Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Ethical Undies: some awesome organic underwear options

On the weekend I did a Marilyn, accidentally, whilst wearing a very light Summer dress and walking over an air-conditioning vent in the floor. It was not my finest undies moment.

Time to get new knickers:

Image: Thunderpants' Women's Hipster Lorien's Zoo - Colour me
New Zealand based Thunderpants are quirky and cool, they're also organic and hand-printed. They even sell undies which you can colour in. Nice.

I love etiko and their commitment to organic fair-trade products, with their pants to poverty range they're really putting their pants where their heart is. They tend to consistently win some pretty significant fashion awards -  which is not necessarily what you're looking for in underwear, but still, oddly impressive for the inadvertent flashers among us.

Mighty Good Undies make incredibly affordable, fairtrade, organic undies; they have 7 different styles of underwear for women including the Granny knickers Monday to Sunday packs, which look ridiculously comfortable and that you can get posted to you via subscription! a strangely alluring concept. They are available in size 6 to 20 and in 3 different colours.

Boody stock some great bamboo underwear including their best selling classic bikini and boyleg briefs. They also do great leggings. Boody is stocked by Shop Naturally and Nourished Life or you can order them directly from Boody. They're an awesome choice in terms of being sustainable, organic and eco-friendly.

All these companies also stock undies for men.

Please don't imagine that I'm pro-undies-flashing - but next time I inadvertently flash a crowd (hopefully never- I'm no Marilyn) rest assured I'll be better prepared...possibly fastidiously well covered via subscription.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

ecostore & thankyou. - supermarket-y goodness

Botanical Geranium and Rosewood bodywash, thankyou.

Hopefully, in the future it will be really normal to come across products in your shopping trolley that help to reduce global poverty or that are sustainable, safe and organic - in the meantime we've got thankyou and the ecostore to help keep us sane (and, you know. clean, hydrated, fed, etc).

Let's start with thankyou.

First of all they make good products; bottled water, food (gluten free museli, for example), body care (like body and hand wash) and baby products. And their products are not just 'a little bit good' - that Botanical Geranium and Rosewood Bodywash pictured... it smells delicious (I don't eat it, just to reassure you - I am tempted to, but I don't).

Then they give 100% of their profits to people in need - freaking brilliant business model.

They make it super easy to support (you can support them just by choosing their products in the supermarket) and then their company translates your support into genuine impact in terms of feeding the hungry, providing clean water, looking after mums and babies.

Cofounders Couch with Chapter One, image: Wesley Rodricks, thankyou

And, because I am a book nerd, I need to add here that 'Chapter One', written by Daniel Flynn, co-founder and director of thankyou., and priced at an impressive 'pay what you want' with all proceeds going to end global poverty (by supporting the future of thankyou.)  to date has sold just shy of 70 000 copies. That's a lot.

And then there's ecostore:

Similarly good products: for your laundry, kitchen, around your home, for your body, hair, baby... they've even got an ultra-sensitve range for those of us who need it.
Image: ecostore blog, Geranium & Orange Laundry products
 They also have a commitment to the safety and health of the people who use their products and the environment. Their products are cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, kosher, nut and seed free, septic tank friendly and are packaged in recyclable packaging... all the good things...including a witty super-hero, successfully battling nasty chemicals:

Did you notice that they both make the world a better place with products that smell like geraniums? Geraniums are great,  Thankyou. and ecostore are great, we'll get there.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Christine Birkle: HUT Up Berlin's dresses ...and dogs

Christine Birkle's HUT Up label continues to impress with her philosophy of creating unique, hand made, felt pieces using the finest materials and 'modernised traditional techniques'.

As well as her gorgeous wearable collection HUT Up create felt animals. Yes, her dresses are amazing, and so are her furry friends...

Image: HUT Up, no. 28  Dress Taffeta Wrap Around

Monday, 2 January 2017

Four Freaking Awesome Australian Mags for Sustainable Millennials - in print.

You might have seen 'The Ugly Truth Behind Beauty Magazines' that's been released by Viral Thread USA. It's not startling, it's just disturbing that it's true.

The good news is that there are some pretty inspiring alternatives published here in Australia.

Dumbo Feather pretty much blows my socks off with its long-form interviews and gorgeous presentation. It offers 'conversations with extraordinary people' absolutely guaranteed to inspire you out of your comfort zone and beyond...  If you're lucky enough to live in Melbourne you can check out their events too, or pop into their Caravan Conversations during the Melbourne Writer's Festival. If you live further afield, check out their Dumbo Feather Podcasts and Channel Dumbo videos. Dumbo Feather is physically stocked in bookshops and newsagents all over Australia, in the UK and Asia.

Peppermint Mag is Brisbane based and I've never seen anything like it in terms of really practical ways of embracing environmentally sustainable and ethical fashion in Australia. They're a quarterly mag focused on 'style, sustainability and substance'. The magazine is printed on 'PEFC-certified paer at an FSC-certified printer' and is carbon neutral. What impresses me most about this mag is that they don't compromise on beauty  in their quest for a sustainable lifestyle... and they donate to some pretty great charities too, like the Butterfly Foundation. They also host PepTalks for Brisbane locals.
 Peppermint Mag covers - image thanks to Peppermint Mag
Slow Magazine: proponents of the theory that 'good things take time', this delightfully slow, quarterly publication delights in mindfully relishing "real food, real community, real people, real experiences, real sustainability... and real interesting things to read, make, do and think."

Slow 29, image thanks to Slow Magazine

Which leads me to...

Lunch Lady - it's new, it's retro and it's pretty awesome. This is the magazine I shove down my colleagues' throats (metaphorically speaking) shouting "look they've got a cake from the Australian Woman's Weekly Cookbook from the 80s" - which, for some reason, is an absolute winner of a reason to love a magazine. This periodical is not specifically about being sustainable, but its content keeps real parents sane - which, surely is a good (and sustainable) thing. Their writers are often wise, brilliant, hilarious and occasionally self depreciating... and that's pretty much the company I'm looking for in my down time. (They have free shipping to the UK, US, EU and Australia - that's how awesome they are.)

Lunch Lady issue 1, image by Lunch Lady

How not to break the bank on getting access to these: I'm an absolute library geek - if you check your local library they should have at least some of these titles and if they don't you'll generally find that they'll be open to suggestions about what magazines their community (you!) want to read. The library might also offer an online subscription to magazines (eg Zinio - which has Dumbo Feather, Slow and Peppermint) so you can access a whole stack of really good titles online. Or you could subscribe as a gift for your housemate/ family member/colleague/partner/best friend... or get them to subscribe to it as a gift to you... (see what I did there...?)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Good On You App

Image: Good On You

The Good On You App pretty much speaks for itself; it's an app that lets you explore sustainable and fair fashion choices according to your values, your budget and what you're looking for. They rate brands according to how the product impacts on people, the environment and animals. They've done all the research for you, you just have to download the app. Easy. 

The Good Edit is one of the best blogs about ethical shopping and life-style choices in Australia and New Zealand, whilst the app is an awesome introduction to different, ethical brands. I am a fan.  

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

People Tree - already impressive enough... then they go on sale.

People Tree continue to be one of the most impressive advocates of Slow Fashion in the world. They are my 'go to' for work wear and everyday wear and, because I know that each garment I purchase is not only organic, but also supports the community that create it, I stretch my budget to accommodate the British Pound (which can put a bit of a dampner on things, but their international postage rate is fine). When their clothes are on sale that budget goes substantially further...happily that's the case right now.
Rosita Checked Dress in Navy Hand woven and organic cotton. Image thanks to People Tree