Popaganda: Climate Anxiety, but Make It Fashion

In the third episode of Popaganda’s GLAMOUR season, host Carmen Rios tries to figure out what sustainable fashion looks like—and assesses the devastating impacts of the industry on the planet.

Carmen calls on experts A. Tianna Scozzaro from the Sierra Club and Sarah duPont from the Amazon Aid Foundation to zoom in on the waste and destruction fueling the fashion and jewelry industries. She also talks to feminist fashion bloggers Cat Chiang, Aditi Mayer, and Leah-Jane Musch to figure out how indivdual consumers can buy better and drive change with their fashion choices.

The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to oil. Dangerous and illegal gold mining is clearing the Amazon rainforest and all of this destruction is only set to increase—unless all of us break out of the buy-and-goodbye fashion economy designed by fast-fashion corporations. Building a fashion economy where the environment and the workers along the supply chain are treated with respect is possible—and the experts in this episode outline solutions at the top and shop by shop that can help us build it together.

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Carmen Rios is the host of Bitch’s Popaganda podcast. She’s also the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. magazine and co-host of Trigger Happy, a weekly webseries about women’s issues on Binge Network. She has been described as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist.”