Gorgeous Fairtrade Knitwear by People Tree

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

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I ❤ MY LIFE Organic Perfumes (+ a giveaway)

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.

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Announcing the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge

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

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Sustainable Swimwear by Shapes in the Sand

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,

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Slow Beauty DIY: Cacao Lip Balm

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

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Shop for a cause: Hamlin Fistula Hospital

When I shop I try to look for the ethical and sustainable option when ever one exists. My purchase is even better if the profits can also contribute to a social cause that I care deeply about. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital Store is one such place that offers me this opportunity. The shop stocks a range of Fair-trade and ethically produced jewellerly, accessories and homewares, most of which are made from

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Tortoise & Lady Grey Turns 1!

This week the blog turns 1! How the year has flown! I have loved sharing my passion for sustainable fashion with you and I have enjoyed watching this community grow. I hope that you have enjoyed the posts I have brought you over the past year. To gain a better understanding about what you love about the blog, and what you’d like to see more of, or what you’d like

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Winner of the Larkspur Giveaway

I am delighted to announce the winner of our Larkspur giveaway today. The lucky winner was drawn at random via the Rafflecopter. Congratulations to our winner Hayley Graham in New Zealand. Please check your email for details. Thanks to Amanda from Larkspur for kindly offering this giveaway to tortoise & lady grey readers. Do pop on over to the online store to check out the lovely and affordable sustainable lingerie on

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Textile Review: The environmental impacts of cotton

What are the environmental costs of cotton? It is a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so surely it is more sustainable than polyester and nylon, right? Can I be sustainably minded and still buy convention cotton? The short answer is no. But it is possible to reduce the impact of cotton by choosing more sustainable alternatives. So let’s look at the facts. Cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: Textured merino scarf

You can probably tell by the photo that I have a little announcement to make! I am lucky enough to be expecting my second child around New Years, and this has lead to whole world of sustainable maternity fashion. I was sustainably minded during my first pregnancy, but I thought that sustainable maternity options didn’t exist, so I didn’t investigate. Now I know that I was wrong! There are a

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