Living consciously or sustainably doesn't have to mean a major lifestyle makeover. It's more about appreciating the little things and taking note of how your choices impact others.
To be totally honest, we don't really know what it takes to live a conscious life. There are lots of writings and practices out there, all of which are interesting but sometimes hard to wrap your arms around. Perhaps it's just trying to be more aware of yourself and others. Maybe conscious living is making sure the aspects of life that really matter don't roar past you.
One easy way to dip your toes into what living a more sustainable life means is to listen to a podcast. During a walk or on your daily commute, you can hear inspiring stories about people and the world, and gain insights into how others are discovering conscious living for themselves, intentionally or totally by accident.
There are , of course, a zillion great sustainable living podcasts out there. But here are a few that take a fresh approach. Each episode brings you interesting people making positive changes in all kinds of ways. The hosts are engaging storytellers who know how to approach sensitive topics and make them entertaining and accessible. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
1. Conscious Chatter
Conscious Chatter is one of the best ethical fashion podcasts out there when it comes to socially responsible fashion. Host Kestrel Jenkins is passionate about making change in the global garment industry and founded two online campaigns to that end- Awear World and Make Fashion Fair. On her sustainable living podcast you'll hear mind-opening interviews and captivating stories from an impressive community of fashion enthusiasts, industry leaders, and environmental activists. Kestrel offer listeners tangible steps to make change in their own lives - with clever ways to upcycle with style and minimize waste. When you're ready to break down the layers of what's really behind your clothing, tune into the Conscious Chatter podcast.
2. Another Round
We love this BuzzFeed podcast because it's entirely created and run by two fierce women. Another Round episodes are full of energy and insights, covering everything from race and gender to current events and pop culture. Hosts Tracey Clayton and Heben Nigatu are hilarious and relatable, with down-to-earth stories to tell. They advocate for social equality and tie in an intersectional feminist perspective without being overbearing. Add them to your sustainable living podcast lineup for a meaningful and entertaining drive (we promise you'll never be bored).
3. Kerning Cultures
Kerning Cultures is a powerful storytelling podcast that widens popular understanding of the Middle East, North Africa, and Arabic cultures by sharing real stories and personal experiences from voices that are less heard. Before your next road trip, download Kerning Cultures for a learning experience that is engaging and entertaining, and full of deep insights into the Middle East. Co-founders Razan Alzayani and Hebah Fisher are based in Dubai where they capture and share captivating radio documentaries and interviews. Hear the compelling stories on where people come from, their journeys, challenges and hopes on Kerning Cultures.
4. Tiny Spark
Tiny Spark is an incredible sustainable living podcast and resource that dives into philanthropy, international aid, human rights issues, and current events. Hosted by Amy Costello, who was previously a renowned human rights reporter and Africa Correspondent for The World, you'll gain a global perspective on the challenges of we face worldwide and the efforts to fix them. Tiny Spark episodes are always fresh and engaging, covering a range of pressing topics from the #MeToo movement among aid workers to the migrant crisis to how to create positive social change. It's definitely worth the listen.
5. Conscious Style
How does the fashion industry prioritize (or not prioritize) sustainability? The Conscious Style Podcast is dedicated to discussing what it will take to create a more sustainable and equitable future for fashion. Each week, host Elizabeth Joy interviews leaders in the sustainable and ethical fashion space on topics including how to identify high quality clothing, what's it's really like working for fast fashion, and her top sustainable fashion resources. If you're looking for inspiration to start your sustainable fashion journey and take a deep dive into the industry, this is the place to start!
6. Kind World
This inspirational podcast shares short, real stories of people who have showed kindness to strangers and created positive ripple effects they would have never expected. Kind World stories are incredibly humanizing and encourage listeners to see strangers with empathy and compassion. With all the division and loss in the news, a little dose of goodness may be all you need to change your perspective of the world. If you have teenagers, try listening to this podcast with them... it's amazing what happens to conversation.
7. Wardrobe Crisis
We added another sustainable living and fashion podcast because the garment industry is nearing a major turning point. Wardrobe Crisis' host Clare Press is Australia's go-to journalist on ethical fashion, writing for VOGUE and advising on the Fashion Revolution board. In her sustainable living podcast, she shares interviews fashion leaders and activists who are turning the fashion industry around, focusing on fair wages and safe working conditions for textile workers and the environment. Get ready for new insights and valuable knowledge about workers rights, the slow fashion movement, and companies that are leading the way to a brighter future.
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