Can Garbage Be Fashionable?
These past few weeks the cyclical nature of life has been on my mind. The nights are getting longer, the leaves are changing, and there’s a distinct crispness to the air. Well at least in other parts of the country, it’s still 96 degrees here in LA. The year is drawing to a close.
But with every ending there are beginnings too. It’s the beginning of the holiday season, of cozy nights in, and the return of pumpkin spice!
Life is a constant balance between beginnings and ends. Ebb and flow. One brings the other and in turn is replaced by itself. The circle of life and all that. *Shout out to the Lion King* To flow with that cycle is to live in harmony with the world.
So why the f*ck don’t we do that?
Right now our economy is based on the antiquated industrial system. Product A is made by stripping the planet of resources. Product A is consumed. Product A is thrown away. Take. Make. Dispose. It’s a one and done life. Did you know 85% of everything consumed get’s thrown away?
It’s not just the throwing away that’s awful, it’s everything we do to the planet to get the raw materials in the first place. Whether it’s strip mining, oil extraction, or deforestation, our planet can’t take much more of this kind of treatment. As we burn through our resources we endanger our planet and our very chance at survival.
Global warming is real. The time for denying and burying our heads in the increasingly hot sand is over. We must take our existential fear and funnel it towards positive action. I know it's scary, but when I look at all the change our planet is going through I don’t see the end. I see the beginning of a new chapter in our history.
Call me a Pollyanna, but I believe we have it in us to take on the challenge of global warming head-on. I believe in us because working in sustainable fashion I’ve come across so many creative solutions to healing our planet. I’ve seen fashion that’s a force for good. Fashion that’s a blending of science and art. Fashion that helps people live in harmony with their surroundings.
As the old model of the industrial economy is breaking down a new way of manufacturing is on the rise. The circular economy. Life is all about beginnings and ends and going one into the other right? Well, the circular economy works the same way. In a circular economy you source your materials responsibly, use the product as long as possible, and then when its life cycle is over, it’s converted into a new product. The goal is zero waste and I am here for it in a major way.
Our eco-system understands the importance of regeneration and so does Saya Designs.
Saya Designs are a brand of hair sticks made from reclaimed Indonesian Wood. Before we go any further with how they’re saving the planet let’s talk hair sticks. If you’ve never used them before get ready to fall in love. They’re sleek little sticks used to tie your hair up. They’ve been around for thousands of years and in my opinion are a great alternative to plastic and elastic. I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid because they make you look like you have an actual hairstyle going on but take .5 seconds to put in. In case you haven’t noticed from earlier posts, I’m lazy af when it comes to getting dressed.
I used to use whatever stick shaped thing I could find lying around (usually a pen) so I was really excited to try out Saya and up my hair stick game. Taking one look at the hairstick it’s obvious the designer, Victoria, has a background in visual arts. I love that its simplistic design allows the eye to appreciate the subtleties of the wood and craftsmanship. Carved by Balinese artisans each piece is finished with natural wax and (at least in my mind) imbued with some seriously good vibes.
It’s not just about the beauty of the product though. As they say on their website “Wood is only a renewable and eco-friendly material if it is consciously sourced.” Knowing that Bali has some of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, and being the type of eco-do-gooders I love, Saya searched for a better way. Today their wood comes from old roots left behind by tree loggers.
Who would’ve thought to use old roots? It’s the ability to look at what we have lying around with fresh eyes, it’s the imagination to see it as something useful, it’s that ingenuity to refashion it, that will drive the circular economy. That’s a zero waste life baby.
On top of that for every hair stick purchased they plant 10 endangered tree seeds across Indonesia. From the death of one tree, comes a beautiful functional object that gives back to the land it came from. From birth to death and back again, flowing with the natural circular rhythm of life. I think Mufasa would approve.