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Exquisite Sustainable Jewellery from Bario Neal (+ a giveaway!)

If you are committed to the highest standards of ethics and sustainability, finding jewellery- especially wedding and engagement jewellery- that lives up to your ethics can be a challenge. I am sorry to say that my own engagement ring did not live up to these ethics. I wish that I had known about Bario Neal back then. Bario Neal craft exquisite jewellery using recycled precious metals, Fair-mined gold, and ethically sourced and

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Normalising Breastfeeding with Sustainable Nursingwear

Clothing is functional. We all need to wear it. But sometimes clothing can be a little more. I really enjoy stumbling across those clothing labels that are also a vehicle for social change. Sometimes the creatives behind these fashion label are on a mission. Piper Marie is one of those labels. Founded by Rebecca Delago, Piper Marie offers beautiful eco-friendly lingerie to the sustainable conscious consumer, but her mission is so much more. A

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Repurpose Tutorial: Beeswax Cotton Food Wraps

Do you have some beautiful cotton that you want to use but aren’t sure how? Have you collected some beautifully patterned pieces from old skirts and dresses but don’t feel confident to sew with them? Today’s tutorial is a lovely way for your to reuse cotton from dresses and skirts that you don’t have the skills or perhaps time to mend or upcycle into another garment. Recently I tore a

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Get To Know Your Wardrobe Habits

If you want to create a more sustainable wardrobe it is important that you understand your habits when it comes to clothing. In other words you need to understand the role fashion, clothing, and shopping play in your life. Before we can begin to approach our wardrobe sustainably, we need to assess our relationship to consumption and materialism, the key drivers of our current society and economy. Examine your habits critically.

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Human Trafficking in Fashion

Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post on the topic of human trafficking by Stephanie Hepburn. Stephanie is well qualified to write this post for us, she is an independent journalist whose work has been published in the Guardian, Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, the Times-Picayune and the journal Gender Issues. She has written two books on human rights, Women’s Roles and Statuses the World Over and

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Slow Fashion DIY: How to dye with red cabbage

Today I am delighted to have a guest post from Francessca, the talented natural dye artisan behind the British sustainable label ACFD Designs. ACFD stands for A Conscious Fashion Decision, and through her label Francessca brings us unique handcrafted scarfs and accessories, beautifully made with natural dyes and textiles. A perfect place to for the ethically and environmentally conscious shopper to buy something beautiful for themselves. In the following tutorial she

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Sustainable Mama Style

When I first started tortoise & lady grey I didn’t plan to really mention the fact that I was a mum. I wasn’t planning on hiding it, but I didn’t think it would really have much of an influence over the content of the blog. But slowly I found that this was impossible. I pour so much of myself and my passions in this blog, and being a mother is

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Sustainable Fashion on a Small Budget

When you are accustomed to seeing the low prices in fast fashion stores the price tag on sustainable fashion garments can seem prohibitive. But, as participants in the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge learn, sustainable shopping means buying far fewer items. For most people, in the long run this means that you will have room in your budget to spend more on each invidiual item without spending more overall. But what about

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: How to make denim cut-offs

Years ago I bought this denim skirt on sale. This was before I committed to my sustainable fashion lifestyle, and I bought the skirt because it was a good brand and was going cheap. But I hardly ever wear it. Why? Because it never quite felt like my style. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the reason it didn’t feel right. That was until recently when I was admiring

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The Culture in Traditional Textiles

Many of you will know that I am passionate about cultural traditions in their expression in textile traditions. So it is always lovely to meet another person who understands and appreciates the value of cultural traditions as much as I do. Enter Brooke, a fellow blogger who explores her love of textile traditions and culture through her blog Passport Couture. She also works in theatre, assisting with costumes backstage. Today I’ve

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