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Fabric Face Masks: a more sustainable yet effective option to fight COVID 19

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Coronavirus has put in place some new habits like washing hands thoroughly, social distancing and wearing a face mask. We all need to exercise proper caution and act as the tight, caring community we are – at least in Dubai. Selfishness has no space here. The only way to stop COVID is by all being responsible.

This pandemic has shown us how interconnected we are. Much more than what we thought we might. I remember those initial days when reporters talked about this weird virus in China… and it seemed so far away, yet in no time it spread all over the world. It is scary and it hides a lot of lessons for us as earthlings.


We all saw how nature and even some animals came back to the cities and villages, how pollution decreased, how the air seemed better and we could enjoy the blue sky through our windows. At that moment, maybe at the apocalyptic sight of empty cities, we all pledged to be better citizens and take better care of Mama Earth. The whole pandemic seemed to be a call to action.

Yet now, when humans are starting to get back to normal life, we are seeing rivers and oceans full of gloves and masks. It breaks my heart. Haven’t we learnt anything? Disposable masks and gloves need to be properly disposed of, otherwise, they can help spread the virus and on top of that, they add pollution to the equation.

Fabric Face masks seemed to be a good alternative. They are not throwaway products and you are to keep them and reuse them. But are all face masks effective?


When we think of medical masks the most protective one is the N95. It blocks 97% when worn correctly. But N95s are expensive and require special training to fit properly. They are also limited in supply, so should be reserved for doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

After the N95, we have the surgical mask. They are single-use and block around 62-65% of particles. These masks because of their disposable nature and their popularity are the ones that mean a high risk of pollution and contamination if they are not properly disposed of.


The cloth face mask might be the alternative. You might think they are only pretty but actually the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommend that people use fabric face masks to protect against Covid-19.

But not all face masks are the same. A study showed that some fabric masks achieved 79% filtration as compared to surgical masks (62% to 65%) and N95 masks (97%). But other masks filtered as little as 1%. The best-performing masks were constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight cotton, and those with an especially tight weave and thicker thread. A double-layer mask with a simple cotton outer layer and an inner layer of flannel also performed well. The inferior performers consisted of single-layer masks with light fabric.

If the fabric face mask has a pocket –like ours– to insert a surgical mask, then they are more protective than the surgical masks, as it has the best of both worlds.

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From Goshopia we wanted to help stop the pollution and contamination so we started using our own face mask that together with designer friend Aleli, we have improved over and over to make it safer, better and more comfortable for all family members including the little ones.

Mind you, they are not medical masks. They are fabric face masks. They are adjustable, reversible, washable, have a pocket to add a filter and come in different fabrics to chose from. To have them fitting properly we have 4 sizes. Due to the nature of the product, they can not be refunded or exchanged.

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As you might know, masks are now not compulsory for children under six and as a mum, I do not recommend you put them in very small babies that might not be able to remove the mask themselves or children that might have breathing difficulties. Check your paediatrician to know what would need to be required in those cases.

Children, I am afraid, are not immune to corona, but they seem to have milder symptoms or even be totally asymptomatic. That does not mean that they can not transmit it, and it is as contagious as if the virus is on an adult. That is why doctors say children should wear a mask to help stop COVID. But let us face it, some children might not tolerate the mask, so parents get creative. In my case, we have a “Mama and me” masks. We go matchy-matchy and she likes that.

Other ways to make it fun is to have a mask for their favourite stuffed animal and show with them how to put and remove safely the mask. You can also have fun prints on the masks. In our case, they can select what print they might like more. You can show them pictures of other children wearing masks or draw one over their preferred book character.

If you decide not to use a mask for your children, then ensure they are at least 2 meters away from other people at all times and do not touch surfaces, play equipment etc.


  • Once the mask is on try not to touch it or touch your face.
  • Masks should fit well, cover the nose and mouth securely and stretch from ear to ear.
  • When at home, remove from behind and avoid touching the outer surface which is potentially contaminated.
  • Wash face masks after each use.
  • Keep it in a safe place while eating, driving or when not using it.
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Following what the CDC said, make sure the mask is thick enough. How can you check? Hold the mask against the light and see if you can see through. Below we list what we consider is important when buying a face mask.

  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • It must fit snugly but comfortably.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops – ours have soft ear loops that you can adjust with a bead.
  • Have multiple layers of fabric- ours are 3-ply.
  • Be able to be washed and dried without damage or change to shape.
  • Have the possibility to add a filter for added extra protection.

Still do not forget they are not medical. If you are sick, have to be around sick people or need to visit high-risk places such as hospitals etc… always use the medical ones.

Stay Safe,


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How to solve the macro and microplastics issue

As we are celebrating Worlds Ocean Day, it is time to reflect and really see how we are impacting the life below water. It breaks my heart when I see so much marine fauna dying because of abandoned nets, eating microplastics, and change in their habitats. Roll your sleeves and let’s clean our own mess. Tell me in the comments what will you be implementing to help and drive change.


Oceans are very important. I would even say they are key to our own survival. Yet we don’t stop polluting them in so many- and even creative ways. I would want to see that same creativity to fix the issue we created in the first place. You might not understand the importance of their role, so let me brief it a bit. It is not in vain that this issue has its own SDG a.k.a Sustainable Development Goal nr 14. It is really that important.

Oceans absorb around 30% of CO2 produced by humans. This is directly related to global warming and climate change. Yep! Unless you are Trump, you know this is happening and not a far fetched risk. They clean our air and regulate Earth´s temperature.

Around 40% of the oceans are badly polluted already. That is changing the acidity balance, affecting their capacity to capture CO2 and impacting the lives of all marine beings. This translates to impact the whole food chain, which includes us and all the coastal habitats. Oceans cover 75% of the Earth and by volume, it is home of 99% of species- most of them we don’t even know of their existence as yet.

Did you know around three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods? The fish stocks are overexploited beyond sustainability yet the fishermen are turning into garbage collectors.

An average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter is found per square kilometer of ocean. At this pace, in no time there will be for real more plastic than fish.

How to solve the macro and microplastics issue
Recommended read -Fashion and Activism: The Trash Mermaid


When we go to the beach, it is really annoying to see all those bottles, cigarette butts and cans loitered around. If you are like me probably you will start picking up everything on sight suspicious of being abandoned. This is one of the things we can do. Organize a beach clean up meet up! Try to make it fun, invite some friends and do a barbeque as an incentive. Of course, make sure only your footprints are left behind!

But what brought that garbage there in the first place? Our dependency on plastic and our inability to dispose of it properly. So to fix that, first, let’s try to avoid plastics in the first place. Most single-use plastic is easily replaced by more long-lasting products. Unless for medical use, there is no reason for single-use products. Say no to plastic straws, cutlery, extra packaging, bottled water… We understand we need to drink water, but get yourself one refillable. We can replace pads and tampons with menstrual underwear, fabric pads, and menstrual cups. Really, get out of your comfort zone and stop acting by default.

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Happy World Oceans Day! We know you care because we do care too. Let's think all together how can we make it better because there is still far too much plastic and garbage in the seas. Commit to one thing and tell us in the comments. Need some ideas? Maybe to stop buying plastic bottles? More recycling? Organize a beach clean up? Get a Cora Ball to help remove microplastics from our laundry? Or support your local marine NGO- such as @azraqme? We are all ears! ⁠ *⁠ *⁠ #worldoceansday #oceansday #fortheoceans #marinedebris #noplastic #protecttheoceans #sea #beach #water #ourplanetdaily #earthfocus #earthofficial #oceansdayeveryday #microplastics #turtles #love #fashion #style #sustainablefashion #ecofashion #slowfashion #nostrawsplease #fish #whales #coral #dolphins #commit

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We launched a commitment challenge to our followers on Instagram to care for the oceans. We asked them to tell us one thing they will do to protect the seas. @thermolivingdubai shared that she felt sad to see the number of masks – and we also saw gloves- around the sea. “Humans are definitely the worst virus for our planet”. This brought me back to the air of hope we have these days. COVID locked us down and immediately Nature started to breathe back again. Yet, now we are using disposable masks like crazy. Well, we don’t. We are actually sewing our own cool masks with colors, reversible, washable, and using fabric leftovers. If you want one, just send me a message here.

Fabric Masks-How to solve the macro and microplastics issue

With the previous measures, we would have reduced the amount of plastic we use. But the one we are still getting. What do we do with it? Reuse it as much as possible and when it is time to dispose of it, recycle it. There is a lot of things that you can do with containers before throwing them away. Get creative!


But what happens with all those small mini pieces of plastic. Those are hard to get, sometimes even hard to see, yet they are here blocking our fish and birds’ stomachs. Many are coming from our cosmetics (exfoliation mini particles), and also from our own clothes. Let me explain. Fibers when washed -with the water and the friction- tend to break small particles. If you are using natural fibers, then they will go and biodegradable. But, if the fiber is synthetic, then it will not degrade, it will stay for who knows how long.

According to Wikipedia, “Polyester, nylon, acrylics, and spandex, can be shed from clothing and persist in the environment. Each garment in a load of laundry can shed more than 1,900 fibers of microplastics, with fleeces releasing the highest percentage of fibers, over 170% more than other garments. For an average wash load of 6 kg, over 700,000 fibers could be released per wash.”

When we are talking about recycled water bottles’ clothes (recycled polyester) we need to know that as the fiber has been repurposed, it breaks even more than the standard new polyester. We haven’t been able as yet to find a better use for the huge amounts of plastic on Earth, so we agree with transforming them into clothes. Hopefully, soon technology comes with a more definitive solution. I dream of a plastic eater enzyme.

So with all this taken into account, the amount of microplastics coming from our washing machines needs addressing. Some manufacturers are looking to create filters, some waste management, and water treatment centers are also looking for solutions, but the clogging and cleaning is an issue.

For this, we have a pair of solutions and a recommendation. First, we recommend you only wash your clothes when they really need it. And the two solutions might be:

  1. Get a Cora Ball and add it to your washing routine. This cool pineapple looking object takes the name after the corals. The creator of the Cora Ball is Rachel Zoe Miller, a marine biologist, and researcher. Corals filter their food in the water without stopping the flow of it. What if we get to filter the microplastics using the same system? Of course, it is recycled plastic and can be recycled back again. It has a life span of around 5 years. How does it work? You just tossed it in the washing machine every time you have a new load. Every now and then, and when you see dirt on it, you clean it and back to work. It is not perfect, as it is able to catch around 26% of the total microfibers in the water within the washing machine. If all of us start doing this, at least we are removing one quarter of what otherwise might end up in some whale´s belly. You can get yours here.
  2. Guppyfriend or Guppy bag. It works by you placing the clothes that you think will shed more microfibers in the guppy bag and do your laundry as usual. The thing is that with this system you will get the microplastic of only the clothes within the bag. The Cora Ball will take it from the whole load.

How to solve the macro and micro plastics issue


You might have heard that we are quite literally eating the equivalent of a credit card per week. Maybe you think that it is fine- I don’t want to judge your gastronomical choices!- but what you are eating is at the end of the day pure chemistry, dyes, petroleum derivatives, monomers, and polymers of different types and colors. They release and alter our fragile health balance, especially in children and the elderly.

So, for your own sake and the whole World´s sake… Lets put a stop on this!


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Fashion Revolution is around the corner! This time and due to COVID-19, we will have all the events going digital and Goshopia is part of it! The 24th of April at 10:00, yours truly Araceli Gallego, CEO, and Founder of Goshopia, will be hosting a panel talk with other brilliant people from the industry. Zoom in!

And not only that, it is about to be Goshopia´s first anniversary. This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions and now with Coronavirus and the much needed social distancing, we had to cancel or postpone all our events. But we are conspiring -together with the Universe!-to do something you will love. Stay tuned for our happy event details and if you can support us and our designers in the meantime, we will be forever grateful.


Answering the questions of Araceli Gallego from, we will have:

  • Vino Supraja-one of our fantastic fashion designers that proudly carry our 3 S´s. We love the colorful collections that personally she sees develop from A-Z.
  • Sian Rowland, Founder, and Chief Storyteller at Retold, the best second-hand, vintage, pre-loved shop in Dubai.
  • Maire Morris, Fashion consultant and mastermind behind Morris Consultancy.
  • Ashish Kumar, former buyer at Landmark, started Stitchpile in 2017 providing garment design and sourcing for different fashion brands. As he works with different factories, he has first-hand information on the supply chain impacts.

We will be talking about the impacts of Coronavirus in the fashion industry and if the UAE is mature to embrace sustainable fashion. To join it is very easy. You just have to press the link below at the specified time and be ready to sit, relax and ask your questions.

In case the time is not good for you, no worries, we will be also recording it and streaming it through Facebook Live. You will have access to the recording at your convenience. To receive it, please leave your email here.


Fashion Revolution UAE is going to have also a Mending workshop. Why? Because one subtheme this year for Fashion revolution is #lovedclotheslasts and indeed they do!

This workshop is taking place on the 26th of April also through Zoom. Time is still to be confirmed but you will have the amazing Natalya Konforti from Glitches & Stitches leading the class.

Also, we will be hosting our Student´s competition. We have received 21 applications and on the 24th of April, we will be announcing the 10 finalists. They will have until the 9th of May to submit their final collections. This year and due to the Covid-19, we are not able to guarantee internships for the winners, but we have great prices nonetheless. Courses, masterclasses, and mentorships from key personalities are the sought-after awards this year. The winners of this year’s Student Competition will be announced on the 11th of May.


Let us not forget that Fashion Revolution Week is a homage to the 1138 people that died and the over 2.500 garment workers injured at the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. This terrible happening took place on the 24th of April 2013 and it made it the 4th largest industrial disaster in history. Out of the pain and chaos, a new movement came about and the #whomadeyourclothes campaign saw the light. Thanks to that campaign, people started questioning the actual system.


Join the army of conscious fashionistas here!

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sustainable living wellness tips

You know we love our sustainable living community and nurture our special relationship with each one of you. In these uncertain times when we need to keep social distancing, we want you to feel we are very close still. That is why we have put together this list with the best health and wellness tips. This list is valid not only while we are in lockdown. In reality, we should really try to stick to this. Why? Just because it is good for us! And if we do it consciously, it will also be good for the environment.

There goes the list!


As the ancient saying goes, “mens sana in corpore sano”. Something like a healthy mind in a healthy body. And it is very true as we have to take care of our mental wellness as much as of our physical health. Here you have tips for both.

1. Eat Healthy and not too much

The first healthy tip had to be related to food. If you have no time for eating healthy, sooner or later you will have to find time for being sick. We are what we eat. That is why we need to pay attention to our nutrition and nourishment. Ideally, we should always try to eat healthy food. What do we mean by that? Well, food that is not uber processed. The closer to its natural form the better. For your wellbeing we recommend you eat:

  1. Lots of vegetables and fruits. They are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and flavor!
  2. Use olive oil, instead of other oils or fats. Well, I’m Spanish and this is our secret recipe for our famous Mediterranean diet.
  3. Add some herbs & spices to spice up taste and enjoy extra benefits. For example, ginger or turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
  4. Eat enough proteins -it can boost your metabolism while making you feel full enough to automatically eat less. If we control the cravings, we will be controlling better what we eat. Nuts, for example, are delicious and have lots of magnesium, vitamin E and fiber.
  5. Eat eggs and fish, better than red meats.
  6. Go vegan for a few days! We don’t want to convince anyone to go vegan, but why not give it a try?
  7. Avoid sugars, fast food, empty calories, refined carbs and above all.. avoid extreme diets. They don’t really work and they make you cranky. Just introduce little by little some changes in your diet and see the benefits.
  8. Take probiotics and fiber. Your gut microbiota is key in your overall health. It boosts your immune system, defends your organism from other bacteria and is critical to avoid inflammation and obesity. So make sure you keep your gut clean and your gut flora flourishing.
  9. Eat what you need. The right size portion for your body, and if possible a little bit less. Don´t overeat. Especially in times of stress and anxiety, we tend to open the fridge and stuff ourselves. Creme caramel is my sin… but don’t tell anyone!
  10. Don’t eat at all times. Try to avoid frequent snacks. Do you really need a coffee and a cookie every 30 minutes?
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2. Do Exercise

Here cardio is the name of the game. Also, try to lift weights and work your core muscles as much as possible. Did you know that reducing belly fat will lead you to improve your metabolism? Get a personal trainer, use one app or just follow some cardio classes online and burn all the extra fat and frustration.

Quarantine is not something we are used to, and the lack of movement is for sure taking its tool in our organism. While quarantining, we are doing Zumba together. It is fun and has all of us moving!- including the little one! 😉

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3. Ommmm Meditationnnmmmmmm

Find a tranquil spot, sit down, breathe in deep and start unwinding… Do you need help with some guided meditation? Our friend and ambassador Stefania Brunori is an amazing yoga teacher and her meditations are fantastic. There you have a good chain of things to do… cardio, stretch and relax.

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4. Take care of your relationships

I know it might sound unscientific (is that even a word?), but actually this is backed by science and nerdy studies. If you feel loved, you will live longer. So, take care of your friends and family and nurture those relationships. Everyone in your life is here to teach you something and you are also in theirs to teach them something. When you are open to this, you see the Universe sends you amazing people to learn your lessons and improve.

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5. Sleep well

The next wellness tip we tend to take it for granted but as a recent mom, I can tell you that sleep deprivation is the worst thing in the world. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, disrupt your appetite hormones, and reduce your physical and mental performance. Not only that it can also lead to weight gain and obesity. So, what to do?

  1. Don´t eat heavily before going to sleep or give your stomach some time to process the food before going to bed.
  2. Avoid screens. All those bright lights will make you awake even when uber tired.
  3. If you are seriously sleep-deprived or suffer from insomnia try some valerian or Melatonin. Melatonin is the natural hormone our body will create while sleeping.
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6. Drink plenty of water

We are mostly water. For us, it is vital to be hydrated and drink enough water. See, I said water and not liquids. (I am very much against fizzy drinks). When I don´t drink water, the first symptoms for me comes as a headache.

The best time to drink water is before meals. One study showed that downing 2 cups of water 30 minutes before each meal increased weight loss by 45%. My mom has been doing this every morning for years and she is one of the strongest women I know. She will just drink 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning, go have a shower and start her day.

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7. Take your vitamin D

Ideally, we should enjoy the outdoors to take our daily dose of Vitamin D. Our bodies process this vitamin from the Sun. So we need to be under it for at least 15 mins every day.  If we are in the middle of the Quarantine, and we can not go out, see if there is a terrace where you can sunbathe or sit in front of the window. Vitamin D triggers the production of Serotonine, takes care of our bones, keeps at bay depression and lower the risk of suffering cancer. If you are pregnant, it is even more important as this deficiency can affect baby development.

If you are not sure if you are Vitamin D deficient, check with the doctor or have them in pills as a supplement.

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8. Connect with Nature

Nothing can beat the experience of being surrounded by nature! We belong to Mama Earth and that is why this connection is so important for all of us to thrive. Hug that tree, feel the grass on your feet, the sun in your face and the wind in your hair. Ahhh! Breath in. You are alive. A little bit of fresh air and connection is all you need if you feel down, anxious or stressed. While in the house, see if you can grow some vegetables at your terrace. You don’t need anything sophisticated.

Let me tell you how I am doing it. Using the egg containers as mini pots to start the seeds. I have planted so far tomato, peppers, pumpkins, and lentils. All from food scraps! Sustainable and easy and you don’t need much space.

9. Do things that make you happy

I know it sounds cliche, but this is key. Because when we are happy, we produce dopamine which in turn makes us feel happier and inspired. Our mood is very much dependent on hormones, so we better have them on our side.

Put on some music and indulge in that hobby of yours… In my case, I love dancing, writing, playing with my little daughter and listening to podcasts. So every day I make sure I have a little bit of it. My friend Elianne enjoys baking and wakeboarding, my husband enjoys Netflix and reading… Whatever it is you love doing, just do it!

There is one book I recommend you if you are interested in the pursuit of happiness: The Happiness project by Gretchen Rubin.

10. Have a happy mindset

I know that now with coronavirus, we really don’t know what is coming next. Some people talk about the health and economic disaster, COVID-19 is going to mean for the whole world. But the truth is that we can not control what it might come, yet we can control our thoughts. Feed your mind with positivity and happiness.

And avoid toxic people that bring you toxic thoughts. It is not good for them but what is more important, it is not good for you! Just say Khalas!

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11. Hug & Kiss

And caress, and whisper, and tickle, and play with his/ her hair… We are social beings and we need that physical interaction. It is part of being human. If you have your partner, your friend, your daughter… or your pet! Just make sure they know you love them!

12. Take care of yourself

All the above is already taking care of yourself, yes! But with this heading, we want to remind you that it is important to have your Me-time and do something that relaxes you. Light a candle or an oil diffuser, put your feet in hot water or in that foot massager. Just indulge!

13. Avoid the routine or not!

There is something I learned in my years around the world. We are individuals and each one of us has their personality traits, likes and dislikes certain things. Some people say that routine is great for them as it provides them with some level of certainty and control. Others need quite the opposite. Excitement and unpredictability.

Most of us live in between, with lifestyles that need some routines and happy to break them when on holidays for example. So, just listen to your inner voice and if you are the adventurer type, follow your gut and go off the beaten path more often.

14. Avoid addictions

No need to say drugs, alcohol, etc… are no good for you. Really stay away from them. The thing is that some people have some kind of addictive personality and tend to go all aboard … coffee, sugar, fast fashion, fast love, gaming… To sort these issues, you have to go to the origin. You might even need some professional help to find the way. We don’t have the cure for all of this- except fast fashion. 😉


15. Watch your posture

Avoid backaches and pain, show your inner light when walking into a room as my ballet teacher used to say. To maintain a good posture at all times, place your body in a neutral position so that your pelvis, trunk, and head are in alignment. Stretch like a cat every now and then during the day if you are working on the computer for long. It feels great!

So, this is our list of sustainable wellness and health tips. It works for us and would love to know if it also works for you. Do you have any other tips you would want to share? Let us know in the comments or with the Contact us form.


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documentaries movies films about sustainable fashion

You know we deeply care about sustainable fashion. We are also a pretty visual generation- that is what Google says! So, we have put together a list of more than 20 amazing documentaries and films about sustainable fashion that will help you understand its importance and hopefully embrace it. There is a myriad of ways we can help. You can buy second-hand clothes, you can rent dresses for special occasions, you can buy sustainable clothes such as ours at Goshopia.

Now with all of us quarantined due to Covid-19, we feel there is no better time to share this list. Get yourself some popcorn and get ready to see the ins and outs of our industry. To change something, we need first to understand it.

Out of these sustainable fashion movies, you will see the different dimensions the fashion industry impacts… we can safely speak of 4 dimensions: Economic, Social, Cultural and of course, Environmental. If you want to see many of these movies we have them added to our Understanding Sustainable Fashion Playlist on Youtube. It is about 50 movies and documentaries in the playlist. To access it, just follow us and look for that playlist or check the playlist below.


OUR LIST: Best Films About Sustainable Fashion

The True Cost

Films to understand sustainable fashion

Truth be told, the fashion industry is not all glamorous. There is a lot of people and work behind each garment. The True Cost dives into the concept and consequences of fast-fashion. Director Andrew Morgan’s inspiration comes from the unfortunate building collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The incident killed over a thousand workers who were working under extremely dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the documentary compiles interviews from a list of environmentalists, workers, and factory owners, etc. It allowed us to see and understand what is behind all those cheap-priced clothes and the importance to promote sustainable fashion and fair trade.

Filmed in different countries, it showed the connection between the coolest runways and the most terrible slums.  The documentary shares the views of the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle, and Vandana Shiva. We loved the journey around the world to see first hand the lives of people and places behind our clothes. For us, it is THE movie about sustainable fashion that you can not miss.


The award-winning film RiverBlue is a river journey following an international river conservationist Mark Angelo. It talks about how he uncovered the heights of fashion pollution in the world. RiverBlue focuses on how severe chemical processes and incautious disposal of toxic waste during the production of the classic blue jeans has contributed to the destruction of some significant rivers around the world. This film, in addition, raised public awareness greatly about why sustainable fashion has to be adopted to protect the planet.

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Alex James: Slowing down Fast fashion

Films to understand sustainable fashion

Alex James who presents this documentary is an English musician- remember Blur?-, songwriter, journalist, and cheesemaker. The film takes a deeper look into the repercussions of fast fashion and exploring ways to really slow it down. It talks about the unwelcome effects of cheap and substandard garments on humans and the environment. It draws attention to workers toiling in sweatshops, irresponsible cloth disposal and heightened pollution. A great film to watch and understand the need for a more sustainable fashion.

China Blue

It is a documentary film following the life of a teenager laboring in a clothing factory producing blue jeans (in China), under extremely undesirable working conditions. It talks about unfair wages paid to the employees for hours of hard work and elbow grease. China Blue draws attention to sweatshop conditions and the unethical practices that take place in the garment construction industry like how the workers’ pay is cut short for the profit of the company. This film specifically provides a great insight into the happenings in the production place. It was made without permission from the Chinese Government in 2005. It is an ugly truth so many want to keep covered.

Luxury: Behind the mirror of high-end fashion

A pretty recent documentary from the Deutsche Welle (Nov 2019) shows the insides of the luxury fashion. NOt all the Made in Italy is as great. We have a lot of work to do- also in luxury!

The Next Black: A Film About The Future of Clothing

The Next Black is a documentary film that delves into the future of clothing. It shows the innovativeness of several companies finding solutions to the environmental consequences that the fashion industry creates. The film tackles aspects like clothes consumption patterns, smart clothing and organic, traditional and sustainable methods adapted by the clothing industry to reduce environmental impacts. The Next Black will help you understand and redefine what you want to wear.


Clothes to Die For

Clothes to Die For is a BBC documentary about the infamous Rana Plaza incident. The film moreover revolves around the collapse of the eight storied building. The tragedy left about 2400 people injured and killed over 1100. It was accounted as one of the worst industrial disasters to have ever happened. It talks about the rampant corruption, greedy practices and the little to no care given for the employees.  The end gives us a bit of hope. We were happy to see the new factory of some of the Rana Plaza survivors. A cooperative that makes sure the workers are in proper working conditions and shares the profits with them.

The Machinist or Udita (Arise)

The Machinist is a British documentary film that focuses on the personal stories of three female workers of the garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The film further shows scenes from their everyday lives drawing lights to their struggles to fight the unfair practices and illegally low wages. The film best highlights the objectionable human cost of high street fashion. Food for thought and how we could make the workers’ lives a little better.


Well, recycling is also part of being sustainable and this movie reflects how that happens in the Nort of India. Would you think that the clothes produced in South East Asia, sent to Western Countries may come back again to be recycled and turned back into yarn? Well, that is the history behind Reshma at Panipat. The girls at the recycling facility imagine how are the countries and the people those clothes are coming from.

Made in Bangladesh

CBC Television journalist, Mark Kelley, and Sujeet Sennik, a former design director for Walmart, investigated the factories that failed safety audits but were still contracted to make clothes for fast-fashion brands. They visited the place where once was Rana Plaza one year after.  Super recommended!

The Minimalists

A  huge problem is actually our consumer habits. We tend to over consume and as we need space for new things, we keep on discarding items. The minimalists showed how they changed their ways and that is possible to live on fewer items. I love the idea, but we need more female minimalists. Guys tend to be more minimalist in my opinion. Watch it on Netflix.

the minimalist sustainable fashion movies


Not a sustainable fashion movie per se, but a reality show. They took some Norwegian shopaholics to Cambodia to see how their clothes were produced. It is a good way to make see, right? This is the shortened version of the show.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

This cute shy Japanese lady made us review and observe our closets – and our whole house for that matter- with different eyes. I love the philosophy behind “Buy only what sparks Joy” and “Care for what you own”. There is not only order behind the teachings of this series. Besides, I just love watching everyone else´s mess!

Made in Mexico-From Remake

Araceli Gallego, our Founder, is also a proud ambassador of Remake. This organization supports sustainable fashion and women empowerment throughout the fashion industry. They did a documentary showing the reality of the maquilas (or factories) in Mexico.  Have a look at it here.



This documentary explores cotton production and how is impacting the life of farmers and the ecosystem. Check the trailer here.


As our motto goes… Another fashion is possible and the time is now! Laura makes it possible and you can too!

1000 Feet Under

In this documentary, we learn about the critical situation the farmers in India are going through. Many are taking their lives. What is causing them to go to these extremes? You will be surprised… or maybe not. It is about time the supply chain includes them too.

2040- What is your 2040?

Not focused on the fashion industry but an amazing movie to reconsider how we can transition to a greener economy and a better future for our children. Very inspiring, especially now with Coronavirus giving us the chance to sit, and think about what do we want to see in our 2040.

Before the flood

Produced and hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio this documentary talks about climate change in general. It is not specific to fashion but we need to understand that fashion is one of the most pollutant industries in the world. So, hello? There is so much we can do! Check it out in this link.

As fashion and beauty go so much hand in hand, we have added this movie to our list. Released in 2019 and directed by Phyllis Ellis, this is another controversial documentary revealing the back of the house of the cosmetic industry, the lack of regulation and some eye-opening research. Toxic chemicals on cosmetology can bring ovarian cancer, hormone-related issues, breast cancer, infertility… Did you know that they found asbestos in baby powder? Wow! A must watch although be ready for emotional and a bit of fear-mongering.

toxic beauty film


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February is one of our favorite months at GOSHOPIA. You can feel the love in the air! Tradition has changed over the years but we love, never better said, the essence of the 14th of February: the expression of LOVE and CARE. And because we know how difficult sometimes is to find the perfect gift, we have created a list with some ideas. As we are very original, we have called it the Valentine´s Eco Gifting guide. 😂

Let´s be honest, although we know we should not limit the demonstration of this powerful feeling ❤ to only one day a year, it is amazing the way millions of hearts, chocolates and red roses everywhere make us feel. It is a reminder that tells us: yes, it is a chaotic world and yes, we still have lots of challenges, but there is a huge room for Love and Hope. And mind you, this is a celebration of love, not only romantic love. In many countries, Valentine´s day is “el día del amor y la amistad” and friendship and no only love is celebrated. Isn´t it a cool idea? We are all for it!

Our very sustainable love letter to you!


The tradition has changed over the years, from Romans´ wild parties to honor fertility to modern romance and consumption. We want to give it another twist. What do you think about an eco and sustainable 14th of February; a Valentine GOSHOPIA style? Knowing that every item you buy is unique, that it has a story behind, and that you are supporting designers that believe in a better and more sustainable way of doing fashion.

The listed gifts below follow GOSHOPIA´s three S´s: Slow, Sustainable or Socially Responsible fashion. These days more than ever, the way we buy should reflect our love and respect for our planet and the people on it.


Either you want your love partner to give you a beautiful red or pink dress for San Valentine´s Day or you buy it yourself because you know that you deserve it, check out Stone Grey timeless collection.

Skye Maroon Backless Maxi Dress Stone Grey
Sky Maroon Backless Maxi dress by Stone Grey. 650.00 AED
Alivia Maroon Midi Dress Stone Grey slow fashion
Alivia Marron Midi Dress by Stone Grey. 550.00 AED
Red Collared Dress Slow Fashion
Red Collared Dress by Stone Grey. 700.00 AED
Kiara peach maxi dress slow fashion
Maxi Dress by Stone Grey. 600.00 AED
Layered Sleeve Abaya Slow Fashion
Layered Sleeve Abaya by Stone Grey. 950.00 AED

If you love dresses and it is important for you to feel comfortable while looking stylish, without a doubt Essa Walla collection is the best choice for you. Visit Goshopia´s Dresses and Coats sections, where you will find a huge variety of colors, designs, and styles for every occasion. Thanks to its cut, these dresses and coats fit any body shape.

Rabbit and The Moon Dress
Rabbit and the Moon Pink Dress by Essa Walla. 1, 100.00 AED
Pink Blossom Coat
Pink Blossom Coat by Essa Walla. 1, 200.00 AED

MyKaftan is one of our main Modest Fashion brands, due to its tailoring and elegant designs. What we love about the kaftans is that they can match with every outfit, making you look more sophisticated.

Invincible Red Kaftan by MyKaftan. 1, 600.00 AED
Gold/Ruby Reversible Robe and Dress by MyKaftan. 2, 200.00 AED
Light Oriental Salmon Kaftan by MyKaftan. 481.00 AED

At the end of February, we can start thinking about the arrival of spring. Goodbye coats, hello tops! The colorful blouses collection of Vino Supraja, Castaño de Indias, and Stone Grey are a manifestation of joy and the best thing is that you can combine with your favorites jeans, pants or skirts, that, of course, you can also buy at GOSHOPIA 🙂

deco blouse vino supraja sustainable fashion
Deco Blouse by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
deco collage shirt vino supraja sustainable fashion
Deco Collage Shirt by Vino Supraja. 599.00 AED
geometric pink crop top vino supraja sustainable fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Geometric Pink Crop Top by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
red blouse with bow castano de indias sustainable fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Gots Red Blouse with Bow by Castaño de Indias. 395.00 AED
June Maroon top Slow Fashion Stone Grey
June Maroon Top by Stone Grey. 440.00 AED


Often, great things come in small packages. Take a look at the beautiful earrings and purses below. They might be the perfect eco gift for your special one!

Circle and Heart Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Circle & Heart Earrings by Mariska Nell. 70.00 AED
Heart Stud Green Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Green Heart Stud Earrings by Mariska Nell. 70.00 AED
Hanging Heart Pink Earrings Mariska Nell Upcycled Fashion
Hanging Hearts Earrings by Mariska Nell. 100.00 AED
Pipa earrings raffia sustainable accessories valentine´s eco gifting guide
Pipa Raffia Earrings by Verbena Madrid. 245.00 AED
Beaded Clutch by Duet Luxury. 1, 100.00 AED
belt shoulder bag sustainable fashion goshopia
Belt/ Shoulder Bag by Eli´s Boots. 635.00 AED
Magenta Travel Pouch Martina Wyss Sustainable Fashion-
Travel Pouch Bag by Martina Wyss. 600.00 AED
Wood and Leather Wristlet by Duet Luxury. 1, 450.00 AED
Wood and Red Leather Round Clutch by Duet Luxury. 1, 675.00 AED
Athena Bag Unsual Sustainable Fashion valentine´s eco gifting guide
Athena Bag by Marie de la Roche. 2, 553.00 AED


Richmond Works and Eli´s Boots, two of our designers, know exactly what he needs and wants for Valentine´s Day. If he is a man who always needs to be close to his Laptop, do not look any further, you already found the perfect gift. The following Laptop bags have a balance between being practical and stylish. You can find each item in different colors, just click and discover.

Willie Laptop bag Sustainable fashion
Willie Laptop Bag by Richmond Works 975.00 AED.
Si si Laptop Folder by Richmond Works. 475.00 AED
Finn Laptop Folder by Richmond Works. 450.00 AED in Five different colors: Charcoal, Desert Sand, Tui, Silver, and Gold.
Ipad Sleeve Sustainable Fashion
Ipad Sleeve in Camel Leather by Eli´s Boots. 695.00 AED
Komo Laptop Sleeve Sustainable Fashion
Komo Laptop Sleeve by Eli´s Boots. 805.00 AED

Is he a before or after work athlete? Or maybe he has been looking for an elegant bag to take to those short business trips. Maybe he is one of those guys who does not like to lose style during holidays. In any case, the Frank Duffel Bag and the Henry Toilet Bag below are a great idea for Valentine´s Day.

Frank Duffel Bag Sustainable Fashion
Frank Duffel Bag by Richmond Works. 1, 050. 00 AED.
Henry Toilet Bag Sustainable fashion
Henry Toilet Bag by Richmond Works. 375.00 AED


Do you have kids? What about making Valentine´s Day dinner for three or four or…? Check out these lovely outfits and handmade shoes that come in a huge variety of colors.

Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes Slow Fashion
Lilac Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes by Feli Creaciones. 425.00 AED
Delicate Crochet Complete Set of Baby Clothes Slow Fashion
Delicate Crochet Set of Baby Clothes by Feli Creaciones. 550.00 AED
Moccas Double Fringe Sustainable Fashion
Moccas Tassels Elis Boots Sustainable babies Fashion

Moccas Double Fringe Baby Shoe and Moccas Tassels Baby Shoe by Eli´s Boots. 290.00 AED

We hope you find this Valentine´s Day Eco Gifting Guide helpful. Remember that by buying these products you are supporting slow and sustainable brands and designers, as well as promoting fair trade and the growing movement that believes that a better fashion is possible.

Also, remember that it is important to pamper your loved ones, but never forget the importance of self-love and self -acceptance. Happy Valentine´s Day 2020!



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A new Vegan Fashion Section is now available at Araceli Gallego, our Co-founder, knows very well how challenging can be to find sustainable goods in the Middle East. Therefore, she decided to launch Goshopia, as a way to create a community of consumers and designers who share the same values such as the love for the Earth and the commitment for a more sustainable lifestyle. Continue reading UNDERSTANDING VEGAN FASHION

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Breast cancer & fashion

This pink month we wanted to speak about how pollution might be leading us to more sickness than ever and how the fashion industry might be playing a role. We focused on breast cancer. Why? Because it is one of the most common cancers among women. And because, good news, 80% of those who develop breast cancer survive. At the end of the day: October is the Pink Month, the month of breast cancer awareness. So, let’s share and create awareness.

Would you believe me if I tell you that a more sustainable lifestyle can help you to decrease the risk of getting cancer? Keep reading!


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Hi! Welcome to our free carbon footprint calculator!

We are all trying to reduce our emissions but how can we control if we don´t measure first? This calculator will help you be aware of your footprint and find ways to minimize it. And don´t worry if you are far from perfect.  This is a long-distance journey and bit by bit we can improve our own records. Continue reading CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR

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The summer holidays are around the corner and it’s time to explore a new destination. Travelling, Holiday, Relaxation … are a few of the best-loved words, or are they? When we think of that well deserved, absolutely needed, break from our daily routines and responsibilities What are the priorities? Definitely, you need to measure the experience, the cost, the distance -which determines means of transportation, the accommodation, and all recreational activities as a family or as a solo traveler. We want to show you that you can add to your list of priorities the care of the environment with just a little thought when organizing your next trip. So, where are we off next?