A moment with... Ketsrel Jenkins from Conscious Chatter

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This is the third in a mini series chatting to an inspiring bunch of people making a difference in sustainable fashion and conscious living and getting their top tips for shopping ethically and living more responsibly - that we can also adopt one step at a time.
 
If you are yet to listen to at Conscious Chatter podcast then you are seriously missing out. Each episode Kestrel chats to an individual about ethical, sustainable fashion and delves into what they're working on, what role they play, their thoughts on the industry and they are all so inspiring and super insightful. It's so often my commute soundtrack. I grabbed a few minutes of Kestrel's time here to get her tips and thoughts on a few things ethical and sustainable that are easy for us all to consider and maybe make some steps towards ourselves.
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In a nutshell what is Conscious Chatter and it's purpose?

Conscious Chatter is an inclusive audio space that opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear.

It's a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry. 

What was it that first made you conscious of eco/ethical fashion?
 
I studied Global Studies in college, and through learning about the way products move around the world, I became aware of the impact fair trade can have on people and the environment. After graduating, I moved back home and was trying to figure out my next steps. My mom received a catalog from a young fair trade company, and said to me, "What about fashion, Kes?" 
 
A massive lightbulb exploded in my mind, and I realised how perfectly this avenue fit with my interests. I researched more, discovered the Fair Trade Pioneer People Tree, and then made it my mission to get an internship with them. I worked with People Tree in London, and this was my first experience truly learning about the industry.

For a beginner, your top 3 tips to shopping ethically...

1) Buy what you love. 
2) Buy less.
3) Ask questions before you buy.

Your favourite eco fabric to wear...

Repurposed Deadstock + Tencel

Suggested reading...
Wardobe Crisis by Clare Press

Suggested viewing...

The ever so necessary film, The True Cost.

In the shower I keep...

Rahua Shampoo + Conditioner for colour treated hair. It's difficult to find hair products that are organic + paraben-free + sulfate-free. This is amazing shampoo, that helps maintain the colour of my hair - plus I love its earthy, mellow smell. 

Current obsession...

Mixing prints + scoring the most epic thrifted hats.

Once a month I…


Go on a big hiking adventure outside of the city in the woods with my boyfriend and our pups.

In fashion, are you a minimalist or maximist and why?

In between. I'm a fashion lover, so I wouldn't say I'm a minimalist - I don't live by a strategic capsule wardrobe, but I am conscious and calculated with my fashion purchases. 

Top tip to go plastic free/latest habit you've made/changed to go plastic free...
 
I just recently found a super cool toothbrush called BogoBrush that's biodegradable - it's made from plant-based bio-plastic mixed with leftover plant material from American farms. It also has its own stand, so you don't have to have that dirty cup by your sink anymore.
You can follow Kestrel @consciouschatter or head to the iTunes app store to download her podcasts.