Commemorating ‘World Environment Day’, Reliance Industries Ltd.’s (RIL) R|Elan ‘Fashion for Earth’ in partnership with Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW), India’s premier fashion platform, presented the #EarthTee2 range. The first edition was launched on last year’s World Environment Day in collaboration with renowned fashion designer Anita Dongre and R|Elan. Like its predecessor, the limited-edition #EarthTee2 are made using R|Elan GreenGold – the greenest fabric with the lowest carbon footprint in the world – manufactured by recycling 50,000 PET bottles collected at the recently concluded LFW – Summer Resort ’19 edition. The aim of unveiling #EarthTee2 is to create awareness among people to switch to fashion that not only enhances aesthetics but also helps conserve the environment and our planet. As a testimony of encouragement to young innovative designers, the #EarthTee2 has been designed by Yavi, the winner of the Highest Voted Design at the R|Elan Elle Graduate 2019 contest. Various designers participated in the contest, where people voted for Yavi’s design and that has been used in #EearthTee2.
“The collection derives inspiration from Mother Earth addressing the devastating impact of climate change, extinction of various species and an imbalance in nature. It urges consumers to act in their own capacity towards taking steps in saving the planet. The design of the #EarthTee2 collection showcases concentric cycles, signifying the economic and environmental benefits of recycling and repurposing materials. The colours used have been taken from nature which have a soothing impact on the senses,” whilst elaborating on the designing aspects, Yavi said.
“Lakme Fashion Week is happy to collaborate with R|Elan to contribute towards a greener planet and hope this innovation will become a movement across events in the country. LFW has pushed the agenda towards sustainability for the past few years and we are glad that the conversation now seems to be developing strongly with brands and consumers now adopting this narrative,” speaking of the initiative, Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of fashion, IMG Reliance, said.
Lakme Fashion Week and R|Elan also collaborated to celebrate a special digital media campaign for World Environment Day through an initiative called #PlanetHeroes with #Earthee2. The campaign will acknowledge and amplify efforts of champions from diverse fields who have positively impacted the environment/found solutions to tackle environmental pollution through their inspiring initiatives and ideas. These include Afroz Shah (the man who has removed over 23 mn kilos of plastic from the coastline through his beach cleaning campaign and the first Indian to win the Nobel prize of environment – the Champion of the Earth, awarded by the UN), Monisha Narke (the founder of RUR GreenLife), Saumya Kalluri (the founder of Dwij), Prateek Sadhu (committed to sourcing sustainable, local ingredients), Shriyans Bhandari and national athlete Ramesh Dhami who have collaborated on Greensole (an eco-friendly enterprise that reuses shoe soles.