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August 25, 2019

I am sure by now you have heard about the fires engulfing the Amazon rainforests, how it is not just destroying an area of earth that produces 20% of the world's oxygen, but ruining homes of many. Although most of us probably can’t hop on a plane and go help put out some fires, we can contribute to organizations who are working on ground defending the rainforest and helping people and animals whose homes are destroyed by the fire. 

But...

May 27, 2019

Here are several things I’ve learnt from both observing and/or working with different fashion companies, with regards to sustainability efforts in the industry.

  • Almost most of the time, sustainability efforts, however big or small, are done with good intentions. That does not however mean that good intentions necessarily lead to effective and efficient radical change that could reverse the climate and modern slavery crisis we’re in,...

May 14, 2019

So I love my collapsible silicone lunch box and Stasher snack bag, but I’ve also been asked loads on whether silicone is safe to use when it comes to containing or cooking food and how environmentally friendly is it exactly, so I did some intense digging and thorough research, and here is what I found!

What we make with silicone these days

Just a quick overview on what we make with silicone these days – lunchboxes, bakeware, replacement...

April 24, 2018

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Exactly 5 years ago today, on April 24, 2013, an eight-story garment factory building in Bangladesh called Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,138 people, most of whom are young women. This was by no means unavoidable. The day before, cracks were being identified and an evacuation of the whole building actually occurred, but on the morning of the accident, workers were threatened with loss of their monthly pay if they did not...

January 14, 2018

Image: Stella McCartney

Near the end of last year, I co-hosted a panel discussion – "Has Sustainability Become Stylish" with Hula. I remember as I was coming up with possible titles for the panel (we settled on the topic of sustainability), a certain incident came up in my head. When I was in my senior year at Parsons, I remember my professor, (the amazing) Timo Rissanen (who was among the first to formally research zero-waste fashion…...

December 31, 2017

(Or so) because there are so many to choose from, and definitely some we have missed.

Up until around 1960, there were still classified ads in the yellow pages posting jobs for women and men as separate lists. Much progress has been made for gender equality in the workplace since then, but with only 32 female CEOs in S&P500 companies and a very real gender pay gap in 2017, much work has still got to be done.

The achievements of the follo...

December 24, 2017

A few weeks ago I co-hosted a panel discussion with Thehula.com on “Has Sustainability Become Stylish?” (full talk at bottom) and one thing that panelist Dr. Christina Dean mentioned really stayed put in my head – “What really irritates me is that people think they deserve things really, really cheap… They think it's their right to buy clothes very, very cheap.”

Her main reason behind it...

December 9, 2017

Gucci, a brand that is known for leading industry trends since creative director Alessandro Michele took helm in 2015 -- announced it is going to stop having fur in its collections. “It’s not modern… It’s a little bit out-dated,” Marco Bazzarri, chief executive of the Italian brand, told Business of Fashion. Understandably this resonates with their millennial customers, who make up half of their clientele -- millennials are shown to be...

December 5, 2017

I love Dolce & Gabbana. Their vision is so grand and escapist — this is what great fashion does: make you dream. In my opinion if you fail to make people dream, you’re in the clothing business, not fashion.


But this is the disappointing part: D&G maintains very little corporate transparency in terms of revealing their supply chain or sources of their leather products. In 2015, they were even singled out as one of the worst luxury...

December 3, 2017

*This is my last column for The Standard after writing for the newspaper weekly for 8 years. I was their longest-serving columnist.*

Summer 8 years ago, I was about to enter my final year of secondary school before university. A boy I was infatuated with at that time was teasing me about how I am a spoilt girl who didn’t need to work a summer job, so out of pride, I declared I am working hard at finding one.

I clearly wasn’t. I knew I di...

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