Decluttering, minimalism and a sustainable wardrobe

If you are interested in creating a more sustainable wardrobe, there is a good chance that you will stumble across to minimalism. Minimalism is the movement that aims to simplify people’s lives by untangling their attachment to ‘stuff’, downsizing, and offering alternate vision of success- one that doesn’t promote more (money, things, experiences, work), and focuses on quality over quantity. At its essence, minimalism is a very sustainable concept. It

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Think of your clothing as a product of agriculture

This article originally appeared on Leah Wise’s wonderful blog Stylewise, where you can find many more great article’s on ethical and sustainable fashion and lifestyle.  This piece was written by Mary Kingsley of forthcoming sustainable brand, Lady Farmer. Images provided by Lady Farmer. I met Mary and her daughter, Emma, at an event they hosted here in Charlottesville and they’re the real deal – they even run a farm in

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New and emerging sustainable textiles and blends

The following post is another in my series about sustainable textiles, this time looking at some of the textiles that we see emerging and coming to new prominence. For a better understanding of sustainable textiles more broadly, see my Guide to Sustainable Textiles. here has been a large amount of research into sustainability in textiles, and new technology and methods have seen the development of a range of new fibres

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Fall in love with minimalist sustainable fashion by Paper & Fog

This post was sponsored by minimalist sustainable fashion label Paper & Fog who make gorgeous sustainable garments and homewares inspired by Japanese design traditions and the beauty of linen. These collaborations help to cover the costs of running this blog and continue bringing you great content for free. You can rest assured that I only collaborate with like-minded brands that meet the highest standards for ethics and sustainability, and that

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The Ethical Activist Book Group: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Today’s post is this year’s second book from the Ethical Activist Book Club. You can find the reading list for 2017 here, and you can find the first review in this series here. Read along at your own pace, and add your thoughts to the conversation in the comments on each post at any time of the year.  If there is one thing that we learn from Naomi Klein’s This Changes

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Sexy, Sustainable and Comfortable: My favourite ethical lingerie

When it comes to my habit tendencies, I tend to prefer routine and familiarity. So when it comes to fashion and shopping, this means that I prefer to find my favourites, and stick with them. But I can be quite picky about the aesthetic, as well as the quality, sustainability and ethics of manufacture. So it can take me a really long time to find my favourites. When I finally

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Sustainable In Time: Bamboo timepieces by The Fourth Gentleman

Today’s post is sponsored by The Fourth Gentleman as a paid marketing collaboration through the Ethical Writers’ Coalition. The Fourth Gentleman sell sustainable sunglasses and watches using bamboo and cork leather. Sponsored partnerships with brands like this help me to meet the cost of running this blog, and enable me to continue bringing you great content for free. I only partner with brands that align with the ethos of this blog and

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Follow the fashion trends, sustainably

For the most part I advocate to avoid fashion fads and trends. But every now and then something comes along which hooks me in. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be in style, in this moment in time. But to do it sustainably, we need to stop and ask ourselves a few questions first. The following article written by Leah Wise and was originally published on her ethical and

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The benefits and environmental impacts of soysilk

Soysilk is an emerging new fibre that is increasing in popularity in sustainable fashion circles. Also know as vegetable cashmere, soysilk is a relatively new fibre that has been created from soybean waste left over from the production of soy food industry. While not entirely new- soysilk was manufactured as far back as 1940– it has been growing in prominence and availability only in recent years. The manufacturing process takes waste

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The Promise of Education: Building pathways to leadership for garment workers

This post was written by Elizabeth Stilwell and originally appeared on The Notepasser, and it was part of a paid collaboration between the Ethical Writers Coalition and the Asian University for Women. I am sharing it today because I believe that initiatives like the one featured in this article really matter if we are to build an economy that harnesses the potential of women worldwide.  Sathy Haldar hopes that in

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