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Meet the Model Turned Ocean Warrior Out to Change the Way Fashion Thinks About Plastic

Le 21 avril 2017, 05:16 dans Humeurs 0

Love it or hate it, plastic is a part of everyday life. Whether you’re sipping from a Starbucks cup or wearing synthetic fabrics, it’s hard to escape its presence. Still, Maryna Linchuk is committed to getting people to rethink their relationship with the material. Teaming with eco-organization Parley, the Belarusian modeling star spent her winter break cleaning up the refuse-covered beaches of the Maldives. Though she’d visited the island for photo shoots in the past, getting a bird’s-eye view of the destruction was an eye-opener for Linchuk. “It’s shocking to me that this material that is so unfriendly, so dangerous for animals, and potentially toxic to us has become so normal in our society,” says Linchuk over email. “A plastic bottle you use for 10 minutes will be here forever. That was a hard thing for me to learn—to understand that every piece of plastic ever produced will stay on this planet.”

It’s a lesson that Parley hopes to spread. Dedicated to finding inventive ways to combat pollution, Parley’s A.I.R. strategy targets contamination caused by marine plastic waste—not only on cleaning up the oceans, but also one day eliminating the material entirely through awareness campaigns and the eventual development of sustainable alternatives. The process is involved and ambitious. “We see the key to the solution in creativity and collaboration,” says founder Cyrill Gutsch. “We’re trying to take something devastating and potentially catastrophic to our own survival and turn it into a movement of positivity.” With the effect on air quality, not to mention the thousands of animal species reliant on clean water, the importance of Parley’s mission is clear. But as with many environmental problems, the impact can be too large for many to contextualize. “When people hear or read about what’s happening in our life support—global coral bleaching events, horror stories of shark finning and whaling, the warming and rising seas—these issues all seem so far away,” explains Gutsch. “Until something is happening directly in front of you, it’s very difficult to picture and connect to the reality.”

Making the trip to the Maldives lead Linchuk to develop a deeper understanding of ocean pollution and the motivation to make changes in her day-to-day life. Working alongside marine experts, Maldives locals, and fellow volunteers helped her to stop using disposable items and switch to reusable bags, but she’s hoping to make a far larger change by inspiring the fashion community. “The fashion industry is a huge polluter. So for me, my challenge is to find ways I can use my contacts, my network, and whatever influence I have to convince my business partners, team, and friends to change,” Linchuk says. “It doesn’t have to be this huge solution right away; we can fix this item by item.” The first step? Branching out with her own line of swimwear, crafted by recycling those ocean plastics. The forthcoming label will be Linchuk’s first work as a designer, but she’s hoping it makes waves. “I think people don’t just want to buy stuff; they’re ready to put their money where their hearts are,” she adds. “And I think that’s the idea that Parley has. It’s not a burden or sacrifice to heal our environment—it’s an opportunity.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

How to quit the fast fashion habit

Le 19 avril 2017, 04:57 dans Humeurs 0

You might not know it, but the clothing industry is second only to the oil industry in terms of pollution.

The item of clothing that has a cheap price tag invariably has an expensive environmental footprint.

Fast fashion works on the premise (with relentless advertising) that you’ll feel out of fashion as quickly as possible. The remedy? To buy new clothes, shoes and accessories of course.

Continually creating new clothing products requires the use of dwindling natural resources, a pollutant-producing manufacturing process and large amounts of fossil fuels to ship items around the globe.

Unsurprisingly, we consume more clothes than ever before, in an age where we can’t afford to — environmentally or financially. The impact of our fashion addiction is rarely seen as most clothes are produced by workers paid pitiful wages many thousands of miles away.

According to The Overseas Development Institute, 32 per cent of children aged between 10 and 14 (2,700 surveyed) who live in Dhaka’s slum settlements (in Bangladesh) are not in school, but are instead working full-time in clothing factories.

Children often do the detailed work such as beading and embellishments on the astonishingly low-priced fashion items seen in stores.

Often fast fashion items are made from polyester or acrylic which, when washed, leave plastic microfibres in the water. I’m sure it won’t be long before forward-thinking washing machine manufacturers will have microfibre filters on their washing machines.

Question time: “How many of the clothes in your wardrobe do you really wear regularly?”

I would hazard a guess there are items of clothing that you rarely wear, which were bought on a whim and then felt to be “out of fashion” or “not quite right.”

Yet we keep buying more.

Lucy Siegle author of To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? says: “A piece of fast fashion will last five weeks in the average wardrobe.”

Fortunately there is a solution to buying new clothes: swapping clothes at the AWARE clothing swap at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (April 21) at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

None of us need the vast amount of clothes we have. It’s just advertising that makes us believe we need new all the time. We never used to buy new clothes

so frequently; we’d buy quality and only replace them when we grew or the clothing wore out.

If we took care of our clothes, mended things like repairing zips and darning the hole in the sweater, we’d all have more than enough to wear. Unsurprisingly, we would also save money, and lessen the environmental impact.

Only last week I darned a pair of tights, which had a hole starting by my big toe. It took me three minutes to repair the hole, with a needle and thread and now they are good as new.

When you look at fashion in its most basic form, it’s utterly silly. Just think of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. Who says you are only cool if you are wearing new or what everyone else is wearing? Just in case you need a reminder, you are valuable regardless of when or where you bought your shirt.

I do get that new clothes are fun, but it’s worth thinking about how long they will last.

Ask yourself, “Is this a sound investment?”

I love my organic cotton skinny jeans, which are designed to last. The company has repair shops for when a hole inevitably appears. Currently I am knitting myself a sweater with 100 per cent Canadian grown and dyed wool. The wool cost $32.45 and I’ll enjoy knitting it.

One way to cease consuming fast fashion is to adopt Courtney Carver’s “Project 333,” which is dressing with 33 items or less for three months. It certainly ensures you have a capsule wardrobe and only have clothes you love.

Another place to pick up new-to-you clothes is Deja Vogue in Function Junction. It’s under new ownership and has a fine selection of lightly used and new clothes and accessories.

If you wish to downsize your wardrobe or pick up some new clothes rather than buying new then be sure to join AWARE on Friday — the day before Earth Day — to swap, not shop. Come to the clothing swap and locally source something lightly loved and break the vicious fast-fashion-I’m-not-trendy-enough-unless-I-buy-new cycle.

Sort through your wardrobe/closet this week to give some of your previously lightly loved items a second lease of life.

There will also be a sewing machine repair station at the clothing swap, so if something needs mending bring it along and revitalize your clothes. If you want to learn how to sew on a button, come along and you can learn.Read more at:black formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

Sam Hunt Is Married

Le 17 avril 2017, 09:22 dans Humeurs 0

It's official! Country singer Sam Hunt and his fiancée Hannah Lee Fowler are now married! After a short engagement, the couple became Mr. & Mrs. this weekend, tying the knot in an intimate hometown wedding. Here's everything we know about the country-chic "I dos." And before you ask, no, there were no cowboy boots involved. (Well, that we know of...)

The CMT Music Awards winner and Grammy nominee first broke his nuptial news in early January of this year, revealing how he proposed to his sweetheart during a trip to Israel. But the proposal wasn't without its problems! With the ring in his pocket, Hunt and Fowler got into a bit of a spat right before he popped the question. "I think because I felt like this disagreement spoiled my big plan to ask her to marry me, it irritated me a little more, which contributed to making the little fight worse and it escalated to the point where it actually worked out," Hunt explained on the radio show Ty, Kelly and Chuck, according to Taste of Country. "We got real for a minute, after this little riff that we had. In that moment, it just felt perfect. Everything after I asked her to marry me just fizzled away and we celebrated and got excited together."

All's well that ends well! And while that proposal wasn't exactly flawless, Hunt and Fowler managed to get hitched without, well, a single hitch!

According Us Weekly, Hunt and Fowler headed back to the groom's hometown of Cedartown, Georgia on Saturday, April 15 to tie the knot amongst their close family and friends. The church ceremony was kept intimate, but no less stunning, with the bride donning a white tulle wedding dress with flutter sleeves, simple ballet flats, and a country-chic side braid to say "I do." Nashville bridal designer Olia Zavozina was reportedly the one behind the gorgeous gown, as well as the groom's big day look and the bridesmaid dresses.

In a snapshot taken of the bride heading into the church, Fowler's train is carried by one of her bridesmaids who's wearing a lacey white frock. (See?! Bridesmaids can totally wear white!) Fowler's mile-wide smile also couldn't be missed. And shouldn't be smiling?! It's the woman's wedding day, after all!Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | marieaustralia

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