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How to Embrace Sustainable Fashion?

What is Sustainable Fashion? and How do we embrace it?

First, lets look at the word 'Fashion' itself.. Fashion is a function of 'style' and 'time', i.e at a certain period in time, a particular 'style' is most popular. This could be specific to age groups, genders, geographies and so on.

Now lets look at the word 'Sustainable' or 'Sustainable Development'. It means "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".... But wait, isnt that how DEVELOPMENT should anyways be? ?? That is what Aarohana believes in!

In a similar sense, now-a-days, when I hear about these words "Sustainable Fashion", I always feel, shouldnt "Fashion"  always be "Sustainable" ? i.e it should be such that we have all the fun with the trends and styles, but also leave resources for the future generations... Isnt it?

However, for the sake of the topic, I am unwillingly using these words 'Sustainable Fashion' together and trying to define them:

Sustainable Fashion is a trend which consists of clothing, accessories and other items made from either natural or organic material or from repurposed/recycled/upcycled waste material.  Many fashion designers and fashion houses, alike, have hopped on to this 'trend'. This is for obvious reasons (one or more of these) because they is eco-friendly, organically grown, biodegradable, easily recyclable, use natural dyes, chemical free, good for the skin,  leave less or no impact on our carbon footprint and does little or no harm to the Earth.  Many Designers and Fashion houses have now started their own Fashion Brands, which are solely dedicated to Sustainable Fashion.

Now that we have given you plenty of reasons to go the Sustainable Fashion Way, lets see, how we can embrace it:

1. Keep what you love and do away with what you don't

Keep only those clothes that you need. Minimize the amount of clothes you have in your closet. Donate the ones, you do not need. This way you will also save a few extra bucks!

2. Support your local and tribal craftsmen

Buy clothes which are more traditionally rooted. Buy clothes which have been made by local and tribal craftsmen.  India has a rich and diverse heritage of art and craft. These craftsmen still use ancient techniques to make clothes such as handloom weaving, natural dyeing. Buying from them, will help keep the heritage of local artisans alive and help them earn a livelihood.

3. Choose the right material

Use organic materials, which are free from chemicals and pesticides. Try and find alternatives to polyester such as Bamboo, Hemp. Hand, Khadi, Vegan Silk.

4. Support Ethical Marketing and Fair Trade

Buy clothes which are made ethically. Say no to unethical labor practices. Think about the welfare of those, that make your clothes. Do not buy clothes from brands which encourage less pay and stringent working conditions.

Do not support brands which indulge in child labor.

5. Choose your Brand

Choose the brand that supports your ideas and values.  Find a brand that suits your ideas and ethics of what a sustainable fashion brand should be.

6. Reduce your carbon footprint

Wash your clothes by hand. Use detergents which are nontoxic and chemical free! Reduce the number of washes! Reduce your pile of clothes! Choose fabrics which are easier to dry in sun!

7. Re-use, Recycle and Upcycle

Buy clothes made from recycled or upcycled materials. Also re-use your old clothes. Donate your old clothes to the needy instead of throwing them away!

To learn more about the art of UPCYCLING, log on to www.aarohana.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Plastic Ban- A much debated yet much needed Ban – by Zitin Munshi

I live in Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India. The city that never sleeps. My city is a city of stark contrasts (we will get back to that in a minute). The everyday hustle and bustle is an integral part of any Mumbaikar’s life. Add to that the ever-rising pollution in the City, too. Now back to the contrast, my city has everything from High Rises to Asia’s Largest Slums and State of the Art Highways to Garbage Dumps.

Recently, during one of my Shopping Excursions, I noticed an unfamiliar sight, the shop keepers who always handed out a 2-rupee plastic bag, where now, promptly handing out a 2-rupee Paper Bag. “A City that has contributed too much, to the plastic waste has suddenly turned eco-friendly, how? And why?” I asked myself.

It was then that I realized that the unrelenting shopkeepers where now adhering to the much-wanted Plastic Ban that the Maharashtra Government had enforced a day earlier.

On 23rd March, 2018, a much awaited and wanted notification for the Plastic Ban was initiated. The Government banned manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags, disposable plastic spoons, forks, cups, glasses, containers, PET bottles less than 500 ml, and thermocol for decoration.Now with a few modifications and implementations, the ban has been put in place from 23rd June, 2018.

The ban was brought under the Maharashtra Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act enacted in 2006. However, the Act, was modified to allow PET bottles of all capacity “made of high quality food grade virgin Bisphenol-A free material” with a pre-defined buyback policy printed on it.

Maharashtra generates around 1200 metric tonnes of plastic waste every day. Imagine the waste generated every day by India, by Asia and by the 7 billion+ people on our planet.

With Maharashtra coming through with the Ban I hope other states follow the suite too.

A much-needed change and small step towards saving our planet.

Why Ban Plastic?

Here is an Infographic from the Times of India to understand why the Ban on plastic is necessary

Here are a few links to help you understand what the ban on Plastic means.

https://www.firstpost.com/india/maharashtra-plastic-ban-govt-seems-determined-to-implement-18-march-order-heres-all-you-need-to-know-4428509.html

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra-after-state-wide-plastic-ban-whats-allowed-whats-not-the-way-forward-5119185/

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/170318/maharashtra-bans-plastic-5-reasons-why-plastics-are-bad-for-everyone.html