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TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY TO SRI LANKA

TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY TO SRI LANKA

My family has been planning to go to Sri Lanka for the past 3 years, but for obvious reasons, it was not possible. In the past couple of weeks, there has been a lot of negative news regarding Sri Lanka. There were protests, it was not safe, no electricity, and the only thing we were told was not to go. At the last minute, we decided to go and tried risking it – it was the best possible decision we could have made. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer and is definitely of my top 3 favorite destinations. It is also a very sustainable travel destination.

Before going, we only heard how dangerous it was, which was far from the truth. We have not seen a single protest, everyone was extremely nice but upset about the spreading of a negative image and news. Now, I am happy and proud to be able to spread the word about Sri Lanka and help them get back up on their feet. 

If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka in the future or will consider it after this article, here are 8 tips on how to travel sustainably to Sri Lanka.

Choose eco-resorts

This has to be one of the easiest travel sustainability tips. Sri Lanka is an island. With the usual struggles, it came to the realization that actually being eco-friendly is a great way to save money and so this is a philosophy you will find here extensively. We stayed in 6 accommodations during 12 days there and each one of them was sustainable. They are “zero waste” because they simply cannot afford to throw away anything. They make bigger portions for dinner so you could enjoy it, but so would the staff.

Even for cooking they don’t throw out any peels from vegetables, they learned how to cook with them and it is delicious. When they make you drinks, they only use fabric coasters, paper, or metal straws. Almost all of the resorts have their own tea or rice plantations, and vegetable and fruit gardens so everything you eat is fresh and grown bio. They also kindly ask you to only wash the sheets and towels when necessary, to save the water. 

Support small family businesses 

Wherever you travel, you should support small businesses and not big corporations. Even in Sri Lanka, you will find hotels like Marriott that completely ruin the skyline. There is no point in traveling to Sri Lanka if you are planning on visiting big hotels like that. Instead, visit hotels that have 4-10 rooms and are made in the Sri Lankan style. These hotels are still luxurious so you don’t have to take out the comfort, but this way you are supporting locals and their communities. We found ourselves staying in tents in the middle of tea plantations and that was our favorite part. Try staying in tents there, they are huge and have a shower, toilet, and big beds. You will be part of nature where monkeys will jump around you and wake up to birds chirping in the morning. You can’t miss that. 

Hire a local guide

We booked this trip with an agency whose main focus is to support the countries you are traveling to. They only book local guides that will guide you during the whole stay. The people in Sri Lanka need tourism as that is their biggest form of income. Try looking for agencies that do the same. You will be enjoying the local culture and hearing stories about what is going on in the country, how they live, work, and their life stories, so don’t be scared to do the same. Even if you do not want to go through an agency, it is good to have a point of contact there in case something happens. 

Bring eco-friendly products

This is a rule you should follow everywhere you go. Bringing reusable products will not only help the planet but will be more convenient for you. If you bring your own water bottle, which we, unfortunately, forgot when packing, you can ask the hotels to refill it for you before you head out to explore the country. We were always struggling with water as it was 5 of us and we only received small plastic bottles from the hotels as the tap water there is not drinkable. They have their own water filters so it is better for you and them to have your own bottle.

If you will have your period like me, the biggest lifesaver was a period cup. We had very long days and the public toilets were not fun. This way I didn’t have to worry about my period at all and it was also helping the environment. Single-use products such as tampons and pads will end up in the ocean, so your period will only make it worse for the country. Be responsible and help them when you are there. Don’t make it any harder than it already is. 

Visit responsible animal sanctuaries

Sri Lanka is known for having animal sanctuaries that are supporting elephants. However, a lot of these sanctuaries are not helping the animals. The elephants are tied to chains, are not getting enough food and water, and have no freedom. These sanctuaries are purely tourist attractions. Instead, visit transit homes where they care for baby elephants until they are ready to go out.

The best and most known transit home is Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which feeds the elephants three times a day with milk and leaves and they are free to run around a national park. On the other hand, probably the most known elephant “sanctuary” in Sri Lanka is Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is a tourist trap as they represent itself as a sanctuary. These elephants are on-chains and their longest walk of the day is going to the river that is only 500 m away from where they are held. Please avoid this place. 

You will also definitely want to visit national parks, which are a must-do in Sri Lanka. If you are lucky, you will see a leopard, which is, unfortunately, going extinct, but Sri Lanka has the biggest population of them in the world. The go-to place for safari is the Yala National Park. The animals are living in their natural environment, coexisting with each other and it is amazing to see them free and happy. 

Eat local food and explore

Why travel when you don’t want to experience the local cuisine? Sri Lankan cuisine is based on curry and rice, it has a lot of vegetables, and they use coconut oil and coconut milk, so a lot of their dishes are vegan. Unfortunately, tourists do not want to taste the local cuisine, which caused the entire country to build restaurants that only serve pizza, pasta, burger, and sandwiches. It is a shame to travel to a country and find it difficult to taste their food because tourists only want to eat what they eat at home. Their food is delicious, but be careful with the spiciness, they like it hot! Instead ask for no spicy or medium spicy option, which they are happy to prepare.

Respect the country

Respect the locals, respect the food, respect the environment, and follow their rules. Be nice to the animals, don’t feed them, yell at them for a picture, and don’t take pictures of the Buddha from the wrong angles. It is forbidden to take a picture with the Buddha when your back is facing him, please remember this whenever you visit any Buddhist country. You will also need to cover up your knees and shoulders and take off your shoes, and hats, which can get annoying if you are visiting 5 temples a day, but it’s worth it. Read about their rules before you go so you do not offend anyone. Let’s help this country when visiting it, not hurt it. 

These rules apply everywhere you travel, so don’t forget to travel sustainably anywhere you go!

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WHAT ARE THE BEST PERIOD PRODUCTS?

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 When it comes to menstruation products for years there were only two options available: either pads, either tampons. None of them were really eco-friendly or good for our bodies. Thank God today we have more and much better options to go through our periods. Keep on reading to get all the facts!

Why are the old pads and tampons not great for our health and the health of the Planet?

Well, pads have layers of plastic to avoid leaks and absorb the discharge. Using a pad ( or a pantyliner) for long hours can create infections as it doesn’t allow the area to “breathe”. Plastic also interferes with our hormones and can worsen certain conditions.

Tampons are not great either. Have you ever heard of the Toxic Shock Syndrome?

According to Wikipedia, Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but life-threatening condition caused by bacteria getting into the body and releasing harmful toxins. It’s often associated with tampon use in young women, but it can affect anyone of any age – including men and children.

“I got a huge infection out of some cotton fibers that didn’t come out together with the rest of the tampon. This was many years ago, but after that, I just avoided them like the plague.” Araceli

Also, they bleach the cotton to make it look clean. Our internal tissue needs love and care not bleached products in my humble opinion. If you are sensitive, they are a no-go.

Why they are not great for the environment? Well, for starters they are disposable. If there are alternatives to disposable products, we should use them. Period… (Pun intended!)

Also, they use chemicals and plastic that will make them not biodegrade. I don’t see a reason why my pads need to stay around for decades when they literally have 4 hours of glory.

The comeback of Better Period Products

Over the years, different feminine products have been put up to use. Canonically, one of the recent ones becoming more popular worldwide is period underwear, which has been around since 1967 by a lady named Gladys Ruppel Williams. Since then, different creative and innovative people have improved it to what it is now. 

 Designed to protect ladies from menstrual leaks all day, period underwear transcends other feminine products. It is non-invasive and, most of all, eco-friendly. An additional choice for you!

 If you’re trying to figure out which brands, materials, and information you’ll need to switch to period pants, fabric pads, or cups. We’ve got your back. Check ours! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

SelenaCare is an Austrian brand that has all the European Certifications. We have tried and tested them and we fell in love. That is why they have made their way to be part of the Goshopia family of products. We love the fact too that we have alternative products for our every need… from daily pantyliners to heavy flow requirements.

Fundamentals of Period Underwear

A little bit of history 🤓

The evolution of period underwear has come a long way. Different individuals and organizations took years to show results that will convince us. Well, we women are very demanding, you know?

 In 1967, a woman called Gladys Ruppel William received a patent for underwear made of “moisture-proof material.” 21 years later, in 1988, a Chinese company was issued a patent for undergarments lined with a “non-toxic, flexible plastic film.” Then, another Chinese manufacturer invented a leakproof liner in 1995 as part of a “clean-keeping woman undergarment.”

 Finally, two individuals in recent years further stepped up their game. Dear Kate’s owner – Julie Sygiel, and THINX’s Miki Agrawal were able to make something eco-friendly by integrating the existing materials with a different approach – better period underwear. These period underwear are manufactured to look and feel like your everyday undies whilst absorbing menstrual blood. 

 How do period panties work

Period underwear is like daily undergarments but with a twist. In addition to being used during menstrual days, it has a layer of special fibers that absorb fluids from the body and trap them inside the underwear, preventing them from leaking out. They can replace other feminine products or you can combine them.

 If you are worried if you can wear them all day, the answer varies. It basically depends on your flow on that particular day. That is why there are different options ranging from heavy to medium to light. However, on a typical average flow day, one pair of period panties is enough for around 8 hours. You can always add extra protection (such as a menstrual cup or a tampon) in case of very heavy flow or if you are anxious. We know there are some occasions you just need to feel safe.

 Why Period Underwear?

You might still be thinking, “Why period underwear?” Here is why.

 Period panties provide comfort and leak-proofing properties. And as an alternative to pads and tampons, they are convenient, easy to clean and use, and are least likely to get you an infection. Furthermore, period underwear is an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective option. 

 Not only they are comfortable, but they are also economic- especially in the long term. You might need to do some maths.

From our first cycle to menopause, an average healthy woman will have around 450 periods in her lifetime. if we add that up is around 10 years — or about 3,500 days — that we spent menstruating. Wow! Fun! Right? Think about how many pads and tampons you are using per period. 💸

 In contrast to purchasing monthly pads or tampons, you can buy a couple of period panties and a menstrual cup and use them for years before changing to new ones. And since they are not disposable and they last longer, it leaves a minimal footprint on the environment and you get to save money. This is what I call a Win-Win situation.

 Are period panties sanitary?

It is important to note that period underwear is sanitary if correctly washed. Depending on the instructions given when you bought it, it can be hand washed or put in a washing machine after a rinse. Naturally, it should be washed in a delicate or gentle mode to not ruin it, with no fabric conditioner.

However, you should be aware that these underwear are not stain-resistant. As a result, give them a rinse with water before putting them in the washing machine. You can let the water run through them until it comes clear. Extra tip: get with them in the shower so you do it all in one go. Stepping gently on them while you are having your morning (or evening) shower, is a good way to get it done fast.

It is a matter of Wear, Wash, Dry, and Repeat…

 Period underwear can last up to full five years if appropriately washed. SelenaCare can stand up to 100 washes without losing any absorbing power. Oh! The same applies to fabric pads. Easy peasy!

washing your period panties

 Period Underwear, is it worth it?

Period underwear can be reusable and less pollutant compared to other feminine products, thus a very eco-friendly option. Designed without toxic chemicals, it helps ladies around the world feel comfortable and have a less irritating day! To us, it ticks all the right boxes… so, Yes!

 And what is the alternative to tampons?

 The best alternative to tampons is the menstrual cups. They are made out of medical-grade silicone and are very easy to use. Our cups are soft and easy to insert. Ours even has a loop at the tip, so they are super easy to remove too. Period cups can last a whopping 10 years. And you can do exactly the same as with tampons.. activities, sports and even swimming. Nothing will stop you!

Eco-friendly period products, menstrual cup.

Another pro is that time you can use these eco-friendly menstrual products. Pads you need to change every 4-5 hours. Period panties every 8 hours. Tampons need to be changed every 4-6 hours. You can use a Menstrual cup for up to 12 hours with no problem. Of course, it all depends on your flow, but this to me is a Yes!

All in all, these are the best period products you can find out there! If you have a question, do not hesitate to reach out to us on the chat or via email. We will be happy to assist you and share with you our experience!

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HOW CAN I EDIT MY CLOSET?

How can I edit my closet?

I think we can all agree that a full closet can be extremely overwhelming and takes the will out of wanting to dress up. When going to work in the early morning we take the first thing we see and don’t bother to look at the pile of clothes that fell down from the rack. When you catch yourself always wearing the same thing even though you have a closet full of clothes, it is time to edit it out. We came up with simple steps on how to get your closet neat and ensure it will stay like that with our organizing and editing tips. 

Take everything out

This is the most important step in editing out your closet. We know that this is going to be time-consuming and probably overwhelming to see how many clothes you own, but it will be worth it in the end. Once you take everything out, create 3 piles: Donate, Sell, Keep. You probably own items that you didn’t wear for a year, that don’t fit, or you don’t feel comfortable wearing, and that is okay. But do not throw out clothes that don’t need to be thrown out. Here in the UAE, we have a lot of options on how you can get rid of clothes. Donate it to a charity or sell it on TheRealReal. When donating it you will help someone else in need and by reselling it you can get your money back, it’s a win-win. 

Remember, if you did not wear an item for over a year, you probably won’t end up wearing it again. We know you have an emotional connection to some of the items, and that is okay, but we are also making space for new items that you will definitely love and wear. This is one of the most important organizing and editing tips as you need to be able to say goodbye to a few items in order to be able to love new items. 

How can I edit my closet?

Color code 

Color coding your items can be a lot of fun and this will also help the editing part of the closet. You might realize that you have 3 shirts that are similar in shade and you only need one, so get rid of the other two, you don’t need them. This will help you go more in-depth and also help you discover if you still like those colors and patterns or if it is time for something new. Once you are done, and you will put everything in the closet, it will look really neat if you organize it by color and have a little rainbow there. 

Invest in bins, labels, and hangers

When everything has its own space in a closet, it will be so much easier to keep the closet the way it is when you are done organizing and editing it. If you are more of a visual person and like to have everything hung, invest in velvet hangers that will make your closet look neater. If you have more shelf space, get fabric boxes and label them. There are a lot of videos on Youtube on how to fold your clothes efficiently in a box so it is easy to see what is there, take out, and also look at. Plus, if you have everything labeled, you will not throw things at places where they don’t belong. This will also make dressing up so much easier. 

How can I edit my closet?

Create sections

Depending on your job and your daily schedule, organize your closet in sections. Some people prefer having work and fun sections. If the size of your closet allows it, hang all your work clothes in one section and fun clothes in the other section. When everything is hung it is easier to go through it and also put it back in place. If you have more shelves, organize them by different types of items. For example, jeans on one shelf, trousers and skirts on another. However, when putting different items on top and next to each other, make sure there is something that separates them and creates a wall. You don’t want them to mix up and end up having one big pile of jeans on a shelf. This is where you need to use the bins and labels to ensure everything has its own place. 

Maintain

This is the most difficult part when organizing and editing your closet. It is difficult to maintain a closet when you are dressing up in the morning and not like anything you put on. What happens then is that you throw an item into the closet because you don’t have time to hang it or put it back. When this is the case, throw those items you tried on but didn’t feel like wearing on a bed, so that when you come home, you will be forced to put them back in the closet. You can also try to plan your outfits the night before. This will help you be more relaxed in the morning and you won’t make a mess the next morning. 

We hope you enjoyed these organizing and editing tips on editing your closet. We believe it is an essential step towards having a sustainable closet, which is why we decided to dig deeper into it.

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WHAT IS SLOW FASHION & WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Slow fashion and Why it is so important

Sustainability has become a major topic in the last couple of years especially when Covid-19 hit and we realized how connected we are all. Companies are realizing that people care more about the environment and are acting on the demands of their customers. The fashion industry is said to be the second most polluting industry in the world and is an accelerator of climate change. Today we want to share what is slow fashion and why it is so important. At the end of the day, it is one of our beloved 3S’s or core values.

 

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What is Slow fashion?

Slow fashion is not really a new concept. Actually, fashion used to be always “slow” before. Slow fashion is having now a big comeback and we hope it stays this time as it has many benefits. Not only for the environment but also for the people behind the clothes. The ateliers or small factories are producing clothing in smaller batches and they are normally of high-quality materials and careful manufacture. 

Easily explained, slow fashion is the exact opposite of fast fashion. Fast fashion is based on the fast production of big amounts of clothing, normally at very low prices. The items are normally of low quality. Some are so badly done that after you wash them twice are not good to be worn ever again. The materials are mostly cheap fabrics with some cheap (and harmful) chemicals as dyes. In addition, the garment workers tend to make low wages and work in an unsafe environment. In this industry, it is also sadly common that the workers are not even adults.

Why is Slow fashion important?

Consumerism is reaching heights that are dangerous. The Earth is not able to produce at the rate we are consuming. We are basically depleting the natural resources, and with it, changing our climate… but guess what happens if we finish up our planet’s resources… We are doomed. Fast fashion brands need to change their business model and slow down their production levels. Will they be able to rise to the occasion? Will we be able to stop the crazy consumption and start buying only what we need?

Too many questions, we wish we knew the answers. But in the meantime, there is a new kind of consumer. One that cares for the process, looks for quality and understands what is behind their purchase. One that prefers to know the price paid is being used to pay fair trade wages or quality fabric rather than marketing campaigns. A consumer that uses fashion to really express their individuality instead of going with the “uniform” all big fashion brands want her to buy. If that is you, welcome home.

Slow Fashion Versus Fast Fashion

Slow Fashion and Sustainability

One of the major differences between fast fashion and slow fashion is when it comes to the amount of waste generated. In economics, we learn the dance between offer and demand. Fast fashion brands create tons of clothes and with their big marketing budgets create the need in the society to keep on buying, whether we need it or not. A new print, a new silhouette, with sleeves, with shoulder pads… They have perfected the art of newness and we got addicted without noticing the consequences. But, do you ever think what happens to whatever is not sold? 

Slow fashion brands, same as the rest of businesses dance the offer and demand dance, but the difference is that they create a design, produce a small batch, and see how the market reacts. Does it sell? Then, they do more. If it doesn’t sell, the waste is still minimum. It allows to really meet what the client wants in terms of design, fit, and also fabric as the batches are smaller and the iterations not so costly. As consumers, we get to enjoy better garments, unique designs, and the special connection as we know who is behind and what makes that piece so special.

Fair treatment

The social aspect of the industry is another of the biggest differences between the slow and fast fashion. Slow fashion workers are normally working in small ateliers and family factories. Having a personal relationship with the owners and designers made them team members. They tend to get paid a living wage and work in a safe and clean environment. They are being able to feed their kids and send them to school. A living wage allows workers to save up some money for their future and still be able to afford a good life while supporting other family members. The factory is paying for overtime, weekends, or holidays and they work regular hours.  This is called ethical fashion, and it is a key aspect of the kind of fashion we strive to enjoy. So we also need to consider it when buying from a specific brand. 

Shopping habits

Slow fashion invites us also to look at our shopping habits and question whether we truly need the item. Social media is influencing our purchases and many times we don’t need anything at all. It is all about purchasing one high-quality product rather than 5 low-quality items you will throw out or wear once. We call it investment pieces. 

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Do slow fashion items last longer?

Items from my grandmother and even my mother when she was young are still in pristine shape. I can not say the same from the items I bought some years ago out of fast fashion brands. Why? Have you ever heard of planned obsolescence? Before we used this term only for the mechanical, automotive, and technology sectors. Now, fashion is also part of that game. If stitching is not good, if the materials are not great, the piece will not stand the washing and wearing. And so, eventually will not be good to be worn. Now, you need to buy a new piece, and here we go again.

This is easy math, high quality = longer-lasting item. Slow fashion items are long-lasting so you can wear them as long as your heart desires. In the end, it is cheaper to purchase a more expensive item. It is a win-win for you and the environment. 

Slow Fashion and the crafts

The ultimate form of slow fashion is handmade, artisanal pieces. Pieces with embroideries, handpainted, unique patterns… The artisans and craftspeople know the effort behind each piece, the number of hours to get it perfect.

For them, creation is the result of love, patience, and skills many times passed from one generation to the next. By supporting their work, we are supporting those traditions and techniques acquired as part of our own human development. They are inherently part of our heritage. It can not – and it should not – be lost to the clumsy copycats from the big factories.

We should cherish our history, learn the stories and wisdom from our ancestors and make sure we preserve all this knowledge. They are the building blocks of who we are, our identity, and our values.

There is also what we call the Ultra Slow Fashion that is basically made-to-order items. Done to the specific size and requirements of the client in particular. Like in the old good days with the tailors and seamstresses.

Slow Living is the future

Slow fashion is also part of the Slow Living movement. A slow lifestyle means we care to reconnect with what is really important. The Slow Living philosophy encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life, not only food but also fashion, money, and cities. When it comes to food, slow-cooked meals with carefully selected ingredients and that traditional taste. Do you remember your grandma’s cooking? No restaurant or fast food can beat the taste and nutrition of those meals.

To understand the pillars of Slow Living, we take the word SLOW as an acronym. There the S means Sustainable, L stands for Local, O for Organic, and W for wholesome or not processed. Slow living could be a solution to avoid the negative consequences of the fast-paced, mindless, materialistic lifestyle. At the end of the day, we all want to enjoy life and be more aware of what we are living in the present.

Slow fashion and its benefits

The 3 Beneficiaries of Slow Fashion

People, profit, and the planet, also called the Tripple Botton Line, are the three P’s that companies should use to evaluate companies’ real value. Normally, profit is the only value investors seem to care about. The 3 P’s want brands to look at the social and environmental aspects equally as they do when it comes to profit. It considers the workers and ensures aspects such as living wage, safe working environment, no discrimination, and many more. 

Since companies need to generate profit and revenues, the brands need to have a positive impact on the economy. Slow fashion brands look at creating employment, paying taxes, cost savings, or governance policies. Lastly, when it comes to the planet, companies use natural resources and minimize the environmental footprint. Trying to create a positive impact on the environment, they use natural dyes and do not pollute rivers, fight deforestation, use renewable energy and water, etc. 

Do slow fashion items need to be made out of natural materials?

Not necessarily. Their negative impact is less by meeting the real demand than big fast fashion brands churning tons of clothes even if organic.  Of course, we love Slow fashion items made of natural and organic materials. They just go so well together!

Some of the best materials are organic cotton, hemp, linen, or bamboo. There are materials coming out of fruit or waste such as Piñatex (pineapple leaves), Vegea (Wine leather), Orange peel (made out of citrus by-products), or Eco Vero (wood pulp). Others are recycled like Econyl (regenerated nylon made out of ocean and landfill waste).

These materials have incredible benefits such as hemp being a carbon-negative raw material or bamboo naturally having UV protection, being hypoallergenic, and incredibly soft.

Can you recycle slow fashion items?

When the product is at the end of its life, we want you to mend it,  upcycle it, recycle it, reuse it, or resell it. That is circularity applied to fashion and it’s very much needed at this stage. We need to slow down the rhythm of production and enter into a circular model, where nothing or almost nothing goes to waste. The point is that it should not end in the landfill as it is an unnecessary waste of resources and it is bad for the environment. Recycle them or use the shops and apps where you can donate or resell them.

Slow fashion is easy, convenient, and essentially cheaper since your high-quality product will last years. Quality of materials, close attention to detail from the artisan or designer, and good stitching make that possible.

Where to buy slow fashion?

Slow fashion has incredible environmental benefits and it is also good for your wallet. In Goshopia you can purchase by value and support independent fashion designs and brands that are doing slow fashion. All our products are curated and selected based on our 3 S’s: Slow, Sustainable, and Socially Responsible.

Let’s try to be conscious when it comes to our shopping habits and consider the values of the brands we would like to purchase from. Together we can change the fashion industry for the better!

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A GUIDE TO COMBATING BLUE MONDAY

A guide to combating Blue Monday

Blue Monday is seemingly the most depressing day of the year. However, if we managed 2020 and 2021, I’m sure we can all manage a Blue Monday, which was first mentioned in 2005 in an article. This day is based on calculations that took into account debt levels, time since Christmas, bad weather, and the short amount of daylight that has an impact on our mood. If you believe in Blue Monday or not, you can still do something nice for yourself and others on this day, and here are my tips on how to do so. 

Wear something you love

There is nothing that makes a person more confident than when they are wearing their favorite outfit and feeling themselves. Fashion is a big part of self-care so let’s try focusing on that a little more.  In school, they always told us that clothing has a positive impact on one’s mental health because if one is feeling good and confident, others will also see it which will be attracting positive energy and a lot of compliments. If you can, wearing something colorful can brighten up your and someone else’s day. Be the ray of sunshine someone else might need when they are having a tough day. 

A guide to combating Blue Monday - Wear what you love

Listen to a podcast or your favorite music 

When you are on your way to school or work, playing songs that constantly make you happy and you have beautiful memories of can change your mood instantly. When I’m feeling down, I always play Dance Monkey because it reminds me of an amazing time in my life. This immediately makes me feel better and a podcast can do the same thing. A podcast allows you to be focusing on a topic and maybe even forget that it is the most depressing day of the year. 

Hit the gym

I know I know, some of us are dreading going to the gym but there is something about the feeling once you are covered in sweat working out those glutes. Exercise is helping reduce your cortisol levels and release endorphins to your brain which reduces anxiety, stress, and calms you down. 

Reach out

Reaching out to close ones is extremely important on days like these. You never know what someone is going through and is just needing to talk. Also, if you are feeling down, do not be afraid to be asking for help and talk about it; you never know who is in the same position and can help you by being able to relate. However, try to do that continuously, not only on Blue Monday. If you are in need of a hug, which we all need once in a while, the 21st of January is a hugging day so don’t forget to participate. 

Have your favorite meal

If you are still going strong on your New Year’s resolutions, you rock! But it does not mean that you cannot have your favorite meal. Food makes us all happy and if it is your favorite burger or a smoothie, make sure you treat yourself for all the hard work you have been doing. You deserve it!

A guide to combating Blue Monday - Eat your favorite meal

Have a good laugh 

Laughing is the best possible way of forgetting about your troubles and focusing on the positive things. You can meet up with your besties that always brighten up your mood or watch your favorite comedy. We all have that one thing that will make us laugh immediately, so make sure you do that!

Make plans

As a person who loves to travel and constantly do something, I love having plans. Plans are exciting and make you look forward to something. Looking at potential summer destinations, planning your weekend getaway, or just a dinner with your friends you haven’t seen in a while can make a wonder. The list is endless but looking forward to something will definitely brighten up your mood. 

Have me-time

Me time is such a broad term but what it means is that you get to treat yourself and you do not need Blue Monday for that. Have a relaxing bath with bubbles and candles, read your favorite book or put on a hair or face mask, the choice is yours. But from my personal experience, there is nothing better than a relaxing evening when you get to be focusing on yourself. 

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Be kind to yourself

Constantly thinking about how we could make other people happy is great, but we shouldn’t be forgetting about ourselves. We don’t want to be hard on someone when they don’t deserve it, so why should we be hard on ourselves. We are all in the middle of a pandemic and focusing on ourselves should be our top priority. You have got this so keep on going and do not forget to treat yourself once in a while. 

Now you should be all ready to tackle a Blue Monday or any other depressing day, so whatever happens, do not forget that you can do anything you set your mind to!

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10 SUSTAINABLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022

10 new year sustainable resolutions say no to fast fashion

With the new year come new resolutions and we all know how those end. Gym memberships are unused and the money we were saving end up being a vacation in the Maldives. New year resolutions are a tradition that in most cases is never finished because people do not see the impact and consider it a waste of time. I want to share with you my 10 new year sustainable resolutions that are easily accomplished. 

1. Switch from disposable to reusable products

This is the easiest and cheapest way you can do something good for the planet. You can start by bringing your own water bottle or using fabric rounds instead of cotton rounds to remove makeup. There are many alternatives such as tote shopping bags, diva cups/period underwear, or eco-friendly razors instead of the regular ones. The possibilities are endless; try switching out one disposable product per month and you will see how easy and cost-effective it is. 

10 sustainable resolutions - Switch from disposable to reusable products

2. Consume less meat and dairy products

It is no secret the meat industry is an enemy of the environment and we are not asking anyone to stop eating animal products. Reducing meat and dairy consumption can make a massive impact on the planet and all it takes is a Meatless Monday.

You can schedule it how you want, you can only eat animal products on the weekend or switch to purchasing from bio farms. This is about everyone doing things imperfectly rather than everyone doing it perfectly because we end up creating a bigger positive impact. 

 3. Choose organic whenever possible

We do realize that organic food tends to be more expensive but buying your favorite organic vegetable has many health benefits as you are not putting harmful chemicals into your body. In addition, organic farming uses fewer resources and prevents air and water pollution. 

In the UAE, you can check Emirates BIO Farm from our friend Yazen or join a membership like the Eroego supporting ugly veggies.

The same would apply to beauty products. Avoid difficult-to-pronounce chemicals and embrace natural, organic ingredients.

4. Plant your own garden 

Growing your own garden is not only good for the environment but also makes your home extremely fresh and cozy. You can grow your own herbs which will be fresh, create less waste and taste better. The garden can be as small as having two herbs or covering the entire terrace, the choice is yours. 

10 sustainable resolutions - plant your own garden

 5. Avoid palm oil

It is everywhere. Palm oil is harmful to the environment and your health, so there is no reason why we should keep consuming it. Orangutans are going extinct because their natural habitat is being replaced with palm trees for a product that is ruining the planet and our health. Palm oil is found in various products from cooking and baking to cosmetics. All you have to do is look at the ingredient list and look out for the most commonly used terms such as Palmate, Palmitate, or Glyceryl. 

6. Donate/Reuse/Upcycle your old clothing 

We all have clothing that is sitting in our closets and taking up our storage space. This can be easily fixed by going through your wardrobe and getting rid of things you no longer use. There are many ways to do so such as donating clothing you no longer use or fit in or upcycling it.

In the UAE, you can donate your clothes to our friends at Thrift for Good. They have an NGO behind that supports children with food, clothes, education… Also, you can resell it on platforms such as Retold, Depop, Vestiaire Collective, or The RealReal.

Looking for creative ideas to give more use or upcycle your garments? Let us help! You can use old shirts to dry your hair as it causes less friction than a normal towel. You can cut jeans to make shorts, create cloth napkins out of an old dress, or customize it so that nothing you own ends up in the landfill. 

 7. Edit your closet

There is no better feeling than looking at your closet and it is all spacious and organized. Take everything out and see what you own. Get rid of items you no longer wear or alter those that you could wear but maybe need a little update. Once you have all the clothing you will for sure wear, organize it in a way you can see it all once you open the closet. Put it on hangers and create outfits, but do not put it in a box because you will not see those items in the next 6 years. This is a very practical sustainable resolution as you will fall in love with your wardrobe all over again.

Want to learn more? Check this article-> HOW TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE CLOSET

  8. Say no to fast fashion

Fast fashion is atrocious. Most brands put on the label that the products were made of recycled cotton but there is more to it. The truth is that they don’t pay their workers a fair salary. Big fast fashion brands use a lot of greenwashing to make you believe that they are caring for the planet. However, the numbers and tragic cases say a different story.

You can support many local brands that were made to be good and still make sure you look and feel confident. If you need to purchase a new item, which we all need and do, try our Goshopia platform. Here you can find items that are slow, sustainable, and socially responsible. 

9. Sign petitions throughout the year

Petitions are extremely important and people need to sign them to create good. Petitions allow governments to take action and listen to the people when they have issues. It only takes 2 minutes and can create a major difference. However, please do not tell yourself that if you will not sign it, it won’t matter because it is just you, it is not. When 3000 people say that it is just them and they won’t sign it, it has a major negative impact on the output of the petition. 

You can join Fashion Revolution or Remake to be in the loop.

10. Educate others

Last but not least, discuss environmental issues with others. We can all learn from each other and implement things others are doing. Do not be rude, negative, or shame anyone only because they have a different opinion. Let’s have an open discussion and come together to make sure the next generations will breathe the same fresh air we did as kids. 

These are our sustainable New Year’s resolutions. We would love to know which ones are yours? Please leave a comment or send us a message to connect and support one another.

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COCONUT, COFFEE & RICE WATER FOR PERFECT HAIR

RICE WATER HAIR GROWTH

My love affair with my mane goes through ups and downs. Now, I am going through a very down period though. No product seemed to bring back the volume, thickness, shine, and even the amount of hair I used to have. So, now I am on a mission: To recover my once gorgeous hair. We can call it my New Year Hair Resolution!

I am going to share with you what I am using and how it is working. Mind you, our hair types might be different and results might be different too. But in any case, this is what I am using with positive results so far.

Also, you know for me it is very important to have a positive impact on the environment. So, all the products I am using are eco-friendly and have real benefits.

MOISTURIZE with COCONUT OIL

My hair is so brittle at the moment that I am back to using my magic weapon: organic coconut oil. It worked in the past and I don’t know why I stopped using it. I basically massage my scalp with it before getting into the shower. I leave it for five or ten minutes before washing it. Every now and then, I leave it overnight. My hair tends to drink it up. I guess it is so dry, that the moisture the coconut oil brings to it is just perfect.  Yummy and natural! Make sure is organic and if possible using a glass jar as a package.

ORGANIC COCONUT OIL

GROW with COFFEE SHAMPOO

Part of my issue is the fact that I lost -and keep on losing- a lot of hair. Every time I am showering, my heart cries a bit seeing so much hair going down the drain. So, we need to stop hair fall and start growing our hair back again. For that purpose, I am using a product that I am loving so far that is called Caffeine Shampoo -Tree in a bottle. With it, I am intending to bring more blood circulation to my scalp and start growing more baby hairs.

The shampoo smells fab and I love the fact that it allows me to keep my values in check. How? Well, they used natural ingredients- what we called Green Chemistry and also the whole bottle is biodegradable. Yes, but there is more to it. Once you finish the bottle, you can plant it. It will biodegrade in around 2 years and inside there is a coffee seed that you will be feeding with all the nutrients of the bottle itself. That is why it is called Tree in a Bottle.  

CAFFEINE SHAMPOO COFFEE SHAMPOO

STRENGTHEN with RICE WATER

The second part of my mission is to strengthen my weak hair strands. Sonya Vajifdar recommended I use rice water and she has amazing hair. So, basically, here I am trying it too! I did a bit of research and this rice water hair recipe is all the hype now, but in reality, it is a traditional Japanese and Chinese ancestral technique. Nothing new!

And best of all, it is all-natural and we can easily prepare it at home. There is literally zero waste unless you can not eat rice. 

HOW TO PREPARE RICE WATER FOR HAIR GROWTH?

There are three ways to make rice water. One is soaking, another is boiling and the last one is fermenting the rice.

Soaking and Boiling are quicker ways to make rice water. You just basically need to 

  • Take half a cup of uncooked rice
  • Clean the rice under the tap water to remove all dirt and unwanted particles
  • Put the rice in a bowl, use the 1:1 ratio, add half a cup of water
  • Mix the rice with the water until it starts looking milky
  • Leave it to soak for around 30 minutes or until it boils
  • Filter the rice water into a clean bowl and voila!

The other method is fermenting the rice. It seems this method releases more antioxidants and it is more beneficial. Basically, you do the same as soaking but you leave it soaking for up to 2 days at room temperature. The fermentation will do its magic. Remember to remove the rice before applying the rice water to your hair. 

RICE WATER HAIR

HOW TO USE RICE WATER

Once you have your rice water at room-temperature you just need to wash your hair with shampoo- in my case my coffee shampoo. Once, you finish with your shampoo, rinse it and you use the rice water as a substitute for the hair conditioner. Just pour some rice water onto your hair and massage it gently, leaving it for up to 20 mins. You can comb the rice water through your hair and allow it to sit before rinsing with water.

You can keep the leftover water you have not used in the fridge until next time.

WHY DOES RICE WATER WORK?

According to dermatologist Michele Green, MD, says “Rice water is full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to hair growth and can in fact help improve the look and feel of your hair. These nutrients help strengthen hair follicles, improve hair’s density, and make it look healthy.”

Rice water has besides its natural starches, amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, and antioxidants. Rice water can also be used for the skin. It helps people with dermatitis. My daughter has dermatitis every now and then, so next time I will see if it helps her.

A BIT OF RICE WATER HAIR INSPIRATION

The ladies in the Heian Period in Japan (794 to 1185 CE) used it already to keep their hair healthy and long. Same as the Yao women in China nowadays. They live in a village called Huang Luo in China’s Guangxi Region. Yao women are famous for the super long hair they have, and also for the fact that they keep their color for longer. They do not begin to get gray hair until they are well in their 80s! Imagine!

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PLASTIC-FREE JULY- #PLASTICISNASTY

We love July. As school is over, we start going away on holidays and get to enjoy the beautiful summer nights. July is so special that we want to bring you a special challenge. Our #PlasticisNasty campaign is a way for us to connect the Plastic Free July initiative. There is no better time to start creating a new habit now that we are relaxed. But the idea is that this change becomes a life-long one and we implement it in our daily routine when we are back from the holidays.

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July is a global initiative that inspires millions of people to contribute to the solution of plastic pollution, allowing us to work together to have cleaner streets, oceans, and communities.  In Goshopia we are launching the #PlasticIsNasty and every day during the whole month of July you will get tips to reduce plastic in our Instastories. Kind of like a challenge, and you are part of it too! Share the tips on your Instagram and send us pictures of you implementing them.

As you very well know, we have a personal battle with plastic. Our emailers are biodegradable and whenever we need to use plastic to ship our beautiful wares it is reused. We are the only retailers offering the Cora Ball and the Guppy Bag in the Middle East trying to stop microplastics to go down the drain to our oceans.

Not all plastics are equal. Some might be easy to recycle where you are, most are destined to reach the landfill and stay there for centuries. Our focus is on single-use plastics. They just don’t make sense. Straws? Bags? Cotton buds? Bottles? Cling Film? You use them for some minutes and yet they will not decompose in your lifetime. So, we have one question for you…

Will you participate in Plastic Free July by refusing to use single-use plastics?

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The Fashion industry’s contribution to the plastic problem

We currently buy more clothes than ever before. Fast fashion relies on massive raw plastic production; as per research, 63 percent of the materials used for garments in 2015 were coming from plastic, with less than 3 percent being recycled material. Furthermore, more than half of fast-fashion clothing items are discarded within a year. Plastic additives like antioxidants, colors, and fire retardants are added to the raw microfibers during the manufacturing process, which is hazardous for workers and eventually for us.

All those synthetic fibers when under friction release fibers aka microplastics. When we are washing our clothes or when we are tumble drying them lots of those tiny microplastics are released into the water.  As the washing machine and the waste management systems can not filter them as they are very small, they end up traveling down the drain to our rivers or oceans. Fish and marine creatures get confused by their size and think the microplastics are food. They eat them and suffer hormone & digestive disruptions that end up killing them.

Fashion retailers have been reluctant to adopt recycled materials into their clothes,  the price being the key factor. Recycled fibers are not a perfect solution as they are weaker and tend to break more easily and shed more microfibers. The Cora Ball and the Guppy bag help catch those microplastics when washing our clothes so that we stop them before they reach the water bodies. But there is a lot of things we can do to stop plastic pollution. And so we have created a list – with one tip per day- as part of our #plasticisnasty campaign.

Let’s celebrate Plastic Free July!

With our 31 tips to avoid plastic because #PlasticIsNasty!

  1. Bring your own cloth bags to do the groceries.
  2. Don’t buy beverages bottles in plastic. Glass or cans are better. If you buy them in plastic, make sure you recycle them. Check Zeloop recycling program!
  3. Don’t get to-go coffee or drinks. Bring your own mug or ask for a ceramic, reusable cup.
  4. Go to the farmer’s market to purchase fresh fruits and veggies that are not packed.
  5. Try to buy in bulk and store your food in glass containers. If you purchase something bottled in glass, clean it and reuse it!
  6. Compost your food waste. It helps reduce your use of plastic trash bags and reduce CO2 emissions.
  7. Line small -not wet- trash bins with paper bags.
  8. Dont use disposable face masks. They are made out of plastic too! Check these gorgeous fabric masks instead!

How is the first week going so far?

  1. Don’t use plastic straws. Use paper ones or not use straws at all!
  2. Replace Ziploc with Stashers and Cling for Beewax wraps.
  3. Flu? Use cloth handkerchiefs, instead of paper ones.
  4. Better use baby bottles made of glass.
  5. Use stainless steel cups and bottles.
  6. Use cloth-based toys for your pets and kids. Think of selling or donating them once your child is not using them anymore.
  7. Buy cloth diapers.

Half month is gone already! Way to go!

  1. Use menstrual cups or period underwear.
  2. Use reusable containers for takeaway- and to shop in bulk.
  3. Lunchtime? Don’t use plastic cutlery or disposable plates. Use bamboo or proper ones!
  4. Use toothpaste in bars or pills.
  5. Avoid plastic hangers. There are other alternatives in wood or even cardboard. Same with chopping boards- avoid plastic!
  6. Do not use disposable razors. Use blade refills.
  7. Try to avoid frozen foods as they come in plastic. Fresh and local foods are so much better.

And the last tips of the month!!!

  1. Swap the plastic bottled shampoo and conditioner and use them in bars instead.
  2. Use a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one.
  3. Avoid cotton swabs or buy the ones that have bamboo or paper sticks.
  4. Use the Cora Ball or the Guppy Bag to stop microplastic pollution.
  5. Use lotions that come in plastic-free containers. If not possible, check if they are recycled and recyclable.
  6. When you make an online purchase, request zero plastic shipping or accept that the plastic used is reused or recycled.
  7. Use Shower curtains that are PVC-free. Avoid Vynil as it can not be recycled.
  8. Pick recycled furniture for your home.
  9. Mend your shoes and your clothes until really truly ready to go.
  10. Wear clothes made from eco-friendly materials… as ours! 😉

If you noticed, all the tips go around the need to Shop Consciously to reduce Plastic in the different areas of your life. So be creative and tell us what other tips and tricks you use to avoid using plastic. We will be adding them to this article!

Happy Plastic Free July!

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PARTNERSHIP: ZELOOP & GOSHOPIA ECO REWARDS

Zeloop & Goshopia- Best sustainable fashion

As you very well know, respect for the environment is at the core of everything we do at Goshopia. So, when we met Eric and he explained to us how through his fantastic App Zeloop we could be able to reward our eco caring community every time they would do some plastic recycling, we were sold!

We are fans of all the SDG’s but personally, the social me loves the SDG17. It is all about collaborating and networking and finding synergies that can take us further and higher.

So, [drumrolls, please]… We are thrilled to introduce you to our new partner for the SDG’s! Zeloop. Now, every time you recycle with the app you get rewards that you can use at our store. This is very much needed at the moment. The amount of plastic in our oceans, waterways, natural spots, and landfills are staggeringly high. And this will take forever depending on the type of plastic to decompose. We need to start refusing, reducing, and definitely recycling, so there is no need to keep on producing new plastic.

And please, please… stop buying plastic clothes and shoes. Yep! Polyester is plastic, Polyurethane is plastic… Don’t get fooled by the Vegan tag. Plastic might be vegan but it endangers our lives and the lives of the whole animal kingdom. There are vegan options that are not plastic. Or look for recycled plastic alternatives. I know it might be a headache to look for them, but it is worth it.

Become a Zeloopian and join our plastic crusade. And if you are like us and avoid using plastic bottles like the plague- watch out for our new stainless steel bottles coming- you can still recycle your colleague’s and friends’ bottles. They will love to see that with such an easy action, they are helping Mama Earth while being rewarded and you have the perfect conversation starter.

How to start

It is very easy! Just download the ZeLoop App, take a picture of your plastic bottles when disposing them at Zeloop-designated collection points, and start earning Eco Rewards. When you have enough, you can use them in vouchers and discounts on your next Goshopia purchase.

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See, easy as pie! Now it is time to start recycling.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY?

The 5th of June is a special date… It is World Environment Day and we, at Goshopia, want to celebrate it. We will be at Kave from 15.00 to 18.00h on that day joining hands with Veolia and other eco and social entrepreneurs talking about what can we do to improve our Home Earth. As there is a limited capacity of 60 people, you will need to register online.

We have done quite a lot of wrongs and it is true that we cannot turn back time. But there are things we should be doing. Do you want some ideas?

Let’s Plant a Tree!

Planting and growing trees help stop soil degradation, they capture carbon, help us greenify and purify our cities, our balconies, our gardens. They bring oxygen, wealth, food and shade. And as a tree hugger, I must confess they give me a sense of peace, of well being. That is why with every purchase you do at our shop, we plant a tree. At the moment, we are supporting reforestation projects in Australia, Amazonia and Haiti. You can learn more about it here.

We want to share an example of how critical trees are for your own survival and how even in the most arid climate on Earth, there is still hope to bring back life.

Have you ever heard about restorative agriculture? Listen and enjoy this personal account of the Al Baydha Project in Saudi. This video was shared by Yazen Al Kodmani- an expert in organic agriculture I admired a lot and the mastermind behind Emirates BioFarm. He successfully operates an organic farm in the desert and is a fount of wisdom. He is also part of the Veolia event on the 5th of June. Don’t miss his talk!

Let’ s change our diets!

You don’t need to turn fully vegan- although we would support you and be very happy about it. All we ask you to do is to take care of yourself, eat local produce, eat healthy, try to avoid all those uber processed foods that are full of conservatives, preservatives and stuff we don’t even know how it looks and have chemical names and numbers. And, a ton of shiny plastic packaging to make them attractive.

It is about being more aware what goes into your body. You know what we think about fast food and fast fashion. Just slow down…

Let’s clean up our mess!

We are the generation to change things. The past taught us that we have an impact, and most of the time is not a positive one. It is about time we change that. And please don’t think you can not do much, or that you are alone on this… as consumers we have a huge power that we need to start using up. So:

  • Avoid plastic whenever possible- yes, those plastic and grocery bags are sooo last century!
  • Switch off the electronics when not in use.
  • Try to use public transportation, carpool or if you can afford it, get yourself an electric vehicle. Bicycles are great too! (not in the Dubai summer though!)
  • Remember the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose. We Repeat them a lot. It can be applied to everything, not only fashion. We really need to start thinking circularity as the norm. Our partners at Zeloop are doing a great job, check them here.

Let’s live and dress more consciously

Awareness and mindfulness are keywords here. Have you ever bought a bunch of low-cost clothes all at once to have a diversified wardrobe or just because you needed some retail therapy? Then you wind up only wearing two or three of them. Trend cycles in fast fashion change faster than you realize. The popular celebrity culture inspires fast fashion. The fast fashion industry aims to have the latest trends and styles in the market in the shortest amount of time possible so that consumers can wear them at the peak of the trend and after that, they’re usually discarded. We enter a never-ending race of what is the latest, the chicest … We stop appreciating quality and the work behind the clothes we wear.

The creation of these garments requires a large amount of energy and resources; also, many of the chemicals used to produce synthetics or dyes are toxic to people. The toxins can enter our skin through pores and be harmful to our health. Microplastics are asphyxiating marine life. (Some solutions below ⤵).

The fast fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world.

Just slow down. Buy only what you need and what you love. What makes you happy! (Marie Kondo here). Slow fashion supports a more ethical production and the use of sustainable materials in garments. Sustainable materials are coming from eco-friendly friendly sources, such as recycled or organic materials, and use less energy and water. Another distinguishing feature of slow fashion is that, in contrast to fast fashion, slow fashion creates less items as they try to meet their real demand and they tend to be timeless and more durable. That means there is less waste.

We try to raise awareness. People are now more concerned about the impact of fashion on the environment and slowly but surely, slow fashion is becoming mainstream.

The fast fashion industry is accountable for 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions.

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Let’s Celebrate by taking a pledge

The fifth of June is World Environment Day, it is celebrated to remind us how our environment is crucial for us to survive, to signify the beauty of it and find ways to protect it from further damage. So, we want to invite you to make peace with Nature and join our pledge challenge. This is the perfect moment for us to come together and reimagine our world. Given the deep pain of 2020, this 2021’s World Environment Day is a good time to revisit how we can move forward to restore our communities, our ecosystems, and our climate. This day also marks the official start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Be part of it. Join #generationrestoration in #worldenvironmentday.

At Goshopia, we promote and support ethical and sustainable fashion. We exclusively sell products that comply with at least one of our 3S’s: Sustainability, Slow fashion, and Social responsibility. In addition to this, we plant a tree for every purchase made. Thanks to your support, we can keep on our mission.

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HOW TO HELP INDIA’S COVID RELIEF

HOW TO HELP INDIA'S COVID RELIEF

The situation in India is critical. Oxygen has become a luxury commodity. COVID is spreading like fire and the county is struggling to have their nationals’ health needs covered. We want to help so badly. Some of our designers and many of our manufacturers are there and we can see the impact. It is real and desperate. The images on TV wrung my heart.  And the country seems to collapse as the numbers are so high. Customs & logistic operations are suffering and make private assistance close to impossible.

So, we thought to share with you some resources that can be used to send donations and help to support India heal from the ongoing second wave of the pandemic from within. India’s healthcare resources are beyond exhausted and here are a few reliable sources that you can extend donations to help support India’s COVID relief during these tough times. If you know of other initiatives, please reach out, we will be happy to add them too.

Very importantly, please feel free to share and invite your friends and family to read this article. Even if they can not donate, they can share it and their friends might be able to help. You never know! 

HOW TO SUPPORT INDIA’S COVID RELIEF

  1. Indian Red Cross Society- With over 1100 branches throughout the country, IRCS is currently taking donations and any support possible to extend food and personal protection to those in need. You can visit their website and learn more here.
  2. Careem and Hala- UAE companies Careema and Hala are working together to aid India’s COVID efforts. Started on Sunday, May 9th, and continuing for the next week, the companies will donate 1AED to UNICEF’s efforts to bring oxygen and rapid PCR tests to people in India for every Careem or Hala ride and every Careem food order in the UAE. Thank you guys for the beautiful initiative!
  3. Danube Home- The home furnishing company will be donating 10% of profits from its sales for the month of May to COVID relief efforts in India, primarily donating to oxygen provider agencies. Check if you are needing something around the house and make it 
  4. Hemkunt Foundation- An NGO based in New Delhi, the foundation helps provide humanitarian aid to marginalized sections of society. They are currently supplying oxygen to COVID patients for free, and are accepting contributions on their website. They can also be contacted via their Instagram.

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HOW TO HAVE AN ECO-FRIENDLY RAMADAN

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Ramadan Kareem dear friends!  Across the world, Muslims are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan, beginning today April 13th. This year, the UAE government has advised against large social gatherings, encouraging residents to celebrate from within the safety of their homes. We need to be careful to stop Covid to spread. Also, we thought as Ramadan is an amazing time to self-reflect, check our priorities, and slow down, to share with you some tips as to how to enjoy a beautiful Ramadan in a more eco-friendly way.

 

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A BIT ABOUT RAMADAN

This period’s observance is symbolic of unity as believers commit themselves to God and practice service to the community. Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam during which Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise until sunset for 30 days. This month is an auspicious time for reflection and spiritual growth.

Suhoor (before sunrise) fuels those fasting hours until sunset when the fast is broken with the iftar. According to the British Nutrition Foundation,  it is recommended to consume starchy foods like oats, rice, yoghurt or bread during Suhoor to keep yourself energised for the rest of the day. Ensuring you drink plenty of fluids is also key to avoid dehydration until breaking fast at iftar. During iftar, one must ease into heavier foods by first consuming dates and water. After breaking the fast, meals which are rich in whole grains and proteins must be consumed. Fruits and vegetables should also be included in a well-balanced diet. A quality diet and light exercise are recommended during this month to ensure good health during long hours of fast.

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HOW TO ENJOY A MORE ECO-FRIENDLY RAMADAN

REDUCE FOOD WASTE

During this time of the year, it is also common for people to prepare extravagant buffets and spreads. According to the Dubai Municipality, food waste makes up 22% of all landfill in Dubai and increases to an alarming two-fold during the month of Ramadan. That is a whole lot if you think of it!

It is up to all of us to make the effort and try our best to only cook what will be eaten and not fill our plate with more than what we can eat. Avoid buying more produce than necessary, and only cook for the number of people in your home and if there are leftovers,  store them for later. Think of the number of people that don’t have food in the world. Be mindful.

Also, food is a big problem in landfills. It is true it will biodegrade, but as it is mixed with so many other things, it might take a while to decompose releasing methane or other gases in the meantime. So, if you have dogs at home, see if they will like your leftovers before sending them to the bin.

You can also start a compost area so that the scraps of food turn into natural fertilizer. You will be reducing the food waste in landfills and next year have a beautiful garden full of flowers! It might take some time to set it up, but today there are even options for balconies. So there is no excuse if you don’t have a garden anymore.

Ramadan food: A celebration of Emirati culture | Uae – Gulf News

EAT LESS MEAT

Try to incorporate more plant-based foods rather than meats. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, cattle raised for consumption as well as milk are responsible for about 65% of the livestock sector’s emissions. Overall, the meat industry demands a lot from natural resources as emissions from harvesting feed for these animals surpasses that of crops grown for human consumption.

This is a serious problem affecting the world,  exacerbating climate change and global warming at an alarming rate. If you think of how much change you as an individual can make, then think again. A single person can save 620 pounds of harmful carbon emissions by going plant-based for a month. It’s not necessary to go all-in right at the start. Just try to have one or two vegan days a week and see if you can incorporate more bit by bit. You will discover new flavors and textures that I am sure you will love.

Making small steps, by introducing a few more plant-based food options at the spreads you prepare during this month can make a difference both for yourself and the planet. And you don’t need to miss the flavors. There are delicious vegan dishes that are very nutritious. Also, there are alternatives for dairy. For example instead of cow’s milk, try almond, soy, rice, or oats milk. They are really nice and easy to find now everywhere.

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CHARITY

Another important part of this holy period is the act of charity. Zakat is one of the four pillars of Islam that is an obligatory form of charity for all Muslims. Some charities that people can donate to include Islamic Relief Worldwide, UNHCR UAE Zakat FundUmmah Charity International, etc. If you are looking to donate clothes or other belongings that could be given a new life elsewhere, we recommend donating to Thrift For Good. The second-hand social enterprise works to rehome preloved items to reduce waste and help children around the world in partnership with Gulf for Good.

We plant trees and support different causes with your purchases always, no matter if it is Ramadan or not… This is part of our efforts to bring social and ecological change to the region. ????‍?‍?‍??‍?‍?‍??‍?‍?

Zakat – Islamic Center of Tucson

GIFTING DURING RAMADAN

For Eid, we also have various gift options to choose from. If selecting the perfect gift might be difficult, there’s always the choice to purchase one of our gift cards. You can buy a gift card for 1000 or 500  and your loved ones can spend 1100 Dhs or 550 dhs at our online shop. It is our little contribution to your gift!

DRESSING

Dress modestly but elegantly. Even if the Ramadan tents are not allowed, we still have our own small family to gather with. Here you have some suggestions and some ideas. All our products are coming from slow, sustainable or socially responsible designers. And with every purchase we plant a tree!

 

 

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6 WAYS TO HAVE AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS

SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Without a doubt, due to the COVID-19 scenario, this Christmas will be different. However, Goshopia still wants to make it special for you. Let’s focus on the positive side of the actual situation and explore 6 ways to have an unforgettable and eco-friendly Christmas.

We know that most of you won’t be able to gather with your family and beloved ones. Maybe you live abroad and you won’t be able to travel to your homeland. You might miss the traditional Christmas dishes, the smell in the air when it is cold, the hug of our brother, sister, mama, or papa.  To be honest, it is a shame but let’s keep us and everyone –social distance safe- around us.

HAVE A MERRY ECO CHRISTMAS

Tip 1. Use Eco-friendly means of transportation or stay at home

Actually, the fact that you might stay and not fly, is the number 1 way to start an eco-friendly Christmas. Even though we would like things to be different, our planet is taking a deep breath for every flight that does not get to cross the sky. Think about all that is involved in carbon emissions every time we take a plane. Right from the moment you ask for the taxi to get you to the airport till your final destination. Of course, we can’t forget the economic impact. But, since there is not much we can really do right now, let’s focus on the bright side. So, stay at home or take eco-friendly transportation when possible (like the train). This is our Tip Nr1.

Tip 2. More greens, please!

Christmas Eve is the night of the year –wedding celebrations apart- that we eat the most. That is at least my own experience. We know that it might not be healthy but there is something that makes us link food with the magical environment of Christmas. Since we still want you to celebrate as you please, what we would recommend is to increase salad and vegetable dishes. If you buy seasonal and local it is a plus. Reducing meat intake, you get extra Eco Christmas points! Remember that livestock farming is one of the main sources of greenhouse and other polluting gases. It involves a large consumption of water and the clearance of vast forest areas. This 2020, let’s make it a bit greener!

Tip 3. Gift with purpose

We need to talk about gifts if we are looking forward to a more sustainable Christmas. When buying something for someone think about three things. First, try to give something useful. Identify what your special one needs and surprise her or him. If you can’t think of anything (remember that most of the time we have far more than what we need), maybe give away experiences. During the pandemic, culture, tourism, and restaurants have really suffered. Giving away coupons for a weekend trip, a play or a dinner can be a great idea to spend some quality time with your family and friends once things get back to normal. At the same time, you will be helping these sectors to recover.

The second thing we want you to consider is to buy Sustainable, Slow made, and/or Social Responsible products. No idea where to buy? Visit Goshopia.com, the Home of Slow & and Sustainable Fashion. You will find hundreds of beautiful items made with love by designers who have embraced a sustainable style. Have a look at this article to get your inspiration flowing.

Last but not least. Buy less. Instead of giving one or more presents to each friend or family member, we invite you to play one gifting game –like secret Santa- and give only one gift. Make it special or useful. Avoid gifting for the sake of gifting. Avoid cheap stuff that has no use and ends up in garage sales or in the landfill.

The gifting games give you the opportunity to spend some fun time with your relatives. If they are far away, you can still make it via Zoom and give the presents a posteriori. If you have no clue what to gift or want to make it flexible enough, buy a gift card. In Goshopia we have gift cards available and giver and receiver love the connection created.

When it comes to wrapping the gifts, avoid glitter as it can not be recycled, and try to reuse the paper you have at home. Use newspapers, reuse pretty bags and ribbons. A stylish and trendy way to wrap is using brown paper with cotton ribbons and some rosemary tip or fabric. Yes, you heard well. Fabric. This technique is called Furoshiki and basically instead of paper you use fabric. It is more durable, can be reused over and over and it looks super nice!

Your eco Christmas presents will represent you, what you stand for and we want them to be memorable.

Tip 4. Think Quality

Give away quality rather than quantity. Avoid fast fashion and fast manufacturing. When buying think about products that can have a long useful life cycle, that tell a story. Believe me, most of the time you are paying much less than buying things that do not last long. And, at the same time, you contribute to reducing the amount of waste that pollutes our oceans, rivers, and forests.

Tip 5. Eco Christmas decoration

It can be included in the previous number because we are talking about things that can be used and reused a great number of times. But now we are not talking about presents but about house decoration.

Please avoid real Christmas trees. They should be somewhere outdoors, not in the corner of our living room for a couple of weeks. Instead, you can decorate indoor plants that you may already have. Or illuminate something that has –more or less- the height and shape of a tree, for example, a coat rack. If you have a plastic tree, take good care of it and use it for as many years as possible. There are some places where you can rent the Christmas tree and they are still in their pot. When they are big enough, those trees will relocate to their forever forest and provide clean oxygen for generations.

There are also cute decorations with sticks and natural elements like pine cones. Avoid glitter and plastic. Most of the times, it can easily be replaced with fabric and dough.

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For the rest of the house decoration you can follow the previous tips: buy less, local, quality, long life cycle, biodegradable and maybe –now that we spend more time at home- add a “be creative and do it yourself tip”. Like these cute cookie tree decorations or the wooden ones.

Christmas decorations that are sustainable

Tip 6. Use e-cards instead of paper cards

The Christmas cards are one of those elements that after the festive season end up in the bin. At the end of the day, what we want is to convey the message of love and peace for our beloved ones. And finding a way that resonates with our values is important. There are some cards that use seed paper, so when planted, flowers will grow. But it is still more environmentally friendly if we send them an electronic card. If you are short of ideas, you can go to canva.com or use these two we have done for you. Just save as an image, write your text on top and send it over to your ❤ ones by email or whatsapp!

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We hope that you find these 6 ways to have an eco-friendly Christmas useful. Goshopia wishes you a merry eco Christmas and a happy and sustainable New Year 2021.

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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.

LESSONS LEARNT

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?

FABRIC FACE MASKS VS MEDICAL MASKS – WHICH MASK SHOULD WE WEAR?

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.

SO…

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.

fabric face mask in Dubai

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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CHILDREN WEARING MASKS

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.

HOW TO USE AND TAKE CARE OF FABRIC FACE MASKS

  • 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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WHAT DO WE NEED TO LOOK FOR IN A FABRIC MASK?

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,

Araceli

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HOW TO SOLVE THE MACRO & MICROPLASTICS POLLUTION

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.

WHY ARE THE OCEANS SO IMPORTANT?

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
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THE BIG PLASTIC

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!

THE MICROPLASTICS

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 its flow. 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 a percentage of them from the whole load. Both solutions definitely help us reduce our release of microplastics to the water bodies.

How to solve the macro and micro plastics issue

WHY MICROPLASTICS CAN BE DAMAGING FOR YOU?

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… Let’s put a stop to this!

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JOIN THE FASHION REVOLUTION

FASHION REVOLUTION UAE

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.

THE FASHION REVOLUTION UAE PANEL

Answering the questions of Araceli Gallego from Goshopia.com, 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.

WAIT! THERE IS STILL MORE!

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.

WHAT IS FASHION REVOLUTION?

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.

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LEAD A BETTER LIFE WITH THESE 15 WELLNESS TIPS

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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!

OUR 15 WELLNESS TIPS

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. 😉

Related article: HOW TO QUIT 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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BEST FILMS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FASHION EVER

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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.

RiverBlue

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7hzomuDEIk

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.

Unravel

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.

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SweatShop

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ScG9TspWB0

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.

Machines

Thread

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

Traceable

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.

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VALENTINE´S ECO GIFTING GUIDE

SUSTAINABLE VALENTINE GIFTING GUIDE

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!

SUSTAINABLE VALENTINE GIFTING GUIDE
Our very sustainable love letter to you!

BE AN AMAZING VALENTINE WITH OUR ECO GIFTING GUIDE

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.

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR HER

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.

MYKAFTAN INVINCIBLE RED KAFTAN SLOW FASHION
Invincible Red Kaftan by MyKaftan. 1, 600.00 AED
MYKAFTAN REVERSIBLE ROBE SLOW FASHION
Gold/Ruby Reversible Robe and Dress by MyKaftan. 2, 200.00 AED
LIGHT ORIENTAL SALMON KAFTAN SLOW FASHION
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 🙂

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Deco Blouse by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
deco collage shirt vino supraja sustainable fashion
Deco Collage Shirt by Vino Supraja. 599.00 AED
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Geometric Pink Crop Top by Vino Supraja. 549.00 AED
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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

ECO ACCESSORIES FOR HER

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 FLOWERS BUTTERFLY CLUTCH DUET LUXURY SLOW FASHION
Beaded Clutch by Duet Luxury. 1, 100.00 AED
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Belt/ Shoulder Bag by Eli´s Boots. 635.00 AED
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WOOD LEATHER WRISTLET RED DUET LUXURY
Wood and Leather Wristlet by Duet Luxury. 1, 450.00 AED
WOOD AND RED LEATHER CLUTCH DUET LUXURY SLOW FASHION
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

THE PERFECT ECO GIFT FOR HIM

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 BAG SUSTAINABLE FASHION
Si si Laptop Folder by Richmond Works. 475.00 AED
FINN LAPTOP BAG SUSTAINABLE FASHION
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

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR BELOVED LITTLE ONES

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!

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PINK MONTH: BREAST CANCER & FASHION

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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.

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CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR

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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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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

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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?

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