• 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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    Fashion a change for our planet

    The importance of supporting sustainable, ethical fashion has never been more imperative than it is now. The future of our planet and our species depends on it. I may sound dramatic, but let me give you some context. I’m currently midway through and online course called Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World. It’s free – check it out even, if you only have a passing interest in the issues of sustainability, you won’t regret it. So far, for me it has been eye-opening, frightening, inspiring and motivating all at once. But there’s no message clearer than the importance for us all, as consumers, to make conscious…

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    Our story – Part Two

    Kalai is a brand driven by the need for social and environmental change. One of our foundation stones was laid in Cuba in 2011 when we became startlingly aware of the global need to save our oceans from widespread pollution. You can read that blog – Our Story – Part One – here and watch the movie we made documenting our journey. The second foundation stone of Kalai is my mother’s legacy. She was tirelessly selfless in all aspects of her life, a woman determined to better the lives of others. My name is Krishna and together with my partner Blair and our son Kahali, we are Kalai. I was…

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