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Hello!! I hope everyone is keeping safe but enjoying a little more freedom since our last newsletter!

I absolutely have, I’ve enjoyed a bit of time with some friends, been back to the gym and been for an early morning dip in the sea so I’m happy!

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As we are slowly able to start mixing again, I am definitely feeling the love and appreciating the people in my life more than anything else. Being around the people that matter to me is what I have missed the most. Remember our ‘happiness is where your people are’ t-shirts are available to shop, in a range of sizes, on our site so why not share your appreciation by buying one as a gift for your bestie to show how much they mean to you!

What’s happening this month

At Kalka we always appreciate the feedback we receive, and we want to be constantly creating item’s that our customers truly love to wear and buy. Recently, we have had quite a few requests and enquiries about kids wear so I am pleased to let you in on a secret that we are now in the

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process of working on some sample garments for all the little people in our life! My own son Alex is loving wearing our samples and putting them to the test out playing, and he is desperate to model some of the new pieces for you, so you will no doubt see his face on our socials a lot over the next few months!

Whats new

This leads me nicely onto my next bit of exciting news! Until now, we have been extremely limited to what photos and content we can put out to our customers and supporters due to lockdown. But now, we are getting excited about doing our first ever Kalka photoshoot!

photoWe aim to do most of our photos on locations around Scotland and are keen to capture the beauty of the places nearby as well as showcasing our products, so we have our photographer, models and stylist desperate to get out and get some amazing shots to share with you that will complement and re-enforce our brand identity – keep your eyes peeled!

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Last month we launched our limited-edition collection to celebrate world earth day and I was blown away with the number of orders and the amount of amazing feedback we got from this! So, we have decided to do a similar mini collection to celebrate World Bee Day this month!! Who doesn’t love bees!? We will continue to giveaway our wildflower scatter seeds with every order placed (not just the bee collection!) And will also donate 20% of our profits to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We love that you guys get behind these collections and love to help!! I hope that our new bee collection will be just as well received!

That’s all our goss from Kalka for this month but as always, thank you for your continued support and I hope you all have a safe, sunny, and spectacular May!!

Gill x

 

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KALKA designs was created by Gillian McCormick and are based in Paisley, Scotland. It is a brand that was born during a time of great uncertainty when a global pandemic forced the world to slow down. Initially, it seemed our freedom had been taken from us, but it soon became apparent that we are now freer than ever! We have been given the chance to change our world and the way we live in it which encourages a clearer view of what matters. As a new brand, we welcome the opportunity for growth and new beginnings which is always a source of inspiration for new designs.

Based in Paisley, Scotland, we take great pride in finding inspiration from our local surroundings, although our designs are not exclusive to the people of our town. We focus on natural influences and where possible, we make our products from organic fabrics to support a sustainable future for our planet. It is important to us that our customers receive the highest quality of products and excellent service. We encourage people to get in touch to work with us to create original pieces that you truly love to wear.

Food

Incorporate ‘meatless Mondays’ into your weekly routine! Animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Meat production depletes valuable resources e.g. land and water and accounts for a quarter of the earth greenhouse gas emissions. 1 single pound of beef requires 1800 gallons of water. However, a plant-based burger generates 90% less GHGs, has 99% less water impact and 93% less impact on land use. So, going plant-based for 1 day per week (or 3 meals throughout the week if you prefer) can make a huge difference! Check out Rascals Kitchen for some phenomenally tasty inspiration if you need it!

Not ready to change to plant-based? Here are a few other ways to make a difference through what you eat; 

  • Carefully prep your meals in advance to avoid food waste
  • Buy organic products which keep your body and the environment free from toxic pesticides
  • Reduce the farm to fork distance by shopping locally, saving fuel for transportation of your food

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(statistics from earthday.org)

 

Fashion

350,000 tonnes of clothing is thrown away every year in the UK, but did you know that most fast fashion brands actually design their garments to last a maximum of 10 years, making you need to shop more often and therefore throw out more!? We can combat this by checking our labels! Here’s what to look out for

Organic fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool have a much higher wearing time than synthetics such as polyester, nylon and acrylic, and are biodegradable therefore kinder to the planet when they are eventually disposed of, making them better for the environment and your purse!

Ever bought a cheap top and stop wearing it because it makes you feel itchy or sweaty? This is because manmade fabrics are made from microfibres of plastic which do not allow your skin to breathe! You’ve never seen a sweaty or itchy woolly sheep though have you?!

The microfibres in synthetic clothing are causing massive problems in our water systems, these plastic fibres are washed out of our clothing and are small enough to pass through wastewater treatment plants and end up in the sea. Animals are then digesting them before we eat them so if you don’t want to be eating your plastic clothing then check your labels and buy organically when you can!

Consider where you shop! Sites such as Depop have seriously increased the demand for 2nd hand! They offer peer-to-peer shopping which ensures customers can always purchase on-trend and not be left behind in the fashion stakes! Garments can be bought in excellent condition and often items have never even been worn! So, if you feel like treating yourself to something you couldn’t normally afford or you receive an unwanted gift, consider Depoping it! 

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KALKA was created by Gillian McCormick and is based in Paisley, Scotland.

It is a brand that was born during a time of great uncertainty when a global pandemic forced the world to slow down. Initially, it seemed our freedom had been taken from us, but it soon became apparent that we were now freer than ever! We had been given the chance to change our world and the way we live in it which encouraged a clearer view of what matters. As a new brand, we welcomed the opportunity for growth and new beginnings which is always a source of inspiration for new designs.

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Based in Paisley, we take great pride in finding inspiration from our surroundings although our designs are not exclusive to the people of our town. We focus on natural influences and make our products from organic fabrics in order to support a sustainable future for our planet.

It is important to us that our customers receive the highest quality of products and excellent service. We encourage people to get in touch and work with us to create original pieces which you truly love to wear.Kalka Designs

You can find us on our website please feel free to browse our products.