Re-imagining the fashion industry with a minimalist approach

I believe in the power of business for good, and believe that businesses need to be part of the solution to the sustainability crisis that faces our planet. But fashion (and indeed, capitalism) as we know it needs to be re-imagined. So you can probably understand why I am impressed with this designers take on her fashion business. This post was written by Elizabeth Stilwell and originally appeared on her

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Deadstock, Remnant and Recycled Fabric: the benfits and drawbacks of wearing textile waste

Utilising textile waste is a popular choice for eco-conscious designers. These days it is easy to for designers to get their hands on a myriad of textiles that would otherwise go to landfill. Looking for labels that make use of fabric waste is an easy way to give your wardrobe some sustainability cred. But choosing this option is far from perfect. A topic I will delve into here. The reason

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Elephants in Crisis

This blog primarily focuses on fashion and lifestyle and the ways that we reduce the impact and contribute to systemic change. I don’t often focus on some of the critical issues in environmental conservation. But these topics are worth keeping in mind. So when I had the opportunity to share Stephanie Villano’s well written article on the elephant population, I thought it would be something that we all might enjoy.

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Dress ethically, sustainably and cruelty-free with Bead & Reel

Today’s post is a spotlight on an ethical and sustainable affiliate partner of this blog. If you click the links contained in this post and choose to to purchase, tortoise & lady grey will earn a small commission.  These help to keep the blog running. Thanks for your support! The best businesses begin out of frustration and the desire to make an impact on something important. For Sica Schmitz, founder

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Fair Pay for a Fair Day’s Work: One bloggers perspective

As a follow up to this week’s discussion about the value of my work and my earlier post that sustainable business needs to be financially sustainable too, today I am sharing another bloggers perspective on the topic. Alden Wicker writes one of the most popular blogs on sustainable fashion, and she recently shared a very frank discussion on why her work is valuable. This post originally appeared on her blog Ecocult.  An Open Email

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tortoise & lady grey turns 3! (+ something new this year)

Wow, 3 years sure does go quickly. I am so humbled by how this community has grown, and continue to be moved to tears when a reader tells me how much they enjoy what I am doing with this blog, or that my writing has helped them to adopt a new sustainability practice. It means so much to me to connect with a community of passionate individuals who are all

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Thicker lashes, perhaps? A review of Plume Science Natural Brow & Lash Serum

Personally, I am quite a minimalist when it comes to my beauty routine. But I know for many, having skin and beauty care rituals can be a lovely way to treat yourself and engage in a bit of mindful self care. Having two small children,  I pulled right back on my routines for the sake of time and simplicity. But I wouldn’t mind adding a bit of ritual back in.

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Versatile sustainable fashion for your capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes get a lot of coverage at the moment. The rising popularity of minimalism has a lot to do with this. But interestingly, there is quite a bit of interest in the entrepreneurial sector as well, where I frequently hear discussion of the wardrobe ‘uniforms’ of entrepreneurial high flyers such as Mark Zuckerberg and  Steve Jobs. I myself probably couldn’t say that I have a capsule wardrobe yet. But

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Eliminating Plastics From Your Home: why and how

There are many reasons to eliminate plastic from your home. For all the reasons to do this, some how to tips, here is a helpful post written by Stephanie Villano which originally appeared on her vegan lifestyle blog My Kind Closet.  Problem Material: Plastic Look in an average American kitchen and it’s bound to be brimming with all sorts of wasteful plastics: sandwich bags for the kids lunch, freezer bags

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The Environmental Impacts of Polyester

Polyester is cheap and versatile and for that reason it has become ubiquitous in fashion, but the environmental impacts of polyester are also significant. Before we delve into the environmental impacts of this textile, it is worth discussing it’s characteristics to understand why it is such a popular choice in fashion. Polyester is frequently used for its wrinkle-free properties. Clothing made from this textile tend not to need to be

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