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

    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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    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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    Waves of change

    We love our beachside location on Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches and firmly believe in doing our part for the preservation and protection of the beaches and oceans we call our playground. But we’ve started to notice more and more that our morning runs, surf sessions and beach hangs are marred by the sight of rubbish washing ashore, tangled up in seaweed and littering the walkways: plastic bags and Styrofoam; cigarette butts; plastic straws; balloons; coffee-cup lids; takeaway containers – you name it. We rarely leave without delivering handfuls of rubbish to the beachside bins on the way home. We feel strongly about doing something more to save our seas and,…

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