Five Money and Environment Saving Ideas
Mar20

Five Money and Environment Saving Ideas

Stylish Eco living doesn’t have to cost the Earth When it comes to the crunch, the dollar is often the deciding factor in whether or not we act according to our well-meaning eco values. We can be as eco-minded as they come, but realistically our purses are our limits (something you might remember me discussing in this post). Fortunately being eco-action-based doesn’t always have to be a drain on finances. The following...

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Advanced Laundry Tips : Stain Removal
Mar15

Advanced Laundry Tips : Stain Removal

We love airing out dirty laundry The one thing I’ve learned in my time as a blogger is that there is no topic that translates more universally than laundry. Like birth, death and taxes, laundry is one of the unavoidable truths of life. Which explains why it’s always a hot topic for discussion when I write about it. I might be one of the few people in the world that genuinely enjoys laundry day (hands up from others who are...

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The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist
Mar13

The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist

 Sometimes life gets in the way of eco-ness When times get tough sometimes the eco aren’t as savvy as they would like to be. This sweeping generalisation is made on the basis of my own experience and with a little backing from academic literature. Busyness and money are preventative barriers to making eco-friendly choices. This academic paper (by one of my economics lecturers) shows that we are more likely to adopt positive...

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Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron?
Mar06

Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron?

Trends come and go but our resources are finite. I was walking past a chain store on the weekend and saw they had a sign in the window saying ‘ask us about our conscious collection’. My heart did a little ‘hooray’ to celebrate the small sustainable fashion victory, while my head muttered ‘too little to late’. These conflicting sentiments are felt commonly across all areas of design and policy making...

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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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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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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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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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Fashionably Revolutionary
Jan24

Fashionably Revolutionary

 The uniform of change making. This morning I opened my very first ‘fashion revolutionary’ inspired product promo. It was from one eco and ethically minded lingerie company Naja. The product being advertised was a sports bra and the tagline read: Be an active (ist) for women Be an active (ist) for the planet Be an active (ist) for yourself The sportswear is being sold for $20 (mind you I can’t for the life of me find...

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