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Sustainable business needs to be financially sustainable too

I’ve been thinking at lot about business and finance lately. My husband and I are changing our home loan over to a customer owned bank which doesn’t invest in fossil fuels or make other environmentally harmful investments. It also doesn’t profit gouge it’s customers like the commercial (shareholder-owned) banks do. But it still needs to make profitable investments so it can continue to service it’s customer base and offer affordable

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One Sustainable Change: Join a giving community

[pinterest] If you are looking to lighten the impact of your lifestyle, to live more sustainably, the answer is probably not a complete and sudden overhaul of your lifestyle. A few personality types may suit this type of change. But for most of us, the key to habit change is to take a small action each day, to make significant progress over time. You are most welcome to try the

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Support Cambodian garment workers fighting for a better deal

[pinterest] If you read this blog I am sure you already use your consumer dollar to build a better life for garment workers. Shopping ethically ensures that garment workers receive a fair wage and decent working conditions. But what do you do on those occasions that you are forced to buy something that goes against your values? What do you do when you’ve tried to find an ethical option, but

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What is tortoise & lady grey all about?

[pinterest] At the moment I am nervously preparing to host a book talk to launch my book 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe in my hometown of Canberra. It is going to be a wonderful event, held with the generous help of my local organic Food Co-op & Cafe, where I am a member and volunteer. But it is going to much, much bigger than the intimate casual event that I imagined.

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We need to talk about consumerism

[pinterest] If we are serious about creating a sustainable lifestyle then we need to talk about the elephant in the room- consumerism. Our economy over the last 40 years has been built on the premise that we can consume our way to prosperity, and that there are no limits to the amount that we can consume to grow our economy. Fast fashion, luxury fashion, and even some fashion labels with

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Talking to your little ones about human trafficking

[pinterest] Following on from my post last week about the Parative Project, I thought you would be interested in this lovely little book about human trafficking. Conversations With My Daughter About Human Trafficking is written by Stephanie Hepburn, a journalist who has written extensively on the topic of human trafficking and who coauthored the book Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight*. She is also the founder of Good Cloth, the online

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Five Books that will Inspire You to Act

[pinterest] As human beings we seem supremely good at making excuses not to act. We are too busy, or too tired. We don’t have the skills or the confidence. We think we can’t make a difference. We think we don’t matter. Or we are too comfortable. How often have we decided not to do something that we care about due to one of these excuses? But if the world is

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Support Grassroots Entrepreneurs with Zidisha

[pinterest] Have you ever wished that you could use your privileged do something more to impact upon poverty? Do you donate to charity, but feel disconnected from the impact of your money at the grassroots? Would you like a better understanding of the power of small amounts of money to improve people’s lives? Let me introduce Zidisha, a micro-lending platform that lets you lend small amounts of money directly to

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