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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Ethical office-wear for the new year

[pinterest] With the holiday season behind us, it is time to think about returning to work. As a time of reflection, the new year is also the perfect time to take stock of our wardrobe and assess whether it will meet our needs for the new year to come. Planning ahead is important when maintaining a sustainable and ethical wardrobe- if you suddenly find you need a new garment to

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Eco-friendly heels for New Years

[pinterest] Day-to-day I prefer the practicality and comfort of flats. Lately I seem to pair my Duckfeet sandals with almost everything- from work-wear to running about the park with my toddler. But for New Years and other special occasions, I do like to have a few nice pairs of heels to choose from. Coclico shoes are perfect for the sustainably conscious shoe-lover. Their range of shoes are produced using vege-tanned leather, wood, recycled

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Christmas wishlist: sustainable outfit from Kowtow

[pinterest] A quick scan of my wardrobe will tell you that I am not in any need of buying a new dress to wear this Christmas. But if my my wardrobe was looking bear this holiday season, this is dress what I would buy to wear on Christmas day. New Zealand based label Kowtow produces clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment- using 100% Fair-trade certified organic

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Ethical engagement rings by Zoe Pook

[pinterest] A while back I wrote about my search for ethical and eco-friendly jewellery and the guilt that I feel about my engagement and wedding rings, which were bought before I made the decision to shop sustainably and ethically. For those of you who haven’t yet purchased your engagement ring, I am happy to say that you don’t need to break your ethical considerations in order to have a beautiful diamond ring.

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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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Christmas wishlist: Eco leather bike bag from UNA

[pinterest] The holidays can be our least sustainable time of year. Mountains of wrapping paper is used once, torn and then tossed away. Money is wasted on gifts that we aren’t even sure that our loved ones want or, more importantly, need. I love the sentiments of the holidays, and sharing gifts with my loved ones is something that I cherish. I also enjoy receiving gifts when the giver chooses

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Repurpose round-up: Prolonging the life of your jeans

If we are to improve the sustainability of our wardrobes, one of my key tips is for us to find creative ways to reuse and repurpose our clothing as they wear out of go out of style. The longer we can avoid our clothing ending up in landfill, the greater the sustainability of our closets. For my first repurpose round up, I have curated a collection of DIY tutorials to assist you

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Eco-friendly statement necklace by rRadionica

I am a big lover of statement jewellery. A few key pieces of statement jewellery are the perfect addition to any sustainable wardrobe, as they offer an easy and eye catching way to dress up a plain t-shirt or dress. I am completely in love with this piece by Esty seller rRadionica. The piece is made up of a combination of eco-friendly materials- natural hemp twine and bamboo beads made from bamboo growing

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Ethical and sustainable lingerie by Madonna Bain

[pinterest] If you thought it impossible to find sexy lingerie that was ethical and sustainable, think again. Australian based label Madonna Bain produces their entire lingerie line from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. The range is ethically produced in Indonesia and the designer works closely with her factory workers on production of the pieces. GOTS certification ensures the highest standards for minimising environmental impact. Look great, and feel good

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