Fashion Category

“It is almost impossible to do 100% eco friendly, they can prepare the documents [sic] to show it is eco friendly but actually it is different story.” I sat for years in soaring office towers, working 90-hour weeks, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars involving high-powered personalities. I’ve seen a lot. But never an e-mail like the one our team at LeDaveed, a startup fashion house with an initial focus on sustainably produced handbags, got in August, when we began a deep dive into the sourcing of fabricsRead More
The fashion industry is facing many challenges, but one of the most pressing issues is water usage.  The textile industry is the third largest consumer and polluter of the world’s water. Water consumption is a huge problem for growing fibers such as the ever-thirsty cotton plant, with nearly 400 gallons of water required to produce just one cotton t-shirt. Waste water is conceivably an even bigger issue than consumption. Toxic chemicals produced from dyeing textiles, along with other chemicals such as those used to produce synthetics, are contributing to aRead More

Posted On July 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn August 2016 - Mission, Fashion

Fashion: Silky Vietnam

Image credit: Silky Vietnam If you’re tired of yoga clothes made from polyester but want an option that doesn’t look crunchy granola, check out Hanoi-based Silky Vietnam. One of the leading ethical fashion brands in Vietnam, Silky recently announced the launch of their first yoga clothing line, Silky 2.0, made with 100% organic silk and plant-based dyes. The new collection was created specifically for women who have a strong belief in connecting their body to their soul in the practice of yoga. “Made of 100% organic silk – nature’s luxuriousRead More
How fashionable is it to stroll down the street in a cocktail of known carcinogenic chemicals? Or to drape yourself sexily in a petroleum product? Increasingly, the fashion industry is asking (or being asked) these questions. As we awaken to the effect our actions have on the environment, we look for ways to limit both our personal exposure to chemicals, and the amount of chemicals that are released into the environment on our behalf. Many fabrics these days – particularly “technical” ones – are synthetic, made from petroleum derivatives. Polyester,Read More
This Earth Day Value Village, a global thrift retailer, is urging people to rethink their clothing footprint through the company’s Rethink Reuse Campaign. The campaign kicked off at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver and will continue into the summer with an installation and reuse roundtable in Toronto. For Earth Day Value Village produced a larger-than-life Rethink Reuse installation that served as a visually arresting wakeup call to remind everyone that landfills shouldn’t be laundry piles and encouraged people to rethink reuse. The initial installation took place inSeattle, Washington, with plansRead More
In Hong Kong, the epicentre of Asia’s fashion industry, the environmental NGO Redress has named the winners of the world’s largest sustainable design competition for emerging designers, The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16. Ten finalists from Asia and Europe united to command Hong Kong Fashion Week’s runway, and the influential industry onlookers, with their textile-waste-reducing collections, having already out-designed an unprecedented level of competition entries from designers living in 40 countries across Asia and Europe. Two winners, from Poland and Spain, were crowned winners. Christina Dean, Founder of Redress, said, “WeRead More

Posted On January 2, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, January 2016 - Wisdom

Fashion: Yoga Jeans, with Eric Wazana

Parvati Magazine spoke with Eric Wazana, co-founder of the Canadian brand Yoga Jeans.Read More
Image credit: Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Simone Cipriani of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a company that connects talented but marginalised artisans – the majority of them women – to the international fashion industry, and supports Africa’s rising generation of fashion designers. Parvati Magazine: What inspired the creation of the Ethical Fashion Initiative? Simone Cipriani: I was working in Kenya in my previous job when I met a lay missionary called Gino Filippini. He worked with micro-producers in the Korogocho slum of Nairobi.Read More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Fashion: EcoChic Design Awards

The fashion NGO Redress’s biggest search in history for emerging sustainable fashion designers in Asia and Europe has culminated with the unveiling of the ten designers who have made it as The EcoChic Design Award finalists. The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create high appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. The competition creates a platform for the next generationRead More

Posted On August 27, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, September 2015 - Resolve

Fashion: Green Swimwear

The beach season is nearing an end here in Canada and only the dedicated swimmers are showing up to get as many more swims as they can in the cooling temperatures before they have to head inside for the winter. Similarly, if your go-to summer swimsuit is starting to show wear and tear from sunbathing, sand, salt water, or just cranking out sets at the pool, you might do your best to squeeze as many more swims out of it as you can, so it doesn’t hit the landfill beforeRead More