Posts by Summer Edwards

In the depths of eco activist burn out

I have been quite silent of late and I am sure a few of my dedicated readers will have noticed. This last month I have broken my publishing record. In almost 4 years I have published an article each Monday without fail. It was dedication to the work of eco activism, and my dedication to this community that I made this commitment without fail. Until recently that is. So I

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How Mindfulness Can Support You in Ethical Living

This post is a sponsored collaboration with the Will Williams Meditation Centre in London. The post was written by Holly Ashby, a writer who works with the London meditation centre Will Williams Meditation, a meditation company which can help people achieve present moment awareness through an alternative to mindfulness – reducing their stress and providing a form of self-care. Choosing to live ethically is far from easy. Trying to fight against

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Where to buy sustainable vegan shoes and sandals

There are significant environmental benefits to choosing a vegan wardrobe (and choosing to stick with vegan shoes and sandals over leather ones), but vegan fashion is an sector that is full of greenwashing. I have seen countless examples of vegan fashion labels claiming their products as ‘sustainable’ ‘green’or ‘eco-friendly’ when they use PVC, a plastic that is so toxic that Greenpeace campaign against it’s use. So if you want to

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101 Small Ways to Live More Sustainably

We can always do better with our lifestyles. But it can be overwhelming to try to transform everything at once. Instead, try one thing at a time. The following article was written by Kamea Chayne for her lifestyle blog Conscious Whispers, to mark Earth Day. But every day should be Earth Day, so it is just as relevant now, as when it was written.  You care about the welfare of

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Decluttering, minimalism and a sustainable wardrobe

If you are interested in creating a more sustainable wardrobe, there is a good chance that you will stumble across to minimalism. Minimalism is the movement that aims to simplify people’s lives by untangling their attachment to ‘stuff’, downsizing, and offering alternate vision of success- one that doesn’t promote more (money, things, experiences, work), and focuses on quality over quantity. At its essence, minimalism is a very sustainable concept. It

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Think of your clothing as a product of agriculture

This article originally appeared on Leah Wise’s wonderful blog Stylewise, where you can find many more great article’s on ethical and sustainable fashion and lifestyle.  This piece was written by Mary Kingsley of forthcoming sustainable brand, Lady Farmer. Images provided by Lady Farmer. I met Mary and her daughter, Emma, at an event they hosted here in Charlottesville and they’re the real deal – they even run a farm in

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New and emerging sustainable textiles and blends

The following post is another in my series about sustainable textiles, this time looking at some of the textiles that we see emerging and coming to new prominence. For a better understanding of sustainable textiles more broadly, see my Guide to Sustainable Textiles. here has been a large amount of research into sustainability in textiles, and new technology and methods have seen the development of a range of new fibres

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Fall in love with minimalist sustainable fashion by Paper & Fog

This post was sponsored by minimalist sustainable fashion label Paper & Fog who make gorgeous sustainable garments and homewares inspired by Japanese design traditions and the beauty of linen. These collaborations help to cover the costs of running this blog and continue bringing you great content for free. You can rest assured that I only collaborate with like-minded brands that meet the highest standards for ethics and sustainability, and that

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The Ethical Activist Book Group: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Today’s post is this year’s second book from the Ethical Activist Book Club. You can find the reading list for 2017 here, and you can find the first review in this series here. Read along at your own pace, and add your thoughts to the conversation in the comments on each post at any time of the year.  If there is one thing that we learn from Naomi Klein’s This Changes

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Sexy, Sustainable and Comfortable: My favourite ethical lingerie

When it comes to my habit tendencies, I tend to prefer routine and familiarity. So when it comes to fashion and shopping, this means that I prefer to find my favourites, and stick with them. But I can be quite picky about the aesthetic, as well as the quality, sustainability and ethics of manufacture. So it can take me a really long time to find my favourites. When I finally

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