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Textile Review: The ethics and sustainability of wool

Wool is fiber that I recommend as a sustainable textile. It is biodegradable, breathable and highly versatile.  But the ethics and sustainability of this textile are complicated. I chose to wear wool for it’s warmth and its sustainable qualities, but others may be put off by some of the ethical considerations attached to this animal fiber. In this post I lay out all of the ethical considerations, along with the

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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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Elegant and modern eco-friendly jewellery

[pinterest] I have been on the hunt for a stylish sustainable alternative to classic precious metal and gemstone jewellery for quite sometime. I often feel guilty that my beautiful engagement and wedding rings weren’t purchased with ethical and sustainability considerations in mind. Whilst we believe that the majority of diamonds purchased in the west are conflict-free, in reality it is very difficult to be certain of this. Even those diamonds

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Organic Cotton Handknit Shrug

[pinterest] As the weather warms I am on the hunt for some great summer fashions. I am loving this unique summer shrug at the moment. Hand-knitted by London-based Esty seller ileaiye, from Fairtrade organic cotton yarn, it makes for guilt free shopping. Enjoy!   Tweet

Organic cowl neck top

[pinterest] I am loving the effortless style of this top from Etsy seller Gratefulthreads. Perfect for layering in the crisp evenings of late. Handmade in the US from organic hemp, it comes in natural (pictured here) or a range of colours hand-dyed with low impact dyes, making it an ideal sustainable wardrobe choice. Tweet

Slow designer – Alabama Chanin

[pinterest] US company Alabama Chanin is an industry leader when it comes to slow fashion and ethical and sustainable clothing manufacture and design. The company markets a range of basics along with exquisite hand embroidered couture items which draw upon the skills of the traditional quilting craftswomen from the region. The company firmly believes in revitalising local industry and has created a market for locally grown organic cotton coloured with low

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Perfect sandals for spring

[pinterest] By the end of last summer my sandals were looking pretty worse for wear. I tucked them away in the cupboard, hoping they might do me again this season- wishful thinking indeed. So when the warm spring weather seemed to spring up without warning this year, I was left without presentable pair of sandals to wear to work.  I was lucky enough that my search for the perfect eco-friendly

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Hand-printed maxi skirt

[pinterest] I am loving this hand-printed maxi by Etsy seller theifandbandit. Printed on soy and bamboo cotton using non-toxic water based ink it stakes up pretty well on the eco front. Thanks to creatures comforts for bringing it to my attention! I may well be tempted to purchase this for the summer. Tweet

My journey through sustainable fashion

[pinterest] Welcome to tortoise & lady grey, a blog journey through sustainable and slow fashion. After many years of working in international development, including with a women’s rights NGO in China, I was very aware of the environmental and social impacts of conventional fashion. I wanted to shop more ethically, but I didn’t know where to start. I felt that it was impossible to abide by my values when it came

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