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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Stunning Sustainable Lingerie by Larkspur (+ a giveaway!)

Sustainable lingerie isn’t the easiest thing to find, but if you look long enough you can come up with some gems. The stunning sustainable range by Los Angles-based Larkspur is one such gem. And I am super excited to announce that Larkspur have kindly offered to giveaway lovely pair of organic cotton panties for one lucky reader. (More details to follow) Larkspur is the brain-child and labour of love of designer Amanda Bear.

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The Travelling Stamps: Part 3

The stamps have continued their journey, making a stop in the US mid-west where ethical fashion blogger Hannah of Lifestyle Justice added her creative flair to the project. In case you missed parts 1 & 2 of the travelling stamps collaboration, you can find them here and here. I was pretty excited when I saw Hannah’s efforts- she actually made a printing ink from Beetroot juice. As you may know, I am big fan of

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Clean Beauty: My top picks for toxin-free organic lipsticks

When I was younger I used to be a big fan of wearing statement red lipstick. During the day I prefer the no-fuss approach of little or no make-up, but when out of an evening I loved to sport bright red lips usually accompanied with understated eye make up. I’ve always considered my full lips to be my best facial feature, so they always looked lovely accentuated with my favourite

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5 Sustainable Fashion Blogs to Follow

When I started tortoise & lady grey, my aim was for this blog to bring together sustainable style inspiration, information about environmental issues in fashion, with learning skills to embrace a slow fashion approach to our wardrobes. The blog aims to be a comprehensive repository for information about sustainable fashion brands, accompanied by detailed articles that keep you well informed about sustainable fashion issues. My reason for this was that

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Stunning Plant-dyed Fiber Art Jewellery by Gamma Folk

One of the reasons I love buying from independent makers and artisans is that I have the opportunity to support someone who is following their heart and making a living out of doing something that they love. One look at the stunning fiber art jewellery of Gamma Folk and you’ll know you you’ve found a true labour of love. Gamma Folk is the label of New York-based jewellery designer and maker

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The Travelling Stamps: Part 2

You might remember a few months back that I collaborated with Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer to bring a series of posts on printing with rubber stamps. You can find more information about the first stage of our collaboration here. The second stage of our collaboration involves posting my hand-carved stamps to fellow sustainable fashion bloggers to make their own creative project using the stamps. This was inspired by the original travelling

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Mending Kit: A simple sewing kit for basic mending

When you are new to sewing it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start or what to stock your sewing box with. Mending your existing clothing can be a great place to begin learning basic sewing skills, before you are game to tackle a whole garment for yourself. Learning the basics of mending is the simplest and most cost effective way to improving the sustainability of your wardrobe.

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Slow Beauty DIY: 3 Ingredient Nourishing Body Butter

Nature provides all you need to create spa quality beauty products at home. Commercial body butters are usually packed with preservatives and harmful chemicals which strip your skin of it’s natural oils and damage your skin’s ability to nourish itself, leading you to depend upon the chemical products more and more. Your skin also absorbs a certain percentage of everything that it put on it, meaning the chemicals you put

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