Posts by Summer Edwards

Creativity and Craft as the Antidote to Consumerism

In August, in those last few weeks of the Australian winter, I find myself observing those first flowers start as they start to bloom after the long winter dormancy. Each year I find myself moved by the beauty and I find myself pausing with a sense gratitude for my beautiful garden. For two months or more, I pick a new bunch of blooms for my home each week, as my

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Bringing mindful attention to the discomfort of your excess

When our lives are busy, and crammed full of obligations, responsibilities, activities and physical stuff, it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees. You might know that you are overwhelmed, and even have a sense that something needs to change, but the pressure of all your obligations can cloud your judgement about what is at the core of the issue. It can be tempting to jump right

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We don’t need more space, we need less stuff!

Stuff. We are swimming in it. One frequently quoted statistic is that the average American home contains more than 300,000 items. While I cannot find any conclusive research that confirms this statistic, it is undeniable that we own  a great deal more stuff in the early 21st Century, than we did one hundred years ago. Across the Western world, average house sizes have grown enormously while average family sizes have

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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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Busyness, excess possessions and the scarcity mindset

We live in a world which primes to constantly want more. More money, more possessions, more opportunities. This is a world that tricks us into thinking that our desire for more is a fundamental need. The cost of living seems so high, so we ‘need’ more money. We don’t have enough gadgets in our kitchen- we ‘need’ the latest food processor so we can properly cook for our families. We

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Practising the Art of Slow Decluttering

Since the rise of the Konmari method and Marie Kondo’s recent Netflix series, it seems that decluttering is a phenomenon has really hit the mainstream. Minimalism has been having it’s heyday for a number of years now, and I have long been uncomfortable with the way the topic of decluttering has been treated on many minimalist blogs. This discomfort has only been exacerbated as the popularity of minimalism has grown

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Where to Buy Ethical and Sustainable Handbags and Purses

Most of us rarely leave home without a handbag or a purse, so it is worthwhile knowing where to buy ethical and sustainable handbags. Whether you love handbags as a fashion accessory, or simply use them as a necessity,  it’s important that we have at least one good quality bag and purse to see us through our daily activities. Bags are intertwined with fashion. Like clothes and shoes, many are

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Check the ethics of manufacture before you purchase

The ethics of manufacture is an essential consideration in the sustainability of a garment, but it is one that is not at all addressed by companies that are engaging in ‘greenwashing’ to try to profit from the growing eco-conscious market. As the green fashion sector grows in prominence, so too do large companies trying to capitalise on the popularity of sustainability while only paying lip service to the full suit

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How to figure out your sustainable fashion budget

If you want to approach your wardrobe sustainably it is really important that you have a fashion budget for yourself. Do you currently know how much do you spend on clothing, footwear and accessories such as jewellery, hats, scarfs and gloves in a year? How often do you buy clothes? To work out what is reasonable for you to spend, it is first worth looking at what you already spend

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Tips for creating a capsule wardrobe

In creating a more sustainable wardrobe, it can be useful to explore creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself. This can be helpful in disrupting your desire to consume and always have more or new things to wear. It can also help you to learn how little you really need to own to order to look good and have outfits to wear for all the occasions you need to dress for.

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