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Sustainable textile favourites: Wool & Alpaca

For warmth in the colder months, nothing beats the warmth of wool, and it is also a good sustainable textile to include in your wardrobe. Not all wool is made equal though, on the sustainability stakes nor on the ethics. Generally, if the wool comes from small artisanal farms, traditional farming methods, or certified organic farms, these are the best ways to ensure that your wool stacks up the best

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Slow Beauty DIY: Simple Salt Body Scrub

[pinterest] The reason I am sharing this DIY salt body scrub recipe today has a lot to do with sustainability. So much that we are sold in beauty is unnecessary and even at times harmful to the health of our skin. Transitioning to chemical free beauty routine and questioning your ‘must have’ beauty products will help you save money, reduce your impact, AND there is a good chance that your

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Repurpose Tutorial: Beeswax Cotton Food Wraps

[pinterest] Do you have some beautiful cotton that you want to use but aren’t sure how? Have you collected some beautifully patterned pieces from old skirts and dresses but don’t feel confident to sew with them? Today’s tutorial is a lovely way for your to reuse cotton from dresses and skirts that you don’t have the skills or perhaps time to mend or upcycle into another garment. Recently I tore

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: How to make denim cut-offs

[pinterest] Years ago I bought this denim skirt on sale. This was before I committed to my sustainable fashion lifestyle, and I bought the skirt because it was a good brand and was going cheap. But I hardly ever wear it. Why? Because it never quite felt like my style. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the reason it didn’t feel right. That was until recently when I was

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Slow Fashion DIY Courses to Learn to Create your own Wardrobe

[pinterest] Creating your own wardrobes can be the perfect way to control the sustainability of what you wear. Whether you learn to sew, knit or crochet, there is a wealth of sustainable materials at your disposal- recycled yarns, organic fibres and fabrics, or repurposing your old clothing or thrift store finds. Learning some basics skills can also improve your confidence for mending or adjusting the clothes you already own, enabling

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Slow Beauty DIY: 3 Ingredient Nourishing Body Butter

[pinterest] Nature provides all you need to create spa quality beauty products at home. Commercial body butters are usually packed with preservatives and harmful chemicals which strip your skin of it’s natural oils and damage your skin’s ability to nourish itself, leading you to depend upon the chemical products more and more. Your skin also absorbs a certain percentage of everything that it put on it, meaning the chemicals you

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Mend & Make Do: Simple Button Revamp

[pinterest] One of the biggest reasons that items can languish unworn in the back of the closet is missing buttons. These simple additions to our garments often seem to be the most shoddily attached and they are frequently lost. This isn’t a major issue if you’ve kept hold of the spare button that was attached to the swing tag, or if you’ve found the button that has fallen off. All

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Slow Fashion DIY Tutorial: Leaf Designs for Carved Rubber Stamps

[pinterest] Welcome to another slow fashion DIY tutorial. This week’s tutorial is one in a collaborative series between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer on the topic of printing with rubber stamps. The first two presented beginner techniques. If you missed them, you can catch up with Rubber Stamp Making 101 and Rubber Stamp Making 201. Today’s tutorial will teach you how to carve more detailed designs by making two leaf

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Design and Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

[pinterest] Last week I was pleased to be welcomed for a second guest post on The Note Passer, presenting a tutorial for beginner techniques in cutting your own rubber stamp designs. This is the second post in three month collaboration between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer. You can find more information about this collaboration and The Note Passer, as well as links to the first post here. The next

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Printing with Rubber Stamps for the Absolute Beginner

[pinterest] This week I was pleased to present a guest post on one of my favourite blogs, The Note Passer. The Note Passer- written by New York-based creative Elizabeth Stilwell- explores design, photography and ethical fashion. This guest post is the first in a colloborative series between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer which explores rubber stamp making techniques for printing on paper and textiles. This first post teaches readers beginner printing

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