Fashion is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. Textile production produces more emissions than international flights and shipping combined. Yet at the same time, the planet is facing ecological collapse and a climate emergency. And fashion’s role in that has become too big.
Between 1999 and 2013, Bel Jacobs was Style Editor for Metro, building the paper's reputation for cutting edge but approachable fashion content with a focus on ethical and sustainable alternatives to mainstream fashion. The fall of Rana Plaza in 2013 forced a re-assessment of her role in promoting fashion and today, she works as a writer and speaker, specialising in ethical fashion practices and change.
beljacobs.com features the brands, projects and change makers offering creative alternatives to fast fashion consumption. Bel’s other website HowNow Magazine focuses on positive initiatives in wider issues of sustainability.
Bel has participated on panels covering all aspects of ethical fashion from sustainable consumerism to animal welfare for the likes of Fashion Debates and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has moderated panels at Wolf & Badger, Reve en Vert, the Maiyet Collective, Future Fabrics Expo 2019 and Graduate Fashion Week 2019, where she was also a judge for the Considered Design Award. Freelance work includes BBC Designed, Lush Times, Big Issue, vogue.com and the British Fashion Council.