Mahatma Gandhi is considered the pioneer of sustainable clothing through his advocacy for khadi, a hand-spun and hand-woven fabric. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Gandhinagar has been working on concepts around khadi and sustainability, aiming to revitalize India’s cottage industry, empower rural artisans, and reduce reliance on mass-produced textiles. Other institutes, such as the National Institute of Design, have also focused on design and production techniques for khadi. While cotton and khadi are comfortable and eco-friendly fabrics, their sustainability remains a challenge in India’s climate.
In recent news, the Ganeshotsava celebrations in Moodabidri, Karnataka, focused on promoting sustainability by replacing disposable plates and tumblers with durable steel ones. The event served meals on steel plates and distributed prasad in paper bags, while gunny bags were placed along the procession route for waste collection. The use of steel tumblers for serving buttermilk and panaka, as well as encouraging the public to bring their own cutlery to food stalls, aimed to reduce waste and promote an eco-conscious approach.
The United Nations is also promoting sustainable growth in the tourism industry through the theme of “Tourism and Green Investment” for World Tourism Day. Implementing environmentally-friendly practices such as using renewable energy sources, practicing rainwater harvesting, and employing locals are crucial for sustainable growth. However, luxury segments face challenges in aligning with sustainability due to excessive resource consumption. Green investments are seen as essential for the industry’s recovery from the pandemic.
In the world of fashion, actor Ranveer Singh recently made a fashion statement by wearing a satin pantsuit. Satin, traditionally associated with women’s attire, is now being experimented with by male celebrities, showcasing the evolving landscape of men’s fashion. Satin is considered a luxurious fabric that adds elegance to any outfit, but it is important to choose the right fit and quality of satin and avoid pairing it with velvet or denim.
Overall, these articles highlight the growing importance of sustainable practices in various industries, from fashion to celebrations and tourism. The focus on ethical production, fair wages, environmental consciousness, and waste reduction reflects the shift towards a more eco-conscious approach.