I always loved fashion. Clothes are the skin you choose for yourself, how you silently convey to people what you are about.
I was surprised to find out that some of my clothes were made through practices associated with greenhouse gases, the overuse of water, and human rights violations. I didn’t know that I was contributing to something that could be detrimental to the environment.
So, I started getting interested in sustainable clothes, women’s empowerment, fair labor, and conservation. Now, I volunteer for Fashion for Conservation. We organize galas and runway shows to spread the vision of conservation, and we work with artisans in Peru to train them on sustainable practices for making and selling jewelry and accessories to create their own business.—Sandhya Shahdeo, originally from Ranchi, Jharkhand, India