House of Lonali is grateful to have been a part of the Ethical Isle at Shop Till You Drop organized by ColomboVIP, a premium lifestyle shopping fair offering the best of local and foreign products and services held on 13th of October 2018 at the Grand Marquee, Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.
Ethical Isle was a collective of Sri Lankan fashion and lifestyle brands with a common mission to empower local communities and protect our environment. It was a great privilege for House of Lonali to have been a part of this initiative alongside local ethical and sustainable brands Kantala Brands, Cane Couture and Selyn.
Not only was Ethical Isle an opportunity for us to raise awareness on sustainability, it was also a space for consumers to get involved in the conversation on sustainable and ethical fashion. We are thankful for the enthusiasm shown and feedback we received from our customers, both old and new, about ethical and sustainable fashion and styling yourself responsibly.
T-shirts are a staple piece in almost everyone’s wardrobe. While t shirts are versatile, comfortable and inexpensive, even something as simple and mundane as a t shirt does not come without a cost. It takes 2,720 litres of water to make a single t-shirt from scratch. That’s how much we normally drink over a 3 year period. These clothes take up to 40 years to decompose and release various toxic substances to the atmosphere, soil and water. The good news is that 95% of textiles can be recycled.
Keeping this in mind, we at House of Lonali have come up with an initiative to reduce tshirt waste by upcycling them into fun, creative and unique clothing and lifestyle items. The Live T shirt upcycling session held at Shop Till You Drop was one such event aimed at promoting a fab and environmentally friendly alternative to throwing away your old t shirts. Our designer Lonali uses simple techniques such as knotting, plaiting and macrame to transform old t shirts into fun and funky tshirts and crop tops.
written by Hemangi Wimaladharma