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Shopping Sustainably

As the world becomes more aware of the dangers of climate change, many brands are doing their part to protect our planet. Here at Mandinka Home, we are invested in combining high-quality designs with eco-friendly standards – resulting in the latest trend that may be the key to saving our environment: sustainable fashion.

You may ask, “what is sustainable fashion and why is it so important?” 

Sustainable fashion is a term used to describe the movement of implementing environmental and socially ethical processes in the fashion industry. As a customer, you want to know that the items you're buying was created without causing harm. From creating products using renewable materials to paying workers fair wages, sustainable fashion is all about shopping with a purpose and creating a better world.


It’s also about reversing the damage created by fast fashion. This occurs when brands overproduce trendy designs for low costs. While the clothes may be cheap, the workers who create the garments are often underpaid and mistreated. Fast fashion also has a negative impact on the wellbeing of the planet. According to the Sunday Post, the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing a year. When these overproduced pieces are thrown away, they created landfills of pollution.


To combat this practice, our founder has committed to eliminating waste by producing only 10-20 pieces at a time. These timeless pieces are eco-friendly and come straight from the heart of West Africa. Mandika Home is all about investing in social responsibility by sourcing ethically and supporting local communities –providing our workers with fair wages and education. Here’s how we do it:

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle

One of the top trends in sustainable fashion is repurposing used products and converting them into wearable pieces. Many African countries, including Ghana, acquire over a million tons of plastic waste a year. To prevent the plastic from polluting the nearby sea, we partnered with Trashy Bags, a small business consisting of 60 full-time workers at their workshop in Accra. Trashy Bags collects, washes, and transforms recycled plastic water sachets into bold reusable shopping bags.

Grass with a twist!

Another way to support environmentally friendly fashion is to purchase goods that are created with all-natural products. We collaborated with artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana to produce these beautiful hand-woven Bolga baskets. Crafted with repurposed elephant grass and authentic leather handles, this durable tote will accompany you on countless shopping sprees!

Conscious Comfort

Shopping at Mandika Home means knowing that your decor was handcrafted with the finest natural products. Sabahar’s Estella pillow is made with locally sourced Ethiopian cotton and silk. From the hand-spun thread to the intricately weaved fabric – these pillows are exactly what your living room needs!

 

Creating Opportunities

There’s more to sustainable fashion than stylish clothes, it’s also about social justice and empowering our communities. Ndomo is a local business in Mali that is dedicated to training young adults to dye textiles using traditional and modern methods. By teaching young Malians trade skills, Ndomo is investing in the next generation’s education and providing them with the means to become financially independent.

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