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UBC Reads Sustainability with Aja Barber

January 27, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Virtual talk by Aja Barber on her work, followed by moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

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Featuring Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism

A call to action for consumers everywhere, Consumed asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it’s created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system.

Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work – often in unsafe conditions for very low pay – and the billionaires who receive the most profit.

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Writer and consultant Aja Barber hails from Reston, Virginia, and currently lives in London with her husband and their two cats. Consumed is her debut, a treatise on the intersection of fashion, climate change, and social justice. After publicly announcing that she would not use fast fashion companies to sponsor her social media presence, Aja is now considered to be an expert voice in this space. You can find some of her writing on Instagram, and more of it on Patreon, where readers support her work.


Rynn Zhang is a Materials Engineering student, hoping to become a leader in sustainable development, bringing her technical engineering knowledge and her vision for an environmentally just future. She is former the Project Lead for the Textile Waste Recycling project at UBC WasteNauts, an engineering design team focused on circular economy principles and the recipient of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award for a project on the upcycling of cotton waste in Materials Engineering. Rynn is passionate about achieving a sustainable future for fashion considering all the social, economic, and environmental dimensions, through meaningful connections and collaborations.

Presented by the Sustainability Hub as part of Sustainable Fashion Week.



January 27, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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