This week, we got some great advice from Zarin, the mind behind Unraveling Threads. Zarin is a sustainable fashion warrior with a passion for mindfulness. Read on for Zarin's thoughts on trends, food trucks, shopping, and more!
Adoshi: Where did the inspiration for Unraveling Threads come from? Do you have a favorite recent post?
Zarin: I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed one day and saw a glaring statistic which deeply troubled me. It said, "The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after big oil." I was embarrassed to read this because I went to a fashion institute for the first part of my schooling and never learned this. This alone showed me how little the industry cares about its social and environmental impact (because environmental impacts are correlated with social injustices). I felt as if it were my duty to learn more and educate others about the negative impact fashion has on the world, and how we can reverse that. The name Unraveling Threads is a play on words, but it ultimately means "solving hidden mysteries in the fashion industry." Since then, I've expanded my reach into other industries as well, because living sustainably is my ultimate goal.
My favorite post is about the artistic popsicle project a few students from The National Taiwan University of the Arts did. 3 students took samples from polluted water and molded them into popsicles to reveal different colors, pollutants, and densities of the water pollution across Taiwan.
Adoshi: What does it mean to you to shop sustainably and ethically?
Zarin: There are a few facets to what it means to shop sustainably and ethically. Buying second hand is one area, while renting clothes could be another. In a broader sense, shopping ethically means you are helping people across the world make enough money to support themselves and their families. Shopping sustainably means you are supporting workers' wages and health, since sustainably grown materials do not use an ounce of chemicals. Ethics and sustainability affect workers, their families, communities, plants, animals, the air we breathe, etc. Most people think these factors only affect certain individuals, but it truly impacts more lives than we can imagine.
Adoshi: Are there any current trends you’re loving for Spring?
Zarin: I truly hope that no one is purchasing enough to match every trend that pops up, but I do love the chili red and marigold yellow colors that are appearing everywhere!
Adoshi: What are your favorite ways to relax and clear your head?
Zarin: Being outdoors instantly alters my mood and helps ground me. Reading fiction novels takes me to another world, which helps me relax as well.
Adoshi: Who are some of your favorite eco-bloggers?
Adoshi: What is the best restaurant you've been to?
Zarin: The best food I've eaten always comes from food trucks! I love supporting small and local businesses, so eating their delicious food is a win-win!
Adoshi: Where do you get your news from?
Zarin: The easiest way for me to gather news from different industries is following their company pages on LinkedIn! Another valuable source is the eco-community on Instagram! The wealth of knowledge and empowerment I see from this community is incredibly motivating.
Adoshi: Any words of advice or encouragement for those reading who think living an "eco-friendly lifestyle" would be too difficult for them?
Zarin: Baby steps. I only started my journey one year ago, and I've grown a lot from making small changes one step at a time. Eco-friendly lifestyles are often associated with the term "not affordable”, but in reality, that's just not the case. There are many ways to live sustainably without compromising your wallet (hence the term “sustainably”). In fact, you will definitely save money in the long run! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!