Category Why Buy Sustainable Fashion?

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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Versatile sustainable fashion for your capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes get a lot of coverage at the moment. The rising popularity of minimalism has a lot to do with this. But interestingly, there is quite a bit of interest in the entrepreneurial sector as well, where I frequently hear discussion of the wardrobe ‘uniforms’ of entrepreneurial high flyers such as Mark Zuckerberg and  Steve Jobs. I myself probably couldn’t say that I have a capsule wardrobe yet. But

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The Environmental Impacts of Polyester

Polyester is cheap and versatile and for that reason it has become ubiquitous in fashion, but the environmental impacts of polyester are also significant. Before we delve into the environmental impacts of this textile, it is worth discussing it’s characteristics to understand why it is such a popular choice in fashion. Polyester is frequently used for its wrinkle-free properties. Clothing made from this textile tend not to need to be

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How to build a wardrobe that works with less

A big part of my sustainable fashion journey has been paring back my wardrobe to items that work for me in many situations and many seasons. It is a great strategy for cutting back to what you really need, and investing in higher quality sustainable items that look great and serve you well over the years. (People Tree is my favourite brand for this- where I can find good quality Fair-trade

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10 Ways to Commit to Sustainable Fashion

This month I am little behind in work and life. My in-laws are away (and they usually help with my little ones once a week), and my husband is away in the US for a conference for 2 weeks. So today I’ve dug up one of my most popular posts from my archives. This was originally posted in 2013, but it is as relevant now as it was 3 years

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