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Affordable, Sustainable Fashion: Borrowing & Swapping - Aisling, Nuw

Ep. 37

Episode 37 is with Aisling Byrne, the founder of Nuw, formally known as The Nu Wardrobe. Nuw is a clothes sharing and swapping app, set up to tackle fast fashion's problems like pollution and workers' rights, which we chat about in full in this interview!

Follow Nuw on Instagram @wearenuw, Twitter or Facebook for sustainable fashion inspiration and info on worker's rights. 

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  • (02:25) Aisling introduce's herself and her background.
  • (09:20) When the idea behind Nuw sparked.
  • (15:10) How the app works.
  • (23:40) The difficulty of finding plus-sized clothes when thrifting, and how Nuw is working to overcome it.
  • (27:05) Plans for bringing menswear on to the app.
  • (29:45) Crowdfunding.
  • (33:50) How to upload clothes to the app.
  • (39:10) Where the line falls by supporting slow fashion and not causing a loss of jobs by boycotting certain companies.
  • (47:20) Closing thoughts.

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