Hello Wednesday! You may remember that I wrote about Fabmo, a San Francisco Bay area-based organization that helps channel textile and fabric waste intended for landfills towards people ( crafters, quilters, artists, designers etc.) that can find a creative use for them. This way they help reduce waste, plus encourage, educate, and empower more and more people to creatively reuse and repurpose. Today I want to share with you the work of social enterprise Chindi based out of Mumbai, India, who have a similar goal. In addition, they work with local craftswomen to repurpose the textile scraps into personal and home products. This helps them to sustainably accomplish three things- reduce textile waste by using scraps from sewing and manufacturing units as well as fashion design houses; educate people on what ends up in landfills so that people are more aware of how much is wasted and can start working towards more ethical practices; lastly but equally importantly, Chindi provides employment to craftswomen who knit, crochet and sew these scraps into products.
Chindi are part of the growing movement to educate people about the amount of waste, especially in the fashion and lifestyle industries, that ends up in landfills. They are headed by Tanushri Shukla, and she and her team create products that are both attractive and useful, while providing employment and financial independence for the craftswomen they work with. Chindi also collaborates with other designers to make gorgeous items for you and your home. Because Chindi works with scraps, designing a product out of what is available is, I assume, a lovely challenge- in effect, they work ‘backwards’ and are able to bring to their customers one -of-a-kind products.
From bags, laptop sleeves to yoga mat belts, hair pins and clips and items for the home, each product is well-thought out and something the modern consumer will be proud to own. If anyone is still laboring under the sentiment that repurposed means only utilitarian, and not very attractive or chic, well, you can see that’s not true any more!
I saved the most thrilling part for last! Chindi will be opening a Collectivitea store, and when that is set up and you shop from them, you will bring home something you’ll treasure+ support Chindi’s efforts towards zero waste + support Collectivitea’s efforts towards girls education initiatives. Seriously, that’s a lot of good done by just choosing where you shop! To get started, please do visit Chindi at their website here. – Priya
Image credits/courtesy of Tanushri Shukla.