DIY Tutorial: Japanese-inspired Washcloth

I firmly believe that anyone can knit, they just need to find the right project to start with. Today have a very simple beginner knitting tutorial to inspire you to give knitting a go. It is a washcloth, so it doesn’t matter whether your stitches are uneven, if you make mistakes, drop a few stitches and accidentally add a few stitches.  It will still work just fine as a washcloth.

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Talking to your little ones about human trafficking

Following on from my post last week about the Parative Project, I thought you would be interested in this lovely little book about human trafficking. Conversations With My Daughter About Human Trafficking is written by Stephanie Hepburn, a journalist who has written extensively on the topic of human trafficking and who coauthored the book Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight*. She is also the founder of Good Cloth, the online ethical

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Fighting Human Trafficking with Sustainable Tees

We shop sustainably to ensure that our consumer dollar does not have a negative impact on the world. But if we are thoughtful about where we put our money, our consumer dollar can do so much more. If you want your consumer dollar to have a positive impact on the world, you will love The Parative Project. The Parative Project aims to support women who have escaped trafficking situations in South

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Five Books that will Inspire You to Act

As human beings we seem supremely good at making excuses not to act. We are too busy, or too tired. We don’t have the skills or the confidence. We think we can’t make a difference. We think we don’t matter. Or we are too comfortable. How often have we decided not to do something that we care about due to one of these excuses? But if the world is to

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How to commit to sustainable fashion

4 years ago I decided to commit to sustainable fashion. From that day forward I resolved to only buy garments made from sustainable fibers, shop vintage or second-hand, or make the clothing myself. At first it seemed difficult. I struggled to find the right garments. Garments that meet my high requirements for sustainability AND fit my personal style are few and far between. I put off buying for as long

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Support Grassroots Entrepreneurs with Zidisha

Have you ever wished that you could use your privileged do something more to impact upon poverty? Do you donate to charity, but feel disconnected from the impact of your money at the grassroots? Would you like a better understanding of the power of small amounts of money to improve people’s lives? Let me introduce Zidisha, a micro-lending platform that lets you lend small amounts of money directly to entrepreneurs

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Why we must also buy new

Buying second-hand garments is an important part of sustainable fashion. In fact, some sustainability advocates will suggest that a sustainable wardrobe should only contain second-hand items. And with good reason. “According to the EPA, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of textile waste per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of municipal solid waste. But the figure is rapidly growing.” By incorporating a significant proportion

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Book Review: New Slow City by William Powers

Pause for a moment.                                                      Take a long slow breath. Stop.                                    Don’t do anything. Just breathe.   Consider this: What did you notice when you were on the

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Take a Stand Against Planned Obsolesence with the 30 Year Sweatshirt

I must admit that when I think of fashion the last thing I think of is a sweatshirt. Even when dressed casually, a sweatshirt is just dressing it down a little too much for me. But then I discovered a sweatshirt that has such high sustainability credentials that I am reconsidering my position. This particular sweatshirt is sustainable fashion at it’s best, even if it is a little too ‘normcore’

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Exquisite Sustainable Jewellery from Bario Neal (+ a giveaway!)

If you are committed to the highest standards of ethics and sustainability, finding jewellery- especially wedding and engagement jewellery- that lives up to your ethics can be a challenge. I am sorry to say that my own engagement ring did not live up to these ethics. I wish that I had known about Bario Neal back then. Bario Neal craft exquisite jewellery using recycled precious metals, Fair-mined gold, and ethically sourced and

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