“Cheers to all you changemakers out there!” This is how Kestrel Jenkins, the host of the podcast Conscious Chatter, ends each podcast episode - A perfect way to introduce her podcast and the change she wants to do in the world.
Conscious Chatter is a podcast about the world of fashion, clothes production, apparel industry and the people that are involved. In each episode Kestrel interviews a person, organization or a company,whose aim is to make a social impact through fashion.
Hailing from the U.S., Kestrel Jenkins holds degrees in global studies and international journalism. This combined with her work experience in the sustainable fashion brand, People Tree - one of the most well-known conscious and ethical fashion brands, has lead her to combine her interests in fashion and social responsibility into this unique podcast channel. With the melange of her curiosity as a consumer and her knowledge as a fashion professional, she guides the listener through each of the interviews she conducts.
“Each episode of Conscious Chatter opens another little unknown world to me - it not only inspires me, but also makes me feel more optimistic about the world while educating myself at the same time.”
In one of the latest episodes I’ve listened to, Kestrel interviews Sarah Corbett, the founder of the Craftivist Collective, which is an organization that protests and demonstrates through handcrafts such as embroidery, knitting, sewing and crocheting. Their mini banners are placed around the city with quotes such as: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” or “If your lives are ruled by fear, we will make innocent people our enemies. If our lives ruled by love, we can make strangers our friends.”
The Craftivist Collective tries to create awareness of different problematic issues through handcrafting, like garment workers rights, showing empathy and being humble instead of being aggressive and loud.
If I had not listened to Conscious Chatter, I would never had heard about the Craftivist Collective.
Other times when I listen to the podcast, I recognize the organization or the brand. One of those episodes features the founders of Swedish Stockings - a Swedish brand started by Linn Frisinger and Nadja Forsberg, who have achieved in making stockings out of recycled yarn. Although I knew of the brand beforehand, listening to the interview gave me a better understanding of their production process, difficulties, things they struggled with and much more. I learned among other things, that it was not possible for the brand to make new stockings by recycling old stockings as new materials, since stockings are made of mixed materials like polyester and elastane, and these artificial synthetics were not able to be recycled and reused. At the time the interview was recorded, they still had not found the way to separate the two materials - but they are working hard on it, and hopefully we will hear some good news from them soon!
Everytime I listen to an episode, I get a little aha! Experience, educating me in being a conscious consumer, by diving more into fashion through a professionals perspectives, in line with the motto of the podcast ‘where what we wear matters’.
You can find the podcast through a podcast app on your phone or on the webpage of Conscious Chatter, consciouschatter.com.