What does it mean to look at sustainability through an antiracist lens?

I’ve worked in sustainability for almost a decade in the non profit sector, mainly with global corporations focusing on reducing their environmental impacts. Yet it’s only in the last year or so that I have come to learn in depth about racism, colonialism and white supremacy, and how they are very much alive and well in mainstream environmentalism.

By ‘mainstream’ environmentalism, I mean a sector working to tackle issues such as climate change that is dominated by white, middle class, university-educated people working in the non profit sector, governments, academia and the corporate sector.

A term that sums up pretty…


5 things I learned last month

For the first time, to my glee, I got the opportunity to choose a panel of speakers for an event about sustainable fashion. I can count on one hand the number of times panel events in my line of work (corporate sustainability) were not completely white, and often very male. About five years ago I was at a corporate event and the first panel was wholly male, white and middle aged. As soon as questions were invited I stuck up my hand, heart pounding, and asked why this was the case. The panel chair stuttered and mumbled something about it…


A topic that often gets raised in discussions about fast fashion goes something along the lines of… “not everyone can afford to shop sustainably. What if someone can only afford Primark and H&M, what are they meant to do?”

(This very question came up just last week during a sustainable fashion ‘lunch and learn’ that I chaired for the staff of Ecover)

Common responses include… “well, the most sustainable clothes are the ones that you already own.” Or, “there are so many good secondhand options on Depop or eBay, or your local charity shop.”

All well and good. I’m all…


This article was first published by Fashion Revolution in June 2020, on behalf of The Seam.

Image: The Seam

The fashion industry has seen enormous upheaval over the last couple of months. As we edge into the post lockdown period, we at pause and take some time to reflect on how people’s personal relationships with their wardrobes have changed during COVID-19.

The Seam is an online marketplace that matches people who can sew with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with clothes repairs and customisations. …


H&M and other global fashion brands are receiving praise for their ranking in the fashion transparency index. Note — this is a transparency index versus a sustainability or ethical score. Before we applaud them (and give them our business), let’s consider what actually needs to happen for fashion to stop being an ecological and ethical disaster.

Image via Fashion Revolution

The impact of Covid 19 on the fashion industry is colossal. Sales have plummeted, shops are closed and workers are being laid off in their thousands. Worst of all is the situation in major manufacturing countries like Bangladesh, China and Vietnam where many thousands…


In these times of social distancing and isolation we know it’s more important than ever to check in on our friends. Especially the ones that are more vulnerable. Maybe they live alone, are single parents, are struggling mentally, or have a lot of weight on their shoulders due to lack of money or sick relatives. Or any combination of those things.

But, it’s not always that easy, right?

Often the people who most need connection are the hardest to reach. The friend that goes off the radar — doesn’t answer messages or pick up calls. Or the friend that insists…


I had more messages than usual after posting about Natalie Portman yesterday on Instagram for questioning the basis of the lavish praise she got for wearing a Dior dress embroidered with the names of women directors not nominated for an Oscar this year.

Natalie Portman at the 2020 Oscars

I got messages along the lines of…

Well, it’s better than doing nothing, isn’t it?

We have to start somewhere, change takes time…

If people criticise like this, then it will scare other people off speaking up

I’ve had a good think about this. First of all — Natalie is a multi millionaire, influential, white woman. …


I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an evening of talks and discussion on the future of leadership, hosted by consultancy and tech company Akou Studios.

Here is the transcript of my talk (which, in person was somewhat less polished and rather rushed by the end — lots to learn for next time). I’d love to know what other people think about diversity and leadership, particularly in the environment sector…

We face extremely complex, urgent challenges. Climate change, huge levels of inequality and poverty, our public services decimated by austerity and overwhelmed by an ageing population.

Never more…


I’m not talking about hard hats or fire extinguishers. I’m referring to a phrase that keeps popping up — pyschological safety. Put simply, the belief you won’t get into trouble if you make a mistake. This sounds like the flip side of imposter syndrome, the in-built fear that you will be found out for not being good enough to do your job (and outed to the world).

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

A huge study by Google found that psychological safety was the key factor linking all high-performing teams, and is a fundamental foundation for successful cooperation, according to Harvard Business Review. This feeling of…


I’ve finally accepted it. I am no longer part of the young, 20-something section of the workforce. It’s only a few years since greying CEOs were panicking over the mysterious wants of millennials. Now it’s the fresh-faced kids from Gen Z that are the subject of zeitgeisty conversations among marketers and trend pundits.

Photo by Antenna on Unsplash

Frankly, it’s a bit of a relief to be approaching middle age in my working life. Not feeling like the youngest, least experienced person in the room. Being able to say things like “in my experience […wise sentence]” without feeling like a fraud. …

Sarah Tulej

Northerner living in Rotterdam via East London. 🎉 Intersectional environmentalist, photo snapper, charity shopper 🌱

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