How consumerism, climate crisis and colonialism are linked?

18:30 — 21:00

More than ever with the climate crisis, we need to rethink our current consumption practices, especially when it comes to fashion.

Aja Barber’s book Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism, is a call to action for consumers everywhere. The book challenges us to bring about systemic change to textile industries, which has reaped the benefits of abusive labor practices, while causing environmental harm for far too long. The author intends to raise consumer awareness of the impact and consequences of their consumption on the environment. 

During the conference we will discuss how consumerism, climate crisis and colonialism are linked. And how we, as individuals, have power and influence to make a change.

The conference will be moderated by Aya Noël, fashion journalist. Join the debate.



Aja Barber — Intersectional Sustainability Activist, Writer & Consultant 

Aja Barber is a writer, stylist and consultant focusing on the intersections of sustainability, fashion, and the textile industry. Her work explores the traditions of privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism, colonialism, and how these systems of power affect our buying habits. 

'Consumed' [September 2021] is her debut book, a treatise on the state of fashion, climate change, and social justice. The book reveals the endemic injustices in our consumer industries, the uncomfortable history of the textile industry, and how these oppressive systems help create a lack of diversity and equality in the fashion industry. 
Aja has written for The Guardian, CNN, Selfridges, Eco-Age, and a host of other sites. 

Originally from Reston, Virginia, Aja currently lives in South East London. In addition to her other work, Aja is a Contributing Editor for Elle UK. She can be found over at her Instagram @ajabarber, microblogging daily. 

Aya Noël — Fashion journalist and online editor 1 Granary

Aya Noël is a Brussels-based fashion journalist and editor. She is the print editor of 1 Granary in London, a support platform made to connect, promote and educate young fashion design talent. She co-curated the exhibition United Fashion for MAD Brussels in 2021, for which she combined the work of 40 international designers.

Noël studied a Bachelors and Masters degree in Comparative Literature at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. She later followed up with a masters degree in Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins. Her final thesis focused on the way sustainability is communicated through fashion media. Her specialties are design methodology, sustainability, and education. 



  • Thursday 1st December 2022
  • Doors 18:30 — Start: 19:00 — Book signing : 20:30 — End : 21:00
  • Free entry
  • Books to buy in collaboration with the bookshop Passaporta
  • Language: English
  • Address: MAD, Home of Creators (Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 10 - Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10, 1000 Brussels)
  © Aja Barber
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