the self-esteem movement to Instagram; narcissism, perfectionism, mental health and the origins of western individualism.
    What do you think? Let us know! We're on Instagram @mrspress and @thewardrobecrisis, and on Twitter @mrspress
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    • 41 min
    Inclusive, Purpose-Driven - the Future of Fashion According to Kenyan Designer Anyango Mpinga

    Inclusive, Purpose-Driven - the Future of Fashion According to Kenyan Designer Anyango Mpinga

    Everyone's talking about climate action and social change - but Fashion is still carrying on like it's 1999. The velvet rope! Exclusivity! Snobbery and barriers to entry that lock many young designers with new ideas, out. Fashion weeks alone are massive carbon emitters, before we've even considered production. Pre-pandemic, the carbon footprint of all the media, buyers, models and designers going to the big four fashion weeks (NY, London, Milan & Paris) over a 12-month period, was enough to light up Times Square in New York for 58 years!
    And you're no doubt familiar with fashion's unfairness, murky supply chains and lack of diversity.
    Change is due.
    But the industry seems determined to get back to business as usual. This week's guest, London-based Kenyan fashion designer Anyango Mpinga has other ideas. Digital presentations could change the game, she says. But that's just one piece of the puzzle. Fashion must find its heart again.
    In this inspiring conversation, Anyango and host Clare Press talk purpose, service and giving back - and how, in Anyango's case, coming from a family of strong African women has shaped her. The designer shares her advice for independents trying to be as sustainable as possible, and the broader industry that needs to do better on diversity and inclusion. Big Fashion - take notes!
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    • 39 min
    How Eco-Friendly is Fashion Rental, Really?

    How Eco-Friendly is Fashion Rental, Really?

    Have you heard the one about throwing your clothes away being better for the planet than renting them?
    In this Episode, we get the real story on the study out of Finland that spawned so many clickbait headlines, then ask a British retail legend about what's driving the fashion rental boom. We hear from a purpose-driven millennial founder about what her company is doing to ensure rental really is a greener fashion option than buying new clothes; and learn the secrets of eco-friendly dry cleaning (which... is actually wet - who knew?).
    Featuring interviews with: Professor Jarkko Levänen of Lahti University of Technology; Jane Shepherdson, chair of My Wardrobe HQ; Victoria Prew, co-founder of HURR, and Dr Kyle Grant, founder of Oxwash.
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    • 52 min
    You Need to Know These New Sustainable Fashion Designers

    You Need to Know These New Sustainable Fashion Designers

    Who's Shaping Sustainable Fashion's Design Future? Each Wardrobe Crisis series we present a new generation talent episode, spotlighting emerging fashion designers who are pushing sustainability forward.
    This time we’re talking with: a positive knitwear designer from Canada who’s ongoing collaboration with Post Carbon lab sees her creating living garments that photosynthesise as you wear them. A British fashion multi-tasker who works as a sustainable womenswear designer focused on deadstock materials, a freelance writer, model and stylist. And a community-driven womenswear designer from Brazil who is wowing with his artful, high-craft textile treatments - and challenging fashion’s obsession with youth while he’s at it.
    Meet Olivia Rubens, Joshua James Small and Joao Maraschin.
    This Episode is guest-host - Nina Van Volkinburg, fashion academic and co-founder of the Reture designer upcycling marketplace.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

Ellen W-K ,

BRILLIANT

I am in love with Wardrobe Crisis and therefore addicted to this Podcast. Clare Press is a brilliant host and so learned I this area of ethical and sustainable fashion. I am learning so much from here well chosen brilliant guests. It’s one podcast a day which is another hour of enrichment for me!! Have told all my friends that this is a must do!

unspkub ,

Great podcast!

I’ve only just started listening but Clare presents such an interesting perspective on fashion sustainability. She is certainly opening my eyes to over consumption and it’s impact on the world we live in. Clare is an engaging presenter and I love her depth and breadth of topics and speakers.

meristewart ,

Informative, engaging and great speakers

Absolutely love this podcast. Such a variety of amazing guest speakers, really inspiring, informative and engaging conversations. Clare is a great interviewer and I’ve learnt so much about sustainability in fashion.

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