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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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 3: Red Dress, Red Lips

It’s been a while since I’ve posted outfit inspiration, so I thought it about time I posted another sustainable fashion outfit. Today’s outfit is inspired by this beautiful portrait by Jade Sheldon. Her copyright restrictions don’t allow me to share the actual image in this post, but it is well worth checking out the original- it is a beautiful photograph. My sustainable style adaption of the portrait features the following: 1. Grace

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Pioneers of Sustainable Fibre Clothing Braintree

Sustainable fashion is becoming easier to access, with more and more labels choosing sustainable natural fibres as the basis for their range. For this we must acknowledge the role of early pioneers of sustainable fibre clothing, who sought out these fibres long before they were easily available. One such pioneer is UK-based Braintree Clothing*, who have been producing natural fibre clothing since the mid 1990s. Braintree* utilise a number of natural and

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Slow Fashion DIY Courses to Learn to Create your own Wardrobe

Creating your own wardrobes can be the perfect way to control the sustainability of what you wear. Whether you learn to sew, knit or crochet, there is a wealth of sustainable materials at your disposal- recycled yarns, organic fibres and fabrics, or repurposing your old clothing or thrift store finds. Learning some basics skills can also improve your confidence for mending or adjusting the clothes you already own, enabling you

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Tips for Ethical and Sustainable Gift Giving

The holidays can be a very wasteful time of year, and gift giving can be a major contributor to this. UK researchers estimated that unwanted gifts in the UK account for over 20% of the average spending on gifts per person. All this unwanted stuff can have an enormous impact on the environment. And this is not to mention the impact of gift wrapping and cards. But gift giving is such

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