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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Chic Kid-Friendly Outfits for the Eco-Conscious Mama

I’ve always been eco-conscious. Even as a teenager and young adult. But sustainable fashion became even more significant to me after having children. The ethical and environmental impact of my clothing choices became exponentially more important when I considered the lessons I wanted my children to learn and the world I want to leave behind for future generations. As a mama I want to wear clothes that are stylish and

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Diary of a permaculture novice

Here in Australia we are heading into Autumn. It has had a bit of a late start (thanks climate change!). Now is really the time for me to put in my autumn/winter crops, but the weather has been so warm that some of my summer crops are still hanging on to life. But, even if slow to start, the change of season is a good time for me to take

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Guide to hosting a sustainable children’s party

My oldest son is turning 4 this week. At times I feel as though I’ve been a mother forever, whilst at the same time I can’t quite believe that my little boy is already turning 4! This week we are also hosting a lovely party for him, and we will do our best to keep it a sustainable one. To connect in with this, I am pleased to introduce Julia

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Guide to Packing a Zero-Waste Lunch

For many of us, packing a zero-waste lunch is one of the best things we can do to reduce the impact of our lifestyle. What we eat and the way that we consume food is vital to living a sustainable lifestyle, and the more that we can do to make our meals zero-waste the better. Most of us work and study away from home which means that lunch is usually

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Kitchen Pampering: Beauty uses for bicarb soda

I’ve always got a box of bicarb soda stashed somewhere in their kitchen cupboard, it’s one of those essential store cupboard items that I often use in the kitchen for baking, as well as cleaning the stovetop, deodorising the fridge, or removing build up from my cold press juicer. But it also has many great benefits for my natural beauty routine. So it’s not uncommon to find myself fetching it

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