Slow Beauty DIY: Simple Salt Body Scrub

[pinterest] The reason I am sharing this DIY salt body scrub recipe today has a lot to do with sustainability. So much that we are sold in beauty is unnecessary and even at times harmful to the health of our skin. Transitioning to chemical free beauty routine and questioning your ‘must have’ beauty products will help you save money, reduce your impact, AND there is a good chance that your

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The Environmental Impacts of Nylon

[pinterest] Nylon is synthetic man-made fiber derived from petrochemicals- a thermoplastic – which is used extensively throughout the fashion industry. It is extremely versatile, and is used for everything from stockings and parachutes, to carpets, packaging and even car parts. The sheer breadth of nylon’s uses means that it is difficult to uncover what the overall contribution of nylon in fashion is to climate change and environmental harm. But we can consider

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Sustainable business needs to be financially sustainable too

[pinterest] I’ve been thinking at lot about business and finance lately. My husband and I are changing our home loan over to a customer owned bank which doesn’t invest in fossil fuels or make other environmentally harmful investments. It also doesn’t profit gouge it’s customers like the commercial (shareholder-owned) banks do. But it still needs to make profitable investments so it can continue to service it’s customer base and offer

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One Sustainable Change: Join a giving community

[pinterest] If you are looking to lighten the impact of your lifestyle, to live more sustainably, the answer is probably not a complete and sudden overhaul of your lifestyle. A few personality types may suit this type of change. But for most of us, the key to habit change is to take a small action each day, to make significant progress over time. You are most welcome to try the

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When Sustainable Style meets Feminism and Empowerment: The Story of the Fabric Social

[pinterest] When Katie- one of the three co-founders of fashion social enterprise The Fabric Social– asked me to feature this brand I was thrilled. Not just because their garments are ethically produced, using sustainable fibres and are beautiful (which they, of course, are). But because The Fabric Social are so much more than the garments they produce. They are exactly that kind of extraordinary enterprise that I delight in uncovering and sharing with the

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Diary of a permaculture novice

[pinterest] Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to 2016 being my best year yet. Last year was the first year that I was really intentional about what I wanted to achieve. In doing so I learned a valuable life lesson- when you set your intentions, and work towards them, you will find a way to make them happen. There are

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Why most vegan leather is not sustainable

[pinterest] One of my pet peeves is when vegan shoe and accessories labels use the word sustainable in their marketing, claiming to be sustainable when the vegan leather they use is PVC.  I was born and raised vegetarian, and I am sympathetic to vegan ideals. And the industrialised meat industry is highly unsustainable. To be fair, there are some sustainable vegan shoe options- shoes that use organic cotton canvas, natural

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Support Cambodian garment workers fighting for a better deal

[pinterest] If you read this blog I am sure you already use your consumer dollar to build a better life for garment workers. Shopping ethically ensures that garment workers receive a fair wage and decent working conditions. But what do you do on those occasions that you are forced to buy something that goes against your values? What do you do when you’ve tried to find an ethical option, but

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Where to buy ethical and sustainable wardrobe essentials

[pinterest] A key element of a sustainable wardrobe is learning to live with less, and curating your wardrobe so that you can own fewer items that you wear more often. If you want to make a wardrobe work well with fewer items, you need to invest in a few key pieces that can be styled in multiple ways and paired with many of your other garments. Colours and patterns are

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Guide to composting your food waste

[pinterest] Last Tuesday I was supposed to be celebrating my birthday. Instead, my two little boys, husband and I were all struck with an awful bout of gastro. My whole week was thrown out of whack. I also had no time to write the post I had planned, so instead I’m sharing a post I thought you might be interested in. Last week I shared my New Year’s resolutions with you,

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