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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Trade Not Aid: Shifting Perceptions of Ethiopia with Sancho’s Dress

Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from an ethical fashion brand after my own heart. As a community development practitioner I am very interested in the community development potential of ethically founded businesses as an alternative to the charity-based model of aid. I could wax lyrical about this topic, but instead I might just hand it over to the team at Sancho’s Dress to tell you

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My Sustainable Fashion Dreams

Here on tortoise & lady grey I write a lot about dreams. Showcasing inspiring designers and fashion social entrepreneurs who are fulfilling their creative dreams and making a positive difference in the process. My readers are also no stranger to my opinions when it comes to ethical and sustainable fashion, the things that I think matter and the things that I think need to improve. But today I am going

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Kitchen Pampering: Apple Cider Vinegar

During my first pregnancy (over 3 years ago now) I transitioned completely to a natural approach to beauty. As I’ve refined my beauty routine I’ve learned that natural beauty requires minimal specialised products. In fact, many of the foods we have in our pantries (particularly if you follow a natural wholefood diet) are far better for our skin than the chemical-laden products we are sold in the beauty isle. Apple

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Top 4 Things I’ve Learned From Ethical Fashion Blogging

Today I have a guest post from someone that I have immense respect for, the Australian blogger behind the ethical fashion and sustainable living blog Eco Warrior Princess. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I do. TOP 4 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM ETHICAL FASHION BLOGGING My name is Jennifer Nini and I was a fast fashion-holic. After an eye-opening business-y trip (it was also a holiday) to China

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Luxurious Fairtrade Organic Sleepwear by Noctu (+ a giveaway)

Before I started my sustainable fashion journey I used to think that lovely sleepwear was a luxury I couldn’t really afford. But since committing to sustainable fashion, which in first principle means buying far far fewer items, I have discovered that there is plenty of room in my budget for a little luxury when I sleep. And when that luxury is Fairtrade, organic and very reasonably priced, there really seems

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Inspired by Nature: Sustainable accessories from Arture

Today I bring you an interview with Shivani Patel, the lovely lady behind Arture, a sustainable accessories start-up from India. As a community development practitioner I am so pleased to be featuring a brand that has been developed by a local entrepreneur, rather than a western entrepreneur who is manufacturing in India. Our societies in the West have in the past benefited from the exploitation of colonisation. Today fast fashion brands

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