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The Culture in Traditional Textiles

[pinterest] Many of you will know that I am passionate about cultural traditions in their expression in textile traditions. So it is always lovely to meet another person who understands and appreciates the value of cultural traditions as much as I do. Enter Brooke, a fellow blogger who explores her love of textile traditions and culture through her blog Passport Couture. She also works in theatre, assisting with costumes backstage. Today

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Textile Review: The environmental impacts of cotton

What are the environmental costs of cotton? It is a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so surely it is more sustainable than polyester and nylon, right? Can I be sustainably minded and still buy convention cotton? The short answer is no. But it is possible to reduce the impact of cotton by choosing more sustainable alternatives. So let’s look at the facts. Cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s

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Textile Review: Bamboo

Bamboo has recently been hailed a boon to sustainable fashion. But is this textile as sustainable as it is claimed? Or is the use of bamboo in fashion a form of ‘greenwash’ designed to give consumers a false belief that their clothing is good to the environment? Fabric made from bamboo- bamboo cotton as it is often called- is actually a form of viscose, a manufactured fiber which is derived

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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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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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The Fabric Social Fair Couture

This article is a sponsored collaboration between this blog and fashion social enterprise The Fabric Social. I genuinely love this brand and think you will too. They are a rare gem in the ethical fashion space, with feminism and community development driving their production from start-to-finish. As always, I only accept sponsorship from brands that genuinely align with the ethical standards of this blog and that I think you will

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The Most Popular Sustainable Fashion Posts of 2017

2017 was a big year for sustainable fashion. More than any year that has come before, I really felt that the sustainable fashion movement is gaining significant momentum. The conversations that we are having here on the blog are starting to enter the mainstream. But in 2017 we also learned some new things that have meant that the sustainable fashion movement is critical to the sustainability conversation. The discovery that

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WAMA Hemp Underwear- the most sustainable underwear I’ve found

I love hemp. Hemp is a beautifully soft, breathable natural fibre that is just a pleasure to wear. Aside from making a beautiful fabric, hemp has some serious environmental credentials. Hemp is grown without the needs for pesticide, protects the soil from erosion and uses less water than other natural fibres. It is one of the lowest impact textiles (and if you want to know more about why hemp is

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Never Underestimate the Value of a Conversation

I can be reluctant to talk about sustainable fashion outside of the blogging sphere. I think part of this reluctance stems from me not wanting evangelise to people who aren’t keen to hear what I have to say. For some reason I’ve always felt differently about writing online. When I write online, it is generally found by those who want to hear it, or those that don’t want to hear

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Ethical Activist Book Group: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. Read along with and join the conversation at any time.  What can one person’s story tell us about the problems in the global economy? Actually quite a lot. Especially when that one person has a story like Wangari Maathai. Wangari Maathai was born in the early 20th Century in the

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