Christmas is the time for giving, right? Completely disagree! Everyday should be a day for giving however in the spirit of Christmas, a festival I totally love – not only due to the carols, gifts and feasts at Xmas it’s always been a tradition in my house lay out gifts below our tree!
So this year I got gifts from all over the world which I will share just so we can get some ethical presents into our loved ones stockings all through the year!
Let’s take the example of any garment. It takes approximately 2,700 litres of water to make just one – that’s the amount of water an average person drinks over the course of 900 days!
Conscious consumer demand for sustainable and ethically sourced products isn’t showing any signs of slowing down – and for good reason too.
This was a really fun article for me to write as it opened my eyes, to what you can and cannot call sustainable home ware! I got to review a bunch of products and have listed down my favorites and the most sustainable ones.
I started this review with nothing in mind but experimenting with new skin care and makeup. Due to my strong advocacy in sustainable fashion and using organic materials to manufacture my fashion line, I just wanted to see what the fuss was about when it came to organic skin care. I am now a month into organic products and have reached the point of never going back. As a lay user there were many changes I found, especially after the first two weeks. Detox – and a heavy one – was what my body went though! I had not really researched much on the products being used so I was learning about them while using them and actually experiencing the effects for myself. I dabbled with a few organic and natural products for my face, hair and body. The term ‘organic’ refers to how an ingredient was farmed – it must be prepared and grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones or antibiotics. A ‘natural’ ingredient is considered to be anything that’s a plant, mineral or animal by-product.
Getting married is always an adventure, I have always been on the other side of it, making custom made wedding outfits for brides, but somehow for my own wedding things went the other way, and I found it really difficult to find elements to have a SUSTAINABLE and SLOW wedding! I decided to take a plunge into researching on how to have a sustainable wedding. There are so many things to take into consideration from non-toxic makeup and hair products to sustainable clothing! I blog about a lot of ethical brands and a couple of these just stood out for and are perfect for those sourcing for an ethical wedding for the bride, brides maid or even a wedding guest.
Approximately four years ago I was introduced to a practice called Nichiren Buddhism, wherein all the members pray for world peace. This practice works on the law of cause and effect –i.e. what you give, you get and what you sow, you reap! It included a lot of self-reflection and expressed that the only change one has to make, is to change you. Even though these changes were all very positive, it was difficult especially when I had to go out of my comfort zone.
Last month I decided to style and direct a beauty shoot using only ethical makeup. I was stunned at how good the model looked. My first experience with ethical makeup was early last year when I tried a specific illuminator. It ended up being cakey and ruined my foundation so I reverted back to my original makeup. However, after recently making the full switch to organic skin care, I decided to give the makeup another try. I am so glad I did! Besides being fragrance free with no harsh reactions and containing vegetable oil that moisturises your skin, it’s good for the environment. Organic makeup is generally more nutrient rich and tends to contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many consumers are fans of its true environmental benefits and look at using organic products as a way of cutting down the amount of pollutants that can enter the body.
With each passing year, couture’s well documented obsession with organic French-girl style has only evolved. When we first discovered that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, we knew that something had to change.
Fashion with a purpose, styles that are sustainable. Our mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by paying our workers a fair wage, designing garments that are chic, stylish yet wearable, and using natural fibers throughout the collection.
We have launched a limited-edition, 26-piece capsule collection — including corset dresses, cocktail gowns, ruffled tops, shirt blouses and asymmetrical skirts.
This collection is inspired by the French post-impressionist era, especially cubism, in stressing the structural elements latent in nature. One of my favorite piece is the ROSE dress which is quite literally made up of waste fabric. One hundred and fifteen roses were constructed to create the skirt of this corset dress !
I finished my day at Parsons, ISDI Mumbai, where I teach a Fashion styling course on Saturdays and was extremely eager to head out to my next destination. I had not only researched the accommodation before but also heard a lot of positive things about it, so I was pretty excited to check it out! My boyfriend, who is always on time, was waiting at the school for me and we took off from Mumbai at around 4.30 pm. It was a three and a half hour drive but the view on the way was absolutely spectacular. These resorts in Lonavala, Amby Valley and Khandala are not called hill retreats for no reason. This place though – Hotel Hilton at Shillim, was about an hour further from Amby Valley, amidst the Western Ghats, which is accredited to be a world heritage site by UNESCO – who believe in living in harmony with nature rather than disturbing it. Luckily for us we caught the sunset on the way there as well!!