Lastest episodes

It's our final episode of the first series! This week, we reflect on the Common Threads journey so far, and double down on our mantra of system change over lifestyle change. During a pandemic more than ever, it's perfectly okay to be 'imperfectly' ethical, and it's time to shift the blame to where it counts. Listen in for some recommended resources to take forward on your ethical fashion adventure.

This week's episode explores the topic of vintage fashion. With enough clothing already on the planet to last six generations, we look at how wearing old clothes can shrink your fashion footprint, and how vintage fashion can support women's livelihoods. We interview two vintage sellers, Lapoze MacTribouy from Sooki Sooki Vintage and Rachel Valentine from Strange Ray Vintage.

Alongside Ronke Fashola, founder of sustainable vintage-inspired womenswear brand Love Ur Look and course director of Fashion Promotion with Marketing at London Southbank University, we explore the lack of diversity in fashion and the importance of representation in corridors of power, not just on the catwalk. We also look at fatphobia in the fashion industry and the designers and content creators fighting to change the narrative.

In this episode, we're joined by climate justice, refugee rights and anti-racism activist Mikaela Loach to talk about intersectional activism within sustainable fashion. We explore the interconnectedness of social justice and sustainability, the marginalised people left out of the fashion conversation, and the importance of system change over lifestyle change.

During lockdown, thousands of us have been clearing out our wardrobes and flocking to resale sites like Depop. But building a great platform as a seller is harder than it looks. In this episode, Depop 'top seller' Lauranne Bourgeaux from 5th Season Vintage shares her top insider tips for making sales on the platform, and explains why second hand is not second best.

Rental fashion is often cited as THE solution to fashion circularity. But with the colossal environmental impact of dry cleaning, the lack of inclusivity, and consumers' deep-rooted attitude to ownership, we're asking: is rental all its cracked up to be? In this episode we chat to Eshita Kabra-Davies, the founder of UK rental service By Rotation. Eshita explains the benefits of rental to both the environment and the consumer, who’s been renting during lockdown, and how she sees our relationship with clothing ownership changing.

As many of us try to live more consciously, vegan diets and vegan fashion are more popular than ever. But does vegan always mean sustainable? Is all vegan leather just plastic? And how can vegan shoppers balance animals, people and the planet? We also interview Cat Anderson, owner of Edinburgh vegan clothing boutique Treen.

As fashion weeks around the world are replaced by digital events due to Covid-19, we're asking: is the catwalk dead? In this solo episode, we chat about what's wrong with fashion weeks from a sustainable standpoint, our personal experience of both digital and physical events, the class of 2020 fashion graduates, and why designers want to rewire the traditional fashion system.

Shopping small is a revolutionary act. In this episode, we explore the independent makers creating garments that are 'accidentally ethical', and why some small fashion labels are not just surviving but thriving during lockdown. In this episode we chat to indie brands Revival London and Collingwood-Norris about Coronavirus, the UK textile industry and the power of repair and upcycling.

Greenwashing is a term you’ll hear a LOT in the ethical fashion conversation, as well as its little sister ‘wokewashing’. But what do these phrases actually mean? How are brands greenwashing their way through the current crisis? And could consumers' changing needs in a post-Covid world result in more accountability from brands? In this solo episode we walk you through the 'seven deadly sins of greenwashing' and how to spot them.

Just in time for the re-opening of retail stores across England, we speak to Hannah Carter from Love Not Landfill to hear about the impact of Coronavirus on Britain's beloved charity shops, the future of the thrifting experience and how to get involved in the #LockdownDressUp campaign. We also look at where our unsold donations actually end up, and how they impact textile economies in the Global South.

Who's making our face masks, and are they being protected frim Coronavirus? And why is the NHS relying on imports to protect frontline workers when the UK manufacturing industry is raring to go? In this episode we talk to Holly Baxter-Weir, one of the founders of the For the Love of Scrubs campaign, to discuss the Scottish textile industry's mobilisation to support the NHS and the ethics of fashion face masks.

As the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, garment workers in countries like Bangladesh were some of the worst affected. Over £2.4bn of orders that had already been produced were cancelled or suspended, leaving the factories who produced them unable to pay workers. In this episode, we chat to Ayesha Barenblat, founder of Remake, who's #PayUp petition is campaigning for these brands to pay factories what they are due.

In episode two, we provide you with our take on ‘ethical fashion 101’, offering a glossary of the key terminology you’ll see as a conscious consumer.  Do you know your organic from your fair trade? What about the definitions of ‘greenwashing’ and ‘transparent’?  And can fashion truly be called ‘sustainable’ if it’s not ethical?

In episode one, we share our personal journeys from former fast fashion addicts to conscious consumers and ethical fashion activists. We touch on the current state of ethical fashion in 2020, including greenwashing, fashion’s impact on the climate crisis, the role of garment workers, and the business models of fast and slow fashion.