Recycled Textiles Collection: Dana Cohen

Recycled Textiles Collection: Dana Cohen

Recycled textiles should be considered a part of the fashion cycle. It isn’t. Fashion is now the second largest polluter after plastic. Why? Because of fast-fashion brands like Primark, H&M, TopShop and Forever21. But there are several designers making their mark in the upcycling niche marketplace and Dana Cohen is one of them.

17,000 tons of textiles are thrown away in Isreal each year. That’s a lot of waste right? “I noticed that there’s a huge amount of clothes which are thrown away.” Nearing the end of her studies, fashion designer Dana Cohen saw a pile of leftover textiles she didn’t end up using in her designs. “It got me thinking about the mass production of clothes now. I felt bad for throwing away good textiles and garments.”

Recycled Textiles Collection

As a result, the “Worn Again” collection was born. An innovative approach to ecological fabric manufacturing used for designing luxurious and distinctive garments. The project won the Fini Leitersdorf Excellence Award for Creativity and Originality in Fashion and the Rozen Award for Design and Sustainable Technologies in 2015.

recycled textiles

“Until now, used clothes were recycled mainly for practical purposes. I found a way to create a new cycle of life to used knits by shredding them and using them to create new textiles. I like the idea that the unique color of the recycled textiles consists of many different knits, each with their own history. And meanwhile, we can reduce pollution!”

recycled textiles

Fashion the world over is a heavy polluter. Clothes made today don’t last into a decade for the average person. There is now a generation of people who believe cheap clothes are a great bargain. The joke is on us.

I take comfort in knowing designers who use recycled textiles are in a growing industry that could impact the marketplace in a huge way. Do you want to read more about designers who upcycle? Check out this issue whilst it’s still free. 

Eco-Friendly Hammam Is Part Of The Tour

Eco-Friendly Hammam Is Part Of The Tour

Eco-friendly is such a common phrase now. But the Guest House Fellah is far from common. Located just outside Marrakech, this sanctuary it’s part of the 10-day tour. A perfect spot to decompress in a quiet setting and leave your cares behind.

Situated on 11 hectares this eco-friendly hammam offers yoga classes if you wish to learn or continue your practice.  You can visit the treehouse, milk a goat or groom a donkey. How many times in life will you say I groomed a donkey?

This UNESCO recognised site is a working farm where you gather your own eggs for breakfast. Savour authentic Moroccan food and drink in Touco’s the small onsite restaurant that serves cuisine with herbs and vegetables straight from the garden. Ask the resident mixologist to make you a drink that nourishes you.

Eco-Friendly Hammam Is Waiting For Me

eco-friendly hammam

Each guest check-in contributes a portion to the Dar al-Ma mun an art centre and library provide cultural activities for the local villagers. Some village residents are artists in residence at the Guest House Fellah. You can visit artists on-site to see there work.

This eco-friendly hammam is meticulously decorated with a fluid blend of traditional Moroccan decor fused with contemporary design.  Think Berber cloth funked up and fabulous.This is a hotel where we will chill out in a private oasis.

Artists in residence welcome visitors who wish to view their latest works. We might even see them hanging out by the pool. Poetry readings are a regular occurrence here.

This is the tour of a lifetime. Morocco doesn’t happen every day so come with me! You don’t have to be an artist or a designer. If you are, this is the tour for you. It will be a visual delight of epic proportion. Stay up-to-date with all the delicious details here. Life is to be lived and adventures are part of the fun.

Being Beautiful While Being Eco-Friendly

Being Beautiful While Being Eco-Friendly

We are being more conscious about how our actions impact the environment. This holds true even in the case of beauty products. We do not choose one product only because it’s cheap or effective, but also because it does not harm the environment in any way. With this, the rest of this post will give you a quick look at some of the things that you can do to become beautiful while being eco-friendly at the same time.

Look At The Ingredients

Before you decide which one to buy, you should first look at the label and evaluate the ingredients that are used. Avoid toxic chemicals as they can cause skin irritation and other side effects. To be specific, you might want to stay away from those that contain phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, and formaldehyde, among others. For natural beauty products, Well Within Beauty is one company that is worth looking at.

natural ingredients

Try Home Routines

If you want to save money while still staying beautiful, you can use the things that you have at home. Among others, baking soda is one of the best ingredients for natural beauty hacks. You can use it as a body scrub, softening calluses, bath soak, deodorant, acne treatment, and teeth whitening, among others. Lemon can also be used, specifically for natural cleansing, blackhead removal, and skin brightening, among others.

Choose Recycled Packaging

Using organic beauty products is not enough. Aside from being made of natural ingredients, it will also be good if you choose those that are made using recycled packaging, which will be indicative of the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Meanwhile, you can also recycle the packaging, if possible. For instance, reuse bottle and containers instead of just throwing them away.

natural ingredients

Cut Down On Waste

For women who shave, it’s now about time to ditch the disposable razor. The ones made from plastic can be cheap, but they add up to your waste since you have to throw them after every use. With this, it’s better to switch to a high-quality stainless steel razor, which can be used multiple times. More so, rather than using cotton buds, it would be better if you will use a washable cloth to clean your ears. If you often use cotton balls, you might want to consider switching to reusable cosmetic wipes. These things can help you to minimize waste.

Ditch The Perfumes

Spraying a perfume will make you smell better and fresher. However, the problem with most of the perfumes that you can see today is that they are full of synthetic fragrances and chemicals, especially those that are responsible for making the smell last longer. With this, using essential oils can prove to be a better alternative.

To be beautiful, you do not have to take actions that endanger the environment. Be more intelligent in the selection of beauty products. Make sure that they are made using natural ingredients that do not pose any harm to the environment.

THINKmag Partners with Future Cities Show 2018

THINKmag Partners with Future Cities Show 2018

The second edition of the Future Cities Show will take place on the 9th to the 11th of April 2018 in Dubai. This year THINKmag is an invited media partner covering the events surrounding the show. The show will highlight the latest and the most innovative technologies, which are set to change the future of how we live.

The Future Cities Show is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, set by the United Nations and adopted by 193 countries in September 2015. The show also incorporates the 10X Dubai directives, set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This is a radical program that seeks to establish “X Labs” in every government entity and position Dubai 10 years ahead of the rest of the world.

future cities show

Furthermore, it’s a  great platform for local and international institutions from various industries to showcase their latest technologies. Redefining the way we live in the future, the show will focus on three pillars. Sustainability, Innovation, and Happiness.

FCS 2018 aims to bring together environmentalists, sustainability leaders, innovators, solution providers, healthcare practitioners, energy consultants & architects. All under one roof to interact, to discuss and showcase solutions for a smart sustainable future.

Future Cities Show Awards

Awards will be given in a variety of categories for sustainable tourism, progressive city, data, security, technology, green leadership, challenging mobility, livability, & futuristic innovation. In fact, nominations are still open to projects globally. Do you know of a project that deserves to win in any of the above categories? Don’t waste any time finding out what needs to be done.

The exhibition takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Right in the heart of that iconic skyline Dubai is known for. A show of this magnitude about a sustainable future is not to be missed. The world is changing that we cannot deny.

The focus on doom and gloom is getting too much attention. We should be focusing on the great changes coming. The Future Cities Show is focusing on what we can improve for future generations to come. For more information on attending FCS, please visit the site for further information.

Ethical Shoe Brand Guava X Gianni Versace

Ethical Shoe Brand Guava X Gianni Versace

Ethical Shoe brand Guava will feature in the upcoming runway retrospective for Gianni Versace on 30th January 2018. The runway show will present historical pieces from the Gianni years as well as pieces from private collections from Italy and around the world.

Gianni Versace was known for bold colours & happy prints, wrapped in Italian decadence. He designed clothes for women who were sexy or wanted to be sexy.

Highlights of the show will include pieces worn by Madonna, Sir Elton John, Anna Wintour. Collectors and fashion enthusiasts will gather at the Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin 30th January -13th April 2018.

A spectacular presentation of Gianni Versace’s iconic pieces will showcase his love for pop art and his time as a designer for Byblos.

Versace’s aesthetic always featured daring cuts, movement, and a riot of prints. Ethical shoe brand Guava was the perfect choice for this collection because of their signature geometric heels, elegance, and boldness.

Ethical Shoe Brand Rises

“I found Guava DNA very suitable. Guava’s popping colours and models are the perfect match to the outfits.”  – Saskia Lubnow, Gianni Versace Retrospective Organiser.

Strong confident self-assured women wear Gianni Versace. They also wear Guava shoes.

“it’s an inestimable honor to be featured in this exceptional exhibition honoring Gianni Versace, who always been a source of inspiration for me.” – Ines Caleiro

Guava shoe designer Ines Caleiro started her shoe company as an ethical brand. Choosing to use vegetable dyed leathers and upcycled rubber. The Guava shoe girl is a strong woman. She loves statement-making shoes. Model turned actress, Amber Valetta is a fan. End of story.

ethical shoe brand

“At Guava our purpose is to inspire women to love and celebrate life and to empower them to be who they are, for what they are. so it is an honor to be part of the same philosophy and women empowering principles that Gianni has had for all his life.” – Ines Caleiro

Gianni Versace started as a humble designer learning the craft from his mother. He created an empire from one small shop. Ines Caleiro started her accessories business as a humble designer in Portugal 7 years ago.

This collaboration could be a sign of what the future holds for Guava.

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