Everyday Should Be A World Hello Day

World Hello Day was established in 1973 as an international day of communication in response to the conflict at the time between Egypt and Israel. The aim of World Hello Day was for people to set an example to leaders of the world by saying hello to 10 new people. The point was to encourage world leaders to choose communication rather than force to end conflict. The perfectly simple premise behind World Hello Day a simple hello could spread around the world and help us come together to reduce conflict and build peace.

The official World Hello Day is November 21, but you may be forgiven for missing it, as it seems to have lost much of the momentum it had in the 70s. These days simply saying hello to 10 people doesn’t really sound like a movement that could change the world. Especially when we often interact online with 10 times that number of people daily.

However, we love the bigger idea behind World Hello Day. We love the idea that communication can reduce conflict and bring peace. This is an idea we can really get behind as we think every day we need to be reminded to use the power of communication for good.

We believe strongly in the power of communication to reduce conflict. And, we know that communication is the key to increasing understanding and kindness in a world desperately in need of more compassion, empathy and love. We strongly support the power of communication for these reasons:

Communication reduces the risk of using force in a conflict and therefore contributes to a more peaceful world.

Communication can increase compassion by building a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.

Communication spreads kindness by being warm-hearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.

Communication builds empathy through comprehension and sharing of another’s life, feelings and way of living.

How can we use the power of communication for good every day?

Seek first to understand. When talking with others consider carefully their point of view. How might we see the situation differently from their side?

Listen genuinely without interruption. Taking our time and really listening to the other person is an important key in reducing conflict. Listen before jumping in with your opinion, be courteous and open to hearing what others think and feel. While you may not agree on everything you should be open to letting others have their say.

Avoid escalation. Make a personal commitment to use kind communication to overcome any disagreements. Avoid escalating an argument and instead seek to find a solution by talking it out.

Treat all people with kindness. Every person deserves to be treated fairly and with kindness regardless of his or her race, gender orientation, political views or religion.

Speak up. Do not be afraid to speak out when you see injustice or discrimination. Be the voice that calls out an injustice and encourage others to do the same.

Help share the message of peace. Support local organizations that work towards fighting for equality and human rights for all. Use the power of your words to share their message to a wider audience.

Never Believe That A Few Caring People Can’t Change The World. For, Indeed, That’s All Who Ever Have. – Margaret Mead

25 Brilliant Kindness Quotes to Remind Us to Spread A Little More Kindness Today

At ILNI we believe in kindness, and we believe in spreading it far and wide. We have collated our favourite quotes about kindness. These words remind us how important an act of kindness is and they inspire us to do our best to add more kindness to the world each and every day.

 

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Aesop

 

Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.

Anon.

 

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

Hada Bejar

 

Kindness in words creates confidence.

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.

Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

 

Be kind whenever possible.

It is always possible.

Dalai Lama

 

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

 

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing.

Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love.

Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.

Marc Estrin

 

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Princess Diana

 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr Seuss

 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

Click here to read about the Anne Frank Organisation

 

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

 

The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

Amelia Earhart

 

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

Sally Koch

 

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Oscar Wilde

 

Be kind.

Always if you have a choice, be kind.

Anne Rice

 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

 

Be the reason someone smiles.

Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.

Roy T. Bennett

 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

 

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

Vincent van Gogh

  

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Generosity is the more natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion.

Anon.

 

In a world where you can be anything: be elegant and kind

ILNI

 

 

How to Recover Gracefully from Common Social Etiquette Blunders

Social Etiquette blunders seem to be increasingly easy to commit. In our haste to get a million things done each day, it can be easy to slip up and make an embarrassing mistake. How does one recover from a social blunder gracefully and with style? We have collated five common social blunders and offer our suggestions on how to gracefully recover from any social etiquette faux pas.

 

The Group Email Blunder

It is a sick feeling when you realise your hasty reply to an email was inadvertently sent as reply-all. And, now your message or personal information has been sent to the entire mailing list of your child’s class or to your entire sports club. In this case, being meticulous in checking your recipient list before pressing send can avoid a lot of unnecessary angst. But, if the deed is done, you can consider sending a quick reply-all and apologise for the slip-up. Here is a great reply:

Subject: Apologies

My apologies – I have just sent an email that obviously wasn’t for you. My sincere apologies.

Best regards,…

 

The Name Amnesia Blunder

This social blunder sneaks up on all of us. It is that moment when you are looking directly at someone you have met many times before, but your mind is drawing a blank on his or her name. To avoid embarrassment all around you can try to avoid admitting you forgot their name. If you find you need to introduce them to someone else simply ask both people if they know each other. Then pause. Hopefully, in this pause, they will reach out to introduce themselves to each other and you are gracefully saved. Alternatively, you are just going to have to own up to having a ‘senior moment’ and have forgotten their name.

 

The Humiliating Public Fall

Tripping on a curb or slipping on a wet floor is one of the most embarrassing social blunders we can make. So, what is the best way to quickly recover from falling on your backside in front of others? With humour mixed with a little humility! Get up, brush yourself off and laugh it off as a silly mistake.

 

The equally embarrassing spillage of food or drink

Knocking over your glass of wine or catapulting your fork onto your lap are just two of a hundred ways we can drip, dribble or spill food and drink in public. And, the only way to recover gracefully is, again, with a mixture of humour and humility. Laugh at the awkward moment to lessen the tension around the table. Apologize to your host and offer to help clean up any mess made. If real damage has been done to carpet or someone else’s clothing, it is polite to offer to cover the cost of any cleaning bills.

 

The Blunder of Forgetting to Respond

You realize the day before an event that you never got around to letting the host know you if you are able to attend their event. We all know it is polite to respond promptly to a formal invitation, and prior to the RSVP date. But, if you have blundered and forgotten to do this, the best thing is to own up and call the host. Apologize for not replying on time. Let them know if you still intend to attend. If you have another important engagement you must attend instead, apologize for the late notice of your absence, thank them for their invitation and wish them a successful event.

 

Gracefully Recovering in Any Situation

1.    Gracefully recovering from any social blunder requires admitting you made a mistake. You can choose to laugh it off or take a more serious and apologetic approach to the blunder. But, don’t pretend it didn’t happen. When we ignore our mistakes we let others draw the conclusion that we don’t care, don’t know better or are trying to hide something. It is better to just own a mistake than have someone form a wrong opinion about your actions.

2.    Acknowledge anyone who may have been affected by our blunder and apologize for any harm it may have caused them. A short simple apology goes a long way.

3.    Accept and Move On. We all make blunders and mistakes at times and we all move on from them. Don’t dwell too long on a blunder once you have apologized and acted to rectify any harm.

4.    Remember to be gracious when someone else makes a social blunder. It can happen to the best of us.

 

When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they have done right!

 

Our Easy Reference Guide to Common Ethical Fashion Terms

At ILNI we believe in the values of ethical fashion and all that it encompasses. However, we also know that it is easy to get lost in the tangle of words, names and terms used in this field. Today we come with help in the form of our easy reference guide to the most common words and phrases in the ethical fashion industry. We hope this simple glossary will be useful in helping you decipher the most common terms and make ethical buying decisions easier. We suggest you bookmark this page for easy future reference.

Artisan

Something made by hand, by a person. Not machine made or mass-produced. Literally made by an artist.

Biodegradable

Something that is able to break down (decompose) rapidly through the action of microorganisms and be reabsorbed into the environment.

Carbon Footprint

A measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted directly or indirectly by our daily actions.

Carbon Neutral

A product or service that has reduced their carbon footprint to nil through the process of increased efficiency, reduced consumption and recyclable products.

Conscious consumption

An increased awareness of the impact items we buy have on the environment and on the people making them. Conscious consumption includes buying items that support local economies, have been made by fairly paid employees and that are built to last.

Conscious fashion

A term used to describe a movement to buy fashion items that match our values. Basically, that what we wear, matters. 

Cost per wear

Cost per wear is a formula that takes the total cost of an item and divides it by the estimated number of wears. It is a strong argument for buying quality over quantity.

Cruelty-free

Products that contain no animal-material and that have not been tested on animals during any phase of their development.

Eco-chic 

Eco-chic refers to products that are environmentally conscious as well as being stylish or cool.

Eco-friendly 

Something that is friendly to the earth and not harmful to the environment. Eco-friendly products do not add to air, water or land pollution.

Empowerment

The basic principle of empowerment is that each and every person is entitled to equal opportunities. Empowerment in ethical fashion can be seen in action by brands that are offering training and employment to disadvantaged people and communities. Enabling them to permanently lift themselves out of poverty and gain back independence!

Ethical

Being ethical means avoiding activities or organisations that do harm to people or the environment.

Ethical fashion / Ethically made

Ethical fashion refers to the manufacturing of clothing and accessories that maximises benefits to people and communities while minimising the impact on the environment. Ethical fashion brands often employ artisans with traditional skill sets, provide cruelty-free products, use only certified or safe factories and avoid all sweatshop labour.

Fair trade

Fair trade is a global movement for change that advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. For a product to display the Fair trade Mark it must meet the social, economic and environmental standards set by the certification body Fair trade International.

Fast fashion

Fast fashion refers to the speed that the fashion industry brings new trends to market as cheaply as possible. Fast Fashion encourages a ‘throw-away’ mentality among consumers

Green Fashion

Green Fashion is another name for Eco-fashion. It describes a product that is designed to be environmentally friendly.

Green washing

Green washing describes the practice of using PR and/or marketing deceptively to make an organisation’s products, aims or policies appear more environmentally friendly.

Investment Clothing

Investment clothing refers to items of clothing that cost a little more than you would normally spend, but that you will use for many years to come.

 

Locally Made

Locally made items have been produced locally. In buying locally we can support local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Micro Fibres

Micro-fibres are micro-plastics (less than 5mm in length) that can detach from our synthetic clothes during washing. These small plastics are causing big problems for our environment and our health.

Natural Fibres 
A fibre made from a plant, animal, or mineral. Includes Cotton, Linen (made from flax), Silk, Wool, Cashmere, Hemp and Jute.

Organic

Organic ingredients and materials are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionising radiation.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( PETA) is an animals rights organisation that focuses its attention on the mistreatment of animals in factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.

PETA-approved vegan

A brand that is PETA-approved vegan is one that voluntarily commits to using no animal materials in any of its products.

Slow fashion

Slow Fashion prioritises buying quality over quantity. It focuses on well-designed clothing and accessories that are created for longevity, encourage fair trade and fair wages, and are environmentally friendly. It is the antithesis of fast fashion.

 

Sustainable fashion

Sustainable fashion refers to clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible. Produced by brands who take into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects of their production and products.

 

Traceability

Traceability refers to the ability to trace a brand’s products and their components back through each step of the supply chain, all the way to raw materials.

 

Vegan (veganism)

Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purposes. Products labelled Vegan contain no animal products or by-products.

Vegan leather

Vegan Leather is an animal-friendly alternative to real leather. Favoured by those of us who love the look of leather but are committed to a lifestyle prohibiting the use of animal products.

Zero Waste

Zero waste addresses how we live in the world and the impact of our trash by aiming to reduce what we add to landfills and incinerators to zero.

We hope this list of the essential Ethical Fashion Terms is useful in making great decisions about what you buy and why you buy it.

Ethical Fashion means knowing the difference between

what we have a right to do

and

what is right to do