July 13, 2021
One of the big challenges with 'stuff' is knowing whether the people involved in creating our products are being paid and treated fairly.
Improvements in supply chain transparency are bringing to light abuses such as unsafe working conditions, slave wages and other unacceptable practices. Many consumers are now seeking reassurance that what they buy isn't harming other people.
This podcast episode is a discussion between Jo Salter. founder of fair trade textile brand Where Does It Come From? and Laura Cave. Laura has a long term commitment to fair trade with over 20 years experience of working co-creatively with artisan craft makers in emerging economies.
She is the founder and director of Just Trade, a fair trade jewellery brand, and was Chair of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK from May 2018 - May 2021. She remains as a committee member.
Just Trade supply over 300 retail outlets in the UK and internationally, including independent boutiques and leading Museums and Galleries.
BAFTS is a membership network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to partnering with disadvantaged producer groups in order to provide long-term market access for their work.
Find out more at:
Where Does It Come From? - wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk
Just Trade - justtrade.co.uk
BAFTS - bafts.org.uk
June 29, 2021
This episode of the Where Does It Come From? podcast focuses on what happens to our 'stuff' when we've finished with it.
Jason Alexander, Wildlife Gadgetman and founder of Rubbish Walks CIC talks about his litter picking and campaigning role. He also tells us about some of the more unusual rubbish he has collected and his plans to encourage more and more people to think about what happens to their stuff and to protect our planet with their litter picking powers.
June 15, 2021
Do you feel powerless to make a difference?
Does the idea of living more sustainably just fill you with overwhelm?
Does everyone else seem to be much better at it than you?
You are not alone!
Author and Campaigner Jen Gale joins host Jo Salter on the Where Does It Come From? podcast to discuss how we can all make small changes, lose the anxiety and feel proud of what we do.
Let's all be sustainable(ish)!
June 1, 2021
Did you know that chemicals are routinely added to our clothing and other textiles?
Most of these chemicals - synthetic or otherwise - are not harmful but just a few could be, so how are they monitored and who is checking?
In this episode we hear from textile researcher Peter Gorse about some of the chemicals and processes used in textile production and how we can find out more about them.
May 18, 2021
We know that marketing techniques are used to 'persuade' us to buy stuff we don't really need. More recently, as we've become more eco aware, brands are tripping over themselves to persuade us that they are green, a strategy known as 'green washing'.
In this episode our host Jo Salter interviews Sian Conway-Wood, a marketing strategist and author, who explains more and gives us some tips on how to uncover some of the key strategies that are persuading us to part with our money.
May 4, 2021
In this first episode of the Where Does It Come From? website, host Jo Salter interviews Indian social entrepreneur Shailini Sheth Amin. Shailini set up Moralfibre Fabrics in Gujarat India to support local artisans in creating ethical, sustainable fabrics and products - the far end of a transparent supply chain. Discussion covers the effects of the current pandemic in India, as well as positive hopes for the future as people become more connected with nature and community.