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Think of your clothing as a product of agriculture

This article originally appeared on Leah Wise’s wonderful blog Stylewise, where you can find many more great article’s on ethical and sustainable fashion and lifestyle.  This piece was written by Mary Kingsley of forthcoming sustainable brand, Lady Farmer. Images provided by Lady Farmer. I met Mary and her daughter, Emma, at an event they hosted here in Charlottesville and they’re the real deal – they even run a farm in

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Where to find sustainable fashion on a tight budget

I grew up on welfare. In Australia, being a welfare kid does not disadvantage you as much as it does in the US. We still had a safe (rental home), access to fresh unprocessed food, and a good public education. But the budget was tight. We never ate out. We only went on camping holidays in national parks (which were free or close to free). We often shopped at charity

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Parisian Chic the Sustainable Fashion Way

Parisian women are often held up as the the pinnacle of sophistication and style. Whether this is true, or just a cultural cliche that we’ve made up from afar is another matter entirely. Still, there is a certain picture that we have of Parisian chic, one that usually involves a striped tee or a little black dress, both garments which were first brought into women’s fashion by Chanel in her

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Where to buy ethical and sustainable lingerie

When you’ve committed to creating a sustainable fashion wardrobe you will eventually need to investigate where to buy ethical and sustainable lingerie. I have already covered where you can buy ethical underwear of the basics kind, but what if you want something a bit more special? Luckily there are already a great number of ethical and sustainable lingerie options, if you know where to look. Secondly, lingerie is very light,

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Sustainable Textile Favourites: Lyocell & Modal

With the holidays approaching, why not encourage some useful sustainable gift giving? These sustainable fashion garments are made with lyocell (Tencel) or modal and offer comfortable sustainable style that you can get a great deal of wear out of. Buy something for your mother, sister or girlfriends, ecnourage your lovely ones to buy you something (by sending them this post) or treat yourself to something new (that you need of

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Re-imagining the fashion industry with a minimalist approach

I believe in the power of business for good, and believe that businesses need to be part of the solution to the sustainability crisis that faces our planet. But fashion (and indeed, capitalism) as we know it needs to be re-imagined. So you can probably understand why I am impressed with this designers take on her fashion business. This post was written by Elizabeth Stilwell and originally appeared on her

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Dress ethically, sustainably and cruelty-free with Bead & Reel

Today’s post is a spotlight on an ethical and sustainable affiliate partner of this blog. If you click the links contained in this post and choose to to purchase, tortoise & lady grey will earn a small commission.  These help to keep the blog running. Thanks for your support! The best businesses begin out of frustration and the desire to make an impact on something important. For Sica Schmitz, founder

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Versatile sustainable fashion for your capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes get a lot of coverage at the moment. The rising popularity of minimalism has a lot to do with this. But interestingly, there is quite a bit of interest in the entrepreneurial sector as well, where I frequently hear discussion of the wardrobe ‘uniforms’ of entrepreneurial high flyers such as Mark Zuckerberg and  Steve Jobs. I myself probably couldn’t say that I have a capsule wardrobe yet. But

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10 Ways to Commit to Sustainable Fashion

This month I am little behind in work and life. My in-laws are away (and they usually help with my little ones once a week), and my husband is away in the US for a conference for 2 weeks. So today I’ve dug up one of my most popular posts from my archives. This was originally posted in 2013, but it is as relevant now as it was 3 years

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A Guide to Sustainable Vegan Textiles

Knowing your sustainable vegan textile options is essential if you want to create a vegan wardrobe that has a low environmental impact. If you live a vegan lifestyle it can be difficult to find vegan clothing options that are genuinely sustainable. Too many vegan brands use materials such as PVC which are toxic, and cannot really be considered cruelty free (neither for the animal world nor the people who produce

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