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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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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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Sustainable Winter Wear on Sale

As we are coming into winter in the southern hemisphere, now is a great time to make sure you have enough warm clothing for the colder months. With the promise of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere buying new winter clothing may be the last thing on your mind. However, having just come out of winter you are in the perfect position to know what you will need next winter.

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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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Where to buy ethical and sustainable wardrobe essentials

[pinterest] A key element of a sustainable wardrobe is learning to live with less, and curating your wardrobe so that you can own fewer items that you wear more often. If you want to make a wardrobe work well with fewer items, you need to invest in a few key pieces that can be styled in multiple ways and paired with many of your other garments. Colours and patterns are

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Sustainable Fashion on a Small Budget

[pinterest] When you are accustomed to seeing the low prices in fast fashion stores the price tag on sustainable fashion garments can seem prohibitive. But, as participants in the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge learn, sustainable shopping means buying far fewer items. For most people, in the long run this means that you will have room in your budget to spend more on each invidiual item without spending more overall. But what

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Colour Therapy: The Jeweled Tones of Purple

[pinterest] The vibrant jeweled tones of purple, such as violet and plum, may come and go from our fashions. But unlike neons, these lovely deep tones will never go out of style. They are a wardrobe staple of mine, and the colour is flattering to most skin tones. So why not look up some of these lovely items that I’ve curated for you? We have: 1. Handmade Zig Zag Pouch by People

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Gorgeous Fairtrade Knitwear by People Tree

Good quality knitwear should be a winter staple of any sustainable wardrobe. The warmth and last of good quality wool is difficult to match. During my teens in the 90s, I can remember wearing a beautiful 70s vintage alpaca jumper (sweater) that my mother had worn in her teens. A vintage gem like that would be hard to come by in the thrift stores, but I was lucky enough to

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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 1: Mustard Cardigan & Navy Dress

It seems as though this month I have been inspired to introduce a few new post series on the blog. Last week I introduced the Kitchen Pampering series, which will hopefully help you to ditch your chemical cosmetics and save some money at the same time. This week I am excited to introduce my next new post series, the Sustainable Fashion Outfits. I am a sucker for fashion magazines (well

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Sustainable Stripes: Knitwear from Icebreaker

[pinterest] I love stripes. Stripes and polka dots are my two favourite prints. They are also two of the most ubiquitous prints you’ll find in fashion. And, unlike most other prints, stripes and polka dots don’t tend to date or go out of style. You can safely invest in these classic prints and know that you’ll still be happy to wear them in 10 years time. The trouble is, finding

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