Shop for a cause: Hamlin Fistula Hospital

When I shop I try to look for the ethical and sustainable option when ever one exists. My purchase is even better if the profits can also contribute to a social cause that I care deeply about. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital Store is one such place that offers me this opportunity. The shop stocks a range of Fair-trade and ethically produced jewellerly, accessories and homewares, most of which are made from

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Tortoise & Lady Grey Turns 1!

This week the blog turns 1! How the year has flown! I have loved sharing my passion for sustainable fashion with you and I have enjoyed watching this community grow. I hope that you have enjoyed the posts I have brought you over the past year. To gain a better understanding about what you love about the blog, and what you’d like to see more of, or what you’d like

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Winner of the Larkspur Giveaway

I am delighted to announce the winner of our Larkspur giveaway today. The lucky winner was drawn at random via the Rafflecopter. Congratulations to our winner Hayley Graham in New Zealand. Please check your email for details. Thanks to Amanda from Larkspur for kindly offering this giveaway to tortoise & lady grey readers. Do pop on over to the online store to check out the lovely and affordable sustainable lingerie on

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Textile Review: The environmental impacts of cotton

What are the environmental costs of cotton? It is a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so surely it is more sustainable than polyester and nylon, right? Can I be sustainably minded and still buy convention cotton? The short answer is no. But it is possible to reduce the impact of cotton by choosing more sustainable alternatives. So let’s look at the facts. Cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: Textured merino scarf

You can probably tell by the photo that I have a little announcement to make! I am lucky enough to be expecting my second child around New Years, and this has lead to whole world of sustainable maternity fashion. I was sustainably minded during my first pregnancy, but I thought that sustainable maternity options didn’t exist, so I didn’t investigate. Now I know that I was wrong! There are a

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Stunning Sustainable Lingerie by Larkspur (+ a giveaway!)

Sustainable lingerie isn’t the easiest thing to find, but if you look long enough you can come up with some gems. The stunning sustainable range by Los Angles-based Larkspur is one such gem. And I am super excited to announce that Larkspur have kindly offered to giveaway lovely pair of organic cotton panties for one lucky reader. (More details to follow) Larkspur is the brain-child and labour of love of designer Amanda Bear.

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The Travelling Stamps: Part 3

The stamps have continued their journey, making a stop in the US mid-west where ethical fashion blogger Hannah of Lifestyle Justice added her creative flair to the project. In case you missed parts 1 & 2 of the travelling stamps collaboration, you can find them here and here. I was pretty excited when I saw Hannah’s efforts- she actually made a printing ink from Beetroot juice. As you may know, I am big fan of

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Clean Beauty: My top picks for toxin-free organic lipsticks

When I was younger I used to be a big fan of wearing statement red lipstick. During the day I prefer the no-fuss approach of little or no make-up, but when out of an evening I loved to sport bright red lips usually accompanied with understated eye make up. I’ve always considered my full lips to be my best facial feature, so they always looked lovely accentuated with my favourite

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5 Sustainable Fashion Blogs to Follow

When I started tortoise & lady grey, my aim was for this blog to bring together sustainable style inspiration, information about environmental issues in fashion, with learning skills to embrace a slow fashion approach to our wardrobes. The blog aims to be a comprehensive repository for information about sustainable fashion brands, accompanied by detailed articles that keep you well informed about sustainable fashion issues. My reason for this was that

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Stunning Plant-dyed Fiber Art Jewellery by Gamma Folk

One of the reasons I love buying from independent makers and artisans is that I have the opportunity to support someone who is following their heart and making a living out of doing something that they love. One look at the stunning fiber art jewellery of Gamma Folk and you’ll know you you’ve found a true labour of love. Gamma Folk is the label of New York-based jewellery designer and maker

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