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Continued from The Role of Government in Sustainable Fashion. Other countries are much slower to adapt policies and standards, and some might even say that despite years of lobbying, their efforts fall on deaf ears. Canadian Jon Cloud of The Organic Cotton Company, has dedicated his life to organic production. He is fed up that the government refuses to deal with organic standards and that certification organizations, whose standards he feels are weak, are picking up the ball and running with it. Cloud belonged to the now defunct organic cottonRead More
In moments of real or perceived injustice, how do we react? Do we feel overwhelmed with rage, grief or betrayal? Do we become attached to an idea of ourselves as victims and become resentful or self-righteous? Or can we get unstuck from these feelings, find true compassion for our self and others, and remain rooted in our practice even in the face of the worst crimes? In The Novice: A Story of True Love, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a meditation on these questions as he narrates the storyRead More
When you’ve gone through as many unexpected life changes as I have, you eventually learn to surrender to the flow of a river you’ve just been dropped into. I’ve learned to be open to whatever direction life has in store for me. I’ve learned to have faith. Of course, sometimes I can still feel resistance in the silliest ways. For example, the movie The Artist had a positive buzz about it even before it hit theatres. And even though it won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award forRead More
Maybe I like Ed Sheeran because like me he was born in West Yorkshire, England. Or maybe it’s because he is an up and coming artist who deserves to be recognized for his talents, but I’ll let you decide that. If you are reading this article in the UK, you may well be familiar with Ed Sheeran and his Atlantic Records debut CD. The record has been working its way up the album charts to beat out Adele, Bruno Mars and even Coldplay for the number one position. In NorthRead More
Over the past few years, there has been a growing number of sustainable denim brands on the market, including Levi’s Eco, REUSE, Good Society, Loomstate Organic and the now (sadly) defunct Del Forte Denim. Traditionally speaking (if you can call it that after only a few years), what makes denim sustainable is the use of 100 percent organic cotton and plant-based indigo dyes. Some brands use recycled denim and Del Forte had a great recycling program where they would take your old jeans and recycle them into new ones. AnotherRead More
The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact, I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die! – Hafiz of Shiraz The poem above does not refer to any tame notion of sweet romantic love or light-hearted companionship. The love Hafiz is talking about is the underlying life force of the universe. This is the love which shines when the ego is diminished. This is the love which gives courage and grace to all things. In thisRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Film

Film: “Going the Distance”, by Emmanuel Lopez

During the summer of 2010 when I was moving for the second time in just 3 months, I was seeing Drew Barrymore’s new movie poster all over Toronto. I loved this poster because of the affectionate, fun image of the couple. I later discovered that Drew was in a relationship with her co-star Justin Long when they filmed this movie. Their real affection showed on the poster. When I finally saw her movie Going the Distance, I was happy to see that their real-life chemistry was also captured in theRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Music

Music: Celebrating Love, by Rishi Gerald

Love is likely one of the greatest inspirations for musical artists, so when I was asked to write this month’s column on love, I too felt inspired. Here are a few of my favourite love songs categorized into love of the divine, innocent love, love for life, friendship love, relationship love and, to honour St. Valentine, romantic love. Love Of The Divine George Harrison was a Krishna devotee who wrote many love songs in his career; one of my all-time favourites is the commercial pop song that celebrates a longingRead More
Canada’s sustainable fashion growth is a healthy sign of the times. With easily more than 50 Canadian designers now working various sustainable practices into their collections, it was difficult to highlight just these five. Canada has seen tremendous growth in the number of eco fashion designers over the past few years. The following designers represent both those who have been leading the movement in Canada, and also some up-and-comers that you should be watching. Their winter collections are sure to impress even the most discerning. Nicole Bridger, Vancouver Nicole was theRead More
In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More