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The Night I Got High On (Sustainable) Hemp Seed

The Night I Got High On (Sustainable) Hemp Seed

Auckland, New Zealand: When I first met Cameron Sims, founder of Plant Culture, I was surrounded by ‘cool people’ with baggy pants and Nike shoes. I approached him because he was the only one with a cool linen-looking shirt; my type of person. Little did I know, he was the founder of a sustainability-focused hemp...

Can Sustainable Fashion Influencers Really Change The World?

Can Sustainable Fashion Influencers Really Change The World?

A few weeks ago, I built up the courage, emptied my bank account, and flew across the ditch to attend Australia’s first Circular Fashion Conference. I spent a few weeks in Melbourne and Sydney beforehand, meeting eco-fashion designers, bloggers, friends, and generally building up an ethical fashion whirlwind around me. When people knew about my...

Has Globalisation Ruined the Fashion Industry?

Has Globalisation Ruined the Fashion Industry?

The fact that I can buy nectarines all year round, or enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience just half an hour from my suburban New Zealand home, is all due to globalisation. Globalisation is the integration and interaction of cultures, resources, societies, companies, groups, and people. See that t-shirt you’re wearing made by a woman...

Dorsu: The Clothing Brand Cut From A Sustainable Cloth

Dorsu: The Clothing Brand Cut From A Sustainable Cloth

I’ve always been conflicted about ethical fashion versus second hand shopping. Second-hand shopping uses up what already exists without additional impact. But at the end of the day you’re relying on other people to shop for fast fashion. Ethical fashion supports a sustainable practice of business. Yet, no matter how brilliant the company is in...

The Anti-Consumerist Guide to Christmas Gift Giving

The Anti-Consumerist Guide to Christmas Gift Giving

I know what you’re thinking: cue the theme song… the Grinch is here. I promise I’m not! I love the smell of Christmas trees and candy canes, watching people salivate over elaborate feasts, and hearing cackles of laugher over Christmas crackers. Gift giving is my very favourite part- when done right by the planet. Being...

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide

I walked past a Christmas tree last night and got a heck of a fright. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner! Christmas brings with it a whole lot of joy, fun family times, excellent food, and an excuse to boogie with Grandma to cheesy carols in the living room. But for the environment, Christmas...

Sustainable Events: What It Took To Launch Australia’s ‘Mindfully Wed’ Ethical Wedding Expo

Sustainable Events: What It Took To Launch Australia’s ‘Mindfully Wed’ Ethical Wedding Expo

The words ‘ethical’ and ‘wedding’ used to seem like a complete oxymoron. How the heck can a huge party of hundreds of people be ethical or sustainable?! Only until I planned my own eco-style wedding did I understand this is not true. That’s what Less Stuff-More Meaning’s Mindfully Wed event was all about: showing couples that...