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Sexy, Sustainable and Comfortable: My favourite ethical lingerie

When it comes to my habit tendencies, I tend to prefer routine and familiarity. So when it comes to fashion and shopping, this means that I prefer to find my favourites, and stick with them. But I can be quite picky about the aesthetic, as well as the quality, sustainability and ethics of manufacture. So it can take me a really long time to find my favourites. When I finally

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The environmental benefits and ethical considerations of silk

Until the advent of synthetic fibers in the early 20th century, silk was almost essential for a huge range of fashion items- from stockings and underwear, to ribbons and lace. It also represented the height of luxury. For more than a millennia, this luxurious and delicate fiber inspired the Silk Road trade routes from China through Central Asia, the Middle East, and into Europe. Silk was partially responsible for starting

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Effortless sustainable style by Linden

[pinterest] Sometimes you come across a sustainable fashion label that makes style absolutely effortless. Ethically made in LA, using eco-conscious textiles, Linden is one such label. Committing to ethical and sustainable fashion need not require you to sacrifice your sense of style, and Linden proves this. I was gifted this stunning monochrome skirt to style for this post, worn here with my own hand-knitted recycled cotton cardigan and organic cotton nursing tee. Described as the “hottest

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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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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 3: Red Dress, Red Lips

[pinterest] It’s been a while since I’ve posted outfit inspiration, so I thought it about time I posted another sustainable fashion outfit. Today’s outfit is inspired by this beautiful portrait by Jade Sheldon. Her copyright restrictions don’t allow me to share the actual image in this post, but it is well worth checking out the original- it is a beautiful photograph. My sustainable style adaption of the portrait features the following:

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Mending Kit: A simple sewing kit for basic mending

[pinterest] When you are new to sewing it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start or what to stock your sewing box with. Mending your existing clothing can be a great place to begin learning basic sewing skills, before you are game to tackle a whole garment for yourself. Learning the basics of mending is the simplest and most cost effective way to improving the sustainability of your

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Repurpose Round-Up: A new life for your tired old t-shirt

[pinterest] Last week we celebrated Earth Day, which gave us an important opportunity to reflect upon the impact that our lifestyles have on the natural environment upon which we depend. Earth Day is an important reminder for us to reflect upon our impact. But I am of of the camp who firmly believes that every day should be Earth Day. It is a valuable practice for us to reflect upon

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Colour Therapy: Turquoise Jewels

[pinterest] I am very excited to bring you another new regular feature of tortoise & lady grey– a curation of beautiful sustainable fashion items along a colour theme. This week’s inspiration is the beautiful jewelled tones of turquoise. Turquoise has got to be one of the most striking hues around- I am surprised that we don’t see it featured very frequently on the catwalks. It has a been a long

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Ethical and sustainable wedding hairpiece

[pinterest] A very close friend of mine was recently married. When I first got the news that she was getting married, I wanted to do something special for her as a wedding gift. As I had made my own wedding hairpiece some three years ago, I thought it would be a nice gift to offer to make something for her to wear to her wedding. She was thrilled with the

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More than just a label: How fashion social enterprises are creating positive change

[pinterest] There are many ethical and sustainable fashion labels that are doing fantastic work to change the way the fashion industry operates. These labels refuse to buy into the cult of cheap, and believe that fashion should be good quality, long lasting, and produced in a way that respects the environment and the lives of those skilled artisans who make the clothes. Many also work with artistic traditions that have

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