Bailey Hall: Embracing Ethical and Sustainable Fashion for a Better World | On the House #27

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Bailey Hall who is a passionate and tenacious Environmental Programs Specialist working for the City of Sunnyvale

People like to accumulate clothes – but few know of sustainable ways to care for them. This podcast delves into ways to care for and dispose of the many clothes that you don’t want anymore, in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.

Meet Bailey Hall

Bailey Hall is an Environmental Programs Specialist who has worked in the environmental field for about 10 years and is passionate about solid waste recycling and zero waste principles.

About the episode

The conversation kicks off with Bailey explaining ethical and sustainable fashion. This practice focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of clothing throughout its lifecycle. This includes considering where materials come from, reducing water and energy usage, and minimizing waste.

The goal of sustainable fashion is to create a circular process that takes into account the health of ecosystems and regenerates resources without harming the environment.

She details the negative effects of fast fashion, especially on the environment. Bailey discussed the prevalence of fossil fuels clothing, especially in polyester and spandex blends.

To minimize these negative impacts, one can repair, remake, or repurpose clothes, care for fabrics correctly, and upcycle old items. Specific techniques on how to do this are discussed in-depth in the episode.

Lastly, she discussed the common challenges that people face in becoming more sustainable, especially in the aspect of fashion.

In conclusion

The discussion centered around the little things one can do to mitigate their environmental impact. Although clothing isn’t something that people often think of as a pollutant, it can have a big effect on the environment. Taking steps to minimize these impacts is only prudent.

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