Category Why Buy Sustainable Fashion?

Announcing the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge

[pinterest] Whether you are starting out on your sustainable fashion journey, or you’ve been making changes towards a more sustainable wardrobe for a while, there can be a lot to get your head around. Sustainable fashion is so much more than just switching your fashion consumption to more ethical and sustainable brands. To maintain a more sustainable wardrobe we need to consider how we use the clothes we already own,

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Textile Review: The environmental impacts of cotton

What are the environmental costs of cotton? It is a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so surely it is more sustainable than polyester and nylon, right? Can I be sustainably minded and still buy convention cotton? The short answer is no. But it is possible to reduce the impact of cotton by choosing more sustainable alternatives. So let’s look at the facts. Cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s

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5 Sustainable Fashion Blogs to Follow

[pinterest] When I started tortoise & lady grey, my aim was for this blog to bring together sustainable style inspiration, information about environmental issues in fashion, with learning skills to embrace a slow fashion approach to our wardrobes. The blog aims to be a comprehensive repository for information about sustainable fashion brands, accompanied by detailed articles that keep you well informed about sustainable fashion issues. My reason for this was

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Textile Review: Bamboo

Bamboo has recently been hailed a boon to sustainable fashion. But is this textile as sustainable as it is claimed? Or is the use of bamboo in fashion a form of ‘greenwash’ designed to give consumers a false belief that their clothing is good to the environment? Fabric made from bamboo- bamboo cotton as it is often called- is actually a form of viscose, a manufactured fiber which is derived

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Textile Review: The Environmental Impacts of Colouring Yarn and Fabrics

When seeking out eco-friendly clothing options, consumers often look to the source of the fiber (cotton, polyester, hemp, linen) to reduce their environmental impact. The choice of fiber is an important first step in the process. But in order to ensure that the clothing you buy is sustainable, it is also important to consider the dying process that has been used. The colour of your clothes can have a huge

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More than just a label: How fashion social enterprises are creating positive change

[pinterest] There are many ethical and sustainable fashion labels that are doing fantastic work to change the way the fashion industry operates. These labels refuse to buy into the cult of cheap, and believe that fashion should be good quality, long lasting, and produced in a way that respects the environment and the lives of those skilled artisans who make the clothes. Many also work with artistic traditions that have

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Tips for ethical and sustainable shopping when travelling

[pinterest] I am lucky enough to have recently returned from a family holiday to China and Japan. This was my first overseas trip since making the decision to strictly abide by my ethics when it comes to shopping. Like any traveller, I love to bring home souvenirs that remind me of the places I have been. In fact, I have very few ornaments in my house that weren’t purchased on

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Textile Review: Hemp

Hemp has long been a mainstay of sustainable wardrobes worldwide, being embraced by the hippy generations as an environmentally conscious alternative to conventional cotton. The early marketing of this textile was focused largely on this niche group of consumers, and hemp was predominantly featured in tie-dyed t-shirts, fisherman’s pants and peasant-style dresses that appealed to their aesthetic tastes. Consequently, for a long time hemp has been viewed as a  textile

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My versatile outfit: stylish street-wear to yoga-wear

[pinterest] There are many strategies for ensuring that your wardrobe is sustainable. One tip that I didn’t include in my top tips is to ensure versatility of your wardrobe, so that one item can be used in many ways, and one outfit can meet more than one purpose. Today I am wearing such outfit, which is stylish enough to be worn out socially, but practical enough that it can also be worn

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Top tips for a sustainable fashion wardrobe

Shopping for beautiful, eco-friendly and ethically made clothing is an essential part of any sustainable wardrobe. With more and more designers embracing ethical and environmental considerations as key elements of the design process, this is becoming easier and easier for eco-conscious fashion consumers. Yet this is only one part of the picture. Ensuring that you have a sustainable wardrobe involves a range of considerations, and ultimately it requires us to

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