Trade Not Aid: Shifting Perceptions of Ethiopia with Sancho’s Dress

Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from an ethical fashion brand after my own heart. As a community development practitioner I am very interested in the community development potential of ethically founded businesses as an alternative to the charity-based model of aid. I could wax lyrical about this topic, but instead I might just hand it over to the team at Sancho’s Dress to tell you

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My Sustainable Fashion Dreams

Here on tortoise & lady grey I write a lot about dreams. Showcasing inspiring designers and fashion social entrepreneurs who are fulfilling their creative dreams and making a positive difference in the process. My readers are also no stranger to my opinions when it comes to ethical and sustainable fashion, the things that I think matter and the things that I think need to improve. But today I am going

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Kitchen Pampering: Apple Cider Vinegar

During my first pregnancy (over 3 years ago now) I transitioned completely to a natural approach to beauty. As I’ve refined my beauty routine I’ve learned that natural beauty requires minimal specialised products. In fact, many of the foods we have in our pantries (particularly if you follow a natural wholefood diet) are far better for our skin than the chemical-laden products we are sold in the beauty isle. Apple

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Top 4 Things I’ve Learned From Ethical Fashion Blogging

Today I have a guest post from someone that I have immense respect for, the Australian blogger behind the ethical fashion and sustainable living blog Eco Warrior Princess. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I do. TOP 4 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM ETHICAL FASHION BLOGGING My name is Jennifer Nini and I was a fast fashion-holic. After an eye-opening business-y trip (it was also a holiday) to China

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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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