Beauty Products that Nourish: Araza Natural Beauty

Reading through the posts on tortoise & lady grey you may have noticed that I am drawn to brands that have a story to tell. Stories of empowerment, dignified employment and a better world for producers, the environment, and the people who wear their products. And these stories are so important, they are what set ethical brands apart from fast fashion labels. They offer us an alternative to the status

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Stories of Sustainable Fashion with #StyleStories15

This week I have been delighted to take part in #StyleStories15, an online conversation about sustainable fashion that is taking place to coincide with New York fashion week. An initiative of the Ethical Writers Coalition, #StyleStories15 showcases the street style of people who are passionate about sustainable fashion. Here is a little about the outfit that I put together for #StyleStories15 The outfit – who made it and why I love it: The feature

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My Sustainable Wardrobe Shortcomings

If you’ve been reading tortoise & lady grey for a while, or if you’ve delved into the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge, it would be easy to assume that I have the perfect sustainable wardrobe. But I’m not quite there yet. In fact, I still have quite a way to go. Whilst I have learnt a great deal, and made a great deal of progress towards my sustainable wardrobe, I still

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Slow Fashion DIY: Beginner Crochet Cowl

I have spent a bit of time bringing you easy beginner knitting projects to show you how easy it is to learn to knit your own wardrobe. Today I have an easy beginner crochet project to encourage you to learn to crochet. Crochet is a lovely slow fashion skill that I would encourage anyone to learn. Crochet is done with a single hook, as opposed to knitting which uses two

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Clean Beauty: My top picks for toxin-free eyeshadows

In the 1930s, many women had thier eyesight damaged, and were even blinded by using a coal-tar based mascara Lash Lure. Whilst safety standards have greatly improved since the 1930s, consumers are still exposed to a number of potentiall harmful chemicals in thier make-up, and there is good reason to avoid putting these toxins near your eyes. When it comes to buying conventional eyeshadows, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recommends that

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Mend & Make Do: Visit your local cobbler

Once upon a time we would have had a cobbler in every community. Sadly, local handmade production of shoes has been discarded for large scale cheap manufacturing in China and elsewhere, and these skilled artisans have almost completely disappeared from our communities. But whilst it would be near impossible to order a pair of custom made shoes locally, many of us are lucky enough to have access to a skilled

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Ethical and Sustainable Kidswear Start-Up Muka Kids

Today I am delighted to bring your an interview with Jess Berentson-Shaw who is in the process of launching a unisex sustainable babies and children’s wear label Muka Kids. I am sure you will be interested in hearing about her approach to sustainable clothing, and if you have any kiddies in your life, you may well be interested to get involved to assist to bring this lovely sustainable kids clothing out

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Beautiful Recycled Silver Creations by Liminal Jewellery

One thing I’ve learnt since beginning my sustainable fashion journey is that there is almost always an eco-friendly option, if you simply care to look. And jewellery is no exception, in fact, when it comes to recycled silver jewellery it seems we are almost spoilt for choice. Liminal Jewellery is one such eco-friendly option. I have been admiring the gorgeous modern designs created by Australian designer and jeweller Nikola Markus. The whole

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Three Things I Love: Party Dresses for New Years

Seeing as my little bubs is due on January 3rd, I won’t be doing much partying this New Years- I may not even make it to midnight! But I can still day dream of the gorgeous sustainable party dresses that I would love to don this New Years. 1. Eliza Zig Zag Dress by People Tree, a Fairtrade certified dress made with organic cotton. People Tree offers tortoise and lady grey readers a

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Kitchen Pampering: Coconut Oil

Beauty companies spend millions convincing us that we need to buy expensive chemical laden treatments for our hair and skin. But with a little bit of knowledge, we can easily ditch these products and find affordable beauty treatments in our kitchen pantries. If you haven’t already been introduced to the wonderful health benefits of coconut oil, this is one pantry item you should really check out. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, filled with

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