The holidays can be a very wasteful time of year, and gift giving can be a major contributor to this. UK researchers estimated that unwanted gifts in the UK account for over 20% of the average spending on gifts per person. All this unwanted stuff can have an enormous impact on the environment. And this is not to mention the impact of gift wrapping and cards. But gift giving is such
This week I am thrilled to showcase the work of tonlé, an ethical zero waste fashion label based in Cambodia. From sourcing high quality remnant fabrics, to inviting staff to model the garments, to searching for sustainable locally made buttons and buckles, it is clear that this label has built ethics and sustainability into all aspects of tonlé’s design, manufacture and marketing practices. The beautiful collection is manufactured using 90% high
If you are looking for sustainable maternity wear, you need to be a little creative with your shopping. Last week I covered my key tips for creating a sustainable maternity wardrobe, which can be used to guide your shopping. This week I bring you some recommendations for each garment type- some garments you can shop primarily non-maternity, whilst others require maternity specific shopping. These recommendations should give you some good inspiration
Pregnancy is such a special time. There is really nothing that can compare to the feeling of connection you feel to the beautiful new life that is growing in your belly. It is a time when you really start to contemplate the state of the world that we are leaving to our children. Instead of a general concern for the future of mankind, the health of our planet becomes personal.
Mustard seems to be a colour I can’t get enough of at the moment. And last season that was easy- mustard was very on trend. But on trend or not, I still love the colour. Indeed, for a wardrobe to be sustainable it is important that the colours you choose will endure and you will continue to love them. This is why you don’t see me featuring neon on the
Good quality knitwear should be a winter staple of any sustainable wardrobe. The warmth and last of good quality wool is difficult to match. During my teens in the 90s, I can remember wearing a beautiful 70s vintage alpaca jumper (sweater) that my mother had worn in her teens. A vintage gem like that would be hard to come by in the thrift stores, but I was lucky enough to
For the consumer concerned about chemical exposure in our daily lives, conventional perfumes can be an absolute minefield. Most perfumes commonly contain chemicals that are known neurotoxins, hormone disrupters and allergens known to trigger asthmatic attacks in sensitive individuals. Furthermore, fragrance is considered a trade secret and there are no obligations in producers to disclose the chemicals contained in their products. I myself regularly suffer headaches when exposed to fragrances.
Whether you are starting out on your sustainable fashion journey, or you’ve been making changes towards a more sustainable wardrobe for a while, there can be a lot to get your head around. Sustainable fashion is so much more than just switching your fashion consumption to more ethical and sustainable brands. To maintain a more sustainable wardrobe we need to consider how we use the clothes we already own, understand
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere the first early days of spring are upon us, and the weather is slowly warming. It might seem a little early to be thinking of summer swimwear, but thinking ahead is an important practice for ensuring a sustainable wardrobe. The more we plan, the less likely we are to be needing last minute or impulse purchases to meet our wardrobe needs. Similarly,
It’s funny how something so seemingly ordinary to most people can evoke memories and nostalgia in you. Chocolate lip balm is something that does that for me. When I was finishing up my final year of high school, my much loved English teacher gave us all farewell gifts to wish us luck in starting our adult lives. My gift was a little pot of chocolate lip balm. Such an ordinary