Meet the Maker: Lav Chamroeun

For this year Fashion Revolution Week we interviewed Mr Chamroeun the man behind our upcycled from tyre wallets.


Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Lav Chamroeun and I am 38 years old. I was born in KomPong Cham Province, Cambodia. I am the fourth in my family and I have two brothers and three sisters. When I was a child I suffered from Polio and my right hand was affected leaving me with a disability. 

When did you start Smart Craft?

I have started in 2012. I have been working for few organisations and NGOs in the handicrafts sector, first as a volunteer and then as a production manager. After four years I gained the necessary skills to start Smart Craft, a small producers group.

What motivated you?

I have always wanted to help people with disabilities and vulnerable people in general to create their own future by producing good quality recycled products and that is why I have started Smart Craft.

What do you like about your job?

I like that I have the possibility to help and I love to research and design new products using raw materials. I love nature and especially the sea and upcycling it is a way for me to help reduce pollution and clean the environment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can find more partners so that I can employ more artisans and by doing so supporting more families and their children. 




We'd like to thank Mr Chamroeun for the time it took to do this interview and for the amazing work he does. 

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The Making of a Tyre Wallet

We have realised this short video to show you how our producers at Smart Crafts create beautiful wallets out of tyre. 

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5 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Tyres

Landfilling of tyres is a poor disposal solution as tyres are almost completely non-biodegradable due to the cross-linked rubber structure present.

So, why not upcycle them into something not just useful, but beautiful?

Here some ideas!

1) Garden Tables


2) Shelves

3) Chairs



4) Lamps



5) Poufs & Stools



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A.N.D. Some Exciting News to Announce

We’ve brewed up a brand new partnership - along with a fresh batch of beautiful artisanal wares - just for you.


On our last trip to Cambodia we had the good fortune of meeting Alan Flux, one of the co-founders of A.N.D ArtisanandDesigner (a Cambodian fair trade brand that blends elevated design with traditional textile processing practices). An English designer with a profound passion for fashion, he’s living his dream working with local producers to create stunning, one-of-a-kind handmade clothes, accessories and home décor. With the goal of revitalizing the local artisanal sector, which is currently under threat.


AND … there’s more. A.N.D. employs (and consequently empower) disadvantaged people, and only uses reclaimed fabric and wood that would otherwise be discarded.


Cambodia is currently one of the largest cheap labor garment manufacturing zones. More and more young Cambodians are resorting to working in factories where human rights - and certainly creativity and authenticity! – is too often overlooked. All so that big corporate brands can keep up with the insatiable demand that “fast fashion” creates.


We’re thrilled to be able to support A.N.D. in revitalising the local artisanal sector, which is currently under threat. And in preserving long-standing traditions and safeguarding a sliver of Cambodia’s beauty and authenticity. Join us in welcoming them to the Lost in Samsara family. And if you can, help us raise them up by sharing this article online and shopping their collection.


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Guest Blog-What Is Sustainability? By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

What is sustainability? In biological ecosystems, it tends to mean the ability or capacity of that ecosystem to persist. It might ask, “How long has this ecosystem been around – and what’s its range of adaptability?” You can look at large-scale phenomena such as forests as one example. They’ve been around the block, and back, for a long time. In addition, it relates to nation and society building that is sustainable, which is known as sustainable development. This idea might ask, “How can we have a zero waste and renewable energy society?”

Finally, it can relate to the science of sustainability with respect to nation or society building, and the environment. It might ask, “How can we create a society sustainably integrated into the local environment?” Some of the main concerns for sustainability are green technologies, renewable energy, green building, sustainable agriculture and architecture, and the impacts of climate change on human societies and environment.

In particular, it relates to environmental degradation from overconsumption, and global warming or climate change. All of these ideas, and associated issues, are important, but I consider the most important one related to the changing climate and environmental degradation because these relate to human activity. That is, climate change global warming from human industrial activity and environmental degradation from human waste.

Sustainability might be considered a continuous movement or effort to meet the present needs of everyone. And while meeting everyone’s needs – children and the old, it’s not compromising or burdening the future generations by destruction of the environment or the climate. Some have delineated this as the intersection of economy, environment, and society.

Ethical and sustainable fashion companies like Kai Lite Apparel works within this domain. It works towards helping others contribute to a sustainable net capacity of the current generation with respect to the environment and not burdening future generations.

In a way, sustainable and ethical fashion relates to production lines, supply chains, and climate change or global warming. It emphasizes natural fibres for clothing, fabrics, and textiles that can be biodegraded. Also, it emphasizes individual consumers’ choices with respect to the environment. Ethical in this context means for the producer, the consumer, and the common ‘externalities’ such as the environment.

Within a larger framework, some might characterize this as a sustainability revolution. And a sustainability revolution that deals with community, commerce, ecology and its design, the biosphere, and the way these interconnect for a sustainable fashion industry.

If you look at large-scale sustainable fashion industries, you can see the international effects in terms of sales, harvesting natural fibres, production lines and supply chains with ‘living’ wages, workers’ rights, biodegradable clothing, slow fashion, upcycling, zero or negative waste, and a suite of policies and activities towards a sustainable future.

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen



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