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Fashion Revolution

Often out of devastation blooms hope and new purpose. Sometimes devastation is the impetus for global action. And global action is sometimes the only way to honour the thousands of victims of a tragedy.

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. This incident is the fourth largest industrial disaster in history after the death toll stood at 1 138 people, with an additional 2 500 injured.

All five clothing factories in the plaza were producing garments for the western market. What’s more, most of the victims of the building collapse were women. Continue reading →

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Fashion Revolution Week: a month to go!

Garment workers who survived the Rana Plaza factory collapse, take a stand against inhumane working conditions

It’s less than a month to go to Fashion Revolution Week, which takes place on April 23-29.

This year marks the 5th year since the Rana Plaza factory collapse. This single event shook the fashion world and set off a chain of events that eventually lead to the world’s biggest  fashion activism movement – Fashion Revolution.

People the world over are calling on brands to change. And in the past five years brands are listening and even acting.Continue reading →

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#Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers with a conscience

You don’t need to buy new clothes to enjoy a good haul. Why not try a haulternative?

This, essentially, is a way of refreshing your wardrobe without actually hitting the shops and buying new clothes. If you’re a YouTube fan, you may have heard of popular vloggers Noodlerella, Grav3yardgirl, and CutiePieMarzia – they’re already doing it. They’re sharing ways to “haul” that are fun and exciting.

From upcycling to swapping to trawling charity shops, fashion-conscious people are finding haulternatives to buying brand new clothes. Pick the one that inspires you most and create a video of your own for Fashion Revolution Week. Continue reading →

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Rethink plastic: reduce and eliminate

Have you thought about how you consume plastic? Have you considered how you could reduce your plastic footprint?

In my last blog I shared a few alarming statistics and facts about plastic with you.

The next step is to actively practise plastic reduction and elimination. Here are 6 suggestions to get you started:Continue reading →

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Rethink plastic: save our seas

As a coastal-dweller it’s a no-brainer that I would love the ocean. We’re spoilt in our neck of the woods. And we often take our beautiful, temperate marine backyard for granted.Continue reading →

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Durban gears up for a focus on ethical fashion

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. This incident is the fourth largest industrial disaster in history after the death toll stood at 1 138 people, with an additional 2 500 injured.

There were five clothing factories in the plaza.  And all were producing garments for the western market. Furthermore, most of the victims were women. 

But sometimes, out of tragedy comes something good. How often have we heard that? In this case, out of the Rana Plaza tragedy, came Fashion Revolution.Continue reading →

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The Slow Movement: What it means and why it’s relevant

Slow fashion

Slow has never been so fashionable as it is now. And for that I am glad.

The Slow concept originated with the Slow Food campaign in 1986 when Carlo Petrini protested the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome. The Slow Food movement arose out of a desire to protect local food cultures and place more emphasis on the pleasure of food rather than the instant gratification of the fast food culture.

Today, this movement is seeing the growth of a global culture that respects quality food, locally sourced ingredients and care for the earth, coupled with a strong emphasis on pleasure.Continue reading →

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Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

“Think globally, act locally” is a motto that is slowly, but steadily, emerging as a world trend. It’s all about consumers moving towards locally-sourced products and is directly related to the movement of reconnecting with local traditions, foods and life in general.

In a fast-paced world where globalisation is seen as sucking the authenticity out of living, many are embracing the culture of supporting and buying local. And now this label – “local” – is gaining such a massive following it is becoming a stronger prerequisite for buying than even “organic”.Continue reading →

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Buy local, support Fair Trade: buy a Rain Christmas gift this year

Rain products are responsibly handmade with love and care. Picture: Meneesha Govender

I am passionate about buying local and pride myself on supporting slow, ethical brands wherever I can. It’s for this reason that I buy many of my bath and body essentials from Rain Africa, one of my favourite stores – EVER!

Rain was started “to provide jobs, skills and hope to people living in desperate poverty, particularly women and the disabled”.

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Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic in Morningside. Picture: Meneesha Govender

A while ago I was invited to enjoy a complimentary facial at the newly-opened Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic in Morningside.

After a severe bout of flu, I felt my skin needed a bit of pampering and rehydration, so gladly accepted.

Skin Renewal is part of the Renewal Institute, which claims to take an integrated approach to health and aesthetics. It consists of Skin, Body, Health, Brain and Sleep Renewal – each offering specialist treatments in those areas. The institute is one of the largest medical anti-aging companies in South Africa and boasts 16 branches nationwide.

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