Conscious Shopping Terminology Explained
Feb23

Conscious Shopping Terminology Explained

It’s all so confusing! I was having a chat with an Eco friend of mine a couple of weeks ago about an upcoming event where she is giving a talk about sustainability. The confusion and revelations from this chat made me think now would be a great time to readdress the great big kerfuddle that is ‘green’ marketing terminology. Let’s face it, life is complex enough. We have to juggle making a living with trying to...

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Making Sustainability Sustainable
Feb21

Making Sustainability Sustainable

Unsustainable Sustainability. You might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet the last week or so. It’s because my ventures into sustainability have suddenly become -due to life’s surprises- unsustainable. To back track a little, Ged broke his dominant arm a week ago had to have surgery on his wrist. The same day the dog had to go in for a procedure on his ear. To top it off my car decided to go on strike (it’s...

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Wash and Wear Made Simple
Feb16

Wash and Wear Made Simple

Do you know what a care label is? Do you know where to find it on your clothing? If the answer to both of these questions is yes then good for you! The next question might be a little harder. Do you know what the heck the care label is actually saying about how to look after your clothing? No worries if you don’t- care labels often are written in a whole other language of weird hieroglyphics. Way back in 2003 when I was studying...

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Living With a Grateful Heart
Feb14

Living With a Grateful Heart

Living life with a grateful heart. Today is Valentines and I’m not even sure how to begin to share the last few days of drama with you. In a nutshell my lovely husband broke his wrist playing sport. We spent all night and the wee hours of the morning post-full-moon in a very busy emergency ward. He was given a bed at 1.30 am and told he needed further scans and possible surgery. Meanwhile at home the pooch had a blood clot that...

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Five Reasons Why Upcycled Fashion Rocks
Feb11

Five Reasons Why Upcycled Fashion Rocks

 Upcycled fashion is a great way to shop consciously. Upcycled is not usually considered synonymous with stylishness. When we think upcycled we might imagine jeans made into a handbag or neck ties made into a skirtt. Clever, crafty, and cute? Yes! Stylish and catwalk ready? Not really. Despite the fact that upcycled usually makes one think ‘craft’ rather than ‘catwalk’ there are a surprising number of...

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Showing Your Clothes Some Love
Feb08

Showing Your Clothes Some Love

Why don’t we ever extend the sentiment of Valentines Day past romanic love? When I lived in Bengaluru India there was a festival I experienced called Ayudha Puja, where people would celebrate tools and implements used in daily life. These items are treated with utmost care, respect, and love as they represented an element of self, a path of financial security and a dedication of time. As a passionate advocate of the...

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Worker Exploitation Is Not Isolated To Developing Nations
Feb07

Worker Exploitation Is Not Isolated To Developing Nations

Exploitation isn’t reserved for ‘far-off’ places. Much of the literature and imagery you will see from the sustainable and ethical fashion movements may lead you to believe that those exploited by fast fashion supply chain all live in exotic locations (don’t let the forest above fool you, it’s actually my ‘outdoor office’ and it’s in suburbia not a tropical island). While this is for most part a reality...

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Four Fashion Blogs Worth A Look
Feb01

Four Fashion Blogs Worth A Look

Sometimes brands create the most beautiful blogs. Whether they are committed to fast fashion or mindful consumption there are a lot of larger labels out there that have the money to pay fabulous writers to bring them excellent content. The following labels aren’t necessarily the most sustainable ones going but they do deliver the most amazing blogs that you can peruse at your leisure. Remember that blogs are added to labels...

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Good, Bad, and Your Shopping Decisions.
Jan30

Good, Bad, and Your Shopping Decisions.

How To Live A Good Life. I don’t often share all of my reads here as I spend a great deal of time reading outside the traditional bounds of Environmental and/or Fashion literature. Most of my additional reading is related to gender, spirituality/religion, society, economics, and new age philosophy. While I believe all of this relates directly back to creating our sense of self and our identity, outside of writing a book (which I...

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Four Eco Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought Of
Jan28

Four Eco Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

 Don’t shop ‘Vegan’ fashion for the sake of it. Before you get too caught up in the headline please read on. Many items labelled ‘Vegan’ are just synthetic junk marketed well. The term is a marketing ploy to suck you into buying items that are made from petrochemicals that are NOT biodegradable. Gross hey? So that pair of synthetic leather shoes you purchased will be around forever. The worst part about...

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