SUSTAINABILITY, a word with increasing number of Google searches, a topic so vast, multi-faceted & often so ambiguous, that it leaves you overwhelmed & confused!
Through this podcast, we’ll embark on a quest to Simplify Sustainability. We’ll have experts, change makers & entrepreneurs join me to chat about Sustainability 101s, Dos, Don’t, Facts, Myths and everything in between to help you gradually take charge & transition into an Eco-warrior.
Alongside this podcast, I (your host, Darshana) lead sustainable fashion @IMG Reliance for Lakme Fashion Week and other initiatives. Subscribed yet?
Ep.5 | Turning Large Scale Events & Offices Zero-Waste with Divya Ravichandran
A report stated that on an average, music festivals generate 23,500 tonnes of waste, including plastic bottles, food containers, food waste, clothing and abandoned tents. A lot of us feel that only upto 20% of this waste could be recycled or diverted from going into landfills. Would you believe me if I said that my guest Divya & her team have successfully diverted upto 99% of waste from ending up in landfills from events of similar scale? If not, this episode is for you.
While individuals are striving to make their homes zero-waste starting by doing a waste audit and then finding suitable replacements for the disposables, large events and offices can replicate this model and achieve similar results. The mixed waste rotting in landfills are a huge contributor to the rising temperatures, and the simplest and most effective solution lies within each of us.
Ethically Yours is a Podcast to simplify Sustainability, hosted by Darshana Gajare. Alongside this podcast, Darshana leads sustainable fashion at IMG Reliance for Lakme Fashion Week and other initiatives.
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Ep.4 | What goes behind building a Social Enterprise in the Fashion Industry with Kirti Poonia
A social enterprise or social business is a business that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose. Social enterprises seek to maximize profits while maximizing benefits to society and the environment. Their profits are invested back into their social programs.
In this episode, my guest Kirti Poonia, who heads Okhai, takes us through the ins and outs of running a social enterprise. While we all generally assume for a non-profit organisation to be laid back and to produce sub-standard products under the name of charity, Kirti is determined for Okhai to have high productivity internally, high expectations externally and very very high delivery to the customers.
By identifying the inherent skills of the women in Gujrat and developing the ‘milk route’ that enables them to make a living respectfully by working from home, Okhai has managed to replicate this model in almost all states of India to foster craft and artisan empowerment.
Today, Okhai has helped improve the economic conditions of around 3200 people directly, and aims to be a lakh strong in the next 5 years.
Don’t miss this episode as this is probably the only business in fashion that has not only managed to survive but also grow in this global unrest caused by the pandemic.
Ethically Yours Podcast Soundtrack by Ayush Hariname
When you think audio, you think music. While there is a lot of talking on this podcast, we wanted to share this soundtrack we developed especially and exclusively for Ethically Yours.
This electro house tune seems to grab the right vibe for the podcast, don't you think?
Ep.3 | What It Means To Have A Career In Sustainable Fashion with Karan Kumar & Tanushri Shukla
Behind every beautiful product or service, is an army of people working tirelessly to bring you the best. When you think about fashion or Sustainable Fashion you instantly tend of think about a designer as the sole person behind it. It’s time we realised that this movement is going to need more than designers in order to make a bigger impact. We’re going to need innovators, engineers, researchers, coders, curators, policy makers, government officials, and so many more to come together, collaborate and catalyse a real shift.
Join Karan Kumar, Tanushri Shukla & myself as we discuss ‘What it Means to have a Career in Sustainable Fashion.’
Karan works as a Program Officer, Materials at the Laudes Foundation and is an active volunteer at the Global Shapers Community’s Mumbai Hub. Tanushri leads Community and various other initiatives at Intellecap’s Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF) and also runs her own social enterprise - Chindi; while I lead Sustainability at IMG Reliance including Lakmé Fashion Week and various other initiatives alongside running Fairtrunk & this Podcast.
P.S: This episode is the audio extract of one of our usual conversations about sustainable fashion but just live on Zoom for Global Shapers Mumbai's "Shaping Fashion" dialogue during Fashion Revolution Week. We often have a laugh about how we work in sustainable fashion but aren't designers, so we thought we'd talk about how that's possible and in fact necessary for the industry to move towards circularity.
About Global Shapers Mumbai:
Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. The Mumbai Hub comprises a diverse group of energetic and exceptional young "Mumbaikars" each sharing a passion to be a positive change in this world. From scaling Everest to growing organic gardens, from venture capital to civil service, from leading entrepreneurs to the best design thinkers, our Shapers represent the energetic youth of our country and are together helping to drive change in the local community. The greatest strength of the Hub is our ability to curate and convene the best minds in the city, bringing together thought leaders and influencers to regularly debate and discuss key issues that our city and community faces.
Ep 2 | Everything You Need To Know About Fashion Revolution | Ethically Yours
Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit global movement with teams in over 100 countries around the world. Fashion Revolution campaigns for systemic reform of the fashion industry with a focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
On occasion of Fashion Revolution Week, I have Team India join me for a conversation, exclusively for you! :)
To join the campaign visit:
Main Website: www.fashionrevolution.org/
India Chapter: www.fashionrevolution.org/asia/india/
Do feel free to ping me if you have any other questions regarding the campaign.
Be Curious. Find Out. Do Something.
EP.1 with Bandana Tewari | Can COVID-19 Catalyse an Era of Mindful Consumption? | Ethically Yours - A Podcast to Simplify Sustainability
I had the privilege of stealing some time from Bandana Tewari, lifestyle editor, sustainability activist and formerly the editor-at-large as well as the fashion features director of Vogue India. In this episode we talk about possible shifts in consumerism given the global slowdown on account of the COVID 19 outbreak.
While recent news reported that a luxury brand store hauled in over $2.5 million worth sales in a day from a single store in China, right after the store reopened post-coronavirus; We are optimistic and hopeful that this was just a spike resulted from all the angst caused to people by staying at home, and that there will be a greater sense of responsibility in the months and years to come.
Listen until the end, I promise there's stuff that will move you and realign your understanding of life!
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