058 / Copenhagen, Just Do(n’t Do) It & The Gender Politics of Going Zero Waste

Hi Friends,

I am positively buzzing from a week spent reconnecting with friends old and new in New York City. Thanks to everyone who came out to the NYCxDesign Week panel on Thinking Green in 2019 with Daly and MistyWest. We had a fast-moving conversation in a magical Greenpoint garden with twinkle lights and sustainable vodka cocktails, and it was awesome.

This is a transition week for Reconsidered as we say “see you soon” and thank you to spring interns Lizzie and Melina. These talented women played a huge role in our newsletter refresh earlier this spring and have set the foundation for some exciting projects to come.

I’m also pumped to introduce Amirah Jiwa as a new collaborator. A social impact strategist based between NYC, London and Mumbai, Amirah comes to us from luggage brand Away and has an approach to change-making that is grounded in pragmatic idealism and leverages an organization's unique strengths for good. She also might be just as big a pizza fan as I am.

Big things ahead this summer — stay tuned.

✌️ Jess

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(2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit)

(2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit)

This Week's 5 Links

👠 Statement on the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion SummitThe Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

Last week, the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit brought together 1,300 participants and 450 brands to discuss the future of fashion. The conference served as a springboard for sustainable initiatives like Nike’s new open-source Circular Design Workbook and French president Emmanuel Macron’s tapping of Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault to lead an ethical brand coalition. But on the sidelines of the summit, skeptics like the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion called out organizers for misleading language and shared three questions they felt were being ignored. In a world of more and more convenings, I’m glad to see watchdog groups pushing these types of events to be less self-congratulatory and more substantive. (6 minutes)

🏆 Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a BabyThe New York Times

Most athletes in track and field rely on brand sponsorships for their income, typically based on the athlete’s ability to compete. So what happens when an athlete wants to become a mom — with all of the bodily changes that entails? In this video op-ed and article, runner Alysia Montaño explains how female track and field athletes are often left to choose between racing and parenthood, calling out Nike in particular for contradicting its aspirational slogans with its approach to female sponsorships. A week later, Allyson Felix followed up with her own story of getting pregnant as a Nike athlete.  Now, Nike says it is including clauses in future contracts to protect athletes who want to become mothers. (11 minutes)

🚺 The Complicated Gender Politics of Going Zero WasteVox

Scroll through the #zerowaste hashtag on Instagram and you’re bound to notice that the faces of this movement are predominantly female. In this Vox piece, Alden Wicker explores how the zero waste movement reinforces traditional gender roles by putting the bulk of the sustainability burden on women. “It’s essentially another layer to ‘having it all’: a career, a family, a perfectly Instagrammable life, and now you’re saving the planet, too.” (17 minutes)

🗑️ Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?NPR

Over the past few years, plastic bag bans have quickly gained momentum across cities, states and countries around the globe. But are these bans successfully leading to the #zerowaste world they promised — or could they unintentionally be resulting in worse outcomes? A University of Sydney economist shares the findings of a recent study… and just when the whole effort starts to seem completely hopeless, surfaces some solutions. (10 minutes)

📹 Kevin Groen: The Skin We’re InCreative Mornings Amsterdam

A few weeks ago, I heard Dutch “behavioral change enthusiast” and spoken word artist Kevin Groen give a talk on inclusivity at Creative Mornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that’s now hosted in hundreds of locations around the globe. His words hooked me with their “Dutch directness” and their rawness and gave me a new perspective on issues of diversity and inclusion — including the idea of questioning our “assumed expertise” and the notion of going beyond visible indicators like gender and skin color to also consider hidden disabilities and impediments. (50 minutes)

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Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Atlassian — Atlassian Foundation Internship (Amsterdam)

Change.org — Creative Content Producer (New York)

Expedia — Communications & Diversity Manager (London or New York)

Henkel — Social Initiative & Sustainability Internship (Hamburg, Germany)

Impossible Foods — Content Intern (Redwood City, California)

ISS — ESG Research Analyst (Manila, Philippines)

Non-GMO Project — Information Systems Intern (Bellingham, Washington)

Urban Remedy — Brand Ambassador Lead (Pasadena, California)

Walt Disney Television Group — Assistant, CSR (Burbank, California)

Zenabis — CSR Project Coordinator (Vancouver, Canada)


Aldi — Corporate Responsibility Specialist, Supply Chain (Sydney, Australia)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — Senior Communications Officer (Seattle or Washington, DC)

Cora — Manager, Retail Sales Planning (San Francisco)

Eileen Fisher — Performance Marketing Manager (New York)

The Estee Lauder Companies — Global Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Strategic Initiatives Manager (New York)

Fair Labor Association — Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington, DC)

Honest Company — Brand Manager, Feminine Care (Los Angeles Area)

Method — Project Manager, Product Experience (San Francisco)

Movember Foundation — Manager, Social Impact Campaigns (London)

Numi Organic Tea — Communications Manager (San Francisco Area)

Patagonia — Digital Brand Designer (Ventura, California)

REI — Product Creation Process Manager (Kent, Washington)

Upfield — Head of Brand PR and Corporate Social Engagement (London or Amsterdam)

Verizon — CSR Business Intelligence Manager (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)

Vodafone — Worker Rights Manager (Hong Kong)

Warby Parker — Senior Product Manager (New York)

Williams-Sonoma — Manager, CSR Supply Chain Sustainability (Singapore)

Wonderful Company — Manager, Social Impact Recruiting (Los Angeles)


Abbott — Ethical Marketing Lead (Sydney, Australia)

Amazon — Sr. Manager, Sustainability & Transportation (Seattle) (contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)

Casper — Director, Marketing Analytics (New York)

Etsy — Director, Strategic Finance (New York)

Grove Collaborative — Vice President, Product Development & Innovation (San Francisco)

Novartis — Head, Global Health & Corporate Responsibility Communications (Basel, Switzerland)

Samsung — Employee Experience Manager, Branding & Engagement (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey)

World Resources Institute — Behavioral Scientist (contract) (Washington, DC)

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Brand activism    — it’s just getting started…

Brand activism — it’s just getting started…