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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Ethical and Sustainable Shopping Guide by tortoise & lady grey

[pinterest] To all my dear readers, I am very pleased to announce the launch of our Ethical and Sustainable Shopping guide, an easy and enlightening info-graphic that will can assist you to make ethical and sustainable decisions whilst out shopping for some lovely new threads. The Guide will automatically be sent to you when you subscribe to our mailing list. You can sign up to our mailing list here. Many

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Sustainable Stripes: Knitwear from Icebreaker

[pinterest] I love stripes. Stripes and polka dots are my two favourite prints. They are also two of the most ubiquitous prints you’ll find in fashion. And, unlike most other prints, stripes and polka dots don’t tend to date or go out of style. You can safely invest in these classic prints and know that you’ll still be happy to wear them in 10 years time. The trouble is, finding

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DIY tutorial: Repurposed sari silk skirt

I am super excited to bring you this simple but stunning DIY tutorial for this skirt made from a repurposed vintage silk sari. This skirt is entirely hand-sewn, and is very simple, so it is the perfect project for a beginner, or anyone who doesn’t own a sewing machine. Materials For this project you will need: One vintage silk sari (a large piece of soft cotton will also work for

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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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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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