A New Perspective: Charissa from Kalos Style


First things first, thank you so much for taking the time to progress the movement to shop consciously. Climate change is real, and Adoshi is on a mission to help others shop ethically, consciously, and in a way that doesn’t pollute the planet.

Your voice is an important one, and we thank you for your time.

Full Name: Charissa Noble
In 5 words, who are you?: seeker, romantic, analytical, loyal, style-enthusiast
Website or Instagram: @kalos__style and www.kalos.style
Favorite Dessert: Panna Cotta

Hi Charissa, what is your dream for a better, more sustainable world?
One thing that I really want to see in our world is a radical shift in how we evaluate ourselves. So much of our consumption (especially in fashion) is driven by a widely-shared feeling that we are not “enough” - that something is lacking in our lives, that we are defective, that we need to present a certain image into the world to be accepted/valued/seen. The fast-fashion industry plays into this by constantly introducing miniature “seasons” every two weeks to encourage customers not to be “left out” of the new trends. While I think that companies can change their business models to use more sustainable materials, pay workers ethical wages, slow down production, change marketing strategies, and price clothing according to what’s fair, I think the issue runs deeper. Our personal psychologies, cultural values, and physical environment are all interconnected. If we slow down the pace of our own lives and truly connect with ourselves and others, we change bigger cultural narratives about the worth of a person. And
if we change these narratives, we stop trying to satiate a hunger that was never meant to be filled by fashion.

We’re big fans of your passion for sustainability. Will you explain what eco-friendly means to you?
For me, eco-friendly means advocating for our world. Since our world is comprised of people and resources, ethical treatment of both are vital. This means that truly eco-friendly companies are as committed to decolonizing fashion as they are reducing emissions and using renewable materials. By “decolonizing,” I mean that companies often outsource overseas without giving a fair wage to workers, ensuring that workers have healthy and sustainable working hours, or considering the impact of their presence on local economies and resources.

However, I also think that eco-friendly doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of corporations. Buying eco-friendly brands without changing consumption patterns doesn’t do much. Eco-fashion is frequently called out for being only for the “privileged,” but in actuality, if we change consumption, we would actually spend less. Wearing what you already have (no matter where you originally got it),
buying less, and practicing gratitude are the eco-friendliest practices that anyone can adopt! After that, clothing swaps with friends are the next best way to reduce clothing over-production; additionally, it’s free and it creates a sense of connection and community! Buying from vintage shops and eco-friendly brands is great, and when you practice an eco-friendly lifestyle, you spend less money and therefore can invest in well-made, classic pieces from companies practicing sustainability.

What is the easiest way people can begin minimizing their carbon footprint?
Buy less stuff. And by that, I don’t just mean clothes. Think about all the waste created every time you get take-out for dinner, or the packaging that comes from every mail-order item (from a company that shall remain unnamed). Almost everything we buy comes in plastic or paper wrapping, which is necessary for practical reasons, so the best solution is really to hold off on purchases and see if you can creatively make-do with what you already have.

Has anything been harder than expected in terms of minimizing your waste?
Of course! While fashion is one of the largest polluting industries in the world at the moment, food is right up there. As a person working multiple jobs, I have a lot of difficulty making the time to meal prep and have to resort to take-out more than I would like. The amount of trash in my wastebin after one take-out meal is truly horrifying! I definitely plan to re-structure my time this summer so that I can prioritize eating at home, which I think will develop some good habits that will carry over into the fall (and beyond).

What is one simple way you personally minimize your carbon footprint?
I hate to sound like a broken record, but buying less stuff! I used to always feel like I needed to have the latest look in order to feel like I was on the “inside” of a certain social group. Now, I try to think of fun ways that I can change up what I already have by putting on a fun new lipstick, accessorizing with different jewelry, or putting together unexpected combos (for example, sweater over a dress = new skirt). About once every four months, I buy two new outfits from ethical, high-quality companies that I can also mix-and-match with the rest of my wardrobe. I will occasionally buy a few things here or there in between from a thrift store to fill in gaps in my wardrobe that I might have overlooked when making my investment purchases, but that’s about it. Sometimes, when I really feel the need for new clothes or feel dissatisfied with my choices, I ask a friend if they want to borrow a few things for awhile. Seeing them style different pieces in a completely different way always gives me so much inspiration and helps me to see what I have in a new light!

Where is the best place for people to follow your journey online?
On my Instagram feed (@kalos__style) or my personal blog (www.kalos.style)


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