Passionate about social justice, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, Tanvi Bikhchandani writes about fashion through the lens of sustainability.
Tanvi Bikhchandani is the Co-founder of Tamarind Chutney, a social enterprise that aims to improve artisan livelihoods and reduce textile waste. A product of Stanford, Tanvi leads business development, communications, and impact at TC. At Tamarind Chutney, the team sources fabrics directly from small to medium-sized artisans, provides them with design inputs, and aims to share profits with them. Tanvi also worked at Central Square Foundation, a venture philanthropy fund in India, where she managed a portfolio of early-stage non-profits and also served as the chief of staff to the managing directors.
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A bookworm, aspiring dog mom, and a social justice warrior, Tanvi writes about fashion through the lens of sustainability. Sustainable fashion refers to a fundamental shift in the way our society perceives production and consumption — by moving away from a linear mindset of use and throw to a circular one that leads to the regeneration of resources. However, its environmental benefits notwithstanding, sustainable fashion has often been typecast as ‘boring’ due to a popular myth that sustainable brands stick to earthy, neutral colours, and loose silhouettes. Tanvi aims to be a voice for sustainable fashion with the view of migrating it from it’s perceived luxury of an elite audience to being more inclusively perceived and economically priced at a large scale. “Seldom would people identify the clothes they wear as a source of pollution. Yet, in 2015, textiles production led to 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is more than that of maritime shipping and international flights combined. Textile dyeing and associated activities contributed to 20 percent of all industrial water pollution.”
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