After working for a textile company in South London, Siegle joined the Observer magazine (then Life magazine) as an administrator in 2000. She has said she had no ambitions to write at the time but that the editorial team nurtured her ability and were enthused by her interest in environmental issues. She wrote her first feature in 2001 on London's new Civil Partnerships and then has gone on to write hundreds of articles, features and op ed pieces for the Guardian group, among other publications on themes of environmental and social justice. Stories include travelling with the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow warrior and investigating the leather industry
In 2004 Siegle went freelance, editing a section for Marie Claire UK magazine and became a columnist on ethical living for the Observer The Observer The column has run without interruption to the present day and is a unique presence in the British media. Online it is published by the Guardian.
In 2004 Siegle founded and launched the Ethical Awards which celebrated their tenth anniversary in an awards ceremony at the V&A Museum in London.
Siegle has written a number of books including Green Living in the Urban Jungle (Green Books 2001), A Good Life (Guardian books, contributing author) and To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world? (Fourth Estate 2011).
To Die For Siegle's book, nominated for the Orwell Prize 2012, is credited with being the go-to text on the modern day fashion industry's ecological and human footprint. It forms the basis of the 2015 documentary The True Cost by director Andrew Morgan. Siegle appears in the movie and was one of the executive producers. She often appears in panel debates with director Andrew Morgan.
Siegle is known for being part of the 'family' of presenters and reporters on BBC One nightly show The One Show. She is one of the most longstanding cast members, joining the first series commission in 2007. She also known as one of a handful of journalists who appear on screen for the show (as opposed to television personalities/presenters). For many seasons she was the show's main OB (outside broadcast) presenter known for her ability to present live and on location.
Siegle has stood in as co-host of the One Show on several occasions, presenting from he studio with Adrian Chiles, Chris Evans and Matt Baker.
In 2012, when The One Show took its summer break, she co-presented The One Show: Best of Britain with Matt Allwright, looking back at some of the highlights on the show in the past year.
In the UK she is also the go-to environment expert for Sky News and Good Morning Britain and appears frequently on network TV including on Celebrity Pointless. In Australia she has also appeared as a panellist on Q&A on the ABC network,
Debates & Presenting.
Siegle is known as a debater and public speaker, particularly on environmental and social justice. She has chaired several debates on the fashion industry in the House of Commons and House of Lords taken part in main stage debates at the Royal Society and in 2016 interviewed both Dame Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney live on stage, the latter as part of the Kering sustainability Awards in London In December 2016 she hosted the APSE in Blackpool.
Siegle is credited with kickstarting and popularising the ethical fashion movement in the UK but is deeply critical of large fast fashion brands pretending to be ethical. She has said the whole UK movement is in danger of being co-opted and bought up by big brands and has been particularly critical of clothes recycling initiatives.
Siegle is credited by friend and colleague Livia Firth with devising the Green Carpet Challenge (now run by Firth and her Eco Age brand). Together Firth and Siegle attended the 2011 Oscars to promote sustainable fashion and have worked on other events such as the Met Ball and the Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Siegle has also directed a short film, Green Cut, on sustainable fashion that was screened at the 2012 London Film Festival and sponsored by Amex.
In 2014 Siegle travelled to the Brazilian Amazon and on return established a project with Livia Firth and luxury brand Gucci to produce zero deforestation handbags.
Lucy Siegle was born near Chester in the UK to an Irish father and Liverpudlian mother. She attended 15 schools, moving between the UK mainly the North West and the Republic of Ireland before her family finally settled in Devon.
At 17 she moved to London to study English and Drama at Queen Mary and Westfield and Central School of Speech and Drama, London graduating in 1995.
She divides her time between London and Devon where her family now lives, near the market town of Newton Abbot. In interviews she has said that she is from a big family with many cousins, and most of her relatives in the North West of the UK and Ireland.
Siegle married Ben Siegle in 2000 in an eco wedding at Halewood house in South Devon
Siegle is also a musician, playing the flute to a high standard (above grade VIII) and a former chorister who has performed internationally. In the 1990s she played on a number of house music tracks. She has also worked previously as an actress (between 1995-2000).Green Living In the Urban Jungle. Green Books Ltd, 2001.
A Good Life. Co-author. London: Transworld / The Guardian, 2005.
To Die For. Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, 2010.