Green is the new black

We try our best to live by a green manifesto at home: Something will be junked only if it cannot be reused, repaired or upcycled. This essentially means we have really old things sitting around waiting for a second lease of life because, frankly, anybody juggling the demands of a fulltime job and parenthood knows that time is short every single second. It’s more fun to be out there enjoying the sea breeze then being stuck at home stitching up a pair of old socks.

We all have the best intentions, so they say. When we saw, firsthand, bales and bales of textile remnants from Cambodia’s garment industry, which is still the backbone of the country’s economy, we were truly mortified our insatiable demand for fast fashion is not doing the planet any favors. We thought we could and should repurpose what’s left from the cutting room floor. Does your home need new pillow covers? Why buy new when you can refashion with existing resources?

We decided to make pillow covers from fabric that, in our wretchedly untrained eyes, still look pretty perfect. We had so much fun mixing and matching colors and prints with Vichara, a self-taught seamstress we have grown rather fond of. If you have not read her story from our previous blog, the widow is now able to send her 12-year-old to English classes, thanks to her employment with a progressive company that provides her with good wages and flexible working hours, benefits unheard of in many garment factories. For Third World citizens who reside at our backyard, English language is the ticket to a better life.

We have incorporated piping for a plush touch.

Piping

There are no zips on our pillow covers because we think they are safer for our young children (plus being stabbed by a zip fastener is no fun). Then we waited, with bated breath, for our pillow covers to arrive.

We are absolutely delighted to see the fine handiwork of Vichara and her two mute colleagues. We are launching these lovely pillow covers at Green is the New Black, a festival celebrating conscious living. We will be there with dozens of conscious businesses.

Remember our pillow covers are sewn from excess fabric from garment factories. We are unable to repeat these designs once we are done with whatever we are left with. Which makes them all the more beautiful.

See you at Green is the New Black:
Nov 28th, Saturday
11am – 8pm
The Working Capitol
1 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089109

 

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