30 episodes

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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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

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?

    Synthetic biology, clean chemistry, and beauty, oh my!

    Synthetic biology, clean chemistry, and beauty, oh my!

    This week we look at the role of biotech in the beauty industry. It promises the ability to program and design molecules that can be less toxic, more sustainable, and customizable in everything from moisturizer to perfume. Our guest this episode is Dr. Sunil Chandran, chief science officer and head of R&D at Amyris, a company using the tools of synthetic biology to build molecules for beauty products.

    We ask Sunil about that pivot, dig in on business models for biotech in the beauty industry, and wonder what the future holds for fashion and beauty when ingredients and materials can be “designed” in a lab.

    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.

    Resources:



    WWD interview with Amyris CEO Jon Melo


    Oprah Daily on Clean Beauty

    Info on Bonsucro



    CNN covers Doja Cat on Schiaparelli's latest runway show


    New York Times on the Schiaparelli’s controversial show


    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.
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    • 53 min
    Gisele Fetterman to the rescue! Mom, founder, firefighter and thrifter

    Gisele Fetterman to the rescue! Mom, founder, firefighter and thrifter

    We wanted a minute of Gisele Fetterman’s time to hear about her advocacy work, how she champions thrifting and vintage, and what she learned from last year’s bruising campaign on behalf of her husband, Senator John Fetterman. But we got so much more! 

    Gisele gave us the inside scoop on the culture of Capitol Hill, her work on behalf of those in need in Pennsylvania, and the racism she’s experienced as a Brazilian-born activist who married into U.S. politics (let’s just say she’s been mistaken for the hired help more than once…). Plus, the wild card we never saw coming – she’s currently training to become a volunteer firefighter!

    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.

    Full transcript here.

    Resources:



    Vogue on the Fettermans’ political power dressing

    Gisele Fetterman on her childhood and her advocacy, in Teen Vogue



    Washington Post profile of Gisele Fetterman

    A list of Gisele’s favorite thrift shops in the Washington, DC area


    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.
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    • 44 min
    The truth about vegan leather, organic cotton, and cow farts

    The truth about vegan leather, organic cotton, and cow farts

    This week, we’ve decided the best way to understand claims of sustainable textiles and leather is to step outside the fashion universe and go straight to someone who lives at the source: in food, agriculture and climate. Tamar Haspel is the host of our sister podcast here at Post Script Media, Climavores, and is one of the more delightful people you’ll ever hear on the subjects of how our food system and our personal choices within it just evolve in the face of climate change. She’ll help us think about vegan leather, organic textiles, fast fashion, GMO cotton, land and water use, and even sheep farming. 

    We also take a look at the news, which included a big win for the environment in a landmark law in New York banning PFAS, and Amazon’s “greenwashing on a grotesque scale.” 

    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.

    Click here for a complete transcript


    Resources:


    WWD on New York PFAs ban


    Sourcing Journal on Amazon’s greenwashing


    Climavores podcast

    Tamar Haspel



    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Finding hope for sustainable fashion in 2023

    Finding hope for sustainable fashion in 2023

    Happy New Year! We’re back with our review of 2022, and predictions for 2023. But first, we have to say goodbye to Dame Vivienne Westwood, and take a few more shots at Balenciaga for what can only be described as a rather cowardly approach to repairing their brand. 
    There was a lot to like about climate and sustainability progress in 2022, and we’re coming into this year hopeful we’ll see more of it in action, not just words. We talk about climate bills, progress at COPs, taking on greenwashing, new policies addressing fair labor, and new technologies that take us closer to a circular economy. But skepticism abounds, so we’ll talk about that, too.
    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.
    A lightly edited transcript of the episode can be found here.
    Resources:  


    Vogue Business on the life of Vivienne Westwood


    Hypebeast on the potential for a year of “Nothingcore”


    New York Times on the industry’s struggle with the concept of degrowth


    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.
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    • 54 min
    It’s beginning to look a lot like over-consumption season; the predatory side of women’s fashion; and… compostable underwear?

    It’s beginning to look a lot like over-consumption season; the predatory side of women’s fashion; and… compostable underwear?

    It’s the end of the year, and our listeners have been asking questions: What does it mean that menswear is often made with better materials than womenswear? How do we kick the overconsumption habit when it’s so baked into our culture? And is underwear compostable? Lizzo blows up Twitter wanting to know. 

    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.

    Resources:  



    New York Times on the 30 x 30 biodiversity pledge coming out of COP15


    Vogue Business on Dolce & Gabbana’s sustainability plan


    The Fashion Law talks through the FTC’s plan to update their Green Guides



    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. 
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    • 49 min
    Charles Conn, Board Chair of Patagonia, on the company’s past and future

    Charles Conn, Board Chair of Patagonia, on the company’s past and future

    This week, Charles Conn, Chair of the Board of Directors at Patagonia joins us to share his story of how the company made the landmark decision to “make Earth its only shareholder.” This was news not just in the apparel industry, but everywhere. Patagonia had been private its entire existence, and as its founder Yvon Chouinard looked to step away, he opted for something entirely unique: give all the company to a 501(c)(4) and a perpetual purpose trust designed to put the profits to work exclusively for the planet. 
    The market is still digesting this move: will it signal a new path for purpose-driven companies? Will it alter the course of late-stage capitalism? Charles Conn had an insider’s view on the process of coming to the decision to embrace this unique model, and continues to be actively involved in bringing it to fruition.
    Patagonia is an apparel company, too, so we talk about how they approach sustainability, from measuring their emissions throughout their supply chain, sourcing all their textiles and materials, and participating in resale and circularity. 
    And finally, Yvon Chouinard was recently given the outstanding achievement award at the British Fashion Awards, and Charles was there to accept it on his behalf. So, we had to ask what he wore.
    Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode.
    Resources:  

    Charles Conn in Fortune Magazine on Patagonia’s evolution


    WWD on Patagonia’s transformation 


    Inc. naming Patagonia company of the year


    WWD on Yvon Chouinard receiving the outstanding achievement award at the Fashion Awards in London


    Full transcript of this podcast here

    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. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

AnnaR! ,

Great convos, important topic

Such great conversations about an important topic. Thanks for pushing us to do better!

TCLII ,

Engrossing Conversations

Wonderful conversations with folks who set a high bar in their business practices to address planet earth’s problems. Knowledgeable, engaging hosts who ask the right questions and are fun to listen to!

Paul Richie ,

Super informative and entertaining

Informative, entertaining and a very important topic that we can all learn more about

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