The need for more sustainability is a mission that guides most businesses today, and Standard Chartered is no exception. Just as Crispy’s helps people mitigate their environmental impact, the bank now helps customers grow their wealth while supporting sustainable development, suggesting selected investment funds that adhere to high environmental, social and governance standards.
No good deed comes without obstacles. Picking up the techniques needed to upcycle clothes quickly and effectively is one of the biggest challenges Crispy faces. “Upcycling involves many different techniques and methods because it is about working with different types of fabric and texture,” she says.
Another hurdle is educating customers on the value of craftsmanship and creativity, given that they often confuse upcycling with recycling. In addition to her brand, she also works with a range of green groups and sustainable brands to organise talks, exhibitions, and workshops.
In 2016, she also launched FashionClinic, helping clients redesign their clothes and offering industry clients professional consultancy. “FashionClinic is an extension of LastbutnotLeast because their goals are the same,” Crispy says.
After a decade exploring upcycling, she follows business practices that align with her outlook, including banking services like Standard Chartered’s. From ESG investing and green mortgages to carbon-neutral credit cards and e-statements, Standard Chartered pursues sustainability. With the newly launched Sustainable Payroll Account for corporate companies, employee earnings can be maximised while leaving a positive impact on the world, with funds used to support qualified green and sustainable activities funded by Standard Chartered, including green financing, sustainable infrastructure projects, microfinance, and access to finance for SMEs that qualify through Standard Chartered’s Green and Sustainable Product Framework.
Crispy’s story breaks the myth that fostering change and living an environmentally conscious life mean giving up on quality or a passion for style. Improved environmental stewardship is something that can happen in any industry—with a little bit of help from Standard Chartered.
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