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Is BanQu The Answer To Fashion’s Modern Slavery Problem?

The BanQu Effect Meeting Ashish Gadnis was the most memorable moment of my entire Sustainable Brands conference experience. Could he possibly be the sustainable superhero that we are all looking for to save fashion’s modern slavery issue? Possibly. Gadnis is the CEO of BanQu, a for-profit, blockchain-as-a-service company working to eradicate extreme poverty. The goal—to make 100 millions dollars while helping 100 million people out of poverty. He is unabashedly honest about being a for-profit...

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Sustainable Brands 2019: A Meeting of the Global Sustainable Change Agents

“I think Detroit is where muscle meets brains.” -Dan Gilbert What happens when brands across multiple industries converge in Detroit to talk about sustainability? Good things happen. For me, it’s all about sustainability in fashion. So I have a different perspective from most of the attendees. The majority of the people here are corporate sustainability officers (or something similar) who are looking to hear about the latest advances and best practices in this ever-changing movement....

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Shopping Sustainably: Shopping Online for Secondhand Goodies at Swap.com

People ask me all of the time about sustainable shopping options. After telling them to check their closets first, I always suggest secondhand shopping. With the exception of the few choice items that I have purchased at the fab sustainable and ethical D.C. showroom, Tribute, I only buy secondhand or vintage. To be honest, I really haven’t been shopping for anything other than my essentials (food, grooming, or household) in quite awhile. I have been...

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Fab Vintage Find: Vintage 1980’s Senija Suede Bomber Jacket

I am obsessed with suede. Almost all of my shoes are suede. I have a hard time passing by anything suede. For me, it’s a sensory thing. It cannot even explain it. It’s close to being a fetish. Of course I couldn’t pass by this one. It has stunning gem and pearl studding all over the back and sleeves. The yellow and brown combo does date it a bit. But you should have no problem mixing...

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What I Love: 7 Questions for Jewelry Designer, Pippa Small #ethicaljewelry

Pippa Small, pippasmall.com Pippa Small grew up in a family of artists and travelers. Spending her childhood exploring the world with her mother and siblings she became inspired by the many fascinating cultures she encountered. Later she completed a Masters in Medical Anthropology, by then her interests in human rights among minorities, indigenous and tribal groups were already well cultivated which led her going on to work with grass roots local organisations in Borneo, Thailand...

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Revisiting 111 Fashion Items, the MoMA, and My Anxiety

I travel to NYC for business quite a bit. But I never seem to have a moment to be able to visit my favorite places. So when I decided to attend the Brooklyn Design & Fashion Accelerator’s Positive Impact Awards, I was hell-bent on making time to see the Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I have to admit that I am a bit spoiled. Having access to the...

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Nest Love: Batasha Recycled Glass Globe Lamps

Designing with a sweet treat in mind just might be a brilliant idea, particularly if you’re using recycled glass. That’s the story behind the Batasha Recycled Glass Globe Lamps. The lamps resemble the beloved India sweet treat—batasha sugar drops. It seriously looks delicious. These beauties transform light into a soft ambient glow. Recycling glass into beautiful products just makes sense to me. Colored glass can be used as it. So the lovely greens, blues, and...

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Fab Vintage Find: Guy Laroche Velvet Coat

I have an unhealthy obsession with suede and velvet. I think it is because both textiles just feel amazing. Sometimes I just run my fingers over my shoes just to get a little high. Almost all of my shoes are suede. When I downsized a few years ago I had to get rid of the few velvet pieces that I had. But I am currently on the hunt to find just one fab velvet piece....

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Food For Thought: Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness

When I bought Nourishing Traditions, I decided that it made sense to buy the other “nourishing” books by author Sally Fallon Morrell. I was intrigued by the title. Chef Pete Evans touched upon the subject of “good fats” in an episode of The Paleo Way. So I wanted to better educate myself about the truth and the myths surrounding fats. Nourishing Fats supports and expands upon the growing scientific consensus that a diet rich in...

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WHAT I LOVE: 7 Questions for Nupur Goenka, Founder of #Sustainable|#Ethical Brand, AISH

AISH Focuses On The Craft and Maintaining Textile Craft Communities AISH, http://www.aishlife.com Nupur Goenka is the Founder and Creative Director of AISH. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). She launched AISH in 2011, drawing inspiration from her love of textiles. Born and raised in India, Nupur’s early years were spent in community style living in a large Indian family. This encouraged inclusive play, being creative with fewer resources, and a quiet sense of content,...

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