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Caution: Greenwashing Ahead!

From food to toiletries and now even the fashion industry, it seems as though labelling something as “eco-friendly” automatically makes it a hot ticket item. A tried and tested formula that consumers seem to easily fall prey to while only the brands that actually walk the talk of sustainability know what really goes into marking something as green. Which is why, one can’t help but wonder what greenwashing really is and how do we become more wary of it? Greenwashing is similar to ‘whitewashing’, the latter being a commonly used term which means providing a false impression or hiding faults...

2020-04-10

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How to create a sustainable capsule wardrobe?

Dressing up in a way that doesn’t damage the environment can sometimes be a task. Sometimes you can’t find a sustainable alternative for what you’re looking for and then there are times sometimes when we’re tired and time-stretched and sometimes our budget simply cannot accommodate the ideal-world ethics. The best thing we can do is to educate ourselves and be mindful of how we shop and spend our money when it comes to fashion. The fashion industry is the second most water-polluting industry in the world, after agriculture. Fast fashion is unethical and the bottom line is the speed of...

2020-04-09

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The Growing Popularity of Sustainability in Ecommerce

  In the past couple of years, sustainability has become more than just a trend. online retailers have been working on topics like ecology and sustainability, which have a strong influence on the future and are increasingly being demanded by consumers. But how environmentally conscious is your online shop? And what does sustainability have to do with e-commerce – and you? With the development of technology, we can now order anything online and it gets shipped to us within 24 hours sometimes. But, the product is wrapped in layers and layers of plastic and styrofoam which is not ecologically right....

2020-04-08

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Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2020

When it comes down to travelling the world, we all know the basics. We have all been told to be more conscious in everything we do including travelling. A few basics like avoiding plastics, staying local and not touching the corals are just some things we must do to avoid harming the environment. And if we are serious about saving the planet from melting down, and halting the melting of glaciers and ice sheets, avoiding catastrophic fires in the southern hemisphere, we should be willing to adopt a greener lifestyle. We must be willing to act and make things more...

2020-03-30

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Hot Trends For Summer 2020

Summer is looming overhead with its bright rays, high temps and stylish new trends. While the designers were finished showcasing their spring collections for 2020 last year, it's finally time to take a step back and assess what’s in for both men and women. A few key styles and colours popped up over and over again which made it pretty evident that the designers were on the same sartorial wavelength for the season ahead. Men: Bold stripes Bold is gold this season for the boys as Prada, Thom Browne, Dolce & Gabbana and Pringle of Scotland made it pretty clear...

2020-03-29

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Online Shopping And Free Returns Are Harming Your Future

We have all grown comfortably accustomed to online shopping. So much so, that we have several strategies in place like ordering several sizes just to see what fits or two outfits that look equally great or even the same one in different colour choices — free return policies have made this convenience possible that may not have any additional costs for the buyer but has the planet paying a hefty price for it. According to Statista, a leading provider in consumer and market data states that by the end of 2019 the global e-commerce market had sales reaching $3.5 billion...

2020-03-28

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Why you should be Conscious about Thrifting

When this decade began, there was no such thing as “conscious thrifting”. It was far from being a popular topic let alone be trending. All we wanted were Juicy sweatshirts, Abercrombie shirts, VS underwear and endless pairs of Uggs. Fast fashion was the in thing and brands like H&M, Forever 21 and Zara were just starting to become extremely popular amongst young teens and young adults. Fast forward 10 years and things have changed entirely. Thrifting has suddenly become mainstream, with many more young people opting for upcycling and secondhand “re-commerce” to update their old wardrobes. According to a study, ...

2020-03-26

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Activewear Brands That Don't Harm The Planet

Stretch, push, pull, lift, jump or run; activewear requires clothes that do the heavy lifting for you. Apart from which, these fabrics also work hard at wicking moisture while being breathable, waterproof yet fast drying, tear resistant yet tensile — the list is endless. What we don’t know is that most of these very versatile and all encompassing fabrics actually contain plastic at their very core.  Materials like lycra, elastane, polyester and nylon are commonly used in sportswear and the most problematic. Sporting props and accessories still have a long way to go in terms of eliminating plastic, but our...

2020-03-25

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The Ultimate Sustainable Laundry Guide

Doing laundry can become an essentially meditative practice for many. Our clothes are treasures that we take care of. We schedule a certain amount of time in a week to take care of them. But sometimes things can get a little overwhelming with several different fabrics and styles. It can also become hard to keep track of every item and it’s washing instructions. Laundry can also become environmentally toxic because of all the chemicals used in the washing soaps we use. The amount of water we consume to do our laundry can also be harmful to the environment. But, don’t...

2020-03-23

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Are Influencers Influencing Us The Right Way?

9 in 10 Gen Z consumers believe companies have a responsibility to address environmental and social issues, according to a report by McKinsey & Co. However, an incredible 86% of companies today utilise influencer marketing as a means to sway the buying habits of Gen Z and millennial consumers alike. One can’t help but wonder whether influencers are even propagating sustainability in a genuine manner? Influencers have the power to change their narrative when deemed appropriate, but it should be noted that perceptive consumers can easily spot the difference between gimmicks and a genuine purpose that aligns with the values...

2020-03-19

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The Ultimate Guide to choosing Sustainable Fabrics

The fabric of the clothes we wear makes up most of what we wear. It is one of the most basic components in determining how sustainable our clothing really is. It’s important to choose sustainable fabrics because they’re not only lighter on our environment, but also on your pocket. The reason for this is that materials made from sustainable methods and resources are built to last for a while. It’s important for us to understand the dynamics of how eco-friendly fashion works, and that buying clothes that last longer is better for the environment in the long run. Brands need...

2020-03-16

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ZAVI Edit: Pastel Prowess

Nothing calls for a better sartorial palette cleanse than pastels. These soft sorbet hues have the ability to evoke feelings of freshness, the advent of spring and a soft appeal that can be universally flattering on both sexes. Ahead, take a look at how the trend has made a comeback just in time for summer with a few sweet-hued pieces from our very own lineup. The spring summer ’20 runway ran amok with candy hues; whether it was the fluid hues at Akris or tailored pieces at Emporio Armani or Etro, there were no shortage of duck-egg blues, peaches, lilacs...

2020-03-15

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Veganism: The Truth

From pop culture to fashion, celebrity propagation to grocery aisles and beyond — conventional wisdom tells us that going vegan is probably the smartest thing to do right now. Giving up milk, cheese and anything animal derived are just some of the few sacrifices that need to be made, but it’s a lot easier said than done when it comes to actual practice. Chalk and cheese  Millennials and most of the older Gen Z-ers have grown up on consuming milk, eggs and animal protein on the daily, which then transformed into an adolescent life spent romanticising cheese pizzas and such....

2020-03-14

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How to be Sustainable while Travelling

There has been a lot of chatter about sustainability in travel, and it has almost become a trending topic now. The last few years have seen the rise in conscious travel, eating and habits among people who want to be a positive impact on the planet. The strength of sustainable tourism lie in employing good and friendly practices like reusing, reducing and recycling. One should strive towards protecting natural and cultural heritage. People should be mindful of their consumption and littering habits while they travel. If you are someone who wants to have a positive carbon footprint and want to...

2020-03-14

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Self-Care in 2020: Wellness Trends We Are Excited to Try

Last year was all about kombucha, non-alcoholic drinks, wellness vitamins, and whatnot. And because we all seem to be increasingly moving toward a more health-oriented world, the interest in such things does not seem to be slowing down. It’s exciting to think about what the future might hold. According to many studies, you don’t have to wait to find out what health nuts will be trying out this year. And if the predictions are to be believed, these trends will be taking over in 2020 and are wellness trends that you should definitely be looking out for in the market....

2020-03-13

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How Brands Are Leveraging Sustainability Claims Through Certifications

Sustainability has become an issue of paramount importance in the fashion industry, and rightfully so. However, it has also given rise to a number of brands resorting to greenwashing in order to sell more goods based on nothing but random blanket statements.  ‘Greenwashing’ is a term that was coined by NY-based environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986, inspired by the irony of the "save the towel" movement in hotels that suggested themselves as being environmentally friendly for giving guests the option to not have their towels washed every day. Westerveld found that this tricked guests into thinking the hotel was environmentally...

2020-03-09

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Transparency: The Most Valuable Currency For Brands

As brands begin to deepen their ecological footprint to keep up with the growing call to action for sustainability, consumers are keen on holding up a magnifying glass against these so-called claims to see if there’s any truth to them. The only reasonable way to out of the greenwashing conundrum is by providing a way in through full-disclosure, aka transparency. The 2019 State of Fashion report by McKinsey and Co. stated that information has become increasingly important with 52% millennials claiming that they always research for background info before buying, compared with 45% of Gen Z consumers and 41% of baby...

2020-03-09

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ZAVI Edit: Travel Essentials For The Jet-Setters

As we approach the summer season, there’s nothing better to occupy our procrastinating minds with than some travel plans. Whether its a humble road trip to your nearest beach town or a full-blown European adventure, Seeing to it that you don't panic while you pack, we put together our of-the-moment travel essentials, no matter the destination.  Tropical fervour For those of you who enjoy chasing the surf, sun and sand, a great swimsuit or trunks and a pair of sunnies are absolutely non-negotiable. But that doesn’t mean you should compromise and go lazy on the rest of your time lounging...

2020-03-02

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Organic Food: The Truth

The organic food movement may have begun as a trend but has had far-reaching benefits for both farmers and consumers. The promotion of supply chain transparency and widely claimed health benefits have gone on to cause a chain reaction with nearly every edible item fighting in its bid to be termed organic. And while the qualities linked to it may have made it a hot commodity among consumers, in truth does not necessarily make it better. As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), produce is only termed ‘organic’ when it’s grown on soil that hasn’t been contaminated with synthetic fertilisers...

2020-03-02

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Vegan Leather, Sustainable Dyes and other Sustainable Fashion options

Fashion’s current favorite word: Sustainable. This hangtag seems to be following a lot of brands around. The new year brought about changes which were long due in the world of fashion. Consumers and brands are slowly realizing the utter havoc Fashion can wreck. Environment specialists have called this the second most polluting industry in the world. Even though statistics are yet to completely gauge the enormous damage this industry causes, the ball park figure makes an overwhelming impact: 150 billion garments are sent to landfills every year. Shocking? Not so much. Despite the alarming data that has been made available...

2020-02-28

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Why Sustainable Fashion is important in the long run

In recent years, sustainable fashion and sustainability have built a strong case for itself. The term “sustainability” has become a buzzword and has turned quite a few heads. Consumers today are taking a closer look at the kind of things they are consuming - whether it’s food, the chemicals they put into their bodies or just making better purchasing decisions to create a cleaner environment through the clothes they choose to wear every day. Every time a fashion brand decides to make a commitment to offset its carbon emissions, it explains why it matters to do so. Whenever journalists write...

2020-02-28

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Ethical Clothing: The next big wave in fashion

Fast Fashion has relied on exploitative, unreliable and unethical practices for far too long. Selling clothes has become a cruel process, where factory workers, animals, and artisans are barely recognised for the time and effort they put in. But if recent trends are to be believed, this won’t be the case for much longer. Over the past years, the industry has undergone a remarkable change of upheaval, with many small and major fashion brands alike ditching traditional methods of production and turning to more cruelty-free and eco-friendly alternatives. It’s a welcome change and a long-awaited one for sure. This ethical...

2020-02-26

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How the Fashion industry affects your carbon footprint

With this new year, Fashion bought something new to the scene too: Circular fashion. It kicked out the old idea of conspicuous fashion and brought many newer, greener options to the table. And no, the term does not refer to round silhouettes or patterns but to extending the lifecycle of well-made garments and recycling all materials to make new items.This trend has garnered much traction as both the consumers and designers are becoming increasingly aware of the outsize toll that linear clothing production takes upon the environment. Fashion’s carbon impact has become much larger than the industry’s GDP and has...

2020-02-25

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Global Sustainable trends we should learn from

This new decade started with a bang when activism took over as one of the most prominent happenings in 2020. The financial innovation, protests and government policies this year are aimed at positive societal change. An increasing number of policymakers, CEO’s and consumers have learnt that the time has come to make some serious changes for the environment. There are big social problems looming over our heads which include climate change and environmental problems that seem to be accelerating beyond the boundaries of our current eco-system. Under this pressure to transform their policies to match the current environmental momentum, companies...

2020-02-24

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5 Beauty Brands That Are Leading The Ecological Charge

The beauty industry may not appear to be under fire as much as its fashion counterpart when it comes to conversations around sustainability. However, they have been equally responsible for creating waste, resorting to animal-cruelty and ingredient deception, not to mention piling on plastic pollution with their packaging. Despite these pressing issues, certain brands have definitely come out on top in their attempt to rectify all that is wrong with the beauty business.  1. LUSH Widely known as the go-to brand when it comes to handmade vegetarian beauty, LUSH cosmetics have paved the way for sustainability with their constant endeavour...

2020-02-23

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Composting 101: Why Should We Be Doing It?

Composting is the natural process of decomposing and recycling organic material into nutrient-rich fertilised soil — simply put, its mother nature’s way of recycling. In the recent years, the practice has come into light for its ability to be able to fight climate change at the grassroots level, quite literally. And it doesn’t even require green-thumbed expertise.    For years humans have been throwing rubbish into trash cans that is ending up in landfills but can actually be composted. What we have been unaware of is that the atmosphere in a landfill causes that very rubbish to break down without oxygen...

2020-02-23

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Reasons why you should adopt sustainable fashion

We’re well aware of the fact that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Making an informed and conscious decision to shop with ethical and sustainable brands can make a huge difference to the planet and the people in it. With increasing environmental problems going on right now - deforestation, plastic pollution, climate change and loss of coral reefs - fashion might not be the most important topic in mind for most people as either looming problem or a solution. Unfortunately, it’s much worse than it seems. The clothing industry is nasty and is...

2020-02-20

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Know Your ZAVI Material: Recycled Polyester

Polyester is no stranger. If you’ve been a fast fashion consumer long enough, your wardrobe has probably been stocked with more poly-blends than you’d care to admit. It’s cheap, easily adaptable to bright prints and colours, wrinkle-free and a fast-fashion favourite. But, it's been silently doing more hard than good for years now.  Polyester is a synthetic plastic-based fibre made from a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum (from crude oil), air and water — two of its ingredients are the largest polluting industries in the world. What’s more, the fabric is not biodegradable and won’t decompose for 20 years at...

2020-02-18

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How Resale Business Models Are Changing The Fashion Retail Game For Better

Second-hand ownership isn’t a novel concept. Whether its furniture, automobiles, electronics or clothing, we have all purchased some form of used products in our lifetime. Even the average spendthrift hasn’t been immune to a hand-me-down. In the past, pre-owned could rarely be associated with extravagance but today, the frugal concept has found itself at the epicentre of luxury fashion.  Second-hand fashion had humble beginnings online with eBay that was conceived in 1995, where turning your old junk into fresh cash become the norm. The famous platform encouraged frugal buyers to negotiate through its bid to buy model, wherein an item...

2020-02-18

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Trend Alert: Athleisure

Athletic wear meant for leisure or lounging — athleisure is a term made popular by the New York fashion media and a trend that was conceived by the activewear giant Lululemon in the ‘90s. Ever since, the casual sporty look has continued to influence many brands and launched an aesthetic that fuels a million Instagram likes.  The trend has been responsible for replacing heels with sneakers and made it acceptable to wear yoga pants or sweats in public. From Longchamp to Balenciaga, Coach to Emporio Armani and even Hermès, athleisure has managed to convert even the most restrained luxury brands, and their collections...

2020-02-10

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Problematic Plastics That Could Be Hidden In Your Closet

From associating it with hygiene, groceries, utility and beyond, plastics have slowly become the devil we know and a careless item we’ve unfortunately grown accustomed to. A research by the Ellen McArthur foundation suggests that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish — a sizeable chunk of which is coming from our clothes. Microplastics are nano fibres measuring less than five millimetres that wash out of our clothes and are constantly entering the ocean. The pollution caused from it has exacerbated to such an extent that microplastics have now even been found in the Arctic,...

2020-02-09

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Know Your ZAVI Material: Bamboo

It looks a lot like sugarcane, the Panda’s love eating it, their flutes make melodious sounds, while lush tropical homes are also made from it — the bamboo plant has endless applications but when it comes to fabrics, the humble plant is only getting started.  As a plant, bamboo is nothing short of fascinating. In the most favourable conditions, it can shoot up to 36 inches within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 1.6 inches per hour. The plant is an eco-warrior that actually absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than its equivalent...

2020-01-31

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Sustainability Lesson: Vegan Silk

We’ve all heard why a plant-based diet is a lot better for us and the planet but going vegan with your fabric choices can be similarly beneficial as well. Silk has long been known as the luxurious fabric of choice when it comes to evening wear, wedding gowns and even lingerie, but little regard is given to the unethical practices that go behind creating that very fibre.  We are all too familiar with the beautiful stages of metamorphosis that a silkworm goes through in order to transform into a butterfly. However, the process of extracting pure silk deprives the worm...

2020-01-28

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Upcycling: How Extending The Life Of Your Wardrobe Could Save The Planet

From the consumer’s point of view, the new wave of sustainability can seem like quite a lot to take in, especially after years of being conditioned to a consumerist way of life. Most of us grew up succumbing to marketing tactics like attractive sales and discounts, not to mention the advertising industry that long romanticised the idea of being a shopaholic. Evidently, it can take a substantial amount of unlearning that can be rather hard. So how does one go about practically adopting eco-friendly choices without taking huge and difficult leaps? The answer quite simply lies in upcycling.  Upcycling is...

2020-01-28

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How conscious eating can help save the planet

Take a few minutes to think about how many plastic sandwich bags you must have used over the years. This might just be what you need to realize why it’s important to figure out a way to eat in an environmentally friendly way. Every small change you make can have the potential to make a difference in the larger scheme of things. From the grocery bags you use to the water you consume, there are a lot of ways you can help clean up the environment and eat in a healthy and green way. You also might be aware of...

2020-01-27

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Know Your ZAVI Material: Lyocell

As far as material innovations go in the sustainable sector, lyocell is most certainly making waves — this man-made fibre is now popularly being used by both high-street and designer labels. So just why and how did it gain such momentum? Lyocell also goes by the alternate name Tencel, which is a registered trademark and certified fibre of Lenzing (an Austrian textile innovator with high sustainability standards). Technically known as a ‘cellulosic fibre', lyocell is made from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees using a closed loop, non-toxic process. Eucalyptus trees can rapidly grow and be planted on marginal lands...

2020-01-25

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Affordable, Stylish & Healthy alternatives to fast fashion

When Gianni Versace said, ‘Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live’, these words were a forewarning about fast fashion dictating the shopping habits of people. It has been able to do so by offering clothes that give runway designs at affordable prices. And just like fashion trends keep changing, these clothes keep changing their location: from your closet to the garbage bin as they rank high on trend and affordability but not on sustainability. Fast fashion brands...

2020-01-22

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Greta Thunberg campaign and why we need to pay attention

She is just a teenager but she is a force to be reckoned with. She is Greta Thunberg and she is a girl with a mission to get justice for the climate. If you are someone who wants to do their bit for Earth and its climate, you must have heard about Greta Thunberg, who at her young age has mobilized almost seven million children across the globe to fight with her and fight like her.  A few facts about Greta Thunberg that speak about her tenacious zeal to work for this cause include her starting this campaign at the...

2020-01-20

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Know Your ZAVI Material: Organic Cotton

The term “organic” has become so influential of late that it's taken on a life of its own. Whether its looking for organic produce at your local grocery store or visiting organic farm-to-table concept restaurants and even desperately seeking an organic following on Instagram — the term is practically a validation prefix at this point and for all good reasons. And when it comes to fabrics, the rise of organic cotton has been a prime example of those very good reasons.  At ZAVI, we pride ourselves on committing to create from the most sustainable fibres we can source and organic...

2020-01-17

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Your personal carbon footprint: why is it important?

Fashion has clearly had a tremendous impact on the planet. The processes in the industry, ranging from fabric and garment manufacturing to cultivation of raw materials, related activities such as logistics, and consumer usage from washing to discarding items - all these stages adversely affect the environment.  To quantify fashion's ecological footprint, one needs to have a definitive way. This proves to be difficult as different data sources present different parameters. It is nevertheless a worthwhile task as it gives a sobering understanding of how far fashion is affecting the planet and how urgently it needs to change. If current...

2020-01-16

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What Is Slow Fashion And Is It Really Revolutionary?

Fast fashion is bad and we’ve come to realise that fact the hard way. With harsh realities about throwaways being constantly sent to landfills, micro-plastics getting released into the ocean with every wash of synthetic fibres, not to mention the cheap and exploitative labour that help manufacture the clothes. These pressing issues are exactly why ‘slow fashion' has surfaced as the solution to beat the fast fashion conundrum.  Slowing down 101 As its name suggests, slow fashion pretty much the opposes the fast fashion philosophy. The concept promotes a slower, more sustainable approach to fashion that involves buying vintage or...

2020-01-15

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Negative ways fast fashion affect your life

“Fast Fashion” is a term given to the ideology of clothing that approaches design, creation, and marketing of apparel that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers”. Please take note of the words “quickly” and “cheaply” that capture fast fashion’s essence. These fast fashion brands produce clothes quickly and are constantly asking their consumers to feel the need to consume more. They achieve this feat by keeping their production costs low and advertising budgets large. Fast Fashion brands such as Zara and H&M use cheap labour force, unsafe working conditions, and operate in countries that have low...

2020-01-13

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Taking Up A Vegan Wardrobe Diet

After what seemed to look like a short-lived fad, veganism has gone completely mainstream to such a great degree that the month of January is now being heralded as Veganuary — just like its Movember counterpart, this month is all about embracing the vegan lifestyle to spread awareness and educate. However, it should be noted that going down the vegan rabbit hole isn’t just exclusive to your diet alone. Being vegan, by extension applies to every thing you consume or use on a daily basis that includes skincare, makeup and even your clothes.  Vegan 101 Just like a vegan diet...

2020-01-10

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Sustainable Fashion Trends 2020

Over the past few years, fashion consumers have become highly aware of the negative impacts of their purchasing choices on the environment. If people know of their over-reliance on fast fashion, the more likely they are to slow down and make more sustainable fashion choices. About 150 fashion brands signed the G7 Fashion Pact earlier this year, a coalition aimed to fight the adverse environmental effects of certain practices within the fashion industry. It is not thoughtless then to assume that the clothing colors, styles, materials and production practices to feature in most aspects of the fashion industry come 2020...

2020-01-08

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Embracing Minimalism: Your Guide To Curating A Capsule Wardrobe

Minimalism has been a hot topic on the slow fashion spectrum for while now, but embracing it can be quite the challenge. The practice involves letting go of casual consumerism, impulse purchases that once brought us joy and simply being happy with what we already own. Neophytes to the trend need not despair, as embracing the path can be a lot easier with a capsule wardrobe that makes for the perfect minimalist starter kit. Ahead, we list down key steps towards creating a capsule wardrobe...  1. Delete and detox Decluttering is key in order to achieve a capsule wardrobe. Minimalist...

2020-01-03

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Biodegradable Fabrics: Can We Really Compost Our Clothes?

When an object is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms by avoiding pollution altogether, they are considered to be biodegradable. Sustainable fashion brands use materials that are deemed biodegradable, but it's not as simple as tossing that t-shirt into the ground and expect nature to take its course.  We are well aware of the fact that a ton of clothing is being discarded every year, an estimated 50 million to be specific. And most of it will not biodegrade in a landfill, especially synthetic materials like polyester or nylon that could potentially also leak chemicals into...

2020-01-03

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5 Big Reasons To Resist The Urge To Buy Fast Fashion

Fast fashion has turned into the proverbial black sheep of the industry lately and with good reason. However, this hasn’t deterred a lot of its consumers to break away completely. Inditex, parent retail company to the likes of Zara among many more brands has made over $26.1billion in sales in 2018 alone. Stylish offerings with a speed to market like no other — fast fashion clearly has us hooked but when we get down to the brass tacks, it's not as glamorous as it may seem.  Low cost, but at a high price  Fast fashion is convenient and cheap but...

2020-01-02

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2020 Trend Alert: Colour-Blocking

Colours breathe life into fashion in a way spotting a rainbow does. Nothing gets us visually tickled like seeing a collection of brightly hued clothing coming down a runway or peeping through shop windows. Which is why it comes as no surprise when we keep seeing colour-blocking pop up as a major trend almost every summer.  From Balmain to Marc Jacobs, Gucci to Victoria Beckham and beyond — across all fashion capitals, colour-blocking is going to be one of the most notable looks for spring/summer 2020. While seemingly effortless, pulling off colour-blocking does require some grit and gusto. The trend...

2019-12-31

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Know Your Zavi Material: Hemp

A plant that had once held negative connotations for purely being associated with Cannabis, a.k.a Marijuana is now having a righteous moment in the sustainable circuit. Hemp is the plant that was once flying under the radar and is now suddenly everywhere. Whether it's in the form of fabric, CBD oils, edible seeds or even in the form of construction material — yes, just like concrete! Hemp is clearly having a moment and its only getting started.  As opposed to other plants that are grown on an industrial scale, wherein only a certain part of the plant is used, every...

2019-12-27

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Year In Review: 2019’s Biggest Sustainable Trailblazers

Climate change has been the most heated topics in the recent years, but felt even more so this year. Whether it was the United States of America’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, the environmental campaign group ‘Extinction Rebellion’ wanting to shut down London Fashion week or the quality of air in the Indian capital reaching hazardous levels — 2019 has been the wake up call we didn’t know we needed. Amidst all the alarming news, this year has also shone a bright spotlight on the ones who’ve been the voice of reason.  Greta Thunberg  Whether the subject of...

2019-12-24

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