Publication Date: 23/09/2021 ISBN: 9781914240041 Category:

Consumed

Aja Barber

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Publication Date: 23/09/2021 ISBN: 9781914240041 Category:
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‘This powerful, speaking-truth-to-power book is an essential read for everybody who wants to stop feeling clueless and helpless about the impacts of cosumerism, and start doing their part to help create a more sustainable world.’ – Layla Saad

‘The book is a blueprint for anyone who wants to do better’ – VOGUE

‘SUCH integrity. Aja is no bullsh*t.’ – Florence Given

‘Consumed takes us through the hideously complex topic of fashion and sustainability, from its knotty colonial roots to what everyday people can do to uproot those systems, today.’ – Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Aja Barber wants change.

In the ‘learning’ first half of the book, she will expose you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today’s wealth inequality. And how these oppressive systems have bled into the fashion industry and its lack of diversity and equality. She will also reveal how we spend our money and whose pockets it goes into and whose it doesn’t (clue: the people who do the actual work) and will tell her story of how she came to learn the truth.

In the second ‘unlearning’ half of the book, she will help you to understand the uncomfortable truth behind why you consume the way you do. She asks you to confront the sense of lack you have, the feeling that you are never quite enough and the reasons why you fill the aching void with consumption rather than compassion. And she makes you challenge this power disparity, and take back ownership of it. The less you buy into the consumer culture the more power you have.

CONSUMED will teach you how to be a citizen not a consumer.

‘An absolute must-read for any person who wears clothes.’ – Orsola de Castro

‘A hugely compelling exploration of a culture of exploitation and how, together, we can end it.’ – Gina Martin

‘Barber’s isn’t just a voice we should listen to – it is a voice we MUST listen to.’ – Clementine Ford

‘If you buy one book about sustainable fashion, make it this one. Consumed is an urgent call to action to demand a fashion system that is actually fair for both people and planet, not just Big Fashion billionaires. I adore Aja and I love this brilliant book.’ – Venetia La Manna

Publisher Review

Aja Barber has singlehandedly challenged and changed my approach to consumerism and fast fashion. If we have any hope of addressing the fundamental links between fast fashion and catastrophic climate change, Barber's isn't just a voice we should listen to - it is a voice we MUST listen to. * Clementine Ford * The fashion industry has pulled the wool over our eyes but with this book Aja rips it off, finds out who made it, pays them back and then convinces you to join her in holding the industry accountable. An accessible, wry and hugely compelling exploration of a culture of exploitation and how, together, we can end it. * Gina Martin *

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