Ladies (and gentlemen), it’s time to ‘Op Til You Drop’! Australia has just entered into a week-long celebration of all things op-shopping with National Op Shop Week. So to mark this glorious occasion, we caught up with sustainable stylist Faye De Lanty, to get some hot tips on how to keep your style when buying pre-loved goodies at any time of the year. Read More
If you’re a lover of ethical fashion, vintage threads, music, art, food, coffee or all of the above, then it’s pretty difficult to think of a better way to pass a weekend in Sydney than market hopping. Read More
Are you worried that your budget combined with your love of fashion will overrule your desire to shop ethically? Scared of being forced to opt for cheap and nasty over ecochic? Never fear! Here are 8 tips to create a versatile and ethical wardrobe without breaking the bank. Read More
Many of us don’t put much thought into the materials that our clothes are made from beyond those generic descriptions, like, ‘soft’, ‘stretchy’, or ‘delicate’. When looking at labels it doesn’t take a magnifying glass to notice that one fabric comes up more than most: polyester. Considering its prevalence it is important to know exactly what you’ve got rubbing against your skin. Read More
Buying secondhand clothing is one of the easiest ethical choices you can make. Whether your process involves perusing market stalls, browsing online, or sifting through the rails in op-shops, you are guaranteed to find something different from what’s available on the high street, and generally at a fraction of the cost. Read More
Updated 15 June 2016
Wool. It’s the perfect antidote to the freezing weather that’s been blasted across much of Australia this winter. But with complex supply chains, it’s hard to know how the sheep that provided the wool were treated.
The fashion industry is huge, and its impact on people, the planet and animals is just as huge. But consumers have the power to make sure that impact is a positive one. Every time you buy a piece of clothing, you are supporting the practices of the brand that made it. Ethical fashion is about educating yourself and making informed choices.
A few weekends ago, I turned up at my friend’s apartment with a plate of homemade chai biscuits, a yoga mat, and a tote bag of assorted dresses that had never quite suited me. This visual is novel on all accounts; I’m not much of a baker, I can tally the number of times I’ve practised yoga on one hand, and I’d never participated in what was to be the highlight of our Girls’ Day – a clothing swap. Read More
Most of us are familiar with Fair Trade coffee and chocolate; an easy alternative for two important necessities. But what does Fair Trade actually mean, and how can you shop clothing, sporting equipment, jewellery and food?
Put simply, Fair Trade cares about the planet and its people. Small-scale farmers and artisans who make the products are given a fair wage and decent working conditions, and products are grown sustainably and are free from child labour.
Purchasing Fair Trade certified products means you’re helping communities and individuals in the developing world to be sustainable, not relying on development and aid. This means communities can focus on things that are important to their ongoing development, like education, sanitation and feeding their families.
Here are some ideas for fair trade gifts to make this Christmas fairer for everyone!