How to commit to sustainable fashion

4 years ago I decided to commit to sustainable fashion. From that day forward I resolved to only buy garments made from sustainable fibers, shop vintage or second-hand, or make the clothing myself. At first it seemed difficult. I struggled to find the right garments. Garments that meet my high requirements for sustainability AND fit my personal style are few and far between. I put off buying for as long

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Support Grassroots Entrepreneurs with Zidisha

Have you ever wished that you could use your privileged do something more to impact upon poverty? Do you donate to charity, but feel disconnected from the impact of your money at the grassroots? Would you like a better understanding of the power of small amounts of money to improve people’s lives? Let me introduce Zidisha, a micro-lending platform that lets you lend small amounts of money directly to entrepreneurs

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Why we must also buy new

Buying second-hand garments is an important part of sustainable fashion. In fact, some sustainability advocates will suggest that a sustainable wardrobe should only contain second-hand items. And with good reason. “According to the EPA, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of textile waste per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of municipal solid waste. But the figure is rapidly growing.” By incorporating a significant proportion

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Book Review: New Slow City by William Powers

Pause for a moment.                                                      Take a long slow breath. Stop.                                    Don’t do anything. Just breathe.   Consider this: What did you notice when you were on the

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Take a Stand Against Planned Obsolesence with the 30 Year Sweatshirt

I must admit that when I think of fashion the last thing I think of is a sweatshirt. Even when dressed casually, a sweatshirt is just dressing it down a little too much for me. But then I discovered a sweatshirt that has such high sustainability credentials that I am reconsidering my position. This particular sweatshirt is sustainable fashion at it’s best, even if it is a little too ‘normcore’

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Exquisite Sustainable Jewellery from Bario Neal (+ a giveaway!)

If you are committed to the highest standards of ethics and sustainability, finding jewellery- especially wedding and engagement jewellery- that lives up to your ethics can be a challenge. I am sorry to say that my own engagement ring did not live up to these ethics. I wish that I had known about Bario Neal back then. Bario Neal craft exquisite jewellery using recycled precious metals, Fair-mined gold, and ethically sourced and

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Normalising Breastfeeding with Sustainable Nursingwear

Clothing is functional. We all need to wear it. But sometimes clothing can be a little more. I really enjoy stumbling across those clothing labels that are also a vehicle for social change. Sometimes the creatives behind these fashion label are on a mission. Piper Marie is one of those labels. Founded by Rebecca Delago, Piper Marie offers beautiful eco-friendly lingerie to the sustainable conscious consumer, but her mission is so much more. A

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Repurpose Tutorial: Beeswax Cotton Food Wraps

Do you have some beautiful cotton that you want to use but aren’t sure how? Have you collected some beautifully patterned pieces from old skirts and dresses but don’t feel confident to sew with them? Today’s tutorial is a lovely way for your to reuse cotton from dresses and skirts that you don’t have the skills or perhaps time to mend or upcycle into another garment. Recently I tore a

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Get To Know Your Wardrobe Habits

If you want to create a more sustainable wardrobe it is important that you understand your habits when it comes to clothing. In other words you need to understand the role fashion, clothing, and shopping play in your life. Before we can begin to approach our wardrobe sustainably, we need to assess our relationship to consumption and materialism, the key drivers of our current society and economy. Examine your habits critically.

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Human Trafficking in Fashion

Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post on the topic of human trafficking by Stephanie Hepburn. Stephanie is well qualified to write this post for us, she is an independent journalist whose work has been published in the Guardian, Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, the Times-Picayune and the journal Gender Issues. She has written two books on human rights, Women’s Roles and Statuses the World Over and

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