Kitchen Beauty: Matcha Face Mask and Lemon Lip Scrub

Hey good lookin'! Fashionistas with sustainable living goals don't need to give up having glowing goddess skin for the sake of skipping out on chemical filled, over-packaged beauty products. It's really easy to whip up some beauty DIY's from the comfort of your own...
Beauty

Postive Exposure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIKM7_rgUXU Rethinking Beauty Yesterday I was lucky enough to find myself seated front and centre for one of the most inspiring presentations I've seen in a long time. The presenter- Rick Guidotti- worked as a high profile fashion...
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Naturally Beautiful Kitchen Concoctions

Kitchen Beauty right from the pantry, garden, or refrigerator. Are you feeling the mid summer (or mid winter for the Northern Hemi peeps) blues? Mid season can be a pretty tough time for skin and hair and it's only fair to indulge in a bit of a pampering from time to...
Beauty

Equality is the Way Forward

The Ascent of Woman. Searching around Netflix the other day I stumbled across a fab four part doco series The Ascent of Woman.  This series was created for BBC2 in the UK that charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years.  Dr. Amanda Foreman...
Beauty

A Letter to My Skin: Project Dear Body

Love the skin you live in! Having spent a few days basking in the glow of the Wanderlust festival with the fab folks from Peppermint Mag I decided to be brave and join in their Project Dear Body. In this project Peppermint Magazine ask us to really look at ourselves...
Beauty

Sleep Well and Look Good

Sleeping Beauty had it worked out. We all know it but not all of us are game to admit it- no amount of coffee or concealer will make up for a restless night. Sleep is one of those wonderful things in life that is free, makes us look and feel good, and can be as easy...
Beauty

Beauty and the (non-biodegradable-packaging) Beast

Beastly beauty burdens Many of us like to look pretty schmick while saving the World. Which is why from time to time (or for many of us all the time) we gravitate to beauty products and make-up items to give us that little bit of style-oomph we crave. When it comes to...
Beauty

Label Love: Wash Away Poverty

Humans can be kind to one another! A fact that might be a little hard to believe with all the fear and sadness that has filled our lives over the past couple of days. Fortunately for every few folks who go out of their way to induce a climate of fear there are...
Beauty

DIY: Natural Beauty Friday Night in

  Happy Friday! As I'm off to have my wisdom teeth out today and can't eat before I go in I've decided to use my breakfast time to share with you some recipes for a Friday night pampering. Have stuck to the easy recipes that don't require fancy or difficult to...
Beauty

Tried and Tested: Gypsy Rose Face Soap

  Who would like to clean up their act in the bathroom? Yes... you... with the hand up in the air waving excitedly at me. Good on you for wanting to be a clean, green, gorgeous gal or guy. In an effort to cut back on the amount of waste coming out of my bathroom...
Beauty

Exercises for Mindfulness

All muscles need exercise. Even those that exist all up there in our brains! As we have established in previous posts this month, mindfulness is all about bringing ourselves into the now. It can be easy in a world full of distractions to have our minds in every place...
Breathe

Incorporating Mindfulness into your life

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be difficult. You should be able to fit a little bit of practice into your day regardless of how busy you are. It mostly requires you to mentally make time for it. Got an excuse filled brain? Set reminders on your phone to create time your...
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Mindful In May: Join The Team

Train your brain and change the world. It's that time of year again! Each May (last year excluded because the program wasn't happening) Sustainability in Style gets a little bit obsessed with mindfulness. Why? Good question. It's because May is the month for...
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A Very Mindful Christmas

Taming the holiday spirt. Let's face it December can be tough work even for the most festive of folk. It's the time of year where all the deadlines loom. School wraps up for the holiday season, the weather is at a bit of a peak changing point, and suddenly everyone...
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A Virgos guide to life for the over-scheduled

 How I stay organised and never miss a deadline. Let me start with a general disclaimer. This post should be consumed with an awareness that no one anywhere has their shit 100% sorted. We all have areas that need improving and sometimes those areas are so large they...
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Get Up and YogaGlo

Info for Yogis and wannabe yogis alike! Taking a break from our regular program of all things style and sustainability related to talk yoga. Why? Because I'm a total yoga-a-holic and I felt like sharing. I'm off to Wanderlust Sunshine Coast tomorrow with the...
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Insta-Worth Motivational Quotes

Sometimes being positive is hard work. The news feeds us all sorts of doom and gloom on  daily basis and sometimes it can be a challenge to stay motivated and happy. If you are eco minded it can be even more challenging to stay positive as we are hearing an increasing...
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Getting Back To Nature.

So many worries and so little time! In a world where we spend hours in front of screens or behind the wheel (wearing out sets of tyres), caring for other, and working around the clock we can sometimes become a little lofty and stressed. This lofty feeling can result...
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Recent Developments in My Relationship.

My Relationship with Yoga. Had you for a moment there right? You thought there might be a divorce announcement? Didn't ya'? Fortunately the relationship under the microscope is a longer standing and more roller-coster-esque one than my relationship between my...
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Dive In or Slow and Steady? Refections on Moving Forward

Sometimes in life we have those moments where we have to test new waters. Some of us run up and dive right in. Excited by the experience, living in the moment, and not thinking too much about the consequences of our actions. These risk takers are the ones that many of...
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Dressember: Days 30-31

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
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Dressember: Day 29

  It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the...
Dressember

Dressember: Days 24-28

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
Dressember

Dressember: Days 21-23

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
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Shop Love: Second Loves

Second Loves Many of you who follow Sustainability in Style regularly will know that there is a firm belief here that style is something this comes from within. It's that certain way that we express ourselves through our attire, and body language. Clothing is a...
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Dressember: Days 18-20

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
Dressember

Dressember: Day 17

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
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Label Love: Whiskey and White for Dressember

This post originally ran on the 30th of August 2015 but as the lovely Aimee has donated some lovelies for the Dressember fundraising mission I thought it might be nice to refresh your memory.  Who loves vintage china but hates seeing it sit around their house...
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Dressember: Day 15 & 16

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
Dressember

Dressember: Day 14

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe....
Dressember

Making Your Clothes Last

Secondhand, Sustainable, Ethical or Fast Fashion. No matter where you sourced your items, all clothing deserves to be given the best care possible! Taking time to learn how to best care for your clothing can pay dividends in the long run. When we spend time searching...
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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...
Fabric

It’s all about the Shrooms!

The fashion industry is high on mushroom innovations. If you read regurally the idea of fabric from mushrooms might have a sense of déjá vu about it, and for a good reason. I've posted on this subject before.  Like all things that are worth doing, there is more than...
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A brand that wants your OLD clothes!

Stylish Alternate Endings for your old fashion 'stuff' Ever just wished you could turn your old clothes into new clothes by some kind of fashion magic? Well it turns out that this could now be a reality thanks to Aeon Row. This little label is the brainchild...
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Eva Cassis on Items Made to be Loved and Laundered

Slow and steady wins the race! I originally came across Eva Cassis through my fellow Queensland-based-blogging-beauty Jen of Eco Warrior Princess fame. Being a big fan of this unique label, Eva Cassis's slow-fashion designs kept catching my eye on Jen's feed. When the...
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Fungi Fashion

Believe it or not. Fungi made fashionable. Would you wear a fungi dress? Check out the process of making fungi to fashion here.

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Bohemian Living, Business Ethics, and Coffee with Tupac.

Bohemian Love with Zarpar | Global Living Since I began my blogging journey with Sustainability in Style I have had the joy of starting loads of eco-conversations with interesting folks from across the Globe. I feel very grateful to be able to chat with likeminded...
Fabric

Stylish Ways To Burn Rubber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G5pyFhmAqE When our discarded waste takes revenge. I recently watched one of the craziest movies I have ever seen. It was called Rubber and was a random Netflix find. The story goes that a car tyre comes to life in the middle of a...
Fabric

A Plastic Pollution Source That May Never Have Crossed Your Mind

Sun, salt, and sand is a cure all. And as many of us already know, a blissful trip to the beach can often be spoiled by the presence of litter, especially those nasty non-biodegradable plastic types. Plastic in our oceans isn't just unsightly, it is also damaging to...
Fabric

Cacti With More Than Just Good Looks.

  The Prickly Pear's history in Australia In the 19th century there was a decision to introduce the spiked, hardy, and now-very-on-trend cactus, the Prickly Pear (mostly the species Opuntia stricta for those who like their fancy latin names)to Australia to use as...
Fabric

Plastic Free July Inspo

Looking for some plastic reduction inspiration? There’s a good chance (if your not the sort of person who lives under a rock or in a cave) that you might be aware that it’s Plastic Free July. A month that’s committed to your commitment to reduce the consumption of...
Food & Food Waste

Authentically Green: Avoiding the Marketing Wash

Buying outside of the Green Wash! Being an eco-minded consumer isn't easy in a marketing saturated world. We are often lead to believe that items are 'better' than others because of they way the marketing teams present them to us. We have to go by this because outside...
Food & Food Waste

Meat Free Week

Meat Free for the planet So you wanna be meat free but need some motivation? From August first to the eight Meat Free Week are encouraging you to take a breather form your meat consumption and spend the week eating like a cow (as opposed to eating a cow). For some the...
Food & Food Waste

Pineapple Leather

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGNVja-wnyg&feature=youtu.be Another Week, Another Mind-Blowing Food Related Fabric Innovation Pineapples, usually the kind of fruit you see printed on tees, tea-towels or cushion covers brightening up the modern interior of every...
Food & Food Waste

An Eco Mothers Day to Remember

'Mum' is the hardest job going. Mothers do it tough. They work around the clock providing love, care, and well wishes for their children. It's more than a full time job, it is a lifestyle. Those who choose to take on the massive responsibility of motherhood sometimes...
Food & Food Waste

Coping with Compassion Fatigue

But what if nobody gives a fork? Having been buried deep in contemplation over the prospects of what a zero waste future would look like over the past few days of assignment writing, today's trip to the conventional supermarket shocked me back into reality. PLASTIC!...
Food & Food Waste

3 Easy Zero Waste Life Hacks

Living a less wasteful life doesn't have to be difficult. Yesterday's post was all about the trials and tribulations of a family who lived one year with aim to have zero environmental impact. Those of you who followed up on this documentary may have noticed that their...
Food & Food Waste

Throw-away Culture: No Impact Man

No Impact Man On my regular documentary binge (it happens every few days) I came across a gem on ABC iView called No Impact Man. In November 2006 author Colin Beavan, started a research project for his next book 'No Impact Project'. A newly self-proclaimed...
Food & Food Waste

The Fruit Leather Bag

A Big Fruit Filled Issue. Every Tuesday and Saturday residents and visitors of Rotterdam enjoy the market at the Binnenrotte, Blaak. As the biggest outside market in the Netherlands this market also brings with it a big waste problem. Imperfect, damaged, and unsold...
Food & Food Waste

From Water-bottle to Pants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyF9MxlcItw Post Consumer Plastic and Fashion. As you may have noticed yesterday, for the month of April Sustainability in Style is focused on fashion and food for the Fashion Revolution, and Sustainable Table's Give a Fork campaign....
Food & Food Waste

House Plant Stylings

So you want to adopt a house plant? Unlike fur babies, real babies, or goldfish, house plants are a commitment that's within reach of most folk regardless of their ability to care and/or time commitments. The only thing that one really has to be on the look out for is...
Home

Sleep Well and Look Good

Sleeping Beauty had it worked out. We all know it but not all of us are game to admit it- no amount of coffee or concealer will make up for a restless night. Sleep is one of those wonderful things in life that is free, makes us look and feel good, and can be as easy...
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Label Love: Flora Stationery

Back to school! For some of us Uni students here in Australia August is generally the time of year where we start to get back into the swing of things and knuckle down for another 13+ weeks of hard-thinking-yards. While study can be a great way to expand your mind, it...
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Recycled Paper Notebook

Giving a Crap About Paper A little while back I changed my toilet paper options to something that better suited my personal values. First and foremost I was looking for a way to buy my recycled toilet paper plastic free, and secondly I was pretty stoked I could fund...
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Beauty and the (non-biodegradable-packaging) Beast

Beastly beauty burdens Many of us like to look pretty schmick while saving the World. Which is why from time to time (or for many of us all the time) we gravitate to beauty products and make-up items to give us that little bit of style-oomph we crave. When it comes to...
Home

Bohemian Living, Business Ethics, and Coffee with Tupac.

Bohemian Love with Zarpar | Global Living Since I began my blogging journey with Sustainability in Style I have had the joy of starting loads of eco-conversations with interesting folks from across the Globe. I feel very grateful to be able to chat with likeminded...
Home

An Eco Mothers Day to Remember

'Mum' is the hardest job going. Mothers do it tough. They work around the clock providing love, care, and well wishes for their children. It's more than a full time job, it is a lifestyle. Those who choose to take on the massive responsibility of motherhood sometimes...
Home

Throw-away Culture: No Impact Man

No Impact Man On my regular documentary binge (it happens every few days) I came across a gem on ABC iView called No Impact Man. In November 2006 author Colin Beavan, started a research project for his next book 'No Impact Project'. A newly self-proclaimed...
Home

Are You a Rurbanite?

Are you a Country Bumpkin or a City Slicker? Be it a love of late night restaurant hopping that sees us preferring living urban over lazy farm days, or a passion for horses that requires acreage living, many of us identify one way or the other. However there is an...
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Top Tips to Be An Eco Ninja

Turn the lights off, take a reusable shopping bag, recycle your beer bottles. Blah, blah, blah. It gets pretty boring having the same old environment saving stuff drilled into your brain on a daily basis. The tips above are pretty important but once you get the hang...
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The Eco Ego

Do Eco and Ego Coexist or is Ego a Dirty Word? Ego's are a tricky thing. Our media and marketing world is organised in a way that we are best off operating on ego. So what's ego (I hear those of you who don't spend much time in yoga class ask)? Ego is a pretty complex...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Being a Mindful Leader

You are a leader regardless of your day job. No matter what it is that you do for a living you are a leader. Many of us might scoff at this thought because it seems a little absurd but truthfully in some way people look up to us. Whether it's in our roles as parents,...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Mindful Partnerships

Making lasting collaborations. Today is Ged and I's anniversary so I thought what better time than now to write a post about mindful partnerships. Sustainability in Style isn't a dating or romantic relationship advice site, so this post is all about mindful...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Mindful Media Consumption

 Being media savvy is a mindful must. In our day we are exposed to advertising from waking to sleep. Advertisements are on our phones, in our living rooms, and all over our streets. It's hard to find a definitive statistic on the number of advertisements that we are...
Yoga & Mindfulness

A Mindful Night In

Plan a Mindful movie night. There really isn't a better activity to pass the cooler months than getting together with your friends and having a movie night. For our Mindful In May theme I've picked three thought provoking watches that are totally different from one...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Dressing Mindfully

The art of dressing mindfully. Getting dressed is something we do habitually. It’s not often that one thinks about every detail of their outfit unless there is a special occasion or event. Most of us (not all…but most) will have items we wear out of habit. These items...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Mindful Shopping

Shopping on autopilot doesn't make for meaningful purchases. Have you ever found yourself in the shopping centre car park- shopping in hand- only to wonder how the heck you got there? We are busy people and it’s pretty easy to shop on autopilot. We can find ourselves...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Exercises for Mindfulness

All muscles need exercise. Even those that exist all up there in our brains! As we have established in previous posts this month, mindfulness is all about bringing ourselves into the now. It can be easy in a world full of distractions to have our minds in every place...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Move Mindfully

 Have you thought about how you get from A to B and back again? If Instagram teaches us anything it's that stylish people generally move around a lot. They fly from place to place snapping the most beautiful and lust-worthy photos that make us green with travel envy....
Yoga & Mindfulness

Incorporating Mindfulness into your life

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be difficult. You should be able to fit a little bit of practice into your day regardless of how busy you are. It mostly requires you to mentally make time for it. Got an excuse filled brain? Set reminders on your phone to create time your...
Yoga & Mindfulness

Sustainable Style Tribe

The Fashion Of Subcultures. I've managed to get myself a copy of Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures by Caroline Young. This book explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years. It has fab pics of all the most notable style...
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Food For Thought: Ethical Weekend Entertainment

Winter Weekends are made for relaxing! Hey folks! Hope that your weekend is treating you well. There is no denying that the weekend is the perfect time to relax and unwind. These weekend winter evenings are just made for curing up with a good book or stimulating your...
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Freedom through Fashion

Freedom of choice. For some, the decision to choose how you what to express yourself is not accessible. Many of us experience this at least once. It might be stringent work dress codes, school uniforms, or that black tie event you just don't know how to work around....
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Nature & Health: Culture Club

Cultural Cool is Always in Style. Great news people! Autumn is in full swing and the latest issue of Australia's Nature & Health magazine has hit the shelves. Inside the pages of this issue (you can get digital too) you will find info on a host of interesting and...
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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,...
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Junkyard Planet

Have you ever stopped to think about the journey of your junk? As we slide face first into the Christmas season it seemed fitting to review a book on 'junk' that's introduction begins with the tale of Americas Christmas lights- 6600 pounds of Christmas lights to be...
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Monetising Happiness

Have you ever stopped to contemplate the cost of happiness? For some of us it might be as easy as the RRP of a pair of Manolo Blahnik's or our morning cup of coffee, for others happiness might be a little harder to quantify. Perhaps it's the smell or rain, a day at...
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Stylishly Beating The Bullies

Oh My Gok! A few weeks ago I was browsing The Salvos store with my mother in law and came across a copy go Gok Wan Through Thick and Thin and knew I was in for an interesting read.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the name (or the glasses) Gok is a...
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Book Review: How to Be Parisian

 So Frenchy, so chic. If you are a regular reader you might have noted that in my post earlier in the month on Love x Style x Life, that I mentioned How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. I've had this cute little book in my collection for...
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Book Review: Love x Style x Life

Fashion Blogger Royalty. If you have a passion for fashion blogs then there is a good chance that you will know these two words- Garance Doré. Garance is pretty much Queen of all the fashion bloggers (feel free to argue this point in the comments section by adding...
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Fashion Revolution 2017: Sass & Bide

We will never forget. On this day in 2013 the Rana Plaza building collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring more than 2500 others. Many of those involved in the incident were garment factory workers who were sent to work to meet the tight manufacturing deadlines...
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Why Smallpox isn’t the (ethical) answer to Population Growth

The Elephant in the Room Ok. Let's throw it out there. The real reason we have so many issues with resource security and pollution is the fact that there are so many of us. Exponential population growth. Boom. There it is. The black and white scientific truth and...
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Tools For The Revolution

May We Never Forget On this day three years ago 1134 people were killed and another estimated 2500 were injured in a fashion tragedy that should never have happened. These people were lead into a building that others around them had decided was too unsafe to work in....
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Fashion Revolution Action Plan

Have You Ever Contemplated Where Your Clothes Come From? Do you know who made your clothes? Who grew the cotton, spun the threads, dyed the fabric and who sewed them together? Chances are that you have at least one item on that you wouldn't know the origins of (if...
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Earth Hour: Switch Off For Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I34B3x1p72c&feature=youtu.be Armchair Activism at it's Best Launched in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has come a long way from it's 2.2 million strong first 'switch off' activism event, with more than 172 countries and 7000 cities across...
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Take Action With Give A Fork

Isn’t it way sexier to take care of the planet than it is to trash it? Um... Hell yes! Sadly we’re trashing the planet and the way we consume food has a lot to do with it; takeaway coffee cups, lettuce in plastic bags, a raw deal for farmers, double beef pattie...
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We Are The Voice For Climate Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-3FuApUbnc We’re not going to sit in silence! With the Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) underway there is no better time than now to get your voice heard on climate change issues. In the lead up to the conference 1 Million...
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Hot Hot Heat! The Degrees of Climate Change

Blame it on the sunshine! Hey folks! Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few days both here and on social media. I’ve been afflicted with a bad bout of heat exhaustion (which isn’t uncommon for me I get it at least twice a month every subtropical summer) a...
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Change the World Right Now!

  Did you know that your dollar or gift donation can rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression? For the whole of December Sustainability in Style will be committed to Dressember, the style challenge that embraces the...
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Alternative Music and Activism for Beginners

#savekaren For those of you who live in Australia, or for folks who just so happen to enjoy reading about Australian politics and current affairs, you may have come across the #savekaren campaign. Karen is a well-meaning fictitious character that has been deemed a...
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Nature & Health: Naturally Curious

Outdoor adventures mindfully and in style. I'm super lucky to be the Eco Style columnist for Australia's Nature & Health magazine because it's a fab publication and I really enjoy coming up with new approaches for sharing the best eco friendly brands. As many of...
Travel

Move Mindfully

 Have you thought about how you get from A to B and back again? If Instagram teaches us anything it's that stylish people generally move around a lot. They fly from place to place snapping the most beautiful and lust-worthy photos that make us green with travel envy....
Travel

Fungi and Fashion- What’s the Link?

Mushroom Magic! After spending the afternoon hunting for forest fungi with my Mr. in tow I thought what better time than now to share with you some fungi photos and relate it back to fashion. While it can be difficult to see the links between a forest walk loaded with...
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Walking The Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AaPKuj6848 Walking towards sustainable fashion Ever thought about taking a fashionable stroll? I'm always admiring how glam celebs look while walking their pets. Miranda Kerr would have to be first place in the 'most stylish dog walk'...
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Tropical Fruit World

She's Gone Bananas! Part two of Ged and Katie's weekend adventure was a sugar fueled journey around one of Ged's most memorable childhood destinations. Tropical Fruit World is a landmark tourist attraction at Tweed on Gold Coast that as you may have guessed by the...
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Lamington National Park

Wet Fern Kiss I take my brokenness for a bush walk. Wet ferns kiss me with ancient love, fog-lavished forest rehydrates my data-parched soul. In this bird-swept air I am whispered into the memory of my earth-formed body. and this returning is a healing. And I, though...
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Travel Right This Festive Season

Christmas Made Mobile. This post originally ran one year ago today but is being shared again as it's always good to have a refresher on holiday travel tips and it fits perfectly with Planet Arks 12 do's of Christmas tip number 10.  For so many of us Christmas is a...
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Wanderlust: Refresh your soul in your backyard.

How often do you feel the weight of life bearing down on your shoulders? It's commonplace in our highly connected and fast paced daily lives to be sleep deprived, stressed out, and counting down the months until your annual holiday. While this may be common, it...
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Green Travel Tips with PARKROYAL

One of the most exciting things about blogging is that you never know what will turn up in your inbox. While a slew of completely random emails appearing in your inbox on a daily basis can be a little overwhelming it can also bring with it some pretty unexpected...
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Wanderlust: Green Air Travel?

Air Travel and the Environment   With the price of global air travel becoming increasingly affordable it's commonplace for some of us to jet off across the country or the globe for work or pleasure. From April 2014 to April 2015 there were more than 2.7 million...
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Tips for Zero Waste Fashion

Zero Waste Living for the Fashionista. It's Plastic Free July and what better time than now to talk about a more mindful life without the waste. This post is a collection of tips, tricks, and ideas that will help you live your life in the most sustainable way- in...
Waste Weigh Up

Plastic Free July Inspo

Looking for some plastic reduction inspiration? There’s a good chance (if your not the sort of person who lives under a rock or in a cave) that you might be aware that it’s Plastic Free July. A month that’s committed to your commitment to reduce the consumption of...
Waste Weigh Up

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...
Waste Weigh Up

Zero Waste Cup Life Hack

A simple origami life-hack to impress your friends at parties. Waste reduction can sometimes make you look like a weirdo. Whether it's asking the store clerk to put your sandwich in your hand rather than a plastic container, or confusing the heck out of the register...
Waste Weigh Up

Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon

Are you running late? Never fear! The best of us get a little bit behind schedule from time to time (or all the time). If you are one of many who are spending your Christmas eve day chasing store closing deadlines this quick little DIY should help you out a lot. The...
Waste Weigh Up

Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste

It's that shopping time of year! It's pretty safe to say that the majority of us will end up at a shopping complex at some point of December. Some will be gleefully skipping down the isles doing the big present shop while others will be trying hard to find a table to...
Waste Weigh Up

Recycled Fashion Things To Do and Make

Rounding up some not-so-shabby recycled chic. Sometimes when we have a little down time it can be fun to get crafty. Unfortunately it's not always easy to locate craft projects that are useful in a hurry. There are only so many DIY's you can store in one life, so here...
Waste Weigh Up

Style Tips For Thrifted Success

How to get the most out of your secondhand purchases. Whether you are a seasoned thrift-a-holic or someone who just likes to dabble in the odd eBay purchase there is no denying that buying secondhand can be pretty thrilling! The best bit about secondhand shopping is...
Waste Weigh Up

National Recycling Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rllwHJozStQ Recycling for our fashionable future. Each year Planet Ark work for an entire week to educate us Australians on the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates...
Waste Weigh Up

Recycled Paper Notebook

Giving a Crap About Paper A little while back I changed my toilet paper options to something that better suited my personal values. First and foremost I was looking for a way to buy my recycled toilet paper plastic free, and secondly I was pretty stoked I could fund...
Waste Weigh Up

Ged’s #garmentgratitude Story

Ged's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie. Ged is my partner in sustainable style and was keen to get involved in the #garmentgratitude movement in his own way. Pictured here in a classic shirt and jeans combo Ged is most at home when he isn't at home!...
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Sara’s #garmentgratitude Story

Sara's #garmentgratitude story Sara's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie (@SISMAR) I was immediately drawn to the beautiful pendant that Sara was wearing. It just seemed to match her shirt and her spirit so well! She was at the Environment Day Festival...
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Quelli’s #Garmentgratitude Story

Quelli's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie (@QUELLICI) Quelli was chatting to Jenna when I asked him if he would be happy to take part in the #garmentgratitude movement. We felt as though we had met before but couldn’t quite work out where. Regardless of...
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Holly’s #garmentgratitude story

Holly's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @secondhand_holly As soon as I came across the #garmentgratitude project I knew straight away my darling Shawl was the wardrobe item I wanted to share. I found it in an Op Shop 13 years ago just after my first baby was...
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Tasha’s #garmentgratitude story

Tash's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @spindriftcollection⠀ ⠀ I discovered an amazing initiative and blog post by @sustainabilityinstyle to really be grateful for garments that you wear and love and wanted to share one of my favourite items from my wardrobe!...
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Joe and Lucy’s #garmentgratitude story

Joe and Lucy's #garmentgratitude story as told to and reported by Katie. Truthfully I stalked this pair along the footpath mesmerised by Lucy’s well loved hat. She and Joe had the most wonderful outfits on so I had to stop them to ask if they would take part in the...
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Jenna’s #garmentgratitude story

~This is Jenna's #garmentgratitude story as told to-and-by Katie. I’m lucky enough to know this beam of sunshine from my local Source Bulk Foods store in Maroochydore. ⠀ She was enjoying the festival vibes and really wanted to get involved with the #garmentgratitude...
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Erica’s #garmentgratitude story

Erica's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @awastenotkindoflife⠀ ⠀ Two months ago I caught a post on @sustainabilityinstyle that really caught my attention. She proposed that we the peeps of Instagram begin a movement. ⠀ ⠀ One that focuses on mindfulness,...
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Amanda’s #garmentgratitude story

~Emma’s story as told to and by Katie. Amanda is a Fashion Teacher at the Sunshine Coast Tafe and has an impeccable eye for detail. She watched a tree full of children (mother duties) while we chatted all things sustainability, fashion, and World Environment Day...
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Emma’s #garmentgratitude Story

~Emma's story as told to and by Katie. Emma was carrying around a sapling that she proudly told me all about. ‘It’s a native pea plant with purple flower, it looks really pretty when it’s all in flower’ Then she continued on to tell me that she had scored it from the...
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Plastic Free July: Can You Commit?

Choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans? Australians alone use around 100 kg of plastic packaging per household each year. This July you can join more...
Campaigns

Fashion Revolution: Follow Up

Better late than never! It's taken around a month to get back to this but I'm finally here talking Fashion Revolution follow up. Sorry for the delay! It was a bit of an interrupted Fashion Revolution week for me heading to Tasmania for my sisters lovely wedding. I...
Campaigns

Fashion Revolution 2017: Sass & Bide

We will never forget. On this day in 2013 the Rana Plaza building collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring more than 2500 others. Many of those involved in the incident were garment factory workers who were sent to work to meet the tight manufacturing deadlines...
Campaigns

Fashion Revolution 2017: Sportsgirl

Communication is key for starting a Fashion Revolution! The clothing industry is not just frivolous fashion for silly fashionistas. It's actually big business and the second largest polluter in the World following the oil industry. It's also an industry where...
Campaigns

Fashion Revolution: 2017 Arnhem Follow Up

The Revolution that asks #whomademyclothes Yay! It's that time of year. What time I hear you ask? Fashion Revolution time! The Fashion Revolution was founded in response to the tragic Bangladeshi Rana Plaza building collapse where 1133 people died and over 2500 were...
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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)...
Campaigns

A Letter to My Skin: Project Dear Body

Love the skin you live in! Having spent a few days basking in the glow of the Wanderlust festival with the fab folks from Peppermint Mag I decided to be brave and join in their Project Dear Body. In this project Peppermint Magazine ask us to really look at ourselves...
Campaigns

Global Goals

Have you ever spent some time thinking about what changes you would like to champion? Yes? Excellent. Then this week is right up your alley. No? Not a problem, the UN's sustainable development goals should give you some pointers on what you are passionate about and...
Campaigns

Denim Planet: Jeans for Genes

Fashion for a Cause On August fifth Aussie schools, workplaces and communities rally their denim clad butts together to help support the life saving work conducted by the Children’s Medical Research Institute. By getting your dream denim team organised in advance you...
Campaigns

Ethical, Sustainable and Vegan. OH MY!

What is the difference? The head marketing honchos of companies all across globe work tirelessly to keep one step ahead of the trends. That's a pretty impressive feat now that trends are largely dictated by social media, street style, and our 24-7 news feeds. With...
Campaigns

The Impact of Shooting Hurricanes

Shooting at storms  Have you seen it? The force of mother nature unleashing in such a way that we can do nothing but bunker down and take in her fury and beauty. Hurricane Irma has been a lot for people to take in. The devastation is widespread and relief efforts to...
Environment

Change and your environment

Change is the only constant When it comes to trying to make sense of our place here on this orbiting pile of rock it's kind of hard to ignore the fact that control is only an illusion. Whether it takes a terrorist attack, race riots, or a momentary blocking of the sun...
Environment

Nature Connection: Self Care for Environmentalists

Why do we do what we do? Caring takes some heart and for most environmentalists  what we do comes from a place of love. It should be no surprise to most of us, given that nearly every hit song everywhere suggests it, love isn't always the easiest emotion to deal with....
Environment

Plastic Free July Inspo

Looking for some plastic reduction inspiration? There’s a good chance (if your not the sort of person who lives under a rock or in a cave) that you might be aware that it’s Plastic Free July. A month that’s committed to your commitment to reduce the consumption of...
Environment

Food For Thought: Ethical Weekend Entertainment

Winter Weekends are made for relaxing! Hey folks! Hope that your weekend is treating you well. There is no denying that the weekend is the perfect time to relax and unwind. These weekend winter evenings are just made for curing up with a good book or stimulating your...
Environment

Five Things You Should Know to Live Your Best Life

There are some wild claims out there in internet land. From fad diets to face tightening serums it can be easy to get sucked into the latest life-changing fad. Hopefully this post sucked you in with it's exciting headline. It's also hoped that you read this and think...
Environment

Plastic Free July: Can You Commit?

Choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Did you know scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans? Australians alone use around 100 kg of plastic packaging per household each year. This July you can join more...
Environment

Move Mindfully

 Have you thought about how you get from A to B and back again? If Instagram teaches us anything it's that stylish people generally move around a lot. They fly from place to place snapping the most beautiful and lust-worthy photos that make us green with travel envy....
Environment

Earth Day: March for Science not Silence

Earth Day 2017: Environmental & Climate Literacy The first ever Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970,  it activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the...
Environment

A Sustainable Wrap Up!

The Mous Mag Wrap Up! This not-so-little wrap up on the Mous Mag panel discussion I participated in last week is a little bit late. The universe and my computer seem to be conspiring against me at the moment. I've had words with both and hopefully (with fingers and...
Environment

The Impact of Shooting Hurricanes

Shooting at storms  Have you seen it? The force of mother nature unleashing in such a way that we can do nothing but bunker down and take in her fury and beauty. Hurricane Irma has been a lot for people to take in. The devastation is widespread and relief efforts to...
Fashion News

Dissecting the $5 Organic Cotton Tee

The too good to be true deal? We have spoken and brands are starting to listen! Across the fast-fashion spectrum we are starting to see a movement towards more responsible manufacturing. Or so it seems. How much of this is just too good to be true? Well, I'm...
Fashion News

Tips for Zero Waste Fashion

Zero Waste Living for the Fashionista. It's Plastic Free July and what better time than now to talk about a more mindful life without the waste. This post is a collection of tips, tricks, and ideas that will help you live your life in the most sustainable way- in...
Fashion News

How to Fake Fashion Eco-Style

Are you tired of being told to 'dress classic' or 'minimal'? There is a bit of a trend on eco-fashion media that we all have to follow a specific set of rules in order to be eco or sustainably stylish. Many of these rules are based on the ideals of slow fashion and...
Fashion News

Wearing Happiness: Clothing and Mood

Can your clothing affect your mood? Most of us would probably agree that there is a relationship between what we wear, our emotions and moods. Even if you don't notice the subtle fashion attributed mood changes there is no denying that too long in a pair of stilettos...
Fashion News

Nature & Health: Mid-Winter Warmers

Warding off the Winter chill. With winter solstice a couple of days behind us it's clear that mid-winter is here for us in the Southern Hemisphere. Fortunately staying warm in winter doesn't have to be damaging to people or the planet. This article is a look at my...
Fashion News

A Blog Facelift

Sustainability in Style gets a makeover! Hey folks! I've moved mountains (or just stood on top of them in flowy dresses) to make this web-platform a whole lot more user friendly. This is a short post to introduce you to some of the new features and to let you know...
Fashion News

Peppermint Magazine Feature

Hello again! I'm so sorry it's been a while between posts. In the interest of being authentic I will admit that I am totally exhausted. Won't blab too much about it, but long-story-short Ged got injured, I had to put my studies on hold and work to keep us going (which...
Fashion News

Mindful Partnerships

Making lasting collaborations. Today is Ged and I's anniversary so I thought what better time than now to write a post about mindful partnerships. Sustainability in Style isn't a dating or romantic relationship advice site, so this post is all about mindful...
Fashion News

Mindful Media Consumption

 Being media savvy is a mindful must. In our day we are exposed to advertising from waking to sleep. Advertisements are on our phones, in our living rooms, and all over our streets. It's hard to find a definitive statistic on the number of advertisements that we are...
Fashion News

Nature Connection: Self Care for Environmentalists

Why do we do what we do? Caring takes some heart and for most environmentalists  what we do comes from a place of love. It should be no surprise to most of us, given that nearly every hit song everywhere suggests it, love isn't always the easiest emotion to deal with....
Gardening

Fungi and Fashion- What’s the Link?

Mushroom Magic! After spending the afternoon hunting for forest fungi with my Mr. in tow I thought what better time than now to share with you some fungi photos and relate it back to fashion. While it can be difficult to see the links between a forest walk loaded with...
Gardening

Make It Yourself: Moss Balls

Doing the Christmas Gift idea round up? As we slide into November and the stores start getting ramped up for Christmas (my local MYER department store had the Christmas tree up in SEPTEMBER) it's time to start thinking about whether or not we want to gift tangible...
Gardening

House Plant Stylings

So you want to adopt a house plant? Unlike fur babies, real babies, or goldfish, house plants are a commitment that's within reach of most folk regardless of their ability to care and/or time commitments. The only thing that one really has to be on the look out for is...
Gardening

Cacti With More Than Just Good Looks.

  The Prickly Pear's history in Australia In the 19th century there was a decision to introduce the spiked, hardy, and now-very-on-trend cactus, the Prickly Pear (mostly the species Opuntia stricta for those who like their fancy latin names)to Australia to use as...
Gardening

Epicurious Gardens Brisbane

A Walk Down the Edible Garden Path. On my recent fast-track tour of Brisbane City for the PepTalks event I stumbled across the beautiful Epicurious gardens in Southbank. Fortunately I was there on the right day and time to learn more about this wonderful edible urban...
Gardening

Are You a Rurbanite?

Are you a Country Bumpkin or a City Slicker? Be it a love of late night restaurant hopping that sees us preferring living urban over lazy farm days, or a passion for horses that requires acreage living, many of us identify one way or the other. However there is an...
Gardening

DIY: Upcycled Potted Plants

Potted Plant Love. As mentioned in the DIY succulent tree post, up-cycled potted plants make great gift ideas. Not only do they divert broken and unwanted items from landfill, they provide loads of joy for the recipient and make for great photos! If you have some old...
Gardening

DIY: Succulent Tree

The succulent tree. The succulent tree is the ideal tree for anyone who wants to look like a total hipster this Christmas. You may or may not have noticed... succulents and cacti are still pretty on-trend. What I like about this succulent tree idea is that no only is...
Gardening

Gardening For The Soul

  When I was eighteen my succulent committed suicide. I had spent the day at the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens visiting my favourite plant collections (the arid garden and the tropical glasshouse) and when I returned home my pet succulent had leaped from the...
Gardening

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...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

A Former Model On A Fashion Mission

Fashion designed with heart and purpose. I was lucky enough to meet former model and foreign aid worker Yana Barankin through social media and email. Her back story and her brand TAMAGA's mission had me fascinated. Working with her fiancee Eric the two are on a...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

EcoBling: Wearing the Kitchen Sink

Planet Friendly Jewellery I've been lucky enough to know Katie Johnston- founder of EcoBling- for quite some time now and she is a seriously awesome earth warrior. Not only does this woman run her own jewellery label (designing, making, styling, and hitting up...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

Ocean Zen: Booties, Beaches, and Being a Beautiful Human.

Ocean Zen Bikini. A label started by an inspiring woman who I am lucky enough to share a university and geographical local with! The beautiful and passionate Steph Gabriel is a Sunshine Coast based designer (who you might recognise from the recent post about the...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

Label Love: Wanderlust Edition 2016

Soulful Connections. Last years Wanderlust Label Love wrap up was quite steeped in bendy-stretchy yoga-ness. Surprisingly this years Sunny Coast festival 'Mindful Markets' had a bit of a variety of eye catching goodies and the peddlers of such goodies were all so...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

Sustainable Leather Alternative For Stylish Vegans

Looking for durability minus the animal hide? Then this may be of interest to you! LE SURI is an innovative handbag label creating unique handbags made from 100 % cork,. Their products aim to redefining the face of sustainable fashion while proving that contemporary...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

The Global Trekker With a Desire To Do Good

Socks with soul from a man on a social mission. You might remember a little post I did on Preserving Artisan Culture way back on the first of June this year where I featured a label called Tibetan Socks (a brand that got epic amounts of Instagram love). Since then...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

Old Denim New

Are you a blue jean baby? I know that denim is pretty much the one item I couldn't live without in my daily life. It's easy to dress up, makes a great casual uniform, and can withstand wear and tear and look all the better for it's adventures. While you can get a...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

Three Consciously Styled Outfits for Lazy Shoppers.

Sometimes all we want in life is to be told what to wear and where to get it. Because quite frankly the majority of us are too busy to be bothered looking. Which is kind of why we are in this unethical and unsustainable fashion pickle in the first place. We consumers...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

How to Fool Sock Goblins

Are you tired of sock goblins stealing your socks? Hanging out your laundry on a sunny day can be a pretty zen experience. The sun, the fresh air, the butterflies flying past! Until you get to your socks and it becomes a case of  'Oh crap! Why is there only one sock?'...
Interviews & Fashion Labels

New Years Style Resolutions

 Looking to Shake Up 2017 Stylishly? Sometimes we need some help to get out of our style ruts and the New Year can be the perfect excuse to delve into some new style ideas or experiments. Shaking things up a little can help us learn more about who we are as people,...
New Year New Consumer

Resolve: Your New Beginning

A Fresh Start for Values Based Action. The end of a year usually involves celebration followed by new resolve. Whether you are into resolutions or not there is a good chance that on January first you start to think about what it is that you hope to do or achieve in...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: The Eight Degrees of Charity

I can change the world With my own two hands Make a better place With my own two hands -Ben Harper   While researching for the 'New Year New Consumer' series that is currently focusing on redefining the measures of success to include 'well-being, wisdom, wonder...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: Walking Mindfully

Meditation is good for you. Why? Science says so! Not that you need to be a rocket scientist to work out that taking a little quiet reflection time for yourself each day can make you feel amazing. According to a plethora of scientific studies (some of which I have...
New Year New Consumer

Watch This: The Earth Is Full

  As mentioned yesterday this months posts will focus around the ideas of redefining success out forth by Arianna Huffington in her book Thrive and the redefinition of the idea of success to be more inclusive  of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving and less...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: Putting Thrive into Practice

Hello! After a month of freestyle blogging I have decided to come back to the idea of New Year New Consumer by adapting the ideas presented in Arianna Huffington's book 'Thrive' to suit Sustainability In Style. New Year New Consumer (NYNC) was a series I developed...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: January Reflections

January has passed and the month of wardrobe decluttering has come to an end. Reflection is an important part of the learning process so here are a few things that I learnt during my 'New Year New Consumer' (NYNC) personal exploration. The Good This month has been a...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: My Fashion Assistant

My Fashion Assistant allows you to live out your 'Cher from Clueless' childhood closet dreams. This app allows you to organise your closet and your personal style with ease. All you need to do is photograph (this is the most time consuming part) and import your closet...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: The Clear Out

After a month of looking into personal styling ideas I now have a good idea about what should and shouldn't be in my closest. Now for the big clean up! Like I mentioned at the start of the month, goals need to be of an achievable size. If you have a large closet full...
New Year New Consumer

NYNC: Creating Shopping Values

Throughout my wardrobe workout challenge I spent a great deal of time writing about shopping 'values'. It's all well and good to go on-and-on about shopping with a set of values but we haven't really spoken on here before about how to find your values. First up, what...
New Year New Consumer

A Former Model On A Fashion Mission

Fashion designed with heart and purpose. I was lucky enough to meet former model and foreign aid worker Yana Barankin through social media and email. Her back story and her brand TAMAGA's mission had me fascinated. Working with her fiancee Eric the two are on a...
Small Business

EcoBling: Wearing the Kitchen Sink

Planet Friendly Jewellery I've been lucky enough to know Katie Johnston- founder of EcoBling- for quite some time now and she is a seriously awesome earth warrior. Not only does this woman run her own jewellery label (designing, making, styling, and hitting up...
Small Business

Sustainable Fashion Helsinki Style

https://vimeo.com/175921956 Sustainable Fashion is a Global issue. Which is why films like the one you can watch above are so important in gaining an insight into what's happening in other parts of the world. This research-based film explores how clothing designers...
Small Business

A Virgos guide to life for the over-scheduled

 How I stay organised and never miss a deadline. Let me start with a general disclaimer. This post should be consumed with an awareness that no one anywhere has their shit 100% sorted. We all have areas that need improving and sometimes those areas are so large they...
Small Business

Monetising Happiness

Have you ever stopped to contemplate the cost of happiness? For some of us it might be as easy as the RRP of a pair of Manolo Blahnik's or our morning cup of coffee, for others happiness might be a little harder to quantify. Perhaps it's the smell or rain, a day at...
Small Business

The Global Trekker With a Desire To Do Good

Socks with soul from a man on a social mission. You might remember a little post I did on Preserving Artisan Culture way back on the first of June this year where I featured a label called Tibetan Socks (a brand that got epic amounts of Instagram love). Since then...
Small Business

Introducing Dove Feathered Raven

Shop Mindfully and support sustainability education. You might have noticed that I've been a little distracted and quiet over the last few days. It's because I've been working on the new member of the Sustainability In Style family and it's with great pleasure that I...
Small Business

One to watch: Native Color

Native Color in bloom. I got chatting to Ted via Instagram when I spotted the most darling necklaces I had seen in a while. After some email communications I got the low-down on  Native Color. An up-and-coming venture that spawned from Ted and his girlfriend Jordan's...
Small Business

Book Review: A guidebook to sanity

A guide book to sanity. As you may have noticed things have been a little quiet here for a few days now. My apologies. Lots have been happening outside of the computer screen. Some have been good things, one sad, and a few were productive. Anyways, I was off visiting...
Small Business

An Education In Style

What do fashion and textbooks have in common? Seemingly not very much.However there are some surprising link ups happening between fashion and education in the form of social enterprise. Some of us shop for our new gear in hopes that our purchases might contribute to...
Small Business

National Op Shop Week 2017

Happy Op-Shop Week! This week Australia is celebrating National Op Shop Week. For those of you who aren’t aware the term ‘op-shop’ is some Australian and New Zealand street-slang (probably developed deep in the ghettos of the ‘Country Women’s Association’) for a...
Thrifting

Eight Items You Will Find at Most Secondhand Stores

Popping Tags Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made coined this thrifting dream phrase in their 2012 hit 'Thrift Shop' and anyone who's ever had a successful secondhand shopping venture would agree that the only thing better than poppin' a few tags is the smug humble brag...
Thrifting

Taking Secondhand Shopping To a Whole New Level

Shopping your values in secondhand style We all love a good secondhand style bargain. It helps keep textiles out of landfill, doesn't break the bank, and allows us to gloat about our bargain hunting prowess without stepping foot into a fast-fashion store. I am a huge...
Thrifting

Style Tips For Thrifted Success

How to get the most out of your secondhand purchases. Whether you are a seasoned thrift-a-holic or someone who just likes to dabble in the odd eBay purchase there is no denying that buying secondhand can be pretty thrilling! The best bit about secondhand shopping is...
Thrifting

Old Denim New

Are you a blue jean baby? I know that denim is pretty much the one item I couldn't live without in my daily life. It's easy to dress up, makes a great casual uniform, and can withstand wear and tear and look all the better for it's adventures. While you can get a...
Thrifting

Reader Picks for Secondhand Shopping

Round em' up! A few weeks ago I threw it out to you guys to provide me with your top places to shop for secondhand fashion. It was an overwhelming response and I'm sure that this collection will warrant a few style-winners for many of you out there who wish to shop...
Thrifting

JUST start a Fashion Revolution

Conscious fashion items can be easy to find! I promise! As some of you are already aware, the Fashion Revolution is right around the corner and as part of the movement our friends at JUST are running a special campaign that some of you might want to join. For those of...
Thrifting

Being Stylish: Not Exclusively For Developed Nations

Freetown Fashpack Taking a moment to stand up and admit that I, Katie Roberts, am a doco-holic. Most days I devour at least one documentary (usually while writing... I'm apparently good at multi tasking). Then there are days where I come across viewings as addictive...
Thrifting

Thrift Me Pretty: Stop Hiding and Start Shining!

Revelations in Style. A little while back I was lucky enough to cross paths with Stasia of Thrift Me Pretty on Instagram. Completely smitten by her bright, positive, and bubbly approach to life we have been e-eco-style-sistas for some time now. In a recent online chat...
Thrifting

When Secondhand is New!

New But Old! In the world of conscious shopping we are told that secondhand is best because it diverts unwanted clothing items from landfill and reduces the need for new items. We also know that buying new gives us the opportunity to directly support businesses that...
Thrifting

Tried and Tested: Trolley Bags

For all this who are interested in reducing plastic but are worried that the process might be a little arduous, the folk at Trolley Bags have got your back. Born out of a desire to make the reusable more usable Trolley Bags are a system of four sturdy, reusable...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Recycle Creative Gym Bag and Toiletry Bag

Buy less, choose well, make it last.  Vivienne Westwood Hi All! This is Ged. You may remember me from our wedding photo post way back in September last year. Katie recently returned from a trip to Tasmania to visit family (that I sadly didn't get to join her on due to...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Gypsy Rose Face Soap

  Who would like to clean up their act in the bathroom? Yes... you... with the hand up in the air waving excitedly at me. Good on you for wanting to be a clean, green, gorgeous gal or guy. In an effort to cut back on the amount of waste coming out of my bathroom...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Bee Eco and Cashew Cheese

  Eco Bee wraps are the plastic reduction initiative of self sufficient Sunshine Coast locals, the Devine family. Their off the grid solar powered home surrounded by 50 acres of land nestled amongst pristine Noosa Hinterland state forest is the source of...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Van Der Faun Organic Parfum

  When the lovely Maria at Brisbane based perfume house Van Der Faun got in contact with me to ask if I would like to trial their fragrances I jumped at the opportunity. Many of you out there may know that finding the right fragrance for your skin is hard enough....
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Finisterre Organic Cotton Hoodie

After my Wardrobe Workout challenge ended I knew I was desperately requiring a grey hoodie. Unsuccessfully scouring every corner of the web and every thrift-store in the neighbourhood to find the perfect one, the lovely Steph from The Inelegant Horse Rider informed me...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Vege Threads

Having owned my post-Wardrobe-Workout Vege Threads basics for some time now I can safely say all have been well and truly tested. The Australian company are committed to sustainability and social awareness. When I made my purchase their organic cotton, plant dyed...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Jua by Trilogy

Having been on the hunt for a natural perfume that doesn't smell like it it stepped straight out of the 70's (patchouli, sandalwood, and musk OH MY). I was delighted to find that one of my favourite skincare labels, Trilogy,  has developed this gem of a scent called...
Tried & Tested

Tried and Tested: Eco Tan

In a lot of cases being authentic or 'real' is best. But when it comes to tans, faking it is totally acceptable if not preferable (unless you are willing to risk skin cancer and premature ageing). As someone who comes from a long standing family history of skin...
Tried & Tested

September Netflix Roundup

Netflix round up Hey folks! It’s spring but spring doesn’t always mean ‘get outside and do stuff’. Here on the Sunshine Coast we have had the driest winter since 2004, so while I’ve been frolicking in dusty fields, the southerners have been stuck inside and doused...
Watch

Food For Thought: Ethical Weekend Entertainment

Winter Weekends are made for relaxing! Hey folks! Hope that your weekend is treating you well. There is no denying that the weekend is the perfect time to relax and unwind. These weekend winter evenings are just made for curing up with a good book or stimulating your...
Watch

Must Watch: Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Living

It's a little chilly here in Australia. As the weather cools and we start to get ready for the winter months ahead there is nothing better than a night in with good people and a movie, doco, or series. Given that today is Earth Day and our Fashion Revolution week...
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Can You Shop Yourself Happy?

What makes you happy? Have you ever stop to think about it? Retailers like to convince us that stuff will make us happy. That our overflowing closets full of the latest trends will somehow make our lives more complete. Those of us that fall for this (which is most of...
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Living life to the Maximum in a minimal way

  Ever wondered what this whole minimalism thing was about? If you have then I have some great news for you! Netflix will answer all your questions about minimalism in one little film. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things has just recently been...
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State of Undress

Fashion is not frivolous! One of the biggest things that bothers me about fashion is the perception that it's vain, frivolous, or only for 'silly air-headed' people. There is a media influenced drive that somehow create this image that one can't care about or love...
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Equality is the Way Forward

The Ascent of Woman. Searching around Netflix the other day I stumbled across a fab four part doco series The Ascent of Woman.  This series was created for BBC2 in the UK that charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years.  Dr. Amanda Foreman...
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Sustainable Fashion Helsinki Style

https://vimeo.com/175921956 Sustainable Fashion is a Global issue. Which is why films like the one you can watch above are so important in gaining an insight into what's happening in other parts of the world. This research-based film explores how clothing designers...
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The Science Behind Yoga.

Bending and stretching quantified. If you have been checking out the Instagram feed over the last week you might have noticed that I've been off Yoga-ing up. The last post gave you a bit of a wrap up of all the awesome folks I met at Wanderlust and today I spent the...
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My Top Three Sustainability Watches Might Shock You

Sustainability is a much broader topic than one might initially think. Sure, you can go traditional when you choose your sustainability viewing material and watch documentaries like The True Cost, Cowspiracy, Waste Land and such, but there are some real lessons to be...
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Sustainable Style Tribe

The Fashion Of Subcultures. I've managed to get myself a copy of Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures by Caroline Young. This book explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years. It has fab pics of all the most notable style...
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Food For Thought: Ethical Weekend Entertainment

Winter Weekends are made for relaxing! Hey folks! Hope that your weekend is treating you well. There is no denying that the weekend is the perfect time to relax and unwind. These weekend winter evenings are just made for curing up with a good book or stimulating your...
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Freedom through Fashion

Freedom of choice. For some, the decision to choose how you what to express yourself is not accessible. Many of us experience this at least once. It might be stringent work dress codes, school uniforms, or that black tie event you just don't know how to work around....
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Nature & Health: Culture Club

Cultural Cool is Always in Style. Great news people! Autumn is in full swing and the latest issue of Australia's Nature & Health magazine has hit the shelves. Inside the pages of this issue (you can get digital too) you will find info on a host of interesting and...
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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,...
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Junkyard Planet

Have you ever stopped to think about the journey of your junk? As we slide face first into the Christmas season it seemed fitting to review a book on 'junk' that's introduction begins with the tale of Americas Christmas lights- 6600 pounds of Christmas lights to be...
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Monetising Happiness

Have you ever stopped to contemplate the cost of happiness? For some of us it might be as easy as the RRP of a pair of Manolo Blahnik's or our morning cup of coffee, for others happiness might be a little harder to quantify. Perhaps it's the smell or rain, a day at...
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Stylishly Beating The Bullies

Oh My Gok! A few weeks ago I was browsing The Salvos store with my mother in law and came across a copy go Gok Wan Through Thick and Thin and knew I was in for an interesting read.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the name (or the glasses) Gok is a...
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Book Review: How to Be Parisian

 So Frenchy, so chic. If you are a regular reader you might have noted that in my post earlier in the month on Love x Style x Life, that I mentioned How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. I've had this cute little book in my collection for...
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Book Review: Love x Style x Life

Fashion Blogger Royalty. If you have a passion for fashion blogs then there is a good chance that you will know these two words- Garance Doré. Garance is pretty much Queen of all the fashion bloggers (feel free to argue this point in the comments section by adding...
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Drinking Straw Bracelet

Found yourself straw bombed? Never fear! It happens to every good eco-minded person no matter how diligent you try to be in your quest to say no to the plastic straw. If you have scored yourself this annoying bit of single use plastic why not try to find a way to make...
Creativity

Kitchen Beauty: Matcha Face Mask and Lemon Lip Scrub

Hey good lookin'! Fashionistas with sustainable living goals don't need to give up having glowing goddess skin for the sake of skipping out on chemical filled, over-packaged beauty products. It's really easy to whip up some beauty DIY's from the comfort of your own...
Creativity

DIY: The Custom Made Trend

Unique is the new black Monogramming, DIY design, and more- there is no denying that fashion is taking a turn for the unique! Whether this is our creative sides fighting back against the Normcore movement that's plagued our stores for a few years now, or a decision to...
Creativity

Mindful Partnerships

Making lasting collaborations. Today is Ged and I's anniversary so I thought what better time than now to write a post about mindful partnerships. Sustainability in Style isn't a dating or romantic relationship advice site, so this post is all about mindful...
Creativity

Naturally Beautiful Kitchen Concoctions

Kitchen Beauty right from the pantry, garden, or refrigerator. Are you feeling the mid summer (or mid winter for the Northern Hemi peeps) blues? Mid season can be a pretty tough time for skin and hair and it's only fair to indulge in a bit of a pampering from time to...
Creativity

Pronto Produce Bags: A minimal sew DIY

Useful and Simple Upcycling. Sometimes online craft upcycling craft projects have some pretty spectacular but totally useless results. Sure- bottle caps can be made into art, but quite frankly most of the upcycled ideas on Pinterest for these type of activities have...
Creativity

Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon

Are you running late? Never fear! The best of us get a little bit behind schedule from time to time (or all the time). If you are one of many who are spending your Christmas eve day chasing store closing deadlines this quick little DIY should help you out a lot. The...
Creativity

Make Your Own Boho Tassel Necklace

Running out of time or money? Perhaps you just really can't be assed braving the shops? Whatever the reason for your Christmas present tardiness this is the easy DIY tutorial that might simultaneously save your hide and impress the recipient with your cleverness. The...
Creativity

Recycled Fashion Things To Do and Make

Rounding up some not-so-shabby recycled chic. Sometimes when we have a little down time it can be fun to get crafty. Unfortunately it's not always easy to locate craft projects that are useful in a hurry. There are only so many DIY's you can store in one life, so here...
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Make It Yourself: Moss Balls

Doing the Christmas Gift idea round up? As we slide into November and the stores start getting ramped up for Christmas (my local MYER department store had the Christmas tree up in SEPTEMBER) it's time to start thinking about whether or not we want to gift tangible...
Creativity

National Op Shop Week 2017

Happy Op-Shop Week! This week Australia is celebrating National Op Shop Week. For those of you who aren’t aware the term ‘op-shop’ is some Australian and New Zealand street-slang (probably developed deep in the ghettos of the ‘Country Women’s Association’) for a...
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Earth Day: March for Science not Silence

Earth Day 2017: Environmental & Climate Literacy The first ever Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970,  it activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the...
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Sustainability Takes Centerstage With Mous Magazine

Pushing Boundaries When I was in high school I was relentlessly teased for my skin condition (Rosacea) that caused me to go red when nervous or playing sports. Most of the time I just avoided sports day and things that made me nervous (which meant I was in the library...
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Eco Fashion Goodness at VAMFF: Lush Terrain

 Conscious Fashion in the Conservatory. Every year Melbourne opens it's heart and streets to the fabulously stylish with their annual fashion festival. Some years ago during my fashion days I was able to participate backstage in this festive event and I would have to...
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Why Societal Collapse Can be a Positive

Change is the only constant. It's taken a little while to get to this obligatory 'oh shit Trump is in power what do I think about this post' for two reasons. The first is that I have personally been working through my own thoughts on this, and the second is that I'm...
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The Science Behind Yoga.

Bending and stretching quantified. If you have been checking out the Instagram feed over the last week you might have noticed that I've been off Yoga-ing up. The last post gave you a bit of a wrap up of all the awesome folks I met at Wanderlust and today I spent the...
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Get Up and YogaGlo

Info for Yogis and wannabe yogis alike! Taking a break from our regular program of all things style and sustainability related to talk yoga. Why? Because I'm a total yoga-a-holic and I felt like sharing. I'm off to Wanderlust Sunshine Coast tomorrow with the...
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Global Goals

Have you ever spent some time thinking about what changes you would like to champion? Yes? Excellent. Then this week is right up your alley. No? Not a problem, the UN's sustainable development goals should give you some pointers on what you are passionate about and...
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Behind the Scenes for “Are You Ok” Day.

Today is the day to ask "Are You OK?" Every year on this day we are encouraged by the R U OK initiative to ask (and honestly answer) this sometimes very tricky question! We all know there are times in life when things really aren't ok and it can be hard to admit our...
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Denim Planet: Jeans for Genes

Fashion for a Cause On August fifth Aussie schools, workplaces and communities rally their denim clad butts together to help support the life saving work conducted by the Children’s Medical Research Institute. By getting your dream denim team organised in advance you...
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Fashion Revolution: Follow Up

Better late than never! It's taken around a month to get back to this but I'm finally here talking Fashion Revolution follow up. Sorry for the delay! It was a bit of an interrupted Fashion Revolution week for me heading to Tasmania for my sisters lovely wedding. I...
Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution: Haulternative

Alternatives you can shop by. Part of the Fashion Revolution challenge is finding more mindful ways to shop. So this year I’m taking part by doing my first ever video- a haulternative! What’s a haulternative you say? Good question! It's an alternative to the...
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Fashion Revolution 2017: Sass & Bide

We will never forget. On this day in 2013 the Rana Plaza building collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring more than 2500 others. Many of those involved in the incident were garment factory workers who were sent to work to meet the tight manufacturing deadlines...
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Must Watch: Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Living

It's a little chilly here in Australia. As the weather cools and we start to get ready for the winter months ahead there is nothing better than a night in with good people and a movie, doco, or series. Given that today is Earth Day and our Fashion Revolution week...
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Beating the Eco Blues: Three Tips To Consider

Living isn't always easy. Life is full of challenges. Navigating a social landscape where sustainability and people/animal ethics doesn't always get the first priority can be really difficult. Add on top of that the fact that the world seems a little more bonkers than...
Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution 2017: Sportsgirl

Communication is key for starting a Fashion Revolution! The clothing industry is not just frivolous fashion for silly fashionistas. It's actually big business and the second largest polluter in the World following the oil industry. It's also an industry where...
Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution: 2017 Arnhem Follow Up

The Revolution that asks #whomademyclothes Yay! It's that time of year. What time I hear you ask? Fashion Revolution time! The Fashion Revolution was founded in response to the tragic Bangladeshi Rana Plaza building collapse where 1133 people died and over 2500 were...
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Walk Sew Good and the #garmentgratitude movement!

Walk Sew Good share their love of the #garmentgratitude movement and a heartfelt ode to the humble sarong. For those who are being introduced to Gab (modelling her sarong) for the first time be humbled by the presence of sustainable fashion awesomeness- for she is one...
Gratitude

Celina’s #garmentgratitude Story

Celina's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie The impeccably dressed Celina looked so gosh-darn cute in her hat that photographing her for #garmentgratitude was a must! Which is why it was funny when she noted that she was ‘thankful for my hat for keeping...
Gratitude

Ged’s #garmentgratitude Story

Ged's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie. Ged is my partner in sustainable style and was keen to get involved in the #garmentgratitude movement in his own way. Pictured here in a classic shirt and jeans combo Ged is most at home when he isn't at home!...
Gratitude

Sara’s #garmentgratitude Story

Sara's #garmentgratitude story Sara's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie (@SISMAR) I was immediately drawn to the beautiful pendant that Sara was wearing. It just seemed to match her shirt and her spirit so well! She was at the Environment Day Festival...
Gratitude

Quelli’s #Garmentgratitude Story

Quelli's #garmentgratitude story as told to and by Katie (@QUELLICI) Quelli was chatting to Jenna when I asked him if he would be happy to take part in the #garmentgratitude movement. We felt as though we had met before but couldn’t quite work out where. Regardless of...
Gratitude

Holly’s #garmentgratitude story

Holly's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @secondhand_holly As soon as I came across the #garmentgratitude project I knew straight away my darling Shawl was the wardrobe item I wanted to share. I found it in an Op Shop 13 years ago just after my first baby was...
Gratitude

Tasha’s #garmentgratitude story

Tash's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @spindriftcollection⠀ ⠀ I discovered an amazing initiative and blog post by @sustainabilityinstyle to really be grateful for garments that you wear and love and wanted to share one of my favourite items from my wardrobe!...
Gratitude

Joe and Lucy’s #garmentgratitude story

Joe and Lucy's #garmentgratitude story as told to and reported by Katie. Truthfully I stalked this pair along the footpath mesmerised by Lucy’s well loved hat. She and Joe had the most wonderful outfits on so I had to stop them to ask if they would take part in the...
Gratitude

Jenna’s #garmentgratitude story

~This is Jenna's #garmentgratitude story as told to-and-by Katie. I’m lucky enough to know this beam of sunshine from my local Source Bulk Foods store in Maroochydore. ⠀ She was enjoying the festival vibes and really wanted to get involved with the #garmentgratitude...
Gratitude

Erica’s #garmentgratitude story

Erica's #garmentgratitude story. First seen on @awastenotkindoflife⠀ ⠀ Two months ago I caught a post on @sustainabilityinstyle that really caught my attention. She proposed that we the peeps of Instagram begin a movement. ⠀ ⠀ One that focuses on mindfulness,...
Gratitude

Drinking Straw Bracelet

Found yourself straw bombed? Never fear! It happens to every good eco-minded person no matter how diligent you try to be in your quest to say no to the plastic straw. If you have scored yourself this annoying bit of single use plastic why not try to find a way to make...
Style & Fashion

Dissecting the $5 Organic Cotton Tee

The too good to be true deal? We have spoken and brands are starting to listen! Across the fast-fashion spectrum we are starting to see a movement towards more responsible manufacturing. Or so it seems. How much of this is just too good to be true? Well, I'm...
Style & Fashion

National Op Shop Week 2017

Happy Op-Shop Week! This week Australia is celebrating National Op Shop Week. For those of you who aren’t aware the term ‘op-shop’ is some Australian and New Zealand street-slang (probably developed deep in the ghettos of the ‘Country Women’s Association’) for a...
Style & Fashion

DIY: The Custom Made Trend

Unique is the new black Monogramming, DIY design, and more- there is no denying that fashion is taking a turn for the unique! Whether this is our creative sides fighting back against the Normcore movement that's plagued our stores for a few years now, or a decision to...
Style & Fashion

Sustainable Style Tribe

The Fashion Of Subcultures. I've managed to get myself a copy of Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures by Caroline Young. This book explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years. It has fab pics of all the most notable style...
Style & Fashion

Nature & Health: Naturally Curious

Outdoor adventures mindfully and in style. I'm super lucky to be the Eco Style columnist for Australia's Nature & Health magazine because it's a fab publication and I really enjoy coming up with new approaches for sharing the best eco friendly brands. As many of...
Style & Fashion

The Conscious Fashionistas A to Z

Conscious Fashion: It's as easy as ABC Ok... admitted, conscious fashion isn't really as easy as ABC, it's more like learning a whole new language of marketing concepts. There is no rule book out there that dictates what is and isn't included under the conscious...
Style & Fashion

Tips for Zero Waste Fashion

Zero Waste Living for the Fashionista. It's Plastic Free July and what better time than now to talk about a more mindful life without the waste. This post is a collection of tips, tricks, and ideas that will help you live your life in the most sustainable way- in...
Style & Fashion

Making Your Clothes Last

Secondhand, Sustainable, Ethical or Fast Fashion. No matter where you sourced your items, all clothing deserves to be given the best care possible! Taking time to learn how to best care for your clothing can pay dividends in the long run. When we spend time searching...
Style & Fashion

How to Fake Fashion Eco-Style

Are you tired of being told to 'dress classic' or 'minimal'? There is a bit of a trend on eco-fashion media that we all have to follow a specific set of rules in order to be eco or sustainably stylish. Many of these rules are based on the ideals of slow fashion and...
Style & Fashion

New Years Style Resolutions

 Looking to Shake Up 2017 Stylishly? Sometimes we need some help to get out of our style ruts and the New Year can be the perfect excuse to delve into some new style ideas or experiments. Shaking things up a little can help us learn more about who we are as people,...
Personal Style

Top Style Tips for Eco-Fashionable Festivities

What to Wear? With the party season well into full swing I thought it might be nice to take a moment to talk about the issue so close to many of our hearts - what the heck am I going to wear? While the put-together and totally self assured among us (and probably those...
Personal Style

Eco Chic in Australia’s Nature & Health Magazine

Say Hello to Nature & Health! I'm super excited to announce that I'm the new Eco Style columnist for Australia's Nature & Health magazine. Hooray! Having been in continuous circulation for more than 30 years the mag is a trusted resource for people who are...
Personal Style

Behind the Scenes for “Are You Ok” Day.

Today is the day to ask "Are You OK?" Every year on this day we are encouraged by the R U OK initiative to ask (and honestly answer) this sometimes very tricky question! We all know there are times in life when things really aren't ok and it can be hard to admit our...
Personal Style

The Unwearables in Our Closets

Unwearables. Sometimes our (well meaning at the time) fashion purchases fit into the ‘unwearables’ category. These items are ones that due to form, function, fit, or fashion reasons end up banished to the the back of our closets until gifted on to charity, friends and...
Personal Style

Ethical, Sustainable and Vegan. OH MY!

What is the difference? The head marketing honchos of companies all across globe work tirelessly to keep one step ahead of the trends. That's a pretty impressive feat now that trends are largely dictated by social media, street style, and our 24-7 news feeds. With...
Personal Style

Why I Fail At Minimalism: The Mimco Clutch

Shopping Wants and Needs. Have you ever really wanted something that just wasn't necessary to your daily life but you feel like you just had to have it anyway? One of those items you might have lusted after for weeks, months, perhaps years? Maybe it is an item that...
Personal Style

Are You A Fashion Disaster?

Mindful or mindless? For the last two years Sustainability in Style has focused on Mindfulness for the month of may for the Mindful in May campaign, raising our mental vibrations and some well utilised money for WaterAid, providing clean drinking water and sanitation...
Personal Style

Netflix Style Round Up

Documentaries Worth Your Time. I've seen a quote going around on social media that says: Whenever I see people lined up outside of a club on a Saturday night I just thing... Look at all these poor people who don't know that Netflix exists and as a Netflix addict (who...
Personal Style

Take Action: My Bag

Plastic Bags SUCK! The fab and friendly Erin from The Rogue Ginger has tagged me to join in the Story of Stuff moment to show off our reusable bags and prove to the people of California that plastic bags are so not cool. I loved Erin's little back story regarding her...
Personal Style

The Impact of Shooting Hurricanes

Shooting at storms  Have you seen it? The force of mother nature unleashing in such a way that we can do nothing but bunker down and take in her fury and beauty. Hurricane Irma has been a lot for people to take in. The devastation is widespread and relief efforts to...
Sustainable Living

Kitchen Beauty: Matcha Face Mask and Lemon Lip Scrub

Hey good lookin'! Fashionistas with sustainable living goals don't need to give up having glowing goddess skin for the sake of skipping out on chemical filled, over-packaged beauty products. It's really easy to whip up some beauty DIY's from the comfort of your own...
Sustainable Living

Change and your environment

Change is the only constant When it comes to trying to make sense of our place here on this orbiting pile of rock it's kind of hard to ignore the fact that control is only an illusion. Whether it takes a terrorist attack, race riots, or a momentary blocking of the sun...
Sustainable Living

The Eco Ego

Do Eco and Ego Coexist or is Ego a Dirty Word? Ego's are a tricky thing. Our media and marketing world is organised in a way that we are best off operating on ego. So what's ego (I hear those of you who don't spend much time in yoga class ask)? Ego is a pretty complex...
Sustainable Living

Nature & Health: Naturally Curious

Outdoor adventures mindfully and in style. I'm super lucky to be the Eco Style columnist for Australia's Nature & Health magazine because it's a fab publication and I really enjoy coming up with new approaches for sharing the best eco friendly brands. As many of...
Sustainable Living

Tips for Zero Waste Fashion

Zero Waste Living for the Fashionista. It's Plastic Free July and what better time than now to talk about a more mindful life without the waste. This post is a collection of tips, tricks, and ideas that will help you live your life in the most sustainable way- in...
Sustainable Living

Nature Connection: Self Care for Environmentalists

Why do we do what we do? Caring takes some heart and for most environmentalists  what we do comes from a place of love. It should be no surprise to most of us, given that nearly every hit song everywhere suggests it, love isn't always the easiest emotion to deal with....
Sustainable Living

Plastic Free July Inspo

Looking for some plastic reduction inspiration? There’s a good chance (if your not the sort of person who lives under a rock or in a cave) that you might be aware that it’s Plastic Free July. A month that’s committed to your commitment to reduce the consumption of...
Sustainable Living

Musings on Sustainable Sustainability

Updates from Sustainability in Style HQ It’s been a while since I’ve written a reflective post so I thought it might be about time for an update on the realities of running a sustainability minded blog and the work/life balance that's involved in keeping it...
Sustainable Living

Making Your Clothes Last

Secondhand, Sustainable, Ethical or Fast Fashion. No matter where you sourced your items, all clothing deserves to be given the best care possible! Taking time to learn how to best care for your clothing can pay dividends in the long run. When we spend time searching...
Sustainable Living

Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon

Are you running late? Never fear! The best of us get a little bit behind schedule from time to time (or all the time). If you are one of many who are spending your Christmas eve day chasing store closing deadlines this quick little DIY should help you out a lot. The...
Christmas

Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste

It's that shopping time of year! It's pretty safe to say that the majority of us will end up at a shopping complex at some point of December. Some will be gleefully skipping down the isles doing the big present shop while others will be trying hard to find a table to...
Christmas

A Very Mindful Christmas

Taming the holiday spirt. Let's face it December can be tough work even for the most festive of folk. It's the time of year where all the deadlines loom. School wraps up for the holiday season, the weather is at a bit of a peak changing point, and suddenly everyone...
Christmas

Gifting Made Easy

  Christmas is upon us! I get a little funny this time of year because I truthfully see little joy in the mainstream ideals of Christmas. As someone who is spiritual (yogic and science influence) but not religious I appreciate a good celebration of (insert your...
Christmas

How to Declutter Responsibly

Got time off? End of year means holidays for some folks. While some of us are of braving the holiday traffic and crowded beaches, others are at home tackling the mess that results from a year of living and working before the relatives arrive for the holiday...
Christmas

Travel Right This Festive Season

Christmas Made Mobile. This post originally ran one year ago today but is being shared again as it's always good to have a refresher on holiday travel tips and it fits perfectly with Planet Arks 12 do's of Christmas tip number 10.  For so many of us Christmas is a...
Christmas

Ways to Un-Silly Your Season: Begin Anew

To Begin Anew We all know that Christmas and family go hand in hand. It can be a trialling time for anyone in a relationship and conflicts can arise. The following practice by Sister Chan Khong, from an essay in the book All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and...
Christmas

Food Waste and The Festive Season

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rceIh4CRmUM Waste Not Tradition dictates that Christmas is all about gathering together for a meal and stuffing ourselves silly but from the video above it is clear that the Christmas season is one of the most wasteful times of the year...
Christmas

Low Cost and Low Impact Gift Wrap

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String... Gift wrapping is a totally unnecessary and time wasting act but there is no denying the fact that the excitement of a present is around 80% related to the fact that you can't see inside. If someone gives you a block of...
Christmas

Giving Thoughtful Gifts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMWTs0YT928 Socks! Again! Why you shouldn't have! Christmas is a time of giving and loving but unfortunately the giving and loving can sometimes be a little misguided, especially when it comes to gifts. We have all had those moments...
Christmas

The DIY Kimono Attempt

It has been such a long time since I posted a wardrobe workout post having been distracted by complete rubbish (literally) for the last few weeks. So a bit of a fashion fix was long overdue. Before we converse about kimonos please accept my apologies. The website has...
Wardrobe Workout

Thrifting Serendipity

  Way back on day 279 of my wardrobe workout challenge I put my self control to the test and hit the op-shops of Caloundra with Michelle the wonderful designer from RetroButterfly. As many would predict, being a reformed thrift-a-holic on a 'shopping ban' it...
Wardrobe Workout

Holiday Catch Up: Day 334 Cascade Falls And Hideaway Island

Vanuatu is a place with natural beauty in abundance and it is really surprising how easily accessible the breathtaking wonders can be! On day 334 of my Wardrobe Workout challenge my Mr. and I caught a local bus around 10km out of town to Mele Cascades. A series of...
Wardrobe Workout

Holiday Catch Up: Day 333 Ocean Adventures

For our first official day as 'man and wife' we took to the seas with the South Sea Vagabond crew and spent the day sipping coconuts, snorkelling and sailing around the islands of Vanuatu. On our nautical adventures we were lucky enough to spy a pod of false killer...
Wardrobe Workout

Holiday Catch Up: Day 332 The Wedding

On September seventeenth I ran away to tropical paradise and married the most incredible man in the world! For my wedding I stayed true to my 'Wardrobe Workout' no shopping challenge and made my own dress from my late Nan's crochet table cloth and doily (which meant...
Wardrobe Workout

Holiday Catch Up: Day 331 Efate Exploration

Welcome to the Vanuatu trip of a lifetime! The picture sharing has been a long time coming as I was awaiting the remainder of the wedding photos to share the shots in sequential order. With a very important USB drive of wedding photos in my hot little hands I can...
Wardrobe Workout

Basics Mash Up: The Tank Dress

Scraping in at the barely worn bargain price of one dollar this thrifted Sportsgirl tank dress is one versatile number. As you can imagine, the ways to wear a tank dress are only limited by your creativity. This kind of layering basic was missing form my 365 Day...
Wardrobe Workout

Basics Mash Up: The Striped Tank

  You may or may not of heard yesterday about my mother load haul of thrifted basics?  The first thing to be integrated into the post 365 day shopping ban closet was this striped tank. A versatile piece of cloth that pretty much goes with everything I own. Still...
Wardrobe Workout

The Basics Of Thrifting

Thrifting is such a thrilling sport! Today I headed to the thrift store to look for a waste paper basket of some sort (we don't have anything that fancy at home and probably should own one) for a photo prop for the 'Waste Weigh Up' Challenge. I found nothing...
Wardrobe Workout

The After Party: Emotions and Assessment

Having tackled the most functional parts of my closet (work wear, field work, and fitness) I attempted to analyse the 'not-so-striaghtforward and functional parts'. This was a huge job that I started yesterday taking 'breaks' to clean my house and wash and fold...
Wardrobe Workout