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The Top 4 Trends Every Woman Should Be Sporting This Summer

With so many stylish trends on the horizon this summer, we don’t blame you if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed — to be honest, we are too. Which is why we’ve made things a whole...

2021-05-07

The Stylish Man's Guide to This Summer's Hottest Trends

After a year of being laid-back with our fashion choices, we’d like to be the first ones to admit that we’ve really missed dressing up — and we have a hunch that we’re not the...

2021-05-07

Is Silk Vegan?

Radiant, smooth, and resplendent; you can always rely on silk fabric to add an instantly elegant touch to your look, but is it vegan-friendly? And how much do we know about the processes that go...

2021-04-27

Sustainable Fashion vs. Slow Fashion: Is One Better Than the Other?

Sustainable fashion and its meaning seems to have gotten lost in translation somewhere along the line. While greenwashing is primarily to blame for this, it doesn’t help that there are a growing number of terms...

2021-04-20

The Science Behind Fast-Fashion

There are several reasons why we keep echoing the fact that fast fashion is no good, and the rampant use of hazardous chemicals happens to be one of them. Every time you wear clothes treated...

2021-04-17

Yes, Sustainability Is Affordable

One of the perks of adopting a minimalist approach to fashion is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. All it takes is the right kind of investment pieces that will last you a...

2021-04-12

Is Your Money Funding the Creation of Polyester?

A recent report has found that 35 banks from across the globe have provided $2.7 trillion in lending and underwriting to the fossil fuel industry. This is the same industry that creates synthetic fibres that...

2021-04-02

This is Why Designers Want President Biden to Appoint a Fashion Czar

In order for sustainable fashion to have a widespread impact, we need governments and legislation to step in and set industry-wide standards. Several designers, brands, and journalists have echoed that sentiment and are banding together...

2021-03-30

Our Top 5 Tips on Eating Sustainably

We’ve advised you on how to dress and shop consciously, but have you ever wondered how you can eat more sustainably? Food accounts for over a quarter (26%) of global greenhouse gas emissions, while 70%...

2021-03-24

The Toxic Relationship Between Microplastics and Laundry

Sustainability doesn’t just begin with how a garment is made or end with where it ends up after being discarded. Easily overlooked aspects like how you wash, dry and care for your clothes — sustainably...

2021-03-15

Is Organic Cotton Biodegradable?

Within the decade, we are expected to be discarding more than 134 million tonnes of textiles annually on a global scale. And biodegradability is one of the most sustainable ways, in which we can tackle...

2021-03-12

What Is Wrong With Fast Fashion?

Driven by convenience, availability and Instagrammable style at a fraction of the price — fast fashion has made its allure pretty clear. And yet, even after being aware of its negative impact, our toxic relationship...

2021-03-11

10 Women Who Are Leading the Charge on Sustainability

March not only marks the beginning of Women’s History month but the 8th day, in particular, puts the spotlight on female empowerment and celebrates the achievements of women across the globe. And this International Women’s...

2021-03-07

From Fashion to Trashion: How Upcycling Could Save the Planet

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an equivalent of 1 garbage truck full of textiles is either sent off to a landfill or burned every second. Clearly, there is no escaping fashion waste at this...

2021-03-03

Is Lyocell Biodegradable?

Natural decomposition occurs everywhere. But post-consumer waste is varied — some are made of easily degradable materials, while others will last for thousands of years. Ahead, we explore what biodegradability truly means and find out...

2021-03-03

Say Hello to Biodegradable Leather Made from Mushrooms

You can eat your mushrooms and wear them too. The next big it-bag or cult sneaker could be made from mushrooms and it’s primed to be one of fashion’s most sustainable solutions to date. Ahead,...

2021-03-03

How to Be a More Sustainable Online Shopper

Online shopping can be pretty convenient; it offers endless options at competitive prices, next-day deliveries and returns policies that make us think short-term. Seldom do we take a minute to think about our online purchases...

2021-03-01

Your Denims Are Polluting the Planet

#JeansForDays for you but decades for our planet. A wardrobe essential, a popular choice, the denims you own in any form has cost us colossal levels of irreversible damage. It takes all of 9,500 litres...

2021-02-25

Guide to Sustainable Jargon: Know the Difference Between Organic, Ethical & Sustainable

With sustainable jargon now popping up everywhere from our social media feeds to clothing labels, it can get pretty overwhelming to try and make sense of it all. ‘Organic’, ‘ethical’ or ‘sustainable’ — are they...

2021-02-22

5 Reasons to Wear Organic Cotton

Sustainable brands are abuzz when it comes to organic cotton (ZAVI included). But why is this variety of cotton such a big deal? If you’ve ever found yourself wondering the same, then here are five...

2021-02-19

Top 4 Fashion Polluters That Shed Microplastics at Alarming Rates

Microplastics have been invisibly entering our waterways every time put synthetic textiles in the washing machine. Now, these nano plastic particles have managed to reach the deepest ends of the Arctic — where a whopping...

2021-02-17

These 5 Celebrities Are Normalising Repeating Outfits & We’re Here for It

Celebrities are the original influencers. We are constantly aspiring to look like them by copying their style or attempting to pull-off their latest hairstyles. So, when some of our favourite celebs champion sustainability by repeating...

2021-02-16

5 Hacks to Help You Identify Clothes That Are Not Sustainable

Are you making conscious choices but falling prey to false advertising? ‘Sustainability’ is merely a strategy term for certain brands to monetise, however, only a handful ensure it is implemented from stem to stern. We...

2021-02-08

What Is Vegan Fashion and Why It Matters?

When you think of going vegan, it’s quite common to associate the lifestyle with a plant-based diet — but how you choose to consume fashion is also a huge piece of the vegan puzzle. And...

2021-02-05

Recycled Plastic v/s Virgin Plastic: What’s Better for the Planet?

It’s quite ironic how we end up using plastic in a matter of minutes only to have it last upto a thousand years. Today, an unending mountain of single-use plastic waste is weighing heavily on...

2021-01-16

Why Fashion Needs to Stop Making Seasonal Clothing in Order to Be Sustainable?

Before the pandemic, leading designers were creating as many as six collections a year. These consisted of spring, resort, pre-fall and fall collections, including separate shows for both genders and even couture for some. Today...

2021-01-16

Your E-waste Is Polluting the Planet

Unboxing a new gadget can be fun and uploading it on Instagram can feel even better. But does anyone ever wonder about our old electronics that are collectively creating a mountain of waste in a...

2021-01-16

Why You Should Look Out for Sustainable Certifications

COVID-19 has upended consumer lives and changed buying behaviour for the better. An increasing number of consumers are now making more environmentally-sound purchases than ever and are likely to continue doing so even after the...

2021-01-16

Sustainable Clothing: Scam or Reality?

If you’ve been guilty of thinking that ‘sustainability’ is just a trend, then you are not alone. Rampant greenwashing among fashion brands and call-out culture have made it really hard to tell the difference between...

2021-01-16

Is Hemp Biodegradable?

‘Biodegradable’ is a commonly used term when it comes to material sustainability, but rarely is it well understood. Decomposition occurs everywhere. But post-consumer waste is varied — some are made of easily degradable materials while...

2021-01-15

ZAVI Edit: Fashion for the Holiday Season

Holiday season is going to be a lot different this year to say the least. But that’s no reason to mope around and stay in your sweats. If you’re planning on having a Zoom gathering with...

2020-12-18

Conscious Gifts That Will Actually Be Appreciated This Christmas

2020 has been a year of sustainable reflection and what better a way to end it than with some thoughtful presents that won’t cost the earth, both literally and figuratively. Scroll through to look at...

2020-12-14

Consumers Are Just as Responsible as Brands for Sustainability

When you buy a product, you aren’t just paying to acquire it but investing in it as well. Every item purchased can have a lasting impact throughout its life cycle — one that can even...

2020-12-07

The Hidden Costs of Creating Fast Fashion

For fast fashion, higher consumption equals handsome profits. But these earnings come at a huge price for the planet and the people that make it. To acknowledge its impact, we took a closer look at...

2020-12-06

Has the Pandemic Changed Our Outlook on Sustainability?

2020 has been a rude awakening to say the least. Apart from the novel coronavirus, this year has also seen some of the deadliest climate catastrophes take place across the globe. From wildfires to cyclones,...

2020-12-05

The Planet Is Paying a Heavy Price for Cheap Clothes

We are entering an entirely new phase of planetary history, called the Anthropocene. A period in which human activity has been identified as the dominant influence on our environment. And yet, our consumption habits are...

2020-12-05

ZAVI Men’s Edit: Shorts for All Occasions

Back in 2011, fashion’s most suave designer Tom Ford famously decreed that, “Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.” But the times have changed ever since then. Streetwear took...

2020-12-04

How to Stop Treating Clothes as Disposables

On average, consumers tend to throw away 60% of their clothes within the first year of purchase. And this year alone, an estimated 18.6 million tonnes of clothing will end up in landfills. Which begs...

2020-12-04

The Sustainable Rise of Rental, Repair and Resale

Breathing second life into a garment is one of the key tenets of circularity. And ever since the pandemic began, the market for secondhand clothing has been burgeoning and seeing a massive uptick in mainstream...

2020-12-04

ZAVI Edit: Loungewear for Winter

Winter is coming and we are planning on welcoming it with open arms, clad in best of loungewear of course. Ahead, get inspired by our top picks that you can wear to chase the chill...

2020-12-03

Your Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Certifications

‘100% organic’, ‘cruelty-free’, ‘fair trade’ are just some of the many labels that help us breathe easy and feel good about the products we buy. Similarly, when it comes to sustainability, there are a bevy...

2020-12-03

The Pandemic Has Changed Consumer Habits for the Better

A lot has changed during the course of this year. Consumers are working differently, thinking differently and more importantly — spending differently. Here’s how their behaviour has changed for the better. According to the latest...

2020-12-03

ZAVI Edit: Sweatshirts That Help You Snuggle up in Style

Sweatshirts have become the unofficial uniform of quarantine and we aren’t the least bit surprised. There’s no denying their unparalleled comfort and transitional style. Whether you’re hunkering down indoors or stepping out for a quick...

2020-12-01

The Destructive Truth Behind Polyester Production

Like cotton, polyester is one of the most ubiquitous materials known to man. Whether its clothing, home furnishings or car interiors, among countless other industrial applications — there is no escaping polyester at this point...

2020-12-01

ZAVI Edit: Affordable Luxury on a Budget

We love fashion and we love luxury — but we adore affordable and sustainable clothing a lot more. After all, dressing well doesn’t have to mean taking out a mortgage on your house. With the right...

2020-11-23

Can Natural Dyes Remedy Fashion’s Dirty Dyeing Habits?

Colour, perhaps even more than fabric, is one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to buying clothes. And yet the impact from the toxic dyes that colour them tend to get easily overlooked....

2020-11-18

ZAVI Edit: Comfort Meets Style

Uncomfortable times call for comfortable clothing. Wearing sweatpants is no longer considered “a sign of defeat” as the late Karl Lagerfeld once famously stated, but has now become a socially-acceptable form of attire across the...

2020-11-15

Your Sneakers Are Polluting the Planet

Ever since the streetwear renaissance began, sneakers have gained cult status among the fashion set, making them more covetable as ever. But as consumption continues to grow, so does the waste.    Over 23 billion...

2020-11-10

The Modern Man’s Guide to Hybrid Workwear

Let’s face it, dressing for work now looks a whole lot different than it did earlier this year. The items that were once menswear office staples (brogues for one) probably haven’t seen the light of...

2020-11-10

Want to Shop Sustainably? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’ve found yourself being sustainable-curious lately, then you are not alone. However, shopping for an environmentally-conscious product can seem rather perplexing, especially with all the rampant greenwashing among brands lately. But fret not, we’re...

2020-10-22

ZAVI Edit: Borrowed from the Boys

Of the many trends you will find us playing around with in the coming months, menswear-inspired looks will be one of our top favourites. Whether styled to achieve a full-on androgynous look or contrastingly paired...

2020-10-16

3 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed with Hemp

As sustainable proponents, we love hemp. And with good reason. Whether it’s plastics, fuel, concrete or even beer, the miracle plant has over 25,000 industrial applications — all of which are completely eco-friendly. Ahead, we...

2020-10-08

Can Blockchain Technology Help Fashion Be More Sustainable?

Blockchain technology gained buzz-worthy status when it became associated with the famed cryptocurrency Bitcoin. In essence, blockchain is an open and digitally distributed public ledger that records transactions between multiple parties in a verifiable and...

2020-10-07

How to Master the Art of Layering

Done right, layering can breathe new life into tired wardrobe staples while creating a multitude of Insta-worthy looks that can help you weather the storm, both literally and sartorially. Ahead, we show you just how...

2020-09-25

The Scary Similarities Between Fast Food and Fast Fashion

Light on your wallet and easily accessible, fast food and Fast Sustainable Fashion are two sides of the same coin that satisfy short lived needs — neither one of which is sustainable. Ahead, we uncover...

2020-09-24

Timeless Tailoring: Pieces That Add Sophistication to Your Repertoire

Few things in life are as timeless as a well-tailored piece of Sustainable Clothing. It has the ability to outlive passing trends and its exquisite construction will make you cherish it for years to come....

2020-09-23

Plastics Have Conquered Mankind

Ever since plastic gained popularity in the 1960s, it has become such an inevitable part of our daily lives that 8.3 billion metric tons of it has been created to date. Today, that very cheap and...

2020-09-20

What Is #SecondHandSeptember and How Can You Be a Part of It?

Out with the new, in with the old — this month we are indulging in all things secondhand and encouraging you to follow suit. Not only is pre-owned fashion a great nod to sustainability but...

2020-09-13

Your Beauty Routine Might be Harming the Planet

Whether your beauty regimen consists of two steps or ten, it could be causing tremendous harm to the environment. The cosmetics and skincare industry contributes to a large number of environmental issues that range from...

2020-09-02

Fresh Ways to Style Whites All Year Long

Clean and classic, whites are a great way to inject some freshness into your wardrobe. Call it a palate cleanser if you must, we love the way white styles serve up as a sartorial blank...

2020-09-02

How We save Silkworms by Using Vegan Silk

Smooth, soft, luminous and light — when it comes to touch and feel, vegan silk (also known as ‘Peace’  'Eri' or 'Ahimsa' silk) shares the same qualities as conventional silk. But it’s the method of...

2020-08-26

ZAVI Edit: Pastels for Men

Pastels aren’t just for women and it’s high time you ditched those dated notions. If wearing florals can still make men look macho, then attempting to pull off a delicate colour palette should be the...

2020-08-25

Have Fashion Films Replaced the Runway?

Over the past few months, designers have stepped away from traditional runway showings and replaced them with creative short films that portrayed a perceptible yet poetic charm. The films served as a breath of fresh...

2020-08-22

Unproductive? Your Clothes Could Be to Blame

Are you struggling to keep up with your daily workload? Are you starting to lose your working from home motivation? Well, you’re in luck because the fix for that might be lying inside your wardrobe...

2020-08-15

Podcasts for Your Mind, Body & Soul

Binge-watched every Netflix series out there wishing you’d have spent your time a little more productively? It’s time for you to tune into some educational and inspirational podcasts that leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened....

2020-08-14

Sustainable Education: Classes & Courses You Can Actually Take

Got sustainable fashion on your mind? Feel free to feed your curiosities, as reputed institutes are now offering online courses to help you understand the concept of sustainability in relation to fashion, textiles, design and...

2020-08-13

Impulsive or Conscious: What Kind of a Shopper Are You?

Pop culture has long romanticised the idea of excess by means of walk-in closets, shopaholic behaviour and credit card swiping. But in reality, mindless shopping can damage your wallet, garment workers in the supply chain...

2020-08-07

How to Eliminate Plastics From Your Life

With the use of plastics expected to double over the next 20 years, it's terrifying to think that microplastics have already infiltrated our air, food and water sources. Some of us are probably even inhaling...

2020-08-03

Want to Live More Sustainably? Try These Apps

Wouldn’t it be great if sustainability felt a lot more attainable and actionable? As easy as opening an app on your phone and being told what to do and what’s right from wrong? Well, you’re...

2020-07-28

ZAVI Edit: Maximal Style, Minimal Effort

Now, we are not going to be as bold as to say that that minimalism is out but with lockdown easing globally, having a little fun with sustainable fashion is just what the doctor ordered....

2020-07-21

Laundry Hacks That Can Save Your Clothes & The Planet

What do unsightly piling, colour fading and microplastics have in common? They are all a result of your laundry habits. But fear not, we’ve detailed the ways you can stop sabotaging your clothes (and the...

2020-07-21

ZAVI Edit: Wardrobe Basics You'll Wear On Repeat

We are not just sustainability advocates, we are enablers. Our environmentally friendly separates can be mixed and matched owing to their classic styles and neutral colours that will have you repeating for years to come....

2020-07-09

The ZAVI Gems You Need for Your Wardrobe

Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Yellow Topaz — these gemstones don’t just have to be adorned as jewellery, they add one everyday luxe to your wardrobe. Lucky for you, a ton of our pieces come in these...

2020-07-05

3 ZAVI Materials And Their Surprising Antibacterial Properties

We now exist in what is known as ‘the new normal’ where all things antibacterial are of utmost importance, but it’s not just face masks and gloves that could potentially shield you from germs. Some...

2020-06-30

Looking good v/s feeling good; the truth about your clothes.

You must have often paid attention to looking your best. You spend hours trying various outfits until you find the one that makes you look great. However, although you look like you are dressed to...

2020-06-26

ZAVI Edit: Elevated Loungewear

From men’s sneakers and sweatshirts to women’s joggers and bodysuits, according to the Lyst Index that measures the world’s hottest styles from a formula that filters millions of items by volume of social media mentions,...

2020-06-24

These Sustainable Bottoms Are The Perfect Summer Style

When an individual purchases clothing or any sort of garment, the first thing they notice is its colour or the cut of the garment, but the fabric of that garment usually goes unnoticed. However, how...

2020-06-24

Is Going Vegan Actually Better For The Environment?

Conversations around converting to veganism had taken centre stage amid the pandemic as rumours spread that the virus originated in bats that were sold at Wuhan’s seafood wet market. While this theory has not actually been particularly conclusive,...

2020-06-24

Do your clothes contain meat? Know how animals are killed for fashion.

Clothes are considered to be a reflection of our personality. Our style often makes a statement about the kind of people we are, whether artistic, minimalist, or professional. However, animal clothing gives quite a wrong...

2020-06-22

5 fashion celebrities who have endorsed Ethical Clothing

Stars are considered role models as they inspire and impact the lives of millions of people. They are idolized, and thus they can make a world of difference to certain movements. The Ethical fashion movement...

2020-06-19

Has COVID-19 Worsened Plastic Pollution?

Face masks, hand gloves and PPE kits have two things in common: they are single-use and made from plastic. For the sustainable advocate, those very characteristics are perhaps the most alarming as they are known...

2020-06-18

Sustainable fashion trends you should start adapting

The upcoming fashion trends that you should adapt need to be sustainable. In recent years, there has been a burst of interest in the sustainability of fashion. The fashion industry trends in 2020 have undergone...

2020-06-17

Does 'Seasonless Style' Make Sense For The Fashion Industry?

The past two months have been quite the game changer for the fashion industry — Saint Laurent, Gucci and Michael Kors made headlines as they decided to forego traditional fashion week schedules, while Belgian designer...

2020-06-16

The difference between Ethical and Sustainable Fashion

Whenever we think about fashion, words like trend, style, glamour etc. instantly strike the mind. However, words like eco-friendly, ethical or sustainable hardly cross our mind. But did you know that sustainable and ethical fashion...

2020-06-15

How Safe Are Cotton Face Masks?

Face masks have inevitably become the most important piece of protection during the Covid-19 pandemic and will probably stay that way for a long time. However with surgical masks or N-95 respirators being inherently disposable...

2020-06-12

How you can help make sustainable fashion more affordable

The fashion industry is probably the most followed and preferred industry for people across the world after food. It fulfills one of the most important necessities. The industry has a valuation of USD3 trillion parallel...

2020-05-29

What Does It Really Cost To Make Our Clothes?

There is a price paradox when it comes to buying clothes. Sustainable wears are costlier owing to their quality of make and material, whereas fast fashion is available at a fraction of the cost, but comes...

2020-05-28

RIP Fashion Week: Digital Runways Are Here To Take Over

The glamour of fashion weeks, street style and front rows simply cannot exist in a world where we have to socially-distance ourselves for a period that seems indefinite. In retrospect, keeping the carbon emissions, biannual...

2020-05-27

A complete guide to buying ethical clothes on a budget..

People are becoming more conscious about the ecosystem and want to save the environment by stopping unnecessary exploitation of resources. One of the most concerning topics is fast fashion. This concept of providing cheap clothing...

2020-05-27

Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein From?

From being considered one of the best protein sources to facing a period of turmoil during lockdown, the meat industry might just be preparing for a state of permanent downfall. Globally, even China is concerned...

2020-05-26

What We Can Learn From Panic Grocery Runs In The Times Of Covid-19

“Panic buying” has unfortunately become a huge issue ever since lockdown began globally in March; from supermarket shelves being stripped of toilet paper rolls to hand sanitisers running out of stock. Picking up 2 of...

2020-05-26

6 Ways You Can Become More Sustainable During Quarantine

Sustainability is not only an option but a mandatory lifestyle change that we have to comply with. All the industries, especially fashion, find out different ways to create low-cost methods for manufacturing daily and special...

2020-05-26

Trend Alert: The Nineties

Fashion trends are periodic, styles from an era always manage to make a comeback annually whether it's the early aughts, retro ’60s or punk ’80s. Nostalgia is comforting, as are the clothes we live in...

2020-05-24

Trend Alert: Ruched Romance

Textures have the unique ability to add both definition and flounce to a garment. Techniques of ruching, smocking and shirring hark back to the Victorian era where the sleeves, bustiers or bustles of dresses were...

2020-05-23

Is sustainable fashion a scam?

It’s almost been a decade of sustainable fashion revolution. The information regarding cash crops, artificial fibers, cheap labor, and usage of fresh water and other natural resources is being published in different research papers and...

2020-05-22

ZAVI Edit: Seasonless Wears

With work from home becoming the new norm amid lockdown, it came as no surprise when comfortable clothing came to be the go-to wardrobe choice for all consumers alike. According to Lyst’s ‘Stay At Home’...

2020-05-20

Your Ultimate Lockdown Workout Guide

Let’s be straight, watching some quality material on Netflix for some temporary lockdown de-stress is great, but it can’t offer the same amount of endorphins that a great workout would. However, with social distancing and...

2020-05-16

Post Quarantine Fashion: Get ready with your OOTD

The Pandemic situation across the world has made our lives come to a stand still. During this reflective pause from the mad pace of life, we can perceive the bigger picture of how we have...

2020-05-12

Can we make fast fashion sustainable?

After major setbacks in the last year and in the beginning of the year 2020, even the least bothered or less aware section of society will be pushed to make conscious choices when it comes...

2020-05-08

Green Swaps You Need To Make Around Your Home

“Charity begins at home,” an old proverb states, expressing a sense of priority to take care of one's family, before caring for others — we’d like to think of sustainability in a similar manner. Making...

2020-04-30

Lessons Lockdown Has Taught Us About The Fashion Industry

The fashion industry has come undone, struggling to operate and dealing with tremendous losses during this period of uncertainty. In times like these where parts of the industry have partially hunkered down, persistent problems have...

2020-04-29

How to be more sustainable by selling, donating and recycling your old clothes

COVID-19 has given us more time to be home and for many of us, this means tidying up! For people who have had a comfortable life, the wardrobe they see now could be a surprise,...

2020-04-23

Will COVID-19 disrupt fashion’s sustainability commitments?

As with any other forward-thinking industry, fashion businesses across the globe have been adapting to the changing needs of the world. The push towards sustainability is nothing new and with climate change and global warming...

2020-04-20

Post-Pandemic Plan For Living A More Conscious Life

If there are any vital takeaways from the Coronavirus pandemic, it's that slowing down was long overdue and excessive consumerism needs to stop. The virus will eventually go away, lockdowns will be lifted and the...

2020-04-16

Fashion on TV: Must Watch Shows To Spark Your Creativity

Quarantine is a weird time to be in and not being able to head outside is probably one of the most stifling things for us right now. The only thing we are in absolute control...

2020-04-15

Could coronavirus spark a sustainable fashion awakening?

The world is getting shut down and people are living in an environment of doubt. A virus that originated from a living-animal market in Wuhan, China is now crippling the whole planet. Economies are falling...

2020-04-15

The Lazy Guide To Living A Greener Life

The idea of sustainability can seem pretty overwhelming to those who’ve been set in their ways of living. It can seem even more daunting when you wish to embrace a conscious lifestyle in whatever little...

2020-04-14

Quarantine Watchlist: Fashion Documentaries To Inspire Your Inner Fashionista

Catching up on the latest season of Money Heist may be all the rage right now or even getting around to seeing Tiger King just to escape the clueless feeling of not understanding those repetitive...

2020-04-14

Work From Home Fashion: Outfits For Making A Stylish Impression On Zoom Calls

We have all called in sick and tried the whole 'working from home’ thing once or twice, but making a habit of it given the current lockdown scenario can seem rather daunting especially for the...

2020-04-13

Will COVID-19 Be a Wakeup Call for a Greener, Fairer Fashion Industry?

With the outbreak of Coronavirus and the shutting down of society, we have had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on the effects that fashion has had on the environment. The global...

2020-04-13

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...

2020-04-10

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...

2020-04-09

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...

2020-04-08

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...

2020-03-30

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...

2020-03-29

This Is Where Your Online Shopping Returns Really Go

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...

2020-03-28

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...

2020-03-26

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,...

2020-03-25

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...

2020-03-23

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...

2020-03-19

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...

2020-03-16

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...

2020-03-15

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...

2020-03-14

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...

2020-03-14

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...

2020-03-13

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...

2020-03-09

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...

2020-03-09

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,...

2020-03-02

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...

2020-03-02

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...

2020-02-28

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...

2020-02-28

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...

2020-02-26

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...

2020-02-25

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....

2020-02-24

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...

2020-02-23

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...

2020-02-23

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...

2020-02-20

What is 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...

2020-02-18

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....

2020-02-18

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...

2020-02-10

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...

2020-02-09

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...

2020-01-31

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...

2020-01-28

Upcycling: Why its the Most Sustainable Thing You Can Do

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...

2020-01-28

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...

2020-01-27

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...

2020-01-25

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...

2020-01-22

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...

2020-01-20

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...

2020-01-17

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...

2020-01-16

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...

2020-01-15

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...

2020-01-13

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...

2020-01-10

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...

2020-01-08

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...

2020-01-03

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...

2020-01-03

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...

2020-01-02

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...

2019-12-31

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...

2019-12-27

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...

2019-12-24

Circularity: Fashion’s Latest Game-Changer

At ZAVI, we like staying on top of our game when it comes to the sustainability revolution because as challenging as addressing many of its concerns may be, learning about new and creative business models...

2019-12-23

Your Guide For Conscious Gift Ideas For Christmas

Zavi means sustainability when they say sustainable clothing. While we adopt higher welfare and standard of living, in a world as diverse as ours, we still know that the things of value are better left...

2019-12-23

The Ultimate Conscious Shopping Guide For The Holidays

Conscious fashion goes by many avatars like eco fashion, ethical fashion, and in some cases sustainable fashion. In 2010, the textile industry in China was said to come third in the overall wastewater discharge at...

2019-12-20

Materialism and Consumerism quotes to keep your spirits High!

We understand how exhausting it can be to keep scrolling through your Instagram feed to find mindless consumerism being shoved down your throat. It is extremely normal to feel overwhelmed in this time of capitalism....

2019-12-19

Top Sustainable Fashion trends of 2019

  The global roar for sustainable fashion has been on an unstoppable rise lately. As the year draws to a close, it also marks one of the greatest years when sustainable practices took over the...

2019-12-16

Gen Z and Fast Fashion: How to produce less waste!

If we’ve learnt anything from the latest Fashion weeks, it’s that Fashion’s priorities are changing. From Roland Mouret’s campaign against the single-use of clothes hangers- to Prada encouraging her followers to “think how they spend”,...

2019-12-12

Our Christmas Checklist

Christmas is a fun time of year as you get to spoil the people you love and watch their happy faces as they unwrap the gifts you got them. Whether it’s playing secret Santa at...

2019-12-11

The Ultimate Traveller’s Guide to Sustainability

Sustainable fashion is more than just a trendy or cool fad that is being talked about. With environmental issues spiraling, sustainability in fashion is a lifestyle choice that every fashionista should and must make. As...

2019-12-09

The Age of Minimalism and Why You Should Adopt It

Let’s face it; you and I are in the age of minimalism, and the hot-topic is now more than just a rising trend. What is this new age of minimalism, and why are millennials all...

2019-12-03

20 Easy Zero Waste Swaps for Everyday Life

Greta Thunberg, in her speech at the UN took an outspoken and undiluted stand on climate change. The 16 year old girl from Sweden, rose to fame with her blunt speech at the UN Climate...

2019-11-29

Top 5 Affordable, Ethical Clothing Brands to Invest In

The advantages of having  most sustainable clothing brands are many. As ethical shoppers, we must be well aware of every fashion choice we make and use our power to vocally object malpractices taking place in the...

2019-11-27

Trend alert: Smouldering silks

December is a time to reflect, retrospect and rejoice as we look forward to ending the year with Christmas parties and of course, ring in the new decade. When the clock strikes at midnight on...

2019-11-26

5 Ways In Which You Can Reduce Your Fashion Carbon Footprint

Just like an actual footprint, a carbon footprint is a polluting mark you are leaving behind on the environment. Carbon emissions aren’t just exclusive to heavy industrial sources, the fashion industry alone produces 10% of...

2019-11-22

Reading Between The Lines Of Your Clothing Labels

When it comes to garment labels, most shoppers only tend to look at the size and price markers as that’s where the initial purchasing priorities lie. But when it comes to the labels inside the...

2019-11-18

5 Easy Ways To Make Conscious Decisions With Your Wardrobe

The path to sustainability isn’t linear, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be an unattainable one either. Whether it’s embracing organic materials or buying clothes that are made with fair trade practices, taking...

2019-11-15