Luxurious Fairtrade Organic Sleepwear by Noctu (+ a giveaway)

Before I started my sustainable fashion journey I used to think that lovely sleepwear was a luxury I couldn’t really afford. But since committing to sustainable fashion, which in first principle means buying far far fewer items, I have discovered that there is plenty of room in my budget for a little luxury when I sleep. And when that luxury is Fairtrade, organic and very reasonably priced, there really seems

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Inspired by Nature: Sustainable accessories from Arture

Today I bring you an interview with Shivani Patel, the lovely lady behind Arture, a sustainable accessories start-up from India. As a community development practitioner I am so pleased to be featuring a brand that has been developed by a local entrepreneur, rather than a western entrepreneur who is manufacturing in India. Our societies in the West have in the past benefited from the exploitation of colonisation. Today fast fashion brands

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Colour Therapy: The Jeweled Tones of Purple

The vibrant jeweled tones of purple, such as violet and plum, may come and go from our fashions. But unlike neons, these lovely deep tones will never go out of style. They are a wardrobe staple of mine, and the colour is flattering to most skin tones. So why not look up some of these lovely items that I’ve curated for you? We have: 1. Handmade Zig Zag Pouch by People Tree,

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Mend and Make Do: Clean your silver without chemicals

Do you have a pile of silver jewellery that you no longer wear because it is too tarnished? Perhaps you are like me and you have a bunch of jewellery that you would like to donate or sell, but you don’t want to do so until you’ve cleaned it. The good news is that you can clean tarnished sliver cheaply and easily at home without the need for chemicals or

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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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