• eco-conscious,  Ethical fashion,  Featured,  Lifestyle,  sustainable fashion,  Travel

    Soap nuts: the lowdown

    Soap nuts – what in the blazes are they? Here’s the lowdown. They’re the pretty amazing fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which is part of the lychee family. Why are these berries so awesome? They are a totally natural, chemical-free, completely biodegradable way to wash your clothes! And we highly recommend washing your Ayurvastra Avani towels with them to preserve the life of the medicinal plant infusions in the organic cotton towels. Soap nuts are actually berries that contain a natural detergent called saponin which is extracted when agitated or heated in hot water, creating soap-like suds. Since they are completely natural and highly sustainable, they are kind to…

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    Kalai supports Surf for Life

    Kalai is now proud to announce we are supporting Surf for Life, a youth program aimed at improving future prospects for at-risk kids in Gisborne, New Zealand, through surfing. It’s a program that resonates with us on a couple of levels. First because my partner is a surfer who was born and raised in Gisborne, and we have family there. And second, because we did the same thing for kids in Cuba, and we know how powerful this kind of program can be, given the support. You can read about our Cuban experience here. As you know, Kalai was started with the ethos of working to support humanity and the…

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    Our new range of blankets are here!

    Great news – our new range of blankets are here! And just in time for the warmer weather. Our Love Shack Surf Club range of blankets was conceived by us and ethically created by talented artisans in Rajasthan. Made from three layers of organic cotton, these dohar-style blankets are block-printed by hand, and we couldn’t be happier with how they’ve turned out. They’re available in our online store now and at the ethical retail hub The Green Street Collective. After some helpful customer feedback, we’ve got two sizes this time: 210cm x 210cm (queen size) and our original 150cm x 200cm. Both are perfect for the bedroom, beach, picnicking –…

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    Mixtape X You – the freedom to express yourself

    If you’ve been following Kalai from the beginning, you’ll know that we’re fans of a good social empowerment campaign. Our latest venture is all about girl power and giving you the freedom to express yourself in our clothes – it’s “Mixtape X You”. Kalai X You is an extension of the campaign for our soon-to-be-released Mixtape summer collection, featuring fun little playsuits, cool cami tops and cute summer dresses. We’re taking the role of “brand ambassador”, but giving our gals the freedom to express herself and show us how and where they’d wear our pieces. At Kalai, we don’t believe that fashion is for some and not others, or that…

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    Plastic-free July giveaway

    If you haven’t already, there’s no better time to start your sustainable-living journey than next month – Plastic-free July. And we’re here to help you get started with a fantastic giveaway. But more details on that in a minute. Stay with me. We all know the perils to the planet posed by single-use plastic, it’s choking the life within our oceans, which will have hugely detrimental ramifications for the whole planet – and ultimately to humanity. This July, make “choose to refuse” your motto. Plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers, which we use for a few minutes, are designed to last forever, but we can’t afford to place this burden…

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