EXPLORING

SUSTAINABLE STYLE

WHY SUSTAINABLE STYLE?

 Much to our computers autocorrect dismay we use the phrase ‘Live Life in Sustainable Style’ on our platforms and resources. While our autocorrect always wants to add an A to the mix (i.e. Live Life in a Sustainable Style) we resist the correction.

We believe there isn’t A way to live in Sustainable Style, there are many!

We each have the option to develop our own distinct manner or way of conducting our lives that’s in alignment with our values and beneficial to people and planet.

While ‘style’ is often associated with fashion and clothing (and where we began our sustainability adventure) the idea of carrying yourself through your sustainable living journey in your own fashion, with ease, and taking mindful time to reflect and enjoy the beauty of life, seemed truly sustainable to us! 

Join us for this Take Action theme as we explore what it’s like to live life in Sustainable Style.

STYLE

[stī(-ə)l]

a: a distinctive manner or custom of behaving

or conducting oneself

b: fashionable elegance

c: beauty, grace, or ease of manner or

~Merriam-Webster

Whether you’re living off-the-grid in a self-built tiny home or inhabit a suburban home in an estate, we all have our role to play in making the world a more sustainable place. The content for this Take Action theme explores how we can take-action in a values based way to carve a more sustainable future for people and planet without overloading ourselves to the point of eco-overwhelm.

There are two focuses for this month’s theme. Firstly, we look at how to live life in sustainable style from a values-based approach (with some examples of how people are doing this).

Following on from this we head back to the roots of Sustainability in Style’s mission to look at sustainable fashion and style (as this Take Action theme first launched in conjunction with Fashion Revolution week).

VALUES

We choose to use values as the driving force for taking action because our Sustainable Self has a different lived experience from others. Our differences in upbringings, culture, beliefs, traditions, locations, access to education, our abilities, gender, sexuality, the colour of our skin, and our economic status all formulate our unique Sustainable Self. And it’s this unique self, working within our sphere of influence that can ripple out to have a large impact by taking simple, mindful steps on issues we really care about. One mindful day and considered action at a time!

 No matter where you’re at in your sustainability journey, it’s challenging to find ways to research, care, reflect, and take continued action (big or small) without some high and low points. For every animal rights petition we sign, community group we found, or piece of litter we remove from the beach, there will be a news story about an endangered species, a member who can’t make it to group meetings and drops out, or another ten pieces of litter on the beach next time we return. These events and stories can cumulate into a sense of eco-overwhelm. A feeling that no matter how hard we try, or how much we care, the problems are too large, we aren’t making an impact, or that nobody really cares what we are doing.

 The truth is that what you’re doing does matter as long as it’s in alignment with your values! Our world need people who are working mindfully to improve sustainability outcomes in areas they are passionate about.

USE OUR QUIZ!

Check out out Values Motivators Quiz for guidance on what you value. 

OUR FREE MAGAZINE

Have you seen our monthly magazine ‘Live Life in Sustainable Style’?

It’s the comprehensive monthly highlight of the suite of tools we have designed to help simplify sustainability so you can take action on the things you care about (minus the eco-overwhelm). The content ties together our ‘Take Action’ focus theme. In a fast-paced media-saturated landscape, we hope that this way of sharing will provide you access to all our useful tools, without feeling lost or overwhelmed. Each month the latest copy of the magazine and our most recent resources are sent to your inbox (you will only receive one email a month from us). You will get reminders via our social media channels of what content we’re championing throughout the month.

We hope that you enjoy getting your Sustainable Style fix in this easy-to-read format and that it gives you a break from the abundance of social media updates and overflowing inboxes we now navigate daily

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SUSTAINABLY STYLISH

LEADERS

Living life in Sustainable Style can mean living off the grid in a self-built tiny home (like our friend Emily did), but it can also mean taking action in your suburban neighbourhood. These following interviews share how individual approaches create a rich tapestry of collective sustainable action.

TINY HOME DWELLER

In a very popular interview that we ran in 2017, our Sustainably Stylish friend Emily opened the doors to her home and her heart with the inspiring tale of building a tiny home and the incredible work she was doing in Busubi.

PENGUIN PROTECTOR

Here’s a question that very few of us have the opportunity to ponder. What do you do if penguins nest in your yard? While we are unlikely to face this problem, Daniella’s visitors prompted her little family to take action to help their penguin residents thrive!

THE WASTE WARRIOR

Mother of three Alison Foley found that a beachside game of trashure hunting (hunting for trash on the beach) sparked the beginnings of an environmental education program to inspire and support young people.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE

FASHION FOCUS

We have years of Sustainable Fashion based content to share with you. This is a roundup of some of our favourites for Fashion Revolution week. 

SHORTCUTS

To fashion focused content that will help you to grow, read, make and share for Fashion Revolution Week and beyond (these are categorised based on our toolkit for reducing eco-overwhelm)

BREATHE

Being at the forefront of change for the fashion industry can be hard work! Take a break from you campaigning with this mediation for changemakers.

GROW

You can follow the growth of our ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ journey through our post archive. There’s been so many successes along the way!

MAKE

Turn an old pair of shorts or pant legs into a (minimal sewing required) produce bag with this simple Make DIY.

PLAY

Why were people sent to work in a structurally unsound building? Press play on a documentary shares firsthand accounts of the Rana Plaza disaster.

READ

We often see images of the people who make our consumer goods online, but their personal accounts are rarely shared. Hear from them through ‘Voices from the Global Economy’

STRETCH

If you have been reading our magazines you will have seen this DIY before (it’s a favorite on Pinterest). Learn how to turn your old clothes into a yoga bolster!

SHARE

In 2017 we started trend #garmentgratitude. During this time, you shared with us the story of your clothing and why you care about what you wear about! Read them here.

STYLE

Sustainability in Style began its online journey with Katie’s yearlong Wardrobe Workout style journey. This will be given a makeover soon but you can read the archives here.

DOWNLOAD

We’ve created a downloadable reference chart for our A to Z of conscious fashion terms. Feel free to get your copy and save it somewhere for fast reference. Use this as a mindful reminder to contemplate and evaluate your relationship with fashion and other consumer items.  

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