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: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism (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 with her husband and their two cats. 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.
WNYC The Takeaway: The Ethics of "Fast Fashion" (2022)
CBS News: How to be more sustainable this holiday season, according to expert Aja Barber (2022)
Vogue: How to Quit Fast Fashion, According to Aja Barber (2021)
Independent: Aja Barber: My Sustainable Life - ‘We should tax billionaires at 75 per cent’ (2021)
AnOther: How Consumerism, Climate Crisis and Colonialism Are Linked (2021)
Back Row: "It's a Monster": Aja Barber on the Fashion Industry (2021)
The Frontline: Aja Barber on Replacing Your Shopping Addiction With Inspiration (2021)
Wardrobe Crises: EP 129, Aja Barber - Catalysing Fashion Change (2020)
Guardian: Conscious, ethical and cruelty-free: a guide to the language of sustainable fashion (2019)
Photo Stephen Cunningsworth