Host Nicole Robertson interviews thought-leaders and change-makers who are working to create a more sustainable and equitable world through fashion, art, and activism. The Swap Society Podcast shines a light on the fashion industry and its impacts on climate change and human rights. Tune in for a dose of climate optimism and chats about sustainable fashion, fair trade, the circular economy, labor rights, minimalism, overconsumption, slow living, zero waste, counterculture, and more. Join us as we envision a brighter future and challenge the status quo.
Nicole Robertson is the founder and CEO of Swap Society, an online clothing swap that makes it easy and affordable to mix up your wardrobe sustainably. Alt-currency SwapCoin™ gives multi-dimensional value to garments and makes swapping super fair.
EP 9: TIPS FOR REDUCING MICROFIBER POLLUTION WITH DR. LISA ERDLE OF THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE
Every time we wash a load of laundry, microfibers are released into the environment, polluting aquatic ecosystems. Our clothes are a major source of plastic pollution, and microfibers are the most common type of microplastic (plastic pieces less than 5 mm in diameter). It is extremely difficult to clean up microfibers, so it is critical that we do our best to prevent this type of pollution from entering the environment.
The Director of Science & Innovation at The 5 Gyres Institute, Dr. Lisa Erdle, is a Microplastics researcher who completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, where she researched the sources and effects of microfibers in the environment. Lisa explains why microfibers are harmful and shares practical tips for reducing microfiber pollution at home.
The 5 Gyres Institute is a leader in the global movement against plastic pollution.
EP 8: PERSONAL STYLE WITH FASHION THERAPIST STEPHANIE GISONDI-LITTLE
The Founder of Composed Co, Stephanie Gisondi-Little is a fashion therapist, personal stylist, and closet organizer who has been featured in InStyle, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and the Hollywood Reporter. She shares tips for how to determine your style, talks about how our style evolves over time, mom style and the importance of getting dressed, only wearing comfortable clothes, and loving The Preppy Handbook.
EP 7: EXTINCTION REBELLION FASHION ACTION WITH CLARE RICHARDSON
Clare Richardson from Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action (XR Fashion Action) shares why she became a fashion activist, how fashion is often overlooked in the broader climate crisis conversation and why Extinction Rebellion chose to focus on clothing, the apparel industry's inextricable ties to colonialism, what it means to be "anti-fashion," and what people can do to help make positive change.
XR Fashion Action is a decentralized activist group pushing for radical system change within the fashion industry. XR Fashion Action is a sister organization to Extinction Rebellion and uses non-violent civil disobedience to bring about a transition to a fashion model that does not rely on the exploitation of people and the planet.
EP 6: WRITING YOUR OWN STYLE RULES WITH SECONDHAND STYLIST MAGGIE GREENE
"In personal style, there are no rules. Clothing itself inherently has no gender, no age, there are no restrictions. If there are going to be any rules at all, you get to write them for yourself." —Maggie Greene
Secondhand Stylist Maggie Greene talks about unlearning fashion rules, styling beyond gender norms, the importance of gender affirmation and her work with the LGBTQIA+ community, body positivity, eliminating the word "flattering" from her vocabulary, and how she became a sustainable personal stylist.
EP 5: THE FABRIC ACT WITH GARMENT WORKER CENTER'S NAYANTARA BANERJEE
Nayantara Banerjee of the Los Angeles Garment Worker Center discusses the recent passage of California SB62, The Garment Worker Protection Act, and how its passage has impacted the lives of garment workers in California; explains the recent introduction of the FABRIC Act by the U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand, which would expand similar protections to garment workers across the USA; and shares her journey from seamstress to labor rights activist.
Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization leading an anti-sweatshop movement to improve conditions for tens of thousands of Los Angeles garment workers. Through direct organizing, GWC develops leaders who demand enforcement of strong labor laws and accountability from factory owners, manufacturers, and fashion brands.
EP 4: A BUSINESS MODEL FOR GOOD WITH ELISHA CHAN OF FAIR TRADE LA
“Fair trade is a business model for good. We’re talking about trade and not aid. Fair trade is not just philanthropy work. It is actually a business model that I believe is sustainable.” — Elisha Chan
Executive Director of Fair Trade LA Elisha Chan defines fair trade, explains the differences between fair trade certifications, gives tips on how to avoid fair-washing, shares her insights on which product categories to prioritize, and talks about her journey to working in fairtrade.
Fair Trade LA educates and inspires consumers to embrace Fair Trade products so global farmers and artisans have the opportunity to earn a fair and sustainable living.
EP 3: THE SEARCH FOR VINTAGE CLOTHING WITH GEM FOUNDER LIISA JOKINEN
Street style photographer Liisa Jokinen shares her thoughts on fashion versus style, reinventing fashion trends and adding her own twist with vintage, how colorful clothes make her happy, and what led her to create Gem, a search engine for online vintage clothing.
EP 2: GLOBAL FASHION EXCHANGE FOUNDER PATRICK DUFFY
Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange, shares his journey from working in hospitality to launching his international clothing swap events business, how his work intersects with United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs), his transformation from overconsumption to minimalism, and how he’s keeping the eco-anxiety at bay.
Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) creates content-rich experiences that are designed to catalyze change. Their team of experts creates custom supply chain strategies, marketing communications platforms, and brand experiences that positively impact people, the planet, and your business.
EP 1: REMAKE'S "NO NEW CLOTHES" CAMPAIGN WITH EMILY STOCHL
Emily Stochl, Remake’s Director of Community Engagement and Education, talks about the “No New Clothes” pledge, the passage of the Garment Worker Protection Act, how she got into fashion activism, and what’s keeping her optimistic about the future.
Remake is a community of fashion lovers, women’s rights advocates, and environmentalists who are on a mission to change the fashion industry’s harmful practices on people and our planet. Emily is also the host of Pre-Loved Podcast.