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A collection of articles relevant to recycling, the environment and natural fabrics

Nyrvaana sponsors care pouches for cancer patients

Nyrvaana sponsors care pouches for cancer patients

Our colorful little pouches are hopefully going to bring a smile to the faces of 60 women undergoing cancer treatment.  The pouches were lovingly stuffed with a packet of mints, aloe cream and a lip balm - a little something to help the women feel a little better right after treatment.  All of us know someone who either suffers from cancer or has lost a loved one to cancer. While researchers and medical professionals are doing their part to tackle cancer, let's all do what we can to help and support patients and their families. 

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Nyrvaana empowers girl in Chennai

Nyrvaana empowers girl in Chennai

One of our goals is to empower girls and women. Recently, we received a request for a cycle from a mother of a young girl. A first generation college student, this girl was having a tough time getting around walking or using the public bus.  Nyrvaana, used the profits from the sale of our products, looked for a good cycle, bought it and had it ready for her to come and pick up. The smile on the face of this girl tells the rest of the story. If you know a girl/woman who Nyrvaana can help do reach out to us....

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A "border" story

A "border" story

For a lot of our pouches and bags we use a particular type of border that is typically green or red with gold.  These borders are part of a traditional piece of cloth that men in South India wear during prayer time, festivals, weddings etc. Some are cotton with woven borders while some are made of pure silk. Most men own at least a couple of these. The cloth is usually white and is ideal for lounging around at home.  The cotton fabric ensures it is cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. These 6 meter pieces of cloth...

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Recycled fabrics - the possibilities are endless!

Recycled fabrics - the possibilities are endless!

A saree border is the most versatile piece of fabric and can be made into many beautiful things.  I saw this border and thought it would look beautiful above my dining room windows. I found a piece of wood (retrieved from an old window dressing), cut it to the right dimensions to fit above the window and then pasted the border on the wood using Mod Podge Matt Clear (you can find this in Target or any craft store).  I applied the Mod Podge over the fabric and then let it dry. Once it dried, I stapled the corners to...

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12.8 million tons of clothes went into landfills in the US in 2013!

12.8 million tons of clothes went into landfills in the US in 2013!

The numbers are staggering!  This article shows the numbers in the US - the numbers in other countries are probably similar.  Goodwill is doing great work in recycling clothes but we all have to pitch in.   

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