The Salvation Army launches second series of sustainable fashion podcast

The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL), the trading arm of The Salvation Army, has launched the second series of its podcast, The Sustainable Conversation, which aims to promote sustainable fashion and discuss social and environmental justice topics.

Image of DJ Cuppy, Lucy Kebbell and editor Naomi May
(L-R) DJ Cuppy, Lucy Kebbell and Naomi May

Hosted by Elle editor Naomi May, the six-part series spans conversations with various figures from the fashion industry. The first episode features dj/producer and philanthropist Cuppy, alongside Lucy Kebbell, founder of The Vendeur, a media platform focusing on sustainability and responsible consumption.

Kirk Bradley, SATCoL's Head of Corporate Partnerships, explained the podcast's purpose: "The podcast enables the trading arm of the charity, to share expert views, personal motivations and increase their social engagement with a much-needed sustainable conversation to drive lasting change. SATCoL also take the opportunity to introduce the great work they do to help sustain the planet, reduce waste and give used textiles a second lease of life whilst, helping to raise vital funds for charity."

Other guests appearing in the series include:

- Actress Kara Tointon, known for her roles in EastEnders and Mr. Selfridge
- Kelvin Barron, fashion stylist for high-profile UK celebrities
- Jennifer Graham, also known as Charity Shop Girl, a second-hand fashion influencer
- Mecia Simson, Britain's Next Top Model winner and actress from The Witcher
- Besma Whayeb, sustainable fashion writer and creator
- Rebekah Roy, award-winning fashion stylist

The podcast also features representatives from SATCoL's corporate partnerships, including Oh Polly, to discuss accessible ways to donate used items.

SATCoL, which operates 250 charity shops and donation centres across the UK, as well as a nationwide network of clothing banks, diverts over 250 million items to good uses annually, including over 65,000 tonnes of textiles.

The Sustainable Conversation podcast is available on major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. It forms part of SATCoL's broader efforts to encourage reuse and recycling of donated clothing and household items.

Proceeds from SATCoL's activities support The Salvation Army's work with vulnerable people in the UK, with over £80 million donated in the last ten years. The Salvation Army provides practical assistance such as specialist support for survivors and potential victims of modern slavery, shelter for those experiencing homelessness, and other services.