A dress designed by Grand Anse resident Lois Mc Guire, made with wild pine straw and loofah, is one of seven sustainable development creations showcased this week by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), as the organisation continues its effort to promote Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP).
Speaking on the accomplishment in an interview with THE NEW TODAY last week Friday, the talented young lady, who has been sewing for many years and operates under the brand “Liberty Rose” said, she came upon the UNEP initiative though social media, namely (twitter) and entered her creation.
She stated that the dress was first displayed at a small business expo held in St. George on July 27 by the Grenada Dehydrated Fruit and Vegetable cluster (GRENFAVE) in collaboration with the Grenada Bureau of Standards.
“I saw it (the UNEP initiative) and they were asking for activities, what you were doing to promote sustainability and I had this dress that I made with wild pine straw, with flowers attached made from the Loofah plant, (which was) created with the view of generating discussion on sustainable fashion and possibly get people thinking about their social responsibility when it comes to your clothes, how you treat your clothes in regards to the environment as well as purchasing habits”, she said.
“I entered it (the dress) to the United Nations and it was chosen as one of seven entrees to be featured (on various platforms) throughout the next seven days starting today International Youth Day, August 12”, said Mc Guire who is currently employed at the Grenada Bureau of Standards.
UNEP, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and which was founded in June 1972, is the agency responsible for co-ordinating environmental activities and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.
The SCP is an essential requirement for sustainable development worldwide, as recognised in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.