Category Sustainable Fashion Tips & Knowledge

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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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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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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