The Environmental Impacts of Leather

Depending upon how it is processed, leather has the potential to have a signficant environmental impact, or it can be a smart sustainable choice. Of course, we can’t ignore the ethical considerations of using animal hide for our clothing and footwear, but neither can ignore the environmental harm associated with conventional vegan leather (PVC). So this post will go through all the ethical and enviromental considerations associated with wearing leather, and

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7 Zero-Waste Lunch Ideas

The simple act of preparing and packing your own lunch for your day (or night) at work, school or university will have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, single use takeaway containers and food packaging are made primarily from plastic. At best this plastic ends up in landfill for hundreds or thousands of years, and at worse ends up in our oceans harming our precious marine life. To

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Chic Kid-Friendly Outfits for the Eco-Conscious Mama

I’ve always been eco-conscious. Even as a teenager and young adult. But sustainable fashion became even more significant to me after having children. The ethical and environmental impact of my clothing choices became exponentially more important when I considered the lessons I wanted my children to learn and the world I want to leave behind for future generations. As a mama I want to wear clothes that are stylish and

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Diary of a permaculture novice

Here in Australia we are heading into Autumn. It has had a bit of a late start (thanks climate change!). Now is really the time for me to put in my autumn/winter crops, but the weather has been so warm that some of my summer crops are still hanging on to life. But, even if slow to start, the change of season is a good time for me to take

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Guide to hosting a sustainable children’s party

My oldest son is turning 4 this week. At times I feel as though I’ve been a mother forever, whilst at the same time I can’t quite believe that my little boy is already turning 4! This week we are also hosting a lovely party for him, and we will do our best to keep it a sustainable one. To connect in with this, I am pleased to introduce Julia

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Guide to Packing a Zero-Waste Lunch

For many of us, packing a zero-waste lunch is one of the best things we can do to reduce the impact of our lifestyle. What we eat and the way that we consume food is vital to living a sustainable lifestyle, and the more that we can do to make our meals zero-waste the better. Most of us work and study away from home which means that lunch is usually

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Kitchen Pampering: Beauty uses for bicarb soda

I’ve always got a box of bicarb soda stashed somewhere in their kitchen cupboard, it’s one of those essential store cupboard items that I often use in the kitchen for baking, as well as cleaning the stovetop, deodorising the fridge, or removing build up from my cold press juicer. But it also has many great benefits for my natural beauty routine. So it’s not uncommon to find myself fetching it

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Textile Review: The ethics and sustainability of wool

Wool is fiber that I recommend as a sustainable textile. It is biodegradable, breathable and highly versatile.  But the ethics and sustainability of this textile are complicated. I chose to wear wool for it’s warmth and its sustainable qualities, but others may be put off by some of the ethical considerations attached to this animal fiber. In this post I lay out all of the ethical considerations, along with the

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Ethical and sustainable wooden sunglasses by Coral Tree

If you are looking to buy ethical and sustainable sunglasses, the handcrafted wooden beauties by Coral Tree* are a stylish option. When I lost my old pair of sunglasses I knew I had to replace them with a sustainable pair. I was delighted when I uncovered Coral Tree* in my research. The make sunglasses for guys and gals, and many of their styles are unisex, making it easy to find what you need.

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5 More Sustainable Fashion Blogs to Follow

I would like to believe that you consider tortoise & lady grey one of the best sustainable fashion blogs to go to for eco-style inspiration. But you can tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments. 😉 It is my mission to help you to dress more sustainably through simple tangible changes to your wardrobe. But with limited time I can’t possibly cover this topic in as much depth as

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