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September 2022 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2022 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2022

This month I continued to heal from my shoulder procedure (January 2022) and learning to live with pain in my right shoulder.

I was completed Module 2 Part 2 of the Changemaker Lab - World Pulse 2022 cohort and updated my initiative.

I received my World Pulse Digital Ambassador 2022 Certificate.

I celebrated Zero Waste Week 2022.

 

Surgeries 2017-2022

My surgery March 2020 - Blog about my endometriosis and PCOS by Sabeena Ahmed

For those that don't know I've been living with painful shoulders for the past 5 years and PCOS/Endometriosis for the last 30 years.

During November 2017 I had my first rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder, and then a year later October 2018 I had the same surgery on my left shoulder.

After a few months of intolerable pain I was addmited to hospital to have a ruptured cyst removed 17th March 2020. This was my third polycystic ovarian surgery since 2004.

Its been a long 5 years of excruciating pain, sleepless nights and slow healing.

I still have bouts of low energy, pain and anxiety/panic attacks.

January 2022 was the month I finally had injections to relieve the pain in my left shoulder.

It's been a long 6 months of healing and I'm trying to keep positive, unfortunately I am experiencing pain in my right shoulder.

I have been to see an orthopaedic consultant this month.

Thank you to all my friends and family who pray for my recovery and good health.

     

 

World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 

This year I applied on the prestigious World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 Program. I was accepted.

I completed Module 2 and updated my initiative.

 

Module 2 - Lesson 5

Mapping my Social Change Eco - System 

Building Movement Project Eco System by Deepa Iyer

 

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 - Module 2 Part 2, Lesson 6 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 - Module 2, Part 2, Lesson 6

with Ana Lozano

 

Module 2 - Part 2

Lessons 5-6, Reflection and Initiative Update

World Pulse Changmaker Lab 22 with Sabeena Z Ahmed (Social Change Eco-System)

My Social Change Eco-System    

I've really struggled completing Module 2, Part 2 due to long term health conditions.

First of all I'd like to thank Ana for her time and patience recording lesson 6 despite being ill.

Her dedication proves how much she cares about the Changemaker Lab program and her passion to support everyone who supports World Pulse.

 

Lesson 5 - Reflection

Lesson 5 focussed on the Social Change Eco-System.

As a social entrepreneur I play many roles these include the following:

Being an Experimenter + a Front Line Responder + a Visionary + a Disrupter + Storyteller + Caregiver. I am definitely a DISRUPTER!!!

Being a storyteller sustains ME and makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Lesson 6 - Reflection

Thank you Thank you Ana, for recording this ultra long session (1hr 16 mins), despite being poorly.

It took me several days to watch this recording and complete all the activities.

I mapped all my stakeholders and discovered my stakeholders who had hidden and visible powers.

I wish this lesson had been recorded in 10-15 bite size recordings/videos.

My attention span is awful and I had to rewind and re-watch certain segments over and over to understand each theory.

I truly hope I can complete this program because I am so far behind.

I'm still optimistic!

Thank you and much gratitude to everyone for reading my initiative update. A bit boring for those who haven't had access to the Changemaker Lab materials.

Sabeena :)

 

Changemaker Live Session - September 22nd 2022

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022 with World Pulse and Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022 with World Pulse Trainers Ana Lozana, Kat Haber and Ruth Howard

 

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022 with World Pulse and Sabeena Z Ahmed

We have reached mid point slide

 

 World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022 with World Pulse and Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022

with World Pulse 

 

 World Pulse Change maker Lab 22 Live session September 2022 with World Pulse and Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Pulse Change maker Lab 22  - Live story telling session 

September 2022

Many thanks to Ruth Howard for hosting this story telling session.

 

 

What is the World Pulse Changemaker Lab?

The Changemaker Lab is a sixth month in depth training program focused on creating, strengthening, enhancing and/or escalating your transformative initiatives.

World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 - Changemakers are Diverse slide

World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 - Changemakers are Diverse slide

 

World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 - Some of the amazing Changemakers including me Sabeena Z Ahmed

This was a chance for World Pulse members to raise awareness for their initiatives get recognised.

 

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed
69 Changemakers from 25 Countries applied to participate in the program

 

 World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

What does your initiative address? 

I wrote fair trade, publication and media and legacy.

You can just about make them out above.

 World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Pulse Leadership Opportunities slide with Dawn Arteaga

 

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Some of the Changemaker Lab World Pulse Trainers

 

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Phase 1 

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Phase 2

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

How it works

World Pulse Changemakers Lab Program 2022 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Dawn explaining World Pulse values

 

World Pulse 2022 Digital Ambassador Certificate

World Pulse 2022 Digital Ambassador Certificate - Sabeena Z Ahmed

Thank you World Pulse!

Many thanks to Dawn Arteaga forwarding my certificate

 

I am struggling to type and need to prioritise my health and well being.

I have explained my conditions to the World Pulse team who have been incredibly compassionate.

 

 Zero Waste Week 2022

This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2022. 

My health has been challenging with a painful right shoulder.

My health has prevented me from typing, walking and my anxiety has prevented me from visiting Zero Waste Shops and facilities.

I hope to support the Zero Waste Week 2022 movement with a translation in Urdu and more visits to Zero Waste Shops next year.

Below is my brief summary of my Zero Waste Week 2022

 

Day One Challenge

Introduction

We focus our campaign around small steps and a daily challenge. We’re going to start with something that’s already become a really popular habit and those on the journey for a while are pretty much bound to have already mastered.

Our challenge today is to start at the beginning of the Refill journey with coffee cups, lunch boxes and water bottles.

If you regularly use a Refillable coffee cup and water bottle or you take a homemade packed lunch when you go out and about your challenge today is to encourage others to do the same and share the story of your trusty reusable coffee cup/lunch box or water bottle and I’ll share mine.

Credit and Source: Zero Waste Week UK

 

Day 1

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Day One share your reusables with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Day 1 of #ZeroWasteWeek, I'm still sharing photographs of my re-usable masks, my reusable fair trade cup and shopping bags.

 

Re-usable cotton masks 

 Reusable masks Zero waste week 2020, Fair trade ethical living with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

 Reusable Fair Trade Cup

 Zero Waste Week - Day One Share Your Resuables with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable Shopping Bag - Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Reusable Shopping Bag - Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Day Two Challenge

Today’s challenge is to find one product (or one more product – if you already refill some things) in a location nearby or via one of the online refill businesses.

 

Join the refill revolution

Zero Waste Week - Day Two join the refill revolution with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

 Zero Waste Week 2022 - Ecover Washing Up Liquid with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Ecover Washing Up Liquid

 

I forgot to take photographs of the Zero Waste Shops I visited and will post them soon.

 

Day 3

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Day Three pick up 3 items of litter

 

 Three pieces of litter

Photos to be added 

 

Day 4

Zero Waste Week - Day Four how many times you've used your resusables? with Sabeena Z Ahmed

I am always reusing my pyrex dishes and IKEA covers.

Photos to be added

Over the past 5 years I have discovered, tried and tested many zero waste bathroom alternatives.

I'm still using the following zero waste bathroom alternatives.

Organic Loofah instead of a plastic one
Organic handmade soap instead of hand wash
Herbal Tooth powder instead of toothpaste
Bamboo Toothbrush instead of plastic tooth brush and
Miswaak (cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree)
and
Organic Herbal Shampoo.

Organic Loofah - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Organic Loofah

 

Bamboo toothbrush, herbal tooth powder and miswak - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Bamboo toothbrush, herbal tooth powder and miswak 

 

 

Odylique Herbal Organic Shampoo - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Odylique Herbal Organic Shampoo

 

 

Zero Waste Bathroom alternatives - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Zero Waste Bathroom alternatives

 

 

This year I would like to continue to use reusable sanitary towel products, reduce my plastic pollution.

 

 

Flux reusable sanitary wear, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Flux period proof underwear, sustainable, eco-friendly, no nasties,

reusable and washable

 

Flux reusable sanitary wear produced with tencel, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Flux reusable underwear made from Tencel

 

Nora and Bloom Reusable Sanitary Towels Washable, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Bloom and Nora reusable sanitary towel

 

Bloom and Nora Reusable Sanitary Towels Washable 3 pack, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Day 5 

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Day Five share your zero waste journey with Sabeena Z Ahmed

What’s your top tip to share with anyone wanting to get started with your Zero Waste Journey?

This year I have started to cook more of my mothers healthy meals.

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Home made chicken soup with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Hearty chicken soup

 

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Gluten free pancakes with berries with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Gluten free pancakes with berries

 

I've taken an active interest in gardening and taking care of house plants.

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Growing and taking care of house plants with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Growing and taking care of house plants 

 

Zero Waste Week 2022 - Growing and taking care of house plants with Sabeena Z Ahmed

More house plants 

 

 

I completed the IKEA Sustainability Live Lagom Programme.

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME UK 2021-2022

Tottenham, London

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME UK 2021-2022 Tottenham, London with S Z Ahmed

Me at the IKEA Tottenham Store

 

IKEA Lagom Live 2021-22, London, UK with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

IKEA Lagom Live 2021-22, London, UK with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that my application to attend the IKEA Lagon Live Sustainability Programme would be successful.

Lagom translated in Swedish means 'just the right amount.'

The definition of Lagom, source unknown

This year I was happy to be selected with 4 other participants in London and attended the induction session at the Tottenham branch.

Here is my summary of the sessions I attended.

Time table of sessions 2021 - 2022

Sessions 2021

October 19th - Induction session 

November 16th - Cosy Homes

December 7th - Sustainable Christmas

Sessions 2022

January 18th - Waste Not Want Not

February 15th - Re-love, Re-use 

April 4th - Get Growing

Tuesday 14th June - Journey to Zero Waste

 

Induction Session

Tuesday 19th October 2021

IKEA LAGOM LIVE 2021 WITH SABEENA Z AHMED

It was exciting to go behind the scenes at IKEA and the staff meeting rooms.

We were participants taken to a large meeting room were Tayyab and Ahmad our lead mentors talked and presented a two hour presentation about LAGOM.

We were asked to complete a worksheet about our goals during the programme.

IKEA LAGOM LIVE 2021 WITH SABEENA Z AHMED

My goals

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE 2021 WITH SABEENA Z AHMED

LIVE LAGOM: Tell us about your household?

 

Where there any lifestyle changes you made during lockdown and after?

 

Did you find to easy to make sustainable choices?

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE GOALS 2021 WITH SABEENA Z AHMED

LIVE LAGOM: Tell us about your household?

 

What would you change to live a more healthy and sustainable life at home?

 

Where do you see you home lifestyle in 6 months time?

 

Lagom Live Induction and Quiz

The induction began with introductions with Lagom leaders and the other participants.

AGENDA

Meet me - Lagom Leader

Meet each other

Understand the programme

Explore our products

Workshop dates

Question and Fika

Mostly to have Fun!

Q: What changed in your home last year during lockdown?

We all had a lively discussion what had changed with our lifestyles during the pandemic.

We were given the definition of Lagom and shown a short video about the Dotse family. 

 

 

 

 

 

Great results for participants of Lagom Live over the years.

Our participants saved on Avg. per year per household 

Electricity  £74

Gas          £55 

Water       £46 

Food         £1059

Total        £1440 

Energy Savings of 317.48kg CO2

Reduction in water consumption of 13.9%

Source: IKEA UK Lagom Live Programme

Reduction in household temperature 0.93 degrees Celsius

 

We were asked the join the Facebook Community Page which I did.

The Link to the IKEA Lagom UK Facebook page is:

 

QUIZ

Q1: Being Sustainable is expensive? FALSE

Q2: Glass bottles can be recycled indefinitely? TRUE 

Q3: IKEA’S ambition is that by 2030, all of our products will be based on renewable or recyclable material? TRUE

Q4: Glass can be frozen? TRUE

Q5: All plant based plastics are biodegradable? FALSE

Q6: Healthy food is always sustainable? FALSE

Q7: What does COP26 stand for? Conference for Parties 26?

Q8: How much money on average per month does a UK household waste on food? 60 pounds

Q9: What is the best plant for purifying air at home? Peace Lily?

Q10: Turning your heating down by 1 degree can save you how much per year? 90 pounds

Q11: In 2019, how many products did IKEA recover and give a second life? 47 million 

We were then told to have a look at IKEA's sustainable range and choose items up to the value 100 pounds.

 

 IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Sustainable duvet cover

 

 IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Zero Waste Cover

 

 IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Peace Lilly's at IKEA

 

 

Cosy Homes Session

Tuesday 16th November 2021

It was a cold a dark evening when we all reconvened for the Cosy Homes Session.

We were taken down to the IKEA shop floor to meet with head interior designer Alfonso.

Alfonso talked about the sustainability themes and designs used for the display rooms.

 Here are some of the rooms and sustainability features he discussed.

 IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed 

  The cupboards in this kitchen have been designed for consumers to see what foodstuffs are inside thus reducing waste and over consumption when shopping.

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Easy to view cupboards that reduce waste when shopping

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Recycling bins that can easily be accessible and stored away for convenience

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Some of the furniture in this bedroom was designed for circularity and reducing waste and promoting upcycling

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 An air purifier a sustainable product, a new product introduced recently

 

IKEA LAGOM LIVE PROGRAMME 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 This storage unit can be dismantled and reused again hence reducing over consumption and saving the planet, cutting down less trees

 

Cosy Homes Session Presentation

1. Turn the heating off before bed the house will keep warm all night.

2. Switch to timers

3. Use less water

4. Invest in good duvets

5. Invest in good led lights

6. Invest in good flooring, rugs, carpets

 

IKEA LIVE LAGOM - How To Make Your Own Draught Excluder video

Tayyab asked us to choose Ikea materials and make our own draught excluder.

 

 IKEA LIVE LAGOM VIDEO - MAKING A DRAFT EXCLUDER WITH LUCY

 

Christmas Gifts

Many thanks to Tayyab and Ahmed for my IKEA Christmas Gift Bag.

IKEA LIVE LAGOM 2021 - with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Ikea candle, throw, timers and ginger biscuits

 

 

I celebrated supporting the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

  

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2022

WITH LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL

چھ آئٹمز چیلنج 2022
لیبل کے پیچھے محنت کے ساتھ

Six Item Challenge logo with Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Z Ahmed

  

INTRODUCTION

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

I'm Sabeena, a social entrepreneur, fair trade campaigner and educator.

So here I am for the 10th consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

This blog has taken a long time to complete due to a horrible bacterial eye infection I've had since February. 

This year the challenge commences 2nd March - 27th April 2022. 

I'd like to begin this blog with love and gratitude for my beloved mother

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano who returned to her maker April 2016.

Mum encouraged me to participate in the Six Items Challenge 2012 when she was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Miss you Mum! 

 

السلام علیکم و رحمۃ اللہ و برکاتہ!

میرے بلاگ پر جانے کے لیے وقت نکالنے کے لیے آپ کا شکریہ۔


میں سبینہ ہوں، ایک سماجی کاروباری، منصفانہ تجارت کی مہم چلانے والی اور معلم ہوں۔

لہذا میں یہاں مسلسل 10ویں سال لیبر کے پیچھے لیبر کے ساتھ چھ آئٹمز چیلنج میں حصہ لے رہا ہوں۔

اس بلاگ کو مکمل ہونے میں کافی وقت لگا ہے کیونکہ مجھے ایک خوفناک بیکٹیریل آئی انفیکشن ہے جو مجھے فروری سے ہوا ہے۔

اس سال چیلنج 2 مارچ سے 27 اپریل 2022 کو شروع ہوگا۔

میں اس بلاگ کو اپنی پیاری ماں کے لیے محبت اور شکرگزار کے ساتھ شروع کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔

محترمہ میشر ممتاز بانو جو اپریل 2016 کو اللہ سبحان وتعالیٰ کی طرف لوٹ گئیں۔

ماں نے مجھے سکس آئٹمز چیلنج 2012 میں حصہ لینے کی ترغیب دی جب اسے پہلی بار میٹاسٹیٹک بریسٹ کینسر کی تشخیص ہوئی۔

 

IN MEMORIAM

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - Fairtrade advocate and Labour Behind The Label supporter

 My beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano who encouraged me to participate in my very first Six Items Challenge 2012

 

Thank you for your unconditional love, compassion and kindness.

 

You taught me to live my life with dignity, honesty and compassion.

 

Miss you always! X

 

 

میری پیاری والدہ محترمہ میشر ممتاز بانو جنہوں نے مجھے اپنے پہلے ہی سکس آئٹمز چیلنج 2012 میں حصہ لینے کی ترغیب دی۔


آپ کی غیر مشروط محبت، شفقت اور مہربانی کے لیے آپ کا شکریہ۔


آپ نے مجھے عزت، دیانت اور دردمندی کے ساتھ زندگی گزارنا سکھایا۔


آپ کو ہمیشہ یاد آتا ہے!

 

 

HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY

LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL!

Labour Behind The Label logo with Sabeena Z Ahmed

I'd also like to congratulate Labour Behind The Label for their 20th year anniversary.

WHO ARE LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL?

Labour Behind The Label is a campaign that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry.

The garment industry turns over almost 3 trillion dollars a year.

Yet garment workers, 80% of them women, work for poverty pay, earning as little as 68 pounds a month.

Human rights abuses are systematic throughout the industry.

Poverty wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repression of trade union rights and short term contracts are all common place in the clothing industry.

It is an industry built on exploitation and growing under a lack of transparency that makes holding brands accountable difficult.

We are dedicated to changing this.

Labour Behind the Label supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions and change the fashion industry for the better. We represent the Clean Clothes Campaign in the UK.

Source: Labour Behind The Label website

 

میں لیبر کے پیچھے لیبر کو ان کی 20 ویں سالگرہ پر بھی مبارکباد دینا چاہوں گا۔

لیبل کے پیچھے مزدور کون ہیں؟
لیبر کے پیچھے لیبل ایک مہم ہے جو عالمی لباس کی صنعت میں حالات کو بہتر بنانے اور کارکنوں کو بااختیار بنانے کے لیے کام کرتی ہے۔

ملبوسات کی صنعت ہر سال تقریباً 3 ٹریلین ڈالر سے زائد کا کاروبار کرتی ہے۔

اس کے باوجود گارمنٹس ورکرز، جن میں سے 80% خواتین ہیں، غربت کی تنخواہ کے لیے کام کرتی ہیں، جو ماہانہ 68 پاؤنڈ سے کم کماتی ہیں۔

انسانی حقوق کی خلاف ورزیاں پوری صنعت میں منظم ہیں۔

غربت کی اجرت، طویل اوقات، جبری اوور ٹائم، غیر محفوظ کام کے حالات، جنسی، جسمانی اور زبانی بدسلوکی، ٹریڈ یونین کے حقوق کا جبر اور قلیل مدتی معاہدے کپڑے کی صنعت میں عام جگہ ہیں۔

یہ ایک ایسی صنعت ہے جو استحصال پر بنائی گئی ہے اور شفافیت کی کمی کے تحت بڑھ رہی ہے جس کی وجہ سے برانڈز کا احتساب کرنا مشکل ہو جاتا ہے۔

ہم اسے تبدیل کرنے کے لیے وقف ہیں۔

لیبر بیہائیڈ دی لیبل دنیا بھر میں گارمنٹس ورکرز کی ان کے کام کے حالات کو بہتر بنانے اور فیشن انڈسٹری کو بہتر سے بہتر کرنے کی کوششوں کی حمایت کرتی ہے۔ ہم برطانیہ میں کلین کلاتھز مہم کی نمائندگی کرتے ہیں۔
ماخذ: لیبل کی ویب سائٹ کے پیچھے لیبر

 

THE SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2022 

Six Items Challenge 2022 (10th year) with Sabeena Z Ahmed

The six items challenge means I choose six items of clothing to wear for six weeks.

Don't worry!

This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)

This year I hope to up-cycle some of the clothes my mother purchased for me before she passed away.

It is a long term ambition to design a fairtrade slow fashion collection in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers, sustainable and ethical producers.

My beloved mother was a great advocate for women's empowerment and education.

I believe she would have been happy and proud of me to continue my campaigning for the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world.

Hopefully by the end of the Six Week Challenge I would have educated a few people and raised a few pounds/dirhams.

 

چھ اشیاء کے چیلنج کا مطلب ہے کہ میں چھ ہفتوں تک پہننے کے لیے لباس کی چھ اشیاء کا انتخاب کرتا ہوں۔

فکر مت کرو!

اس میں انڈر گارمنٹس یا ورزش کا سامان شامل نہیں ہے۔ آپ ان کی لامتناہی فراہمی پہن سکتے ہیں۔ :)

اس سال مجھے امید ہے کہ میری والدہ کے انتقال سے پہلے میرے لیے خریدے گئے کچھ کپڑوں کو بڑھاوا دے گی۔

میری خوبصورت والدہ مسز میشر ممتاز بانو کی یاد میں فیئر ٹریڈ سست فیشن کلیکشن ڈیزائن کرنا اور منصفانہ تجارت کے سرٹیفائیڈ کپاس کے کاشتکاروں، پائیدار اور اخلاقی پروڈیوسرز کی حمایت کرنا ایک طویل مدتی خواہش ہے۔

میری پیاری والدہ خواتین کو بااختیار بنانے اور تعلیم کی بہت بڑی حامی تھیں۔

مجھے یقین ہے کہ وہ دنیا بھر میں فیکٹریوں اور ورکشاپوں میں کپڑے اور لوازمات تیار کرنے والے لاکھوں لاتعداد افراد کے لیے اپنی مہم جاری رکھنے پر خوش اور فخر محسوس کرتی ہوں گی۔

امید ہے کہ چھ ہفتے کے چیلنج کے اختتام تک میں نے چند لوگوں کو تعلیم دی ہوگی اور چند پاؤنڈ/درہم اکٹھے کیے ہوں گے۔

   

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2022 GALLERY

 Six Items Challenge 2022 and Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Sabeena in London the Six Items Challenge 2022

with Labour Behind The Label, London, UK

black gold cotton kurta and black trousers

 

Six Items Challenge 2022 and Labour Behind the Label with Sabeena Z Ahmed

   

Six Items Challenge 2022 (10th year) with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 

Six Items Challenge 2022 (10th year) with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Six Items Challenge 2022 - my six items of clothing

 Clothes for the fashion fast

 

Six Items Challenge 2022 and Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Z Ahmed

 Sabeena and the Label Behind The Label logo

 

WHAT IS FAST FASHION?

Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks. Some collections can be produced within a 12 day time frame.

Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in factories, work shops around the world.

Workers are paid low salaries, endure long hours and work in poor conditions to support their families.

Fair and Sustainable Textiles - Clothing Factory Workers Salary in Bangladesh 86 Euros a living wage would be at least 282 Euros.

Many are as young as 14 are the only bread winners and often forfeit the chance of a decent education and future

Many factories use hazardous chemicals to dye their fabrics and this water is discharged into rivers and the sea polluting eco systems and depleting fish stocks.

I hope to record vlogs in English and Urdu to raise awareness about garment workers over the next coming weeks.

Best regards to all the Six Items Challenge participants.

Love and regards
Sabeena X

 

فاسٹ فیشن کیا ہے؟

فاسٹ فیشن ایک اصطلاح ہے جو فیشن انڈسٹری صارفین کو ہر چھ سے آٹھ ہفتوں میں نئے رجحانات، مصنوعات اور لوازمات خریدنے پر آمادہ کرنے کے لیے استعمال کرتی ہے۔ کچھ مجموعے 12 دن کے وقت کے فریم میں تیار کیے جا سکتے ہیں۔

زیادہ تر مصنوعات سستی، ناقص کوالٹی اور بڑے پیمانے پر دنیا بھر کے کارخانوں، کام کی دکانوں میں کام کرنے والے مزدوروں کے ذریعہ تیار کی جاتی ہیں۔

مزدوروں کو کم تنخواہیں دی جاتی ہیں، طویل عرصے تک برداشت کرنا پڑتا ہے اور اپنے خاندان کی کفالت کے لیے غریب حالات میں کام کرتے ہیں۔

 

بہت سے لوگ 14 سال کی عمر میں صرف روٹی جیتنے والے ہیں اور اکثر ایک معقول تعلیم اور مستقبل کا موقع ضائع کر دیتے ہیں

بہت سے کارخانے اپنے کپڑوں کو رنگنے کے لیے خطرناک کیمیکل استعمال کرتے ہیں اور یہ پانی دریاؤں اور سمندر میں چھوڑا جاتا ہے جو ماحولیاتی نظام کو آلودہ کرتا ہے اور مچھلیوں کے ذخیرے کو ختم کرتا ہے۔

مجھے امید ہے کہ اگلے آنے والے ہفتوں میں گارمنٹس ورکرز کے بارے میں بیداری پیدا کرنے کے لیے انگریزی اور اردو میں vlogs ریکارڈ کروں گا۔

تمام چھ آئٹمز چیلنج کے شرکاء کے لیے نیک خواہشات۔

 

WEEK ONE - Introduction to the Six Items Challenge 2022 (English) 

 

 

WEEK TWO - WHO ARE LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL? (URDU)

 

WEEK TWO - What is Fast Fashion? (Urdu) 

This video was recorded for the Six Items Challenge 2021

 

WEEK THREE - Labour Behind The Label, Matalan Campaign in English

 

WEEK FOUR - Labour Behind The Label's, Matalan Campaign (Urdu)

 

 

 

WEEK FIVE - The Six Items of Clothing (English)

 

 

WEEK FIVE -  Six Items of Clothing (URDU) 

 

WEEK SIX -  Thank You! (English and Urdu) 

 

I've participated and attended more environmental, ethical and fair trade webinars.

 

How you can get involved and support Zero Waste

Start small....

Small steps and actions do make a difference.

Buy one fair trade or ethical product in your shopping basket and add more when you feel comfortable and have the budget to do so.

Join Zero waste, fairtrade and ethical facebook, twitter and instagram feeds for motivation and inspiration.

As a fairtrade campaigner and educator I usually buy fair trade chocolate and share with siblings which generally orchestrates a good conversation about food ethics and values.

Divine Mint Thins and Vegalino Fairtrade Pralines

Divine Mint Thins, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Divine Mint Thins

 

Vegolino Praline Chocolate fairtrade, Zero Waste Week 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Vegolino fairtrade pralines

 

About Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste week was founded by Rachelle Strauss in 2008 and began as a National UK Campaign.Campaigns last a week and take place annually during the first full week in September.

The campaign runs predominantly on social media and the website ZeroWasteWeek to reach a community of like-minded people who want to reduce residential or commercial waste, reuse materials and recycle as much as possible. The aim of the campaign is to help householders, businesses, schools and community groups increase recycling, reduce landfill waste and participate in the circular economy – in alignment with European recommendations and Directives.

This years hashtag is #ZeroWasteWeek

Credit and Source: Rachelle Strauss

Thank you for reading my September 2022 blog.

I look forward to sharing my October newsletter with you soon.

Love peace and blessings

Sabeena





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