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Slow Fashion Next Series #1

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This week we will start a series of posts as part of our collaboration with Slow Fashion Next Spain. Periodically we’ll share interesting thoughts of Mikel Feijoo Elzo, our founder, regarding sustainability within the fashion industry. This week the discussion covers the the usage of petroleum-based polymers and bioplastics as a suitable alternative.

Bioplastics,  a little change with a considerable impact

Today I’d like to share a thought that has always come to my mind when speaking about sustainability, and it’s precisely something we tend to take for granted most of the time. If we take a closer look to the domestic waste we generate in our households, we’ll soon realize that the majority of it is compound by bottles and packaging.

Regarding the textile industry, we regularly pay attention to the obvious as the fabric itself and the washing and dying techniques. Therefore, packaging tend to pass unnoticed under our radar.

Even though fashion itself does not present extremely serious issues when compared with the food and beverages industries, it does has to confront a major problem related with packaging. On the one hand, such companies are employing a considerable amount of resources at the same time, and on the other, they are generating a substantial quantity of waste. There’s no doubt it could be done in a more sustainable way.

There are plenty of topics to discuss about this matter, but this time we’ll focus our attention on plastic bags. An example could be those bags every client receives with their purchases. They could be easily replaced with paper bags (FSC off course!), or bioplastic bags.

I’m talking about the bags that are used to wrap the product, the ones mentioned previously doesn’t represent such an issue because they tend to be reused by the customers. Such bags are employed only once, to protect the garments from the factory to the store, and they are frequently made of plastic, a versatile yet highly pollutant material, specially when there’s a lack of responsible post consumption practices.

Most of the people ignore the existence of these bags because they’re thrown away as soon as they arrive to the store, and the customer only gets to see the “pretty” bag with the product in it.

Thousands of millions of plastic bags are produced each year only for the fashion industry, and is worth to mention that in the same period of time eighty thousand millions of garments are produced across the globe.

Many of these garments will be transported through sea freight enduring as much as 50Cº in containers, or below-zero temperatures within airplane holds. They’ll be as well exposed in warehouses to humidity and dust, but, the question rises: aren’t there any other sustainable alternatives to cover this need?

The answer is yes, a viable alternative could be the bioplastics. These materials have a small percentage of petroleum-based polymers in order to provide elasticity to them, nevertheless the majority of its composition is corn, potato and rice starch, which is compostable. However, it still leaves a trace of petroleum-based polymers.

I hope that the technology available in new materials become affordable and available in a near future, the exchange is feasible and the cost is just a fraction higher. A little change can generate a considerable impact.

At Skunkfunk we did the exercise of measuring the volume of disposable plastic we were using, the results were shocking. In those kind of moments when you truly visualize your own impact is when you really start to move motivated towards change. It happened years ago and it wasn’t easy to find the right suppliers, specially because of the volumes we wanted to produce. We worked with tenacity and fortunately we made the transition.

China is the country with the highest demand of resources, and the initiatives related with recycling and reusing them is bast, as well as the quantities available. There and here, in the EU, would be a positive practice to ban plastic bags through the implementation of more strict legislation on the matter.

I firmly believe we all are responsible and have a duty as consumers. It’s on us to put pressure on every industry and to demand a greater effort, a wider offer, a more responsible use this sort of materials.

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A journey of empowerment

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Today, we’d like to share with you an insightful interview with one of our most cherished partners in India, Anjali. She runs a Fair Trade, GOTS, and OCS certified factory that creates employment for women in the region.

Anjali, could you introduce yourself?

“I am the founder and CEO of a social enterprise founded in 2002 that manufactures organic, Fair Trade apparel and accessories using sustainable fibers in Pondicherry, South India. Nowadays, I am working towards making Pondicherry and Auroville the first Fair Trade towns in India. I strive for Fair Trade, women empowerment, capacity building, sustainable Organic farming, assuring food security, skill development and well-being of stakeholders across the supply chain in the fashion industry.”

Where do you come from? What’s your background?

“I was born in Calcutta, India, and grew up in Pondicherry, in the south, where I completed my education in Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. After finishing my studies I lived in Italy for 10 years. I returned to India in 1999 and in 2002 I started my own company.”

How did you start your business?

“When I returned from Italy, my motivation was to work in the social sector. After working for a couple of months I realized that for all projects we were supposed to prepare proposals and look for funding. I felt that depending on third party funding would not make my commitments sustainable, therefore I decided to start my own business and see how I could incorporate the values I believed in into my own business. In 2004 I heard about cotton farmers committing suicide. When I visited the farms I discovered the sad reality of heavy pesticides, GMO and the financial trap that big corporations were creating for the farmers. It was then that I shifted my focus towards becoming a 100% organic factory with the aim of supporting farmers.

I started to dream of becoming a pioneer in the organic and ethical apparel sector by being creative and innovative, so that the cooperative will become a point of reference in this growing market. I intended to create a company to provide suitable conditions for an integral development of our environment, society and individuals. Today, 14 years later, the venture has grown into a dynamic enterprise with a high level of responsibility, accountability and integrity.

Currently, we provide employment for 268 people, from which more than 80% are women. They come from unskilled and semi-skilled backgrounds and have been empowered through our various vocational training programs.”

Could you tell us how this project advocates for women’s rights in India?

“If one looks closer into the fashion industry, one notices a huge number of women and children who are being exploited. This is something that has always disturbed me and when I came across the concept of Fair Trade it gave me hope. In Fair Trade we talk about 10 principles that cover the basic rights of workers. In our company, we focus on gender equality, fair wages, eradicating poverty through skill development, creating job opportunities and ensuring that workers have a safe and healthy environment to work in.

By creating various committees such as worker’s committee, sexual harassment committee and a grievance committee, we make our employees aware not only of their rights but also of the negative practices they need to be aware of. Women in India at a very early age are given into marriage as the family feels that they are a burden to them. We choose girls above the age of 19, train them and give them employment. Every employee at our enterprise has a bank account and a debit card, which gives them financial confidence and allows them to have a say when and with whom they would like to get married.”

Why do you think this project is important?

“Brigham Young, one of the founders of the Mormon community in the US, once said, “You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation.” We believe that if you give skills and employment to a woman, her focus will be to ensure a comfortable home for her children and to provide them with a good education. Making a woman financially independent also gives her self-esteem and confidence. We have noticed that the entire family benefits from it and the required change in society can be brought through this project. In the coming years we are planning to generate employment for 1500 women.”

How do you reduce your environmental impact?

“We are focused on 4 areas concerning environmental preservation: waste and energy reduction, water consumption and land usage. Through various action plans in these 4 areas we hope to ensure minimal damage to the environment.”

What do you like the most about our collaboration?

“The values you stand for and the deep commitment that you show towards sustainability. We see a genuine respect towards us and what we do. Your frankness and support to overcome hurdles in a collaborative approach.”

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Hoy queremos compartirte una entrevista con Anjali, la mujer detrás de uno de nuestros proveedores principales en la India.  Su empresa emplea algodón orgánico certificado proveniente del Proyecto Chetna, y cuenta con certificaciones de terceros que avalan sus buenas prácticas: Fair Trade, GOTS y OCS. Su meta es empoderar a las mujeres jóvenes de su región.

¿Anjali, cuéntanos quién eres?

“Soy la fundadora y CEO de un proyecto de emprendimiento social fundado en 2002. Producimos ropa y accesorios empleando algodón orgánico certificado, de manera sostenible en Pondicherry, en el sur de la India. Hoy en día, trabajo con el objetivo de transformar Pondicherry y Auroville en las primeras localidades Fair Trade del país. Lucho por implementar el comercio justo, por empoderar a las mujeres, por garantizar su alimentación, por generar competencias y habilidades, por asegurar que la agricultura sea orgánica y sostenible y por el bienestar de todos los involucrados en la cadena de valor.”

¿Cuéntanos un poco acerca de tu pasado, de dónde vienes?

“Nací en Calcuta, en la India, crecí en Pondicherry en el sur del país. Allí me eduqué en el ‘Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education’. Al terminar me mudé a Italia, allí viví por 10 años. Volví a la India en 1999 y en 2002 decidí aventurarme a crear mi propia empresa.”

¿Cómo fue ese proceso de crear empresa?

“Cuando regresé de Italia, estaba muy motivada para trabajar en el sector social. Después de un par de meses noté que todos los proyectos que preparaba dependían de financiación de terceros, por lo que decidí crear empresa por mi cuenta, donde pudiese incorporar los valores en los que creía. En 2004 fi consciente de que los agricultores se estaban suicidando. Cuando visité las plantaciones descubrí la triste realidad, el uso de pesticidas, semillas modificadas genéticamente y, más aún, la trampa financiera a la que las corporaciones someten a quienes cultivan la tierra. Fue en ese momento en el que decidí concentrar mis esfuerzos en la creación de una empresa con miras a la agricultura y manufactura orgánica y al empoderamiento de quienes trabajan el campo.

Comencé a soñar con una entidad pionera en el sector de fabricación de textiles orgánicos. Una compañía que garantizara las condiciones ideales para el desarrollo integral del medio ambiente, la sociedad y las personas. Hoy, 14 años después, este emprendimiento ha crecido y se ha transformado en una empresa dinámica, con un alto nivel de responsabilidad e integridad.

Actualmente, la empresa emplea a 268 personas, de las cuales el 80% son mujeres. Ellas, en su mayoría, no han accedido al sistema educativo local, por lo que buscamos empoderarlas a través de nuestros programas de entrenamiento vocacional.”

Cuéntanos un poco más sobre el impacto de este proyecto en las mujeres de la región

“Si miramos de cerca a la industria de la moda encontraremos casos de mujeres y niños siendo explotados en las fábricas. Esto es algo que siempre me ha afectado, sin embargo, cuando aprendí sobre el modelo de comercio justo sentí esperanza. Basados en este modelo, implementamos 10 acciones puntuales que buscan proteger al trabajador. Centramos nuestros esfuerzos en la igualdad de género, los salarios justos, la erradicación de la pobreza a través del desarrollo de aptitudes, la creación de empleo y de un ambiente laboral saludable para las trabajadoras.

Mediante la creación de comités que escuchan a las empleadas, nos aseguramos que tengan la posibilidad de denuncia, que conozcan sus derechos y que puedan identificar malas prácticas por parte del empleador.

Las mujeres en la India, por otra parte, son ofrecidas en matrimonio cuando son jóvenes porque son consideradas como una carga para la familia. En nuestra empresa seleccionamos adultas jóvenes a partir de los 19 años, les ofrecemos entrenamiento y empleo. Cada una de ellas tiene acceso a una cuenta bancaria y a una tarjeta débito, lo que no solamente les da independencia económica, sino también les otorga la posibilidad de elegir con quién y cuándo casarse.”

¿Por qué crees que esto es importante?

“Brigham Young, uno de los fundadores de la comunidad Mormona en los Estados Unidos dijo una vez: “Si educas a un hombre, educas a un hombre. Si educas a una mujer, educas a una generación”. Creemos que si le das habilidades y empleo a una mujer, ella se enfocará en garantizar un hogar cómodo para sus hijos y buscará ofrecerles la educación que necesitan recibir. El ofrecerle independencia económica, elevará su autoestima y la confianza en sí misma. En los próximos años planeamos generar empleo para 1500 mujeres en la región.”

¿Cómo reduces el impacto medioambiental de tu empresa?

“Nos concentramos en 4 áreas: reducción de desechos, consumo de energía, agua y uso del suelo.”

¿Qué te gusta más de colaborar con nosotros?

Los valores que defienden, el compromiso holístico referente a la sostenibilidad en la moda. Percibo un respeto genuino hacia lo que somos y lo que hacemos, su franqueza y soporte al momento de sobrepasar las barreras en un esfuerzo conjunto.

Dragon Fruit Printed Story

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A “Printed Story”, just in case you are wondering, is our quest to enrich your life with meaning. We design our own prints, for you to feel a meaningful connection with what you wear day by day. This time, we got inspiration from one of the trips we’ve made to China, where we rediscovered the exotic dragon fruit. Here’s a brief interview of Sandra, the designer behind this iconic print.

What’s the inspiration behind this Printed Story?

During a trip to China I rediscovered the dragon fruit. Its exoticism, delicacy, soft flavor and vibrant colors are the inspiration behind the print.

What techniques did you use, can you explain the creative process?

I hand drawn the dragon fruit, combined with flowers, then applied a watercolor technique. It was an experimentation process, mixing photography, drawing and painting, all inspired in the aesthetic of the fruit.

Why does this print stand out from the crowd?

This is the first watercolor print designed in Skunkfunk, so it’s exciting for us. Undoubtedly, it was a challenge not only for me as a designer, but to the factory as well, but in the end the result was unique and beautiful. What we love as well about it is the fact that it has a harmonised color palette easy to mix and match. Little by little, we are changing the perception of the made in China to a positive one that creates value for you, the customers and for us, the brand.

 

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(Castellano)

Un “Printed Story”, si te lo estás preguntando, es nuestra manera de enriquecer tu vida con significado. Diseñamos nuestros prints con la intensión de hacerte sentir una conexión profunda con lo que vistes en el día a día. En esta ocasión, nos inspiramos en uno de los viajes que hemos hecho a China, donde redescubrimos el Dragon Fruit (pitaya en castellano).

Nos lo cuenta Sandra, la creadora detrás de este icónico print:

 ¿Qué hay detrás de este Printed Story?

Durante un viaje a China, redescubrí el Dragon Fruit. Su exotismo, delicadeza, suave sabor y colores vibrantes, me inspiraron para crear este print.

¿Qué técnicas habéis usado, podrías explicar un poco el proceso creativo?

Dibujé a mano la fruta, le agregué unas flores y luego apliqué sobre éstas la técnica de acuarela. Fue un proceso experimental, la verdad, donde mezclé fotografía, dibujo y pintura, inspirada en el contorno y colorido de la fruta.

¿Por qué este print mola?

Es la primera vez que Skunkfunk incorpora acuarelas en sus procesos creativos, así que es una experiencia que nos emociona. Sin duda alguna fue un reto, tanto para mi como para la fábrica, y en cuanto al resultado, pienso que logramos crear un print único, cargado de belleza.  Lo que más nos gusta del diseño es la harmonía de la paleta de color, divertida y fácil de combinar.  Poco a poco estamos cambiando la percepción de lo “hecho en China” hacia una visión más contemporánea y positiva, creando valor para quienes ven posible un mundo distinto.

 

#IAMGREENER & JAZZALDIA | SKUNKFUNK DONOSTIA

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(EN) Last friday we celebrated the 51st edition of Jazzaldia in Donosti-Legazpi 7. The designer and creative director Marta Pineda helped us create a gig in our window, saxophonist included! We love Jazz music!

Thank you to all who joined the party and danced in our photocall, and participated in our contest. And a special congratulation to the winner Olatz!

Here are some photos by our super photographer Nerea from @InviernoenSandalias 🙂

(ES) El viernes pasado estuvimos celebrando la 51 edición del Jazzaldi en nuestra tienda de Donosti, Legazpi 7. La diseñadora y directora creativa Marta Pineda nos ayudó a montar en nuestro escaparate un concierto de música con saxofonista incluido. ¡Viva el jazz!

Gracias a todas las que os unisteis a la fiesta y pasasteis a bailar en nuestro photocall participando en el concurso. Muchísimas felicidades a la ganadora del vale Olatz!

Os dejamos con las fotos que sacó nuestra super  fotógrafa Nerea de @InviernoenSandalias 🙂IMG_1222image4image1image11IMG_1223IMG_1227IMG_1219image5IMG_1225 IMG_1217IMG_1220IMG_1224 IMG_1218

#IAMGREENER | SKUNKFUNK AT BBK LIVE 2016

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(EN) The #BBKLive16 is here and with your help we are are ready to transform it into a greener festival!

Find us in our stand close to Stage 3 or you can see us around the festival with our recycling baskets.

These are our #IamGreener activities:

GREEN HOLI

We are going to paint the festival with green! Dance, jump and sing under a green rain and make and statement declaring yourself an authentic #IAmGreener.

The fun begins today (Thursday) at 21h, Don´t miss out!

I AM GREENER BASKETS

Recycle during the entire festival! You will find us around the festival with our recycling baskets – wearing them as a backpack. After we collect, we will ensure everything gets recycled!

PHOTOCALL AT OUR WOODEN STAND

Come to our stand made from local and ecologic wood and participate in our giveaway for the chance to win 150 euros in Skunkfunk!

Take a picture in the photocall zone wearing one of Maiana Agarrody’s helmets and be sure to post it on your social networks – Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #IamGreener.

If you participate you will receive an #IamGreener tote bag as a gift, perfect to carry all of your festival belongings and also the plastics or garbage generated during the festival to throw them away when possible!

TEMPORARY TATTOOS

Tattoo yourself at the festival with our temporary tattoos #IamGreener. It will take less than one minute!

Don´t worry, it’s not permanent! The body painting is done with a water base. Easy to remove with soap and it doesn’t irritate the skin.

 

Don´t forget! These will be the hashtags that we’ll be using during the festival:

#IamGreener #SkunkfunkGirl #Skunkfunk #BBKLive16

3,2,1, GO!

 

(ES) Llega el #BBKLive16, y nosotros listos para convertirlo otro año más en un festival verde junto a todos vosotros.

Encuéntranos en nuestro stand junto a la carpa del escenario 3 o por todo el recinto con nuestras cestas de reciclaje!

Estas serán nuestras actividades #IamGreener:

GREEN HOLI

Vamos a pintar el festival de verde! Baila, salta, canta bajo una lluvia verde y declárate un auténtico #IamGreener.

Te esperamos en nuestro stand el jueves a las 21H!

CESTAS I AM GREENER

¡Recicla durante todo el festival! Nos encontrarás por todo el festival con cestas de reciclaje a modo de mochila. Nosotros nos encargaremos después de reciclar los vasos en los contenedores amarillos.

Intercambia tu vaso vacío por una chapa “I am Greener”. ¡Concienciemos entre todos al resto de festivaleros para mantener el recinto como lo encontramos!
PHOTOCALL EN LA CABAÑA
Ven a nuestra cabaña de madera ecológica y local y participa en nuestro sorteo para ganar 150 € en prendas Skunkfunk!
Sácate una foto en el photocall con los cascos de la artista Maiana Agarrody y compártela en tus redes sociales- Facebook, Instagram o Twitter con el hashtag #IamGreener.

Al participar os llevaréis directamente una bolsa I am Greener de regalo, para que podáis llevar todo lo que necesitéis de forma cómoda o guardar plásticos o basura que se genera para tirarla cuando se pueda.
El lunes publicaremos quién ha ganado en nuestro Facebook.

¡Muchísima suerte para todos!

TATUAJE TEMPORAL
¡Tatúate durante el festival con nuestros tatuajes temporales #IamGreener. ¡Tardaremos menos de un minuto en hacerlo!

Es pintura de body painting con base al agua. Se quita super fácil con jabón y no irrita la piel.

 

Estos son los hashtags que estaremos utilizando durante todo el festival:

#IamGreener #SkunkfunkGirl #Skunkfunk #BBKLive16

SKUNKFUNK AT SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

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(EN) Recently, we attended an event that brought together brands from all around the world to discuss a topic that is very close to our hearts. From May 22-24, we took part in the annual SUSTAINABLE BRANDS event in Barcelona.

(ES) Hace unos días estuvimos en un evento que ha reunido a marcas de todo el mundo y que nos generó muchas curiosidad por la transversalidad de los participantes. Del 22 al 24 de mayo, estuvimos en  SUSTAINABLE BRANDS en Barcelona.

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(EN)An event where visionaries, innovators and the big industry discussed; people from Coca Cola, CF Brands, Lego, Adidas, Acciona, Samsung and many more took part.

(ES) Un lugar de discusión entre visionarios, innovadores y la gran industria; gente como Coca Cola, VF brands, Lego, Adidas, BAsf, Acciona, Samsung y un largo etcétera.

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(EN) We listened and learnt from speakers like Andrew Winston and William Mc Donough, the author of Cradle to Cradle. In the audience there was everyone from politicians to institutions, big corporations to everyday people each with the common goal of wanting to be part of a movement that is here to stay.

The result? Information, inspiration and great new friends!

(ES) Escuchamos y aprendimos de visionarios como Andrew Winston o al autor de Cradle to Cradle William Mc Donough. Entre el público desde políticos, instituciones y grandes corporaciones  a militantes y gente que quiere tomar parte en un movimiento que esperamos este aquí para quedarse.
¿El resultado? Información, inspiración y nuevos amigos!

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SKUNKFUNK SWAPPING DAY

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(ES)  ¡Intercambia las prendas Skunkfunk que ya no utilizas! Porque sabemos que estas prendas quieren seguir paseándose por nuestras calles.

Nosotros te ponemos un perchero y tu tienes que traer un mínimo de 5 prendas para colgar las tuyas y ver las de los demás durante una hora.
Dinos a qué hora del viernes 11 de marzo a la tarde de 15 a 20H te viene bien y arreglamos turnos entre toda la gente que se apunte.
Os esperamos en Ronda St Pere 31 en Barcelona!!

Reserva tu espacio /
Teléfono: 934 638 395
Mail: outletbarcelona@skunkfunk.com

(CAT) Hola, fa temps que veníem pensant en fer això i per fi ens hem posat a fer-ho.
Volem donar-vos l’oportunitat de poder intercanviar les peces Skunkfunk que ja no utilitzeu per la raó que sigui.
Perquè sabem que aquestes peces volen seguir sortint dels armaris i seguir passejant pels nostres carres,
Per què no intercanviar el que ja no et queda be o no t’agrada?
Nosaltres t’ho posem en un carro i tu tens que portar un mínim de 5 peces per penjar les teves i veure-les dels altres durant un hora.
Ens dius a quina hora del divendres 11 de Març a la tarda de 15h a 20h et va be , i fem torns entre tota la gent que s’apunti.
Us esperem a Roda St. Pere, 31 de Barcelona

Reserva tu espacio /
Teléfono: 934 638 395
Mail: outletbarcelona@skunkfunk.com