Shamini Dhana: How Ethical Fashion Connects You to Place and Planet

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Shamini Dhana, CEO and Founder of Dhana, Inc. Shamini launched Dhana, Inc. in 2008, to celebrate our global connections between people and our planet through clothing. Dhana, Inc. is an ethical fashion brand committed to using clothing to better connect people and our planet. Dhana believes apparel is an extension and reflection of one’s values, community, and outlook on life and therefore ought to be influenced by and made with respect for global cultures and materials.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Helping people to connect to place and planet through the medium of fashion

  • Badminton & business acumen

  • How Shamini, with no experience in fashion, transitioned from a Silicon Valley bank to radical entrepreneurship in apparel

  • How Dhana differentiates itself through the pre-point-of-sale story of the apparel

  • The shift in power from clothing brands to workers and consumers

  • Moving from mega textile waste to a future in recycling fiber

  • A must-watch documentary to change the way you wear your values: True Cost

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.