Meet SHALIZE NICHOLAS, NEW VoluntEER at Transition Stroud (TS)

Shalize Nichloas
Shalize Nicholas

This month we talk to sustainable fashion guru Shalize Nicholas, who has recently become part of Transition Stroud.

What motivated you to join Transition Stroud?

Transition Stroud’s focus on building resilient, sustainable communities aligns with my values of environmental stewardship and community engagement. I was inspired to join to contribute to local efforts in addressing climate change and cultivate sustainable living practices.

Tell us about your sustainability journey.

My sustainability journey began with small changes in my lifestyle, such as reducing single-use plastics and conserving energy. Over time, I became more involved in environmental advocacy and education, seeking ways to minimize my ecological footprint and promote sustainable practices in various aspects of life.

Your passion is for zero waste clothing. Tell us more about this and why you feel it’s so important.

Zero waste clothing is essential because it minimizes the environmental impact of the fashion industry, which is notorious for its waste and pollution. By advocating for zero waste clothing, when I ran Madia & Matilda, my objective was to promote sustainable fashion practices that prioritize ethical production, reduce resource consumption, minimize textile waste; reuse old clothes and recycle polyester.

Lots of people love dressing in the latest fashion, as you used to when you were younger. What would you say to them?

While it’s understandable to enjoy dressing in the latest fashion trends, it’s crucial to consider the environmental and social consequences of fast fashion. By making conscious choices, such as opting for sustainable, ethical brands or embracing second-hand and vintage clothing, fashion enthusiasts can reduce their ecological footprint and contribute to a more sustainable industry.

How long have you lived in Stroud and what do you like about it?

I have lived in Stroud for since I was 4 years old, growing up here has been great and I appreciate its vibrant community spirit, and commitment to sustainability. The town’s emphasis on local food, renewable energy, and environmental initiatives makes it an inspiring place to live and engage in sustainable practices.

You’re on the Stroud Board of Trade. How do you think we can reconcile a sustainable life with a thriving economy?

Reconciling sustainability with a thriving economy requires shifting towards a circular economy model that prioritizes resource efficiency, renewable energy, and social equity. By investing in green technologies, supporting sustainable businesses, and implementing policies that prioritize environmental protection and social well-being, we can create economic prosperity while safeguarding the planet for future generations.

What are your thoughts about what we all need to do to protect our future?

To protect our future, we must collectively address climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequality through concerted action at the individual, community, and global levels. This includes reducing carbon emissions, conserving natural resources, promoting sustainable development, and fostering resilience in the face of environmental challenges. Education, advocacy, and collaboration are key to building a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Three things you can do today

  1. Make rags from old towels, for cleaning instead of buying sponges.
  2. Shop local first.
  3. Reuse before recycling; see if anyone in your friendship group wants something before throwing away. Stroud Chamber of Trade is running a Business Recycling scheme, via WhatsApp.

Find out about more local Stroud Transitioneers

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