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Hot Buttons is a show about the future of fashion and culture on a changing planet. Each week, Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker unwind the breaking news, industry moves, cultural trends, and tech breakthroughs that are shaping sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. Can we change it?

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Hot Buttons is a show about the future of fashion and culture on a changing planet. Each week, Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker unwind the breaking news, industry moves, cultural trends, and tech breakthroughs that are shaping sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. Can we change it?

    Is recycled plastic clothing a lie?

    Is recycled plastic clothing a lie?

    This week, we’re talking about plastic fashion. Your Instagram and TikTok feed are probably littered with feel-good ads for clothes and shoes made from recycled bottles. But they aren’t the solution you think. 
    Then, it’s a new world for brands doing business with China. America’s crackdown on forced labor is twisting supply chains putting brands in an uncomfortable position. How will fashion reorient itself? 
    And we’ll finish with a reality-TV breakup with fast fashion. Can ‘Love Island’ push pre-loved clothing into the zeitgeist? 
    Resources:


    Vogue Business: Recycled plastic swimsuits aren’t as green as you think


    NPR/Frontline investigation: How big oil misled the public on recycled plastic


    New York Times: Global brands seek clarity on Xinjiang


    BBC: H&M seems China sales plummet after Xinjiang boycott


    Vox: how your favorite jeans may be fueling a human rights crisis


    Reuters: 'Love Island' dumps fast fashion for second-hand eBay partnership


    Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.

    • 41 min
    The trillion-dollar climate gap in fashion

    The trillion-dollar climate gap in fashion

    Last fall, the Apparel Impact Institute and Fashion for Good mapped out what it would take to cut fashion’s carbon emissions by half by 2030, and hit net-zero by 2050. Those are goals identified by the UN fashion charter in 2018.
    Their conclusion: we’ll need $1 trillion to get there. This week, we’ll ask: where will that money come from? 
    Then, as shoppers are heading back to stores, high-end brands are adding circular services to try to draw them in. Is this an indication of a bigger movement for in-person retail? 
    Finally, we end with European raids of top design brands’ headquarters. Did a movement to rewire fashion more sustainably somehow turn anticompetitive? 
    Stories discussed in this episode:


    Sourcing Journal: H&M and Lululemon back $250M climate fund


    Euronews: The trillion dollar question over how to fix the fashion industry


    Aii/Fashion for Good report on decarbonizing fashion


    Vogue Business: sustainability comes to physical retail


    Vogue: Rewiring fashion groups reflect on a year of change


    Business of Fashion: EU raids target brands proposing sales periods, restrictive practices


    Vogue: What happened to the fashion industry reset?


    Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. 

    • 51 min
    Unpacking fashion’s complicated impact on the planet

    Unpacking fashion’s complicated impact on the planet

    For the first topic of our first episode, we are asking a simple question: what is fashion’s actual impact on the environment?
    We know the environmental impact of fashion is vast. But has it been properly quantified? It turns out, no. And that’s a problem for figuring out how to fix it.
    Then, we turn to the most visible problem in the fashion industry: textile waste. 
    Rachel and Shilla are both involved in an effort to bring more transparency and regulatory scrutiny to the textiles industry. We’ll dig into some possible solutions for textile waste.
    We’ll finish with one of the hottest stories in fashion: Shein.
    In April, the Wall Street Journal revealed the Chinese mega-retailer had raised over $1 billion at a $100 billion valuation. Shein is now one of the most valuable private companies in the world — built off an ultra-fast fashion model that pumps out thousands of new styles per week.
    What does Shein’s rise tell us about the tension between consumer desires for sustainable products and actual buying habits? And can Shein clean up its operations in a meaningful way?
    Additional reading:


    New York Times: how fashion giants recast plastic as good for the planet


    Vox: fashion has a misinformation problem


    New York Times: the biggest fake news in fashion


    WWD: New working group to tackle textile waste


    Business of Fashion: the sustainability regulations that could reshape fashion.


    Sourcing Journal: Critics say Shein’s textile waste solution isn’t good enough


    WSJ: Shein valued at $100 billion funding round


    Daily Beast: Has Shein killed the dream of sustainability in fashion?


    Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.

    • 58 min
    Trailer: Is fashion fit for the future? We need to talk about it.

    Trailer: Is fashion fit for the future? We need to talk about it.

    There’s no turning away from today’s reality: the demand for sustainability has come for the fashion industry.
    Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker are here to talk about it.
    Hot Buttons features weekly observations and lively debate about the future of the fashion industry as it reckons with its impact on the climate, natural resources, and worker rights. The show is not just about reducing emissions in the supply chain – it’s about the culture of fashion, the high-stakes decisions inside the industry, and how we rethink the very idea of growth. 
    Subscribe to Hot Buttons everywhere you get podcasts. Episodes drop every Thursday starting June 16.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

pickyCaroline ,

Yes to the name

Can hardly wait to listen!

soupthereitis ,

Absolutely fabulous

I don’t know about you but thank ggoooobbbb for this podcast! So many people care about this issue and don’t know where to start. These ladies are experts and they’re hilarious!! I can’t wait to hear more.

lady of leisure ,

Here for This!

I can’t wait to listen to this podcast. As a fashion industry professional and consumer, the issue of sustainability is one I face on a daily basis. The fashion guilt! The picture of all the clothing we buy piling up in a landfill makes me feel ill. The podcast sounds fun and informative, a rare combo. The hosts know what they’re talking about, and I am looking forward to hearing the solutions they find. This industry has to change.

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