The (Un)Ethical Consumer Podcast strives to answer the question: ‘what does it mean to be sustainable?’ hosted by Zoë Goetzmann. During interviews with artists, designers, creatives and industry professionals working in both art and fashion, Zoë seeks to create a space to break-down the technical processes behind design. Raising questions like: ‘What is ethical, what is not ethical?,’ ‘What is sustainable, what is unsustainable?,’ Through experience working in both the art and fashion, Zoë has come to realise that the best way to do this is this is sharing the stories that artists have to tell
Sustainable Fashion, Atelier + Artistanship: An Interview with Designer Carlota Cotarelo (@carlotacotarelo_cc)
This week on the podcast, we speak to Carlota Cotarelo, a designer from Spain now living in the U.K. She recently graduated in the U.K. at University for the Creative Arts - Rochester and showed her designs this past Spring In London. At the moment, she is working on building her own brand. On this episode, we speak all about artisanship, the art of dressmaking, tailoring, the quality of luxury vs fast fashion, the issues with overproduction, how to ‘survive’ fashion school (and the pressures, anxieties that come with it) … how to stay true to yourself and your personal design/aesthetic and style.
Follow Carlota, her designs, and design making process here:
Fair Fashion, Sustainable Fashion, Women4Women: An interview with Sabrina Bosch, founder of Boavista (@boavista_club)
In this episode, we speak to the founder of the Boavista Club (based in Lisbon, Portugal). Their designs are made of 100% Tencel - a biodegradable fabric making a significant impact on sustainable fashion. Boavista also partners with the Lisbon-based women collective "Bandim" - an NGO that empowers local women to turn their skills into their own sources of income. Their zero-waste accessories are created by the women of Bandim and 10% of Boavista's revenues are donated directly to this NGO.
As an added bonus and gift to any of you listeners, you can check out and shop Boavista and any of their clothing using the code UNETHICALCONSUMER15 for a 15% discount. So perfect for anyone’s upcoming summer holiday! :)
Resources and sustainable fashion brands mentioned:
“Tied to a certain time period” - Exploring Art + Fashion with Designer and Curator Abi Guest (@abi.guest_ and @thatretroseamstress)
So excited to introduce you to our next podcast guest @abi.guest_ ✨
We talk about it all in this episode: pop culture, musical theatre, the artistry of @alexandermcqueen as well as how sustainability plays a part in both the art & fashion worlds.
Sustainable/size inclusive shops, influencers and resources mentioned in this episode:
• the tea towel shirt is from @herbiemensahvintage and @thehippieshake trousers
Authenticity and Sustainable Fashion (An Interview with Slow Fashion Influencer/Assistant Creative Director Mollie Dunn @responsibleregalia)
Mollie Dunn (@responsibleregalia) is a slow fashion influencer // instagrammer // YouTuber who creates content focused on sustainability, sustainable fashion and environmentalism.
In this episode we talk all about the idea of ‘authenticity,’ how sustainable fashion influencers function in their community, our mutual love of classic fashion shows like “What not to wear” (throwback to anyone who was a fan) and loads more.
As always, feel free to listen to the episode and please rate us + leave a kind review on Apple Podcasts so we can get on the charts and keep making more episodes.
Some sources to look into + follow:
@slowfactory — online classes mentioning about fashion sustainability + where you can learn more about sustainability
@projectdrawdown — for all facts related landfills, greenhouse gases, impact of items going to landfill
Here are the online classes about fashion sustainability: https://slowfactory.earth/. They used to offer their courses for free for all BIPOC attendees and then pay what you want donation-based for anyone else. Not sure if that is still the case.
Here are some additional resources I have compiled over the years about honestly just a lot of different things:
On how fashion "seasons" have increased over the years
On the complicated issue of textile recycling:
On how fast fashion has trained consumer habits for the worse:
On landfills, greenhouse gases, impact of items going to landfill:
On how to fix it:
UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee's Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability report: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/1952/full-report.html#heading-7
Sustainable Fashion, Education, The Future … (an interview with Parsons School of Design Student Kristina Ang @kristinamichelleang)
We are super excited to welcome Kristina Ang @kristinamichelleang, the host of one of our other favourite podcasts @lifeofafashionstudentpodcast ✨🤗 Kristina is also an education & sustainable strategies intern at The Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA).
Some sustainability/sustainable fashion resources mentioned in this episode:
The Council of Fashion Designers in America (@cfda): have a look at their sustainability glossary + reports, The Re:Generation Innovation Scholar Award (established by Swarovski), ‘Upcycling Artist-Designer’ Nicole McLaughlin (@nicolemclaughlin), Sustainable Outwear Brand/Company, Arc’teryx (@arcteryx) — have a look at their design workshops! Also be sure to read Kristina’s piece in ‘Hyergoods’ on ‘Debunking Common Sustainability Myths’
Some other sustainable resources to share 🤗:
Fashion Innovation: https://fashinnovation.nyc/
Fashion Revolution (@fashion_rev): https://www.fashionrevolution.org/
Vogue Business (@voguebusiness): https://www.voguebusiness.com/
Good on You (@goodonyou_app); https://goodonyou.eco/
Vashion Blog - https://www.thevashionblogg.com/
and some other ‘slow fashion’ influencers: @thevashionblogg, @theresaaxostyle, @sarafrii
Sustainability + Branding (an interview with co-founder, creative director and designer Dilalya Kopuz, @dilayla_ kopuz of [IM]perfectionists @imperfectionists_official)
We are so pleased to welcome our second guest, Dilayla Kopuz, Co-Founder, Creative Director and Designer of the brand @imperfectionists_official - a sustainable, unisex clothing brand based in Copenhagen (as well as ethically made in Turkey). We cover so much in this episode: from how to source materials, how to run a brand, what is sustainability? The ethics of NFTs and NFT fashion, the benefits of human connection and the importance of fair wage ✨between genders 👏
Interesting and important
I like how this show explores what seems like not an often considered perspective - especially in the first episode - how clothing has a story, and how some cultures respect and appreciate the material in a way that cultivates sustainable practices.
Love love love this crossover of fashion and sustainability! Thank you so much for sharing!
Such a wonderful listen, cannot wait to hear the next episode!