Category Why Buy Sustainable Fashion?

The benefits of linen, a beautiful sustainable textile

Linen is one of my absolute favourite sustainable textiles. It has been around for a very long time, and with good reason. Here is a little history of the textile, with a run down of it’s benefits. Linen is a the textile woven from the flax crop, which is endemic to Europe and Central Asia. It is a beautiful natural fibre that has been used for clothing for many thousands

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Where to find sustainable fashion on a tight budget

I grew up on welfare. In Australia, being a welfare kid does not disadvantage you as much as it does in the US. We still had a safe (rental home), access to fresh unprocessed food, and a good public education. But the budget was tight. We never ate out. We only went on camping holidays in national parks (which were free or close to free). We often shopped at charity

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Parisian Chic the Sustainable Fashion Way

Parisian women are often held up as the the pinnacle of sophistication and style. Whether this is true, or just a cultural cliche that we’ve made up from afar is another matter entirely. Still, there is a certain picture that we have of Parisian chic, one that usually involves a striped tee or a little black dress, both garments which were first brought into women’s fashion by Chanel in her

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Modal: Sustainable textile or another case of greenwashing?

Modal is soft man-made fibre that is made from natural materials and is completely biodegradable. It is soft and strong. and is commonly used as an alternative to cotton jersey (t-shirt fabric). It is used for t-shirts, soft dresses and cardigans and just like cotton when used in this way, modal is easy to care for. It doesn’t wrinkle and it holds the quality of it’s surface well. It is also

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The environmental benefits and ethical considerations of silk

Until the advent of synthetic fibers in the early 20th century, silk was almost essential for a huge range of fashion items- from stockings and underwear, to ribbons and lace. It also represented the height of luxury. For more than a millennia, this luxurious and delicate fiber inspired the Silk Road trade routes from China through Central Asia, the Middle East, and into Europe. Silk was partially responsible for starting

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The environmental benefits of lyocell

Lyocell is a lovely sustainable textile to include in your sustainable fashion wardrobe. It is a fabric that is worth knowing and seeking out. So let’s look at why this fabric is such a good eco-friendly option. Lyocell is a soft man-made fibre that is similar to rayon , but which requires less chemical processing and doesn’t result in chemically-laden waste water.  It is from renewable cellulose soft-wood crop, and

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Tips for finding affordable sustainable fashion

Today’s post was written by Alden Wicker and originally appeared on her sustainable fashion and lifestyle blog Ecocult. I’m often told by my readers that despite their good intentions, they just can’t afford ethical, sustainable fashion. They’re on a student’s budget, or they’re just struggling to pay for basic necessities, and throwing an extra $50 to $100 toward a piece of clothing because of an abstract notion of sustainability or

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The sustainable fashion scene in Malaysia

I recently connected with a sustainable fashion blogger from Malaysia- Sharmila Wallace of Fashionably Kind– who wrote a lovely review of 6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe. I particularly love hearing from readers who are from countries outside of the Western nations that dominate the discussion. I think it is so important to hear global perspectives. I was really interested to hear about sustainable fashion in Malaysia, so I asked Sharmila to

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Canberra’s sustainable fashion on show at Fashfest

As a sustainable fashion blogger I don’t often expect to see much that I am willing to buy on the runway. This was an assumption that I made based on my knowledge of the fashion industry. But I didn’t take the time to investigate whether this was the case. So I was delighted to hear that Canberra’s glamorous fashion event Fashfest would have a whole show dedicated to sustainable and slow fashion

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Fair Pay for a Fair Day’s Work: One bloggers perspective

As a follow up to this week’s discussion about the value of my work and my earlier post that sustainable business needs to be financially sustainable too, today I am sharing another bloggers perspective on the topic. Alden Wicker writes one of the most popular blogs on sustainable fashion, and she recently shared a very frank discussion on why her work is valuable. This post originally appeared on her blog Ecocult.  An Open Email

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