Kestrel Jenkins, a leader in the ethical fashion movement, shows us how to be the change we need in the fashion world.
Keeping up with fashion trends doesn’t just hurt our wallets, it hurts people and the planet too
For over a decade, sustainable fashion consultant and host of the Conscious Chatter Podcast, Kestrel Jenkins, has been fascinated with asking questions about where our clothes are made, what they are made of and who made them.
Kestrel Jenkins has been working to bring the conscious style conversation to a larger audience
Kestrel Jenkins is the founder of AWEAR World, a platform that inspires us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of and who made them. Her podcast Conscious Chatter dives deeper, exploring stories along the global garment supply chain. Kestrel is a storyteller who has been working to bring the conscious style conversation to a larger audience for the last 10+ years.
Jenkins grew up in a small town in Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. For her family, being outside and enjoying the natural world was huge. Hiking and biking were their most common pastimes whenever they had a break from helping out at the family’s restaurant and hotel.
At university, Jenkins studied Global Studies, Women’s Studies, and International Journalism. Once She learned about the way that products, ideas and people move around the world, supply chains and their intricacies became hugely interesting to her. Post undergraduate studies, Jenkins secured an internship with fair trade fashion pioneer People Tree in London. This experience was her turning point – once she had this glimpse of the industry, she was hooked and all in.
What is the importance of ethical and sustainable fashion?
What is the importance of ethical fashion?
In an interview with Trusted Clothes’ Scott Douglas Jacobsen, Jenkins said, “Fashion’s impact on people globally is massive. The garment industry employs around 40 million people globally, 85% of them being women. As some of the lowest paid workers in the world, people working along the global garment supply chain regularly face violations of human rights. It’s not a question of the importance of ethical fashion, it’s the question of how we can all support a better fashion industry that respects the people that work to make the clothes we wear.”
What is the importance of sustainable fashion?
“The waste that’s associated with the textile industry is mind blowing. Today, the average American generates 82 pounds of textile waste per year. The big bummer about it is a lot of that waste could be recycled. It’s all connected. In today’s world, buying organic food has become a somewhat mainstream concept,” said Jenkins.
She continued, “When it comes to clothing, we are still disconnected from the stories. What we wear has the potential to also be a reflection of our values. Farming does not only yield food products; fiber comes from the field as well. The more we can understand these overlapping realities, the more we can be connected to not only what we put in our bodies, but also what we put on our bodies.”
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