i.Lab Alum, Shakti Intl., Making Sustainable Fashion The Norm

When you walk into a grocery store, you have lots of options: there are fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products, packaged foods; the list goes on. For every category, you can find an alternative that is organic, non-GMO, fair trade, natural, local, grass-fed, cage-free, or any other similar descriptor found right on the label of the item you pick up. We generally value information about what we put in our bodies and are increasingly considering the sustainability of its sourcing.

However, when it comes to what we put on our bodies, we have less information and pay less attention; we don’t thoroughly consider the sustainability implications of our clothing. That was one issue UVA students Jane Hammaker and Shafat Khan, along with fellow students Malvika Jain and Raghav Savara, wanted to address when co-founding Shakti Apparel, a registered limited liability corporation partnered with the Raj Lakshmi Stitching Center in the small village of Tahtajpur, Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Read the entire article by Sabrina Sampson here.