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

    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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    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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    To market we go

    Aja: it’s another name for Hindu god Shiva, destroyer of evil. Also, of a prince of the Ikshvaku dynasty in Hindu mythology. Aja is an Orisha, the spirit of the forest, the animals within it and herbal healers. She is a patron of the forest and all the animals within it. So with all this powerful meaning behind the name, we felt it was fitting for the latest addition to our ethical, handmade range created using sustainable practices. The Aja sandal is a toe-loop slide for all seasons. Handmade in India using traditional practices, in leather that’s vegetable tanned and ethically made, we reckon it’s the perfect sandal to take…

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    Let it rain

    So a week or so ago we hit the road with high hopes of chatting to plenty of people and businesses that are on the same sustainable, ethical path as us at the Byron Bay Surf Festival. But the rain gods had other plans! Try as it did, our little gazebo simply couldn’t protect our fabric and leather stock from the heavy, constant rain. And without coffee either, we had to call it and pack up. Kudos to the stallholders that were able to stick it out on the rainiest of Byron days – such as the sustainable and charity-minded handmade jewellery brand Two in the Sun – the marketgoers…

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    For the Love of the Ocean

    Kalai is on the move! We’re road trippin’ from Sydney all the way to sunny Byron Bay for the surfing and sustainability focused Byron Bay Surf Festival. We’re really excited about meeting and learning from like-minded eco-warriors and their businesses, seeing some awesome surfing and rockin’ performances. There are few better ways to cleanse the soul and calm the spirit than spending time in the big briny blue, more than three million surfers know this. But for a sport that relies on the power and beauty of nature, its eco-footprint is large. With a fair few million people who love spending time with nature, it’s awesome that festivals like BBSF…

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