tortoise & lady grey

slow fashion ~ sustainable style

We can’t always be perfect. Sometimes better is good enough.

On the weekend I bought a nylon swimsuit. Not recycled nylon. Just nylon. I tried so damn hard to find a swimsuit that met my needs AND was sustainable, but I failed. It seems that sustainable swimsuit designers aren’t too interested in post-baby mamas who have some curves and want to swim laps without their boobs falling out of their swimsuit, or their swimsuit riding up their crack! Sorry for

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How to build a wardrobe that works with less

A big part of my sustainable fashion journey has been paring back my wardrobe to items that work for me in many situations and many seasons. It is a great strategy for cutting back to what you really need, and investing in higher quality sustainable items that look great and serve you well over the years. (People Tree is my favourite brand for this- where I can find good quality Fair-trade

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Beautiful ethical and sustainable bed linen by ettitude

If you are looking for ethical and sustainable bed linens, you need look no further. I’ve found the perfect bedding, which is soft and luxurious and oh so sustainable. Just take a look at their gorgeous product. I am sure you will soon love them too. (Just a heads up- ettitude is an affiliate partner of this blog, and I will receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

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10 Ways to Commit to Sustainable Fashion

This month I am little behind in work and life. My in-laws are away (and they usually help with my little ones once a week), and my husband is away in the US for a conference for 2 weeks. So today I’ve dug up one of my most popular posts from my archives. This was originally posted in 2013, but it is as relevant now as it was 3 years

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What to buy at a thrift store

Today I have part two of a series written by Leah Wise, thrift store manager and and ethical fashion blogger. Find more of her wisdom at Style Wise blog, where this post originally appeared.  Scavenging for treasures at thrift stores is one of my favorite pastimes but, admittedly, it can be a bit tedious to find just the right thing. A few weeks ago, I shared 5 things to avoid buying at

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One Sustainable Change: Choose sustainable tea and coffee

When it comes to sustainable living, I consider myself very well-informed. Imagine my surprise when I found out that tea bags are not completely biodegradable. In fact, most of those ‘paper’ tea bags contain polyproplyene (a plastic) so they are only partly biodegradable. Now I realise why I still find tea bags in the bottom of my compost heap! I had already switched to loose leaf tea a few months ago,

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What to avoid buying at the thrift store

Today I have a really useful post to share with you to help you become a better thrift shopper. This post was written thrift store manager and ethical fashion blogger Leah Wise. It originally appeared on her blog Style Wise, which is has a wealth of information for you to delve into.  – A couple of years ago, I shared 10 introductory thrift shopping tips for those who find secondhand shopping

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Empowering Tibetan women through social enterprise: The Maya Mountain story

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very meaningful Tibetan social enterprise. Many of you will know that I am a community development practitioner,and I am passionate about the potential of social enterprise to contribute to meaningful change and sustainable economic opportunities. I particularly love sharing projects that empower women who are living their traditional lifestyles, to allow them to develop in ways that honour their valuable cultural traditions and way of

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Natural Remedies for Sunburn

Here in wintery Australia, it seems a little odd to be thinking about sunburn. But with the hole in the ozone layer, we have some pretty harsh sun here, even in winter. Besides, most of my readers our enjoying the summer sun as we speak (I’m a little jealous…..) So today I have a post to  share which originally appeared on My Kind Closet, where Stephanie Villano writes about animal friendly

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A Guide to Sustainable Vegan Textiles

Knowing your sustainable vegan textile options is essential if you want to create a vegan wardrobe that has a low environmental impact. If you live a vegan lifestyle it can be difficult to find vegan clothing options that are genuinely sustainable. Too many vegan brands use materials such as PVC which are toxic, and cannot really be considered cruelty free (neither for the animal world nor the people who produce

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