with Aja Barber, Author of Consumed
Ep. #233 of The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast
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Do you ever wonder where old clothes end up? We see so many ads for unlimited types of clothing, the shops are full of people… When they’re worn out or just tired of a style, do most people donate items? Repurpose them? Recycle? The simple answer: most of them go into a trash wasteland and end up contributing to climate change.
Aja Barber is an eco-conscious fashion consultant, personal stylist, speaker, and author of Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. Her line of work focuses on sustainability and its intersection with ethics, feminism, and racism, particularly in the fashion industry.
As a sustainable fashion consultant, Aja makes sure to educate the general public about sustainable and ethical manufacturing, specifically with garments in the fashion industry, in the hope of creating a better and safer planet.
She has written for online publications such as Eco-Age, The Guardian, and CNN. Still, she is most active in opening up conversations and informing people about sustainable and ethical fashion on her Instagram.
During the conversation, Cory and Aja talk about the impact of the fashion industry on our climate crisis, how fast fashion contributes to colonial waste, the core of consumer culture, and what role we can play to creatively solve these problems. Aja also shares her journey in writing her first book and gives her advice on how to stop consumerism.
The full transcript for this episode and more can be found at SocialEntrepreneurship.FM/233
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“One of the things that clothing waste can be used for is housing insulation. Every minute, a dump truck of clothing waste goes to landfill. What are we doing? That is an untapped resource. If you actually tax these big, multinational billion dollar companies that can definitely afford to pay for it, we could actually create jobs; we could have textile recycling. Currently, we only have 1% of textiles being recycled. That should not be the case – no textiles should go to landfill. And they certainly shouldn’t be being dumped on the global South, which is what’s happening.”— Aja Barber
Links & Resources Mentioned
- Aja Barber on Instagram, Patreon
- Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism by Aja Barber
- NHS (National Health Service)
- Insulate Britain
- The Or Foundation
- Guppy bags (US site)
- All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K Wilkinson
- The Better World Weekly Newsletter
- Become a Sponsor
- Cory Ames on LinkedIn and Twitter
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