Fashion Forward: Leading the Charge Towards Sustainability

May 31, 2024

Rethinking Consumption 

How can we create a more sustainable planet? This is a question we ask ourselves everyday. Rather than adding more to our lives, the answer lies in simplicity. We should aim to maximize the use of existing resources by repairing them and finding innovative ways to repurpose materials instead of constantly buying new ones. 

A Devastating Reality

A huge contributor to waste and overconsumption is fast fashion, and the clothes that are produced and consumed in this industry. 

First, let’s define what fast fashion is. It is “a term used to describe the readily available, inexpensively made fashion of today.” Similar to “fast food”, “fast fashion” connotes unhealthiness and overconsumption. It is difficult to put a finger on where the product comes from and who has a hand in producing it. 

In her TED talk, The Simple Solution to Fast Fashion, Josephine Philips, the founder of SOJO, a fashion repair app, talks about how “fashion waste levels have reached 92 million metric tons. If you put everyone that lives in Europe on one massive weighing scale, the amount of fashion waste we produce annually would be more than every person combined in Europe.”

The fast fashion industry not only raises questions about the ethical and humane treatment of the people working in its supply chain, but it also creates enormous environmental issues that have more implications than the aviation and shipping industries combined. 

Can we move away from consumer culture?

This World Environment Day, let’s rethink our approach to sustainability. The reality we face calls for a shift in our mindset towards consumption. It is time to break away from the cycle of excessive waste and embrace sustainable alternatives.

Let’s acknowledge the potential we have to change the way we purchase and consume clothing. By purchasing from smaller, more sustainable brands, we are able to make more conscious choices that contribute to a more sustainable planet for everyone.

Eco-Friendly Options

Brands like Pantee, SOJO, Thought Clothing, and Reformation are just several brands that exemplify the power of innovation and conscious consumption in the fashion industry. Based out of the UK, Pantee is a sustainable underwear brand that transforms ‘deadstock’ materials into new garments. 

Katie and Amanda, the sister duo behind Pantee, were insistent that new t-shirts and materials should not end up in the landfill. And Pantee was born. Their underwear and more recently basic range, are anything but basic. We love everything about what they are doing and what they stand for. 

SOJO, a London-based app, is dedicated to making clothing work for each person. Whether it is through in-house alterations and repairs or connecting consumers with the closest tailors, they get the job done. Less throwing away, and more, hanging on to your favorites and wearing them time and time again. 

Thought Clothing focuses on creating stylish and eco-friendly clothing using sustainable materials like bamboo and recycled materials in their clothing. They also prioritize ethical manufacturing practices and transparency throughout their supply chain. 

Reformation, a pioneer in the sustainable fashion industry emphasizes the importance of the circular economy, such as garment recycling and upcycling programs, to minimize waste and extend the lifespan of their products. 

Our Passion for Sustainability

At Bodhi and Co., we have had the privilege of collaborating with experts in the field of sustainability. Our partnerships span across continents, working closely with institutions like MIT. Professor Randy Kirchain, Co-director and principal research scientist at the Concrete Sustainability Hub And the Carbon Trust in the UK. 

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond borders. In the UK, we have tackled environmental challenges, such as reducing single-plastic usage, and developed a sustainable solution for chilled food packaging. But it’s often even the smaller things that soon add up. Do you really need to print branded t-shirts for a trade show that no one is going to wear? As marketeers and ambassadors, we take our role seriously when finding good sustainable solutions, especially when it comes down to merch.  

What Can You Do?

What can you do now to make a difference? The answer is simple. Purchase from smaller, sustainable brands like the ones mentioned above to make more conscious choices. 

Minimize the amount of waste we use by using apps like SOJO and repurposing old clothing and repairing items instead of replacing them, and don’t forget to recycle whenever you can! It makes a huge difference on the Earth. 

Spread awareness about the environmental impact of fast fashion and the importance of using sustainable alternatives and support small businesses that promote sustainability in the fashion industry. 

With Love

At Bodhi and Co., we love our Earth and want it to last as long as it can. That is why we are deeply committed to nurturing our planet and creating a more sustainable future for generations to come.

We believe that every action counts, no matter how small it may seem. Whether it is choosing to support sustainable brands or making conscious choices in our daily lives, each step towards sustainability matters.

Together, we can make a significant impact on our planet and create a brighter, greener future for all. 

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Ana Dennis

Ana is driven by a passion for content creation and marketing campaigns and excels at blending visual and written storytelling to create impactful marketing campaigns.

Hope Ball Raises $3 Million in 10 Years

May 16, 2024

In a celebration marked by elegance and generosity, the 40th Biennial Hope Ball illuminated Greenville on Friday April 26th, 2024, raising over $704,000 in a single night, marking the largest amount ever raised in the history of the Hope Ball.

Held for the first time at The 405 Venue with catering by Table 301, 522 guests and over 44 sponsors gathered to raise money for Neighborhood Cancer Connection. With cocktails from Six and Twenty Distillery and live music from Atlantic Party Fantastics, it was a spectacular event, and a great time was had by all that attended. 

Since 1984, the ball has proved the power of giving and the resilience of our Greenville community. A now tradition in the Greenville calendar, this year marked a significant milestone as The Hope Ball celebrated their 40th anniversary of this special event.

Held every two years, the Hope Ball is an elegant, black-tie dinner and dance. The glamorous event is organized by a dedicated team of 50 volunteers (all of whom are female) and provides funding for the Neighborhood Cancer Connection, for over 2 years, helping over 2,000 cancer patients and their families. 

44 Sponsors helped to make this year’s event truly special. Special mentions go out to Gastroenterology Associates, Interim Healthcare, ProSource, Prisma, and Bon Secours.

As we reflect on this milestone, we are reminded of the impact that collective action can have on our community. Bodhi and Co. are incredibly proud to have played a part in making this year’s event a huge success, along with many other sponsors and partners. 

“Events like these are vital for a local charity like ours and the cancer patients who depend on us,: says Angela Green, Chair of the Hope Ball. “Over the past 10 years, the Hope Ball has raised over 3 million dollars to help cancer patients and their families in Greenville. We can’t wait to do it all again in April 2026.”

The support the Hope Ball receives ensures the Neighborhood Cancer Connection can continue to help local cancer patients in our community. From financial aid to counseling, nutrition to equipment, the local charity takes a holistic approach to helping local cancer patients. 

The Hope Ball and the supporting events that led up to the big night were organized by a dedicated group of 50 volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and professional expertise. Dani Wilkinson founder and CMO of Bodhi and Co., worked on the PR and Marketing Team, helping to spread the message of the work done and the money raised, as well as building excitement in the run up to the event.

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Ana Dennis

Ana is driven by a passion for content creation and marketing campaigns and excels at blending visual and written storytelling to create impactful marketing campaigns.

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