Japanese tennis ace and four-time major winner, Naomi Osaka, has shared stunning pictures of her vacationing in Mykonos in Greece, as she celebrates her 24th birthday with her family and friends in the island paradise.
Osaka, who turned 24 on October 16, posted several pictures of her on social media and tweeted, "24, Kobe year. Thank you for all the birthday wishes. When I was younger it was just my sister and parents who wished me a happy birthday, now a few years later to have people all over the world doing the same…It feels surreal. I'm so extremely thankful, honored and blessed."
The American former world No.1, who has taken an indefinite break from the game due to mental health issues, recently dropped out of the top-10 for the first time since winning the 2018 US Open title.
The Japanese player, earlier this year, had pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon citing mental health concerns.
Osaka posted pictures on Instagram, where she is seen posing in front of the Temple of Isis on the Greek island of Delos, located just off Mykonos. In another picture, she is seen enjoying her vacation in Mykonos, while in an eye-catching picture, she is seen sitting on a luxury yacht.
According to greekreporter.com, "Mykonos remains a hub of global luxury tourism, where international travelers can experience a slice of Grecian paradise. Mykonos is a popular destination for celebrities due to its unrivaled cosmopolitan atmosphere, fine dining and luxury accommodations, and famous nightlife."
Chitrangada Singh graced the 6degree #colorsofIndia show for designers Shikha & Srishti. We caught up with the gorgeous actress in a quick tete-e-tete on fashion, travel and what's on the cards:
Do you enjoy on-ground fashion events and the energy that comes with physical shows and appearances?
Chitrangada Singh: Absolutely I think we all have realised the importance of human interaction especially when I think of doing something with creativity like film sets, shoots and now fashion. It is so important to feed off each other's energy.
Your thoughts on traditional bridal ensembles?
Chitrangada Singh: Well, I think the most important thing is that the ensemble I wore for the show, even though it was bridal tradition wear, was not over the top and that's how I like it. Slightly understated, simple, classic.
In the world of fashion celebrity collaborations are replacing celebrity muses, what are your thoughts on that?
Chitrangada Singh: I think it depends. Definitely. I think sometimes you want to bring in your sense of self-style and character to the collection. And I think even for the designer itself, it's a fresh take you know to collaborate with someone who's obviously had enough experience involved in the business in the fashion. I think it's interesting.
What are your travel essentials?
Chitrangada Singh: I really need a really great backpack, which is very easy and it's not leather and all that, big and heavy. So yeah. Something very light and easy. So a good backpack is extremely important to invest in. Of course, a great pair of shoes is very important and I think it's always made sense to slip in a pair of heels wherever you travel because you never know.
Sometimes it's a little formal, so even if you have a pair of jeans and a white shirt or t-shirt and throw on a jacket and a pair of heels, it's a great fix. Yeah, and a pair of boots that go with everything.
How do you support sustainable fashion?
Chitrangada Singh: I've stopped shopping as much as I normally do, even online shopping. This whole idea of consuming so much needs to change. I mean, yes, you can choose a more responsible brand is making good choices and, you know, sort of sourcing and stuff, but at the end of it, it's about consumers. You know, how important it is to be in high fashion mode, I really think we should talk about this a lot more. It's okay to repeat clothes. It's okay, to be seen in the same dress twice a month and it doesn't mean anything. I think it is extremely important and social media has spiraled everything out of control. I think I'm going to start repeating my clothes and not shop as much. Minimalism is the key.
Do you live in the good hands of your stylist or do you make her life e.?
Chitrangada Singh: I'm a Virgo. It's a big problem. Things have to be a certain way. I see it, I like it, I wear it. I know I'm very set in my ways. I think I have about 20, black t-shirts, 20 white jeans in my cupboard.
What is an experience in your life that you're waiting to have?
Chitrangada Singh: I am waiting to go back to Bali.
Your ideal way to unwind, a book, a movie or go to the gym or a night out?
Chitrangada Singh: I really like a good movie and gym. Yeah, just like a good workout and then go grab some popcorn.
Mumbai, Aug 30 (IANS) Former US-Canadian porn star-turned-Indian film actress Sunny Leone has entered the 'Bigg Boss OTT' house.
In a candid conversation with host Karan Johar, Sunny spoke about her favourite contestant in the house, as she revealed Divya Agarwal as her favourite contestant as she has a "strong personality".
She played fun games like 'Coconut Task', the contestants had to do some steamy dance moves to showcase their compatibility followed by another task where they picked one contestant who they accepted and the one they wanted to block! Interesting, isn't it? She played Cupid for the housemates.
Sunny Leone recalled her own 'Bigg Boss' days and said: "Bigg Boss OTT' is all about #StayConnected, so I am here to spread some more love! As the host of 'Splitsvilla', I know what real connections look like and there are contestants who have some amazing bonding in the house."
She added: "I can guide the contestants a little more emotionally to find themselves through that process because this show is also about being over the top. So if you don't have a game you will not survive. I am looking forward to getting on the show and spilling some beans with Karan."
'Bigg Boss OTT' streams on Voot.
New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) Actor Karan Nath is the latest evicted contestant from 'Bigg Boss OTT' and he says he wants co-contestant Divya Agarwal, who is like a "sister" to him, to win the controversial reality show.
Karan told IANS: "I would want Divya to win the show because Divya and I had a real connection in the house. We were like real brother and sister. She took good care of me. So, I would definitely want Divya to win the show."
"Heart wants Divya, the brain says something else but I will stick with the heart."
Karan was evicted from the house along with actress Ridhima Pandit.
What according to him was the reason behind it?
"Since this is all about connection and not about individuals here I think somewhere we fell a little short, according to the audience. Me and Ridhima, we felt that we had a pure, honest connection and we weren't playing mind games with anyone and we were honest about our opinions," Karan said.
"If you talk about me I think I stood up for many people in the house...I defended them. I mean if it comes to audience voting then definitely we are sad that we fell short on votes."
However, Karan, who is best known for his role as the romantic hero in 'Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa', has no regrets.
"I have no regrets. The time I spent inside the house was quite nice, I enjoyed my stay in the Bigg Boss house. It was pretty short but I made some good friends there. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
He would love to come back as a wildcard.
"Yes, of course if they offer me again I would love to come back to the Bigg Boss house. I had a good experience. I would like to come back to the house," he said.
Hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, 'Bigg Boss OTT' streams on Voot Select.
New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) OTT platforms came as a blessing when the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world in 2020, bringing everything to a standstill. The ever-expanding universe of the digital space not just entertained the audience with binge-worthy content but also brought forward many talented actors and shone the spotlight on them and their craft.
Pankaj Tripathi, who can be tagged as the uncrowned king of the digital space, garnered a big fan following after his portrayal as the deadly gangster Kaleen bhaiyya from 'Mirzapur', power-hungry godman Guruji from 'Sacred Games' and the endearing friend in his latest release 'Mimi'.
Pankaj, who grabbed eyeballs ever since he shone on the web crime thrillers, says he is not trying to be a "game-changer" as he is only doing what loves the most -- acting.
"It feels good. The OTT stories have a big hand and the audience for making me the face of OTT. I am thankful. I am called a game-changer but I am just doing my job. I am not doing this to change the game. I am doing what I love and while doing it the game is changing," Pankaj told IANS.
The 44-year-old actor credits the webspace for showcasing his breakthrough performances.
"It is happening. I just love acting. I just got a chance after the advent of OTT. That chance was given by OTT," added Pankaj, who was born in the Gopalganj district of Bihar.
National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee's performances on the big screen and on the web-space cannot be questioned.
He raised the bar for himself with his work in 'The Family Man' and 'The Family Man 2'.
The 52-year-old star sees competing with himself as a "good thing".
"As far as people are saying that I am competing with myself, that is a very good situation to be in and everyone should compete with themselves and nobody else," said the actor.
Manoj added: "In acting you compete with yourself and nobody else rather with your own last work and this is what I always wanted to do and this is what I will do in day-to-day acting life and that's the way it is going to be. I am only interested in doing better than what I have done before."
He does not want to take the tag of being the ruler of the OTT space.
"There are so many actors who are actually the rulers of OTT and they are doing some amazing stuff and learn so much just by watching their work. The kind of performances they are coming up with is new and unique. They have their own method which is interesting to watch," added the actor, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019.
Actor Ali Fazal's tryst with web-stardom came in 2018 with his performance as the hot-headed Govind "Guddu" Pandit in the 'Mirzapur', which revolves around a proverbial ruler of Mirzapur in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.
The 34-year-old actor is overwhelmed with the love he has got over the years for his work in the crime thriller.
Ali says he is ecstatic to be a part of content evolution.
"I feel a bit of responsibility and feel happy that I was part of something that became the biggest change in our country and cinema. It is cool to see it unravel," said the actor.
He does not want to rush into getting into a signing spree as he says it gets exhausting.
Ali said: "So much talent has come but at the same time I have to be extra careful as to what my next is going to be and that is why I probably have not done the show and only done films."
"It takes up a lot of time and I think requires a lot of focus. It does drain me out. I can't churn out one after the other. I really admire my colleagues who are going one after the other."
Actress Richa Chadha is thankful to the OTT space for bridging the gap between TV viewing audiences and the urban audience.
"I am glad that people are now doing web series and better content options are available to people in India. There was a big gap between the TV viewing audience and the urban audience...so, I think the coming of OTT has solved that problem," she said.
The actress, who hails from Amritsar, Punjab, has treated the audience with her work in series such as 'Inside Edge', films 'Madam Chief Minister' and 'Lahore Confidential', among many others in the webspace.
"I do feel that I am competing with myself and I also feel like my work will be appreciated more in retrospect and am not saying it from a conceited space. I understand that a lot of actors will do different things and experiment and history is kinder to them than the present," added Richa.
Actress Shweta Tripathi is happy to be called the face of OTT.
Over the years, she has worked in the webspace in several projects including 'Mirzapur', 'Raat Akeli Hai', 'Laakhon main ek' and 'The Gone Game'.
The 36-year-old actress has revealed what she admires the most about the platform.
"What I love about OTT is that I can watch it anytime and anywhere at my convenience. I never think about competing with myself or anybody else. I just think I want to do justice to what the director and writer have imagined because this is their story. You are helping them tell their story. Thank you OTT," the actress added.
That's not it!
Actress Rasika Dugal in the OTT era can be tagged as one of the biggest success stories as she took everyone by surprise with her strong performance in the first and second season of the web series 'Mirzapur' as Beena Tripathi, who metamorphosed from a demure 'bahu' to a fierce woman.
Then there is Shefali Shah, who wowed the audience with her powerful performance as the fierce cop DCP Vartika Chaturvedi in the web series 'Delhi Crime' which bagged the Best Drama Series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards.
* PIC COURTESY MOVIE SHUVY
New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Former 'Bigg Boss 14' contestant Shefali Jariwala, popularly known as 'Kaanta laga' girl, feels that the event industry has been suffering for the past two years due to the global outbreak of Covid-19. She says its after-effects are slashing down the prices for live shows.
She tells IANS: "Lot of people at the backend from event managers to dancers to musicians are really suffering. We're trying to help each other out as much as possible and whichever few events that I am doing we have already slashed our prices by over fifty per cent so that my staff can keep working. It's alright if we earn a little less money, but it is very important for these people to earn."
Due to pandemics and the lockdown, live shows and shootings have hit the pause button. Thus Shefali is being choosy about her work.
"There is an apprehension in deciding what to do and what not to do. But earlier this year I finished shooting for a short film. I can't talk much about it because the official announcements will be made soon. I am expecting it to be released in the next couple of weeks."
She adds: "Also I have signed a lot of OTT and will be shooting in the month of August. We are waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted and will get on with the shoot."
Currently, the 38-year-old actress, who is married to actor Parag Tyagi, is waiting to get her second jab as she is looking forward to travelling.
"I have got my first shot of the vaccine and once I get my second shot, travelling will be much easier," shares Shefali.
Shefali is known for her glamorous image especially after the popularity of the album 'Kaanta laga'. But in reality, she prefers to be simple and carefree.
"I belong to a simple middle-class Gujarati family and I am still that simple person. You can find me wearing pyjamas and probably with oil in my hair and just lazing around at home."
New Delhi, July 16 (IANSlife) Monsoon is all about bright, happy colours and comfortable clothes. From 'work from home' meetings to cozy coffee dates, dress up according to the season to impress. Ashima Sharma, celebrity fashion designer and founder of Ashima S Couture shares some monsoon trends to follow this season.
1. Bold colours and dark shades are in trend: black and single colour pants can be worn with contrasting shades of tops and shirts.
2. Jeans are a classic but this year trend is of bell bottoms in denims that imitates the classic retro look.
3. Ruffles are again seen trending this monsoon with ruffled skirts and tops.
4. Monochrome shades are trending again this season, monochrome pants can be seen worn by many influencers and have gained popularity largely this monsoon.
5. The floral prints are a forever favourite of fashion lovers and these floral dresses are perfect for the monsoon season.
6. Culottes are the perfect and trending monsoon look for the office-goers as it gives comfort along with style. This is a choice opted widely by working women with an active lifestyle.
7. Crop tops are an ultimate fashion favourite for fashionistas this year. Especially in monsoon, crop tops are a raging trend. They can be teamed up with shorts, jeans and skirts to give a trendy look.
8. Short skirts were out of trend for since long but this year they are back in trend, this year many celebrities have been seen donning this look in their events and hence they are popular again. It is also a comfortable option for monsoons.
9. Free fitting clothes are in trend this monsoon. Due to the comfort factor and the fact they can easily be worn on a daily basis, the casual look is an ultimate favourite of the youth and free fitted clothes give the perfect casual look this monsoon.
10. Shrugs are a fashion favourite for the monsoons as they offer a perfect blend of a casual and trendy looks. They can be paired up with almost anything; like jeans, shorts, skirts etc. They provide the perfect trendy look for the monsoon season.
Los Angeles, July 15 (IANS) Model Gigi Hadid has shared that she worried about being a good mother while she was pregnant with her first child Khai.
The 26-year-old model opened up about how she kept a good journal and a bad journal which she thinks she might give to her daughter Khai one day, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Hadid also spoke about how well her beau and musician Zayn Malik has fitted into her family.
On her pregnancy anxieties, Gigi said in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar: "During my pregnancy, I had one journal that I called my good journal and one journal that I called my bad journal. They weren't that literal, but one was more for the memories, for Khai. Maybe one day I'll give her the bad journal just to be real about it."
Talking about what was inside the bad journal, she said: "Anxieties and days where I felt like, 'Am I good enough to be a mom?' I didn't want to feel guilty about feeling those things or writing those things down. I just liked the separation. I also have sketch pads where I'll water colour-sketch, and sometimes I end up writing there too. I write on the back of receipts and keep those in a notebook."
She added: "I'm not particular about it, and my journals are everywhere around the house. I just pick up whichever one is closest to me and write."
About Zayn, Gigi said: "At first he was like, 'How do I get a word in edgewise?' But now he is very comfortable. He speaks his mind. When he's in the middle of a family thing and everyone's like, ‘Zayn, whose side are you on?' He's charming. He's usually on my mom's side. So, he's smart in that sense."
She added: "This is not to say that I don't have a heart or Bella doesn't have a brain, but when dealing with family stuff and world issues, my mom calls me the brain and Bella the heart."
"My brother (Anwar) is half and half. Whatever the family dinner-table discussion is, Bella will be very emotional and compassionate, and I'm sitting there pulling up charts and infographics, speaking very calmly," she said.
Gigi added: "My mom is just very Dutch and to the point. And my dad's a storyteller -- a bit goofy, but always connecting it back to, 'Oh, you've heard the old Palestinian saying…"
Los Angeles, July 6 (IANS) Actress Rumer Willis has clapped back at trolls who tagged her as too skinny, with a picture dressed in a swimsuit.
The daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis shared a picture sporting a black thong bathing suit, reports aceshowbiz.com. The 32-year-old beauty was seen standing next to a pool and looking over her shoulder with her hands on her head.
"Mom's Red Bull always trying to steal my thunder...," she wrote alongside the image.
In the comment section, many of her fans shared their thoughts on her bikini body.
One fan said: "Nothing can steal anything from you especially not Red Bull, everything is just trying to be a part of your thunder!"
Another wrote: "Perfect shape."
One called her a "beautiful and amazing woman".
Her vacation photo came just four days after Rumer fired back at haters who said she was "too skinny".
The actress said that a "weird angle" made her look "smaller" than she normally does.
"It was a weird angle that even made me feel like I looked smaller than I do in real life," she had said.
Bharatanatyam, which is 2000 year old Indian classical dance form that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India has today spread globally.After years of formal training, the student, with the blessing of her Guru, presents her debut solo performance on stage with great devotion called as Arangetram, which literally means ascending the stage. Arangetram is an important milestone for an aspiring dancer of Bharatanatyam.
While Arangetram has traditionally always been performed in India by the disciples of classical Indian dance forms, it is heartening to know that the Indian diaspora also celebrates Arangetram with equal dedication and devotion.
One such diaspora member, Vaidehi Bodhankar, who is a Singapore permanent resident is presenting “Nritya Kalanjali” her debut performance of Bharatanatyam Arangetram on Sunday June 27, 2021. Nritya Kalanjali is jointly organized by Global Indian Cultural Center and Apsaras Arts Singapore.
Singapore is a confluence of various cultures such as Peranakan, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. In fact one of the official languages of Singapore is Tamil. It is no wonder that mother of Vaidehi Bodhankar, Dr Wrushali Bodhankar, who moved to Singapore in 2004 decided to imbibe Indian values and culture in her daughter.
“As a child Vaidehi was always fascinated by our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. So rather than enrolling her into any other dance form, I felt it was most appropriate for her to learn one of our classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, which will bring her closer to her roots even though we live away from India”, said Dr Wrushali Bodhankar.
Vaidehi started to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 years and after formal training at the Global Indian Cultural Center for more than a decade, she will present Nritya Kalanjali.
“As a four year old, I used to read a lot of Amar Chitra Kathas, which my father used to buy for me during his trips to India. I was quite fascinated by the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. I never imagined that I could live these stories through my dance and the more I learned about the mythological stories, the more I learned about the mudras and expressions. I started understanding the essence I have to capture through my dance. Bharatanatyam is not just dance but an amalgamation of our rich culture and traditions” said Vaidehi, when asked about what inspired her to take to Bharatanatyam.
Vaidehi further added, “Global Indian Cultural Center also gave me opportunities to present my talent and passion at temples and at events such as Indian Independence Day, Singapore National Day, and Chinese Lunar New Year. It was an honor to receive these opportunities to showcase not only our rich Indian cultural heritage but also play a part, even if very small, in promoting racial & religious harmony in Singapore.”
A number of well-known Indian musicians such as K, Hariprasad, V. Vedakrishnaram, J.B. Sruthi Sagar, Easwar Ramakrishnan and K.S. Balakrishnan recorded special track for Nritya Kalanjali. Vaidehi was trained for her Arangetram by her Gurus – Shri Mohanapriyan Thavarajah, Ms Seema Hari Kumar and Ms Gayathri Chachithanandar. Vaidehi is currently a grade 10 student studying in an International school in Singapore.
About Nritya Kalanjali:
Bharatanatyam Arangetram of Vaidehi Bodhankar
Date : 27th June 2021
Time : 3:00 pm India time
Guest of Honour : Mr. Edwin Tong SC (Minister for Culture, Community & Youth and Second Minister for Law)
Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) is a non-profit organisation of the Global Indian Foundation. Established in 2002, GICC is committed to the propagation of the rich and varied cultural heritage of the Indian sub-continent and designed to provide an ideal learning environment to the diverse communities in Singapore. Through specific initiatives tied to Indian culture and tradition, GICC provides an enriching educational experience that goes beyond academic horizons. The centre is well-known within Singapore’s community for offering a broad range of activities spanning the disciplines of performing arts including Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak classical dance forms, Carnatic and Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental classes including Flute and Keyboard. The Yoga programme started in 2005, in an effort to bring communities together, has seen remarkable participation of over 10,000 people, at GICC campuses over the years.
About Apsaras Arts:
With over four decades of international track record in creating and showcasing innovative dance productions, Apsaras Arts was founded as a teaching institution in Singapore in 1977 by Singapore’s pioneers in arts - Mr. S. Sathyalingam and Mrs. Neila Sathyalingam, alumni of Kalakshetra Foundation, India. Today, Apsaras Arts has transformed into a premier professional performing company and has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre on an international level, enjoying successful performances in Singapore and abroad. The company has created a repertoire of innovative dance productions, which are performed regularly by the company’s full-time professional dancers.
fashionEnvironmental sustainability has become the buzzword now and everybody in the fashion industry is talking about reuse, reduce, rework and recycle. Fashion brands have initiated various projects making a commitment to move towards being more sustainable.
IANSlife lists down some fashion and beauty brands to know about such initiatives:
As part of American Eagle's broader sustainability goals, the brand has introduced 'Real Good' products. With an aim to be carbon neutral by 2030, the brand is making a commitment to move towards more sustainable raw materials and reducing water and energy usage. Customers can now identify the sustainable items in the collection with the 'Real Good' badge. The collection includes materials that have been sustainably produced and/or sourced, such as recycled polyester and nylon, as well as cotton that's recycled, organic, and/or sustainably sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative. Real Good jeans are made in factories that meet expectations which include water reduction and management, wastewater that is less in volume and does not contain restricted or hazardous chemicals and water recycling.
Panerai reinforced its commitment to a sustainable environment and a healthy ocean by announcing its partnership with Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) to develop ocean literacy activities as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
The partnership will develop programs and actions with the final objective of developing transformative solutions to the existing and future challenges that face the ocean. From 2021 to 2030, the Ocean Decade will promote science-based management of the ocean and marine resources to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Panerai also unveiled the SUBMERSIBLE eLAB ID in April 2021, an environmentally-sustainable watch edition to date that has a total of 98.6 per cent of its weight come from materials integrating a high rate of recycled elements. Panerai also introduced the eco-friendly Luminor Marina eSteel featuring a new recycled steel alloy in both its case and dial.
At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Chopard unveiled their "Journey to Sustainable Luxury", a commitment to a multi-year programme to improve the environment and the lives of those at the very beginning of the supply chain.
It also supports artisanally run mines through the Alliance of Responsible Mining (ARM).
In May 2020, Chopard announced that they will be sourcing gold from the Barequeros in El Choco Colombia in conjunction with the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). The Barequeros are artisanal gold miners who are synonymous for using traditional mining practices which eliminates the use of mercury. These mining practices have been instrumental in protecting the region's biodiversity which is among the most unique in the world.
The Fast Retailing Jeans Innovation Center was established in 2016 as a hub for jeans research and development to transform the value of jeans offered by each of the Fast Retailing brands. The near-elimination of water from its wash process is one such example of the Center's ongoing work to perfect denim.
The process of making jeans requires enormous quantities of water. The Jeans Innovation Center developed an original washing method that incorporates new technologies into high performance washing machines which, in principle, do not consume water. The core technology is a combination of nano-bubbles and waterless ozone cleaning. Each cleaning method is best suited for a specific application, so that by combining them, our center was able to bring water usage very close to zero.
Following two years of research and development, the facility succeeded in reducing water use in the jeans washing process by as much as 99 per cent and more than 90 per cent on average. Masaaki Matsubara, Chief Operating Officer, confirmed that from 2020, all jeans by Fast Retailing brands will be produced using the new process, a production scale that will ensure sustainable denim is easy for every Fast Retailing customer to access, at prices that are within the normal range for each brand.
Sport and exercise fans wanting to keep their activity levels high, but their environmental impact low need look no further than a new collection of environmentally sustainable footwear and apparel launched by ASICS on Earth day. The new pack cross-category collection has been created using a circular manufacturing approach that saw around 5 tons of textile waste, the equivalent of 25,000 t-shirts, recycled into new shoes.
The socklining of the shoes are developed using a resource-saving technology called solution dyeing that reduces CO2 emissions by around 45 per cent and cuts water use by around 33 per cent compared to conventional dyeing processes.
The brand under the Bata India umbrella has launched an exclusive range of eco-friendly sneakers, The Good Shoe, on this World Environment Day. This range of sneakers has been created from recycled plastic bottles and utilises Bloom algae technology, replacing petroleum-based materials.
The brand sources its ingredients from local farmers who use environmentally sound farming practices and also have an organic farm in their factory at Lodsi, where they grow high quality plants and herbs. In September 2020, in order to make more sustainable choices and take on their responsibilities as a brand, they revamped their entire packaging and now use only recyclable PET and glass in their new packaging. Even their stock deliveries across stores in India, have seen elimination of the shrink-wrapping film. At the store level, they are moving towards providing more sustainable choices to the customers by introducing canvas cloth carry bags, which are recyclable and reusable. They have also set up a collection facility in each of their stores across the country, where you can drop off your Forest Essentials empties (jars and bottles of both earlier and new packaging).
This World Environment Day, Arata has partnered with Grow--Trees-- a social enterprise that provides a unique Greet with Trees service, to increase the green cover in the Sundarbans, West Bengal. The initiative involves planting mangrove trees to restore the lush, natural habitat and wildlife of the region. Arata has curated a range of combos for the customers to shop from, in order to contribute to this campaign. With every purchase of the Grow-Trees Combo on the Arata website, the brand plants a mangrove tree in the Sundarbans on the behalf of customers. Through this small initiative, the brand would like to show gratitude towards our mother nature and contribute to restore the lush, natural habitat and wildlife of the region.
Oriflame has achieved 76 per cent absolute reduction in GHG emissions since 2010. It uses 100 per cent renewable electricity at all Oriflame-operated sites since 2018. All waste generated across its manufacturing sites in India is sent for recycling and 100 per cent of its plastic packaging is recycled and co-processed through its waste management partner. In 2020, this has saved over 8 million litres of water and 2.5 million kWh of energy.
It has planted 6 million trees and protected them in reforestation projects. In 2020, 99 per cent of its paper, board packaging and catalogues came from credible certified sources or recycled materials.
Oriflame uses 100 per cent natural-origin exfoliants like almond shells, fruit seeds and olive stones in their scrub products that do not pollute the oceans. It also chooses to use bio-degradable formulations in its Love Nature rinse-off products and masks to further the cause. Since 2015, the brand has achieved 7 per cent reduction in water usage per produced unit at manufacturing sites.
( Courtesy IANS )