Will you challenge yourself to go plastic free this July?

Plastic is designed to last. It never breaks down. Yet we use plastic for disposible single use products every day. In the US alone, over 500 million plastic straws are disposed of every day. That is more than one straw per person! Much of this plastic waste ends up in the oceans where it is a hazard to wildlife. Worldwide, 1 million seabirds and over 100,000 marine mammels are killed by injesting

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Vegan Leather Alternatives: Environmental impacts and sustainable options

There are immense ethical and environmental implications of leather, and for this reason an increasing number of consumers are opting for vegan leather alternatives. However, when it comes to vegan leather, the options range from the highly unsustainable to the very low impact, so it pays to do your research. If you are vegan, or you just want to reduce your reliance on a product that involves the slaughter of

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Where to Buy Ethical and Sustainable Handbags and Purses

Whether you love handbags as a fashion accessory, or simply use them as a necessity, there is no doubt that they are important and useful. Most of us rarely leave home without a bag or at least a purse so it’s important that we have at least one good quality bag and purse to see us through our daily activities. Bags are intertwined with fashion. Like clothes and shoes, many

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6 things you can do to create our sustainable future

I am in middle of reading The Great Disruption and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the state of the climate crisis, and the degree of transformation we will need to we in order to survive it. This Changes Everything inspires much the same nervousness. It is very clear that a global economy founded on consumer capitalism cannot survive if we want to survive. We have to choose- survival of the human race or business-as-usual. It

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Mend and Make Do: Guide to Mending Your Woollens

Repairing your own clothes is an important part in the transition to a sustainable wardrobe. Fixing your clothes when they begin to show signs of wear will help to extend their life and save you some money in the process. Repairing things on your own can be very satisfying, especially when you use your creativity and try some visible mending techniques that add an interesting and individual touch to your

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The Guide to Sustainable Textiles is here

Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their clothing. Films and campaigns such as The True Cost movie and Detox Fashion are bringing the environmental impacts of the fashion industry to the fore. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that the textile industry is the world’s second most polluting industry, second only to the oil industry. This increased awareness has lead to an increase in

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How to Start an Eco-fashion Label – the experience of Mighty Good Undies

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start an eco-fashion label? I certainly have. So I decided to ask one eco-fashion entrepreneur- Hannah Parris- to spill the beans. Hannah is the founder of eco-fashion label Audrey Blue and the co-founder of sustainable fair-trade underwear label Mighty Good Undies.  If you are needing some new underwear, I highly recommend supporting their crowd funding campaign. But you’d better get in quick- the campaign is closing

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Sustainable Winter Wear on Sale

As we are coming into winter in the southern hemisphere, now is a great time to make sure you have enough warm clothing for the colder months. With the promise of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere buying new winter clothing may be the last thing on your mind. However, having just come out of winter you are in the perfect position to know what you will need next winter.

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The Environmental Impacts of Leather

Depending upon how it is processed, leather has the potential to have a signficant environmental impact, or it can be a smart sustainable choice. Of course, we can’t ignore the ethical considerations of using animal hide for our clothing and footwear, but neither can ignore the environmental harm associated with conventional vegan leather (PVC). So this post will go through all the ethical and enviromental considerations associated with wearing leather, and

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7 Zero-Waste Lunch Ideas

The simple act of preparing and packing your own lunch for your day (or night) at work, school or university will have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, single use takeaway containers and food packaging are made primarily from plastic. At best this plastic ends up in landfill for hundreds or thousands of years, and at worse ends up in our oceans harming our precious marine life. To

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