Slow fashion DIY tutorial: Turmeric-dyed Easy Hand Knit Cowl

[pinterest] I am so pleased to bring you this tutorial for this super-easy hand-knit cowl. The piece is especially designed to encourage readers to take up knitting for the first time, it really is an absolute beginner project, but the final result is quite striking. It is also a follow up to last week’s post on the environmental impact of dying. The striking colour of the scarf has been achieved

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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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Ethical and sustainable wedding hairpiece

[pinterest] A very close friend of mine was recently married. When I first got the news that she was getting married, I wanted to do something special for her as a wedding gift. As I had made my own wedding hairpiece some three years ago, I thought it would be a nice gift to offer to make something for her to wear to her wedding. She was thrilled with the

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DIY Baby Balm

[pinterest] This week I had the opportunity to guest post on UK-based sustainable living blog Moral Fibres, where I presented my own recipe for baby bottom balm- a soothing natural balm that helps to prevent nappy rash. It is a very simple recipe that anyone can make in their kitchen, no special tools necessary. Easy for even the busiest mum. With all natural ingredients, it also makes a lovely soothing balm

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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 1: Mustard Cardigan & Navy Dress

It seems as though this month I have been inspired to introduce a few new post series on the blog. Last week I introduced the Kitchen Pampering series, which will hopefully help you to ditch your chemical cosmetics and save some money at the same time. This week I am excited to introduce my next new post series, the Sustainable Fashion Outfits. I am a sucker for fashion magazines (well

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Kitchen Pampering: Cacao and Tahini Nourishing Facemask

There are many reasons to avoid buying conventional cosmetics and treatments. Sustainability reasons include: they are filled with chemicals which are harmful to the environment and your health; and they are wrapped in excessive packaging, which even if recycled, embodies an enormous carbon output. So many of the ingredients that we have in our kitchen cupboards can provide affordable chemical free nourishment for our skin and hair, yet skincare companies

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Sustainable kids wear from Milk and Mazuki

[pinterest] I recently picked up a gorgeous organic cotton t-shirt for my son, and I just couldn’t help but share it…… Gorgeous, don’t you think? The t-shirt is designer by Australian kidswear label Milk and Masuki. The whole range is made with certified organic cotton, with low impact dying processes, and designed and ethically made in Australia. I am a huge fan of their whimsical forest critter designs. I am sure

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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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Sustainable Optical and Sunglasses by Proof Eyewear

A few months back I booked in to see an optometrist. I had been getting tired achy eyes and headaches at work for months, and I hadn’t had my eyes checked in a decade, so it was long overdue. After a short consultation I received the prognosis- I needed reading glasses- so before I knew it I was in the shopfront choosing frames. It all happened so quickly. It crossed

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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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