Dia Mirza is one of the celebrities that has been at the forefront of the sustainability
movement, advocating for a more sustainable lifestyle, especially after being appointed the UN
Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India in 2017. In a recent Verve article, which was a
result of Dia’s participation as a panel member at Verve & EcoVero’s discussion on “The Past,
Present and Future of Sustainable Fashion”, Dia gives readers a glimpse into her past and why
nature has become such an essential part of her life. Here are 5 tips she shared that can be
incorporated into your life today.
1. Say no to plastics.
Especially the single-use junk that just ends up in our landfills with nowhere to go. Dia
tries to use bamboo products where possible for all utensils and enforces the no-plastics
rule in her household and office. Dia even keeps a shopping bag in her bag and extras in
2. Be conscious during celebration times.
And always seek out the eco-friendly and biodegradable options for idols and make sure
everything that you’re utilizing during the party or festival is also the same! Think
utensils, segregating waste, party favors, and everything in between. Of course, plastic
isn’t welcome at this party either.
3. The less in your closet, the better.
It’s probably more meaningful, too. Dia stays away from the fast fashion frenzy and opts
for sustainable pieces that are ethically made with the least amount of resources
possible. She also reuses her clothing, calling it an opportunity to be more creative!
4. Don’t take water for granted, ever.
Because we’re quite literally running out of it…fast. In addition to carrying a water bottle
everywhere to keep the plastic use at bay, Dia also sheds light on how inadequate the
recycling process is for plastics.
5. Upcycling. Furniture, too!
When it comes to home décor, Dia talks about upcycling and reusing old pieces of worn
down furniture. It’s true that everything we own can be reconstructed, clothing
included, so why not make the most of what we already have? Restoration can be a fun
DIY project so think twice before getting rid of some of your staples.