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Why Paper Isn’t The Solution To Our Plastic Crisis

Why Paper Isn’t The Solution To Our Plastic Crisis

In Kenya, selling plastic bags can get you four years in jail or a $38,000 fine. In Australia, Woolworths banned the plastic bag a week ago, introducing thicker bags costing five cents, and already a shopper has throttled an employee. People’s negative reactions to the Woolworths plastic bag ban is so pathetic, that the worldwide media...

The Japanese Concept of ‘Mottainai’ Teaches Valuable Lessons on Slow Fashion and Waste Avoidance

The Japanese Concept of ‘Mottainai’ Teaches Valuable Lessons on Slow Fashion and Waste Avoidance

For years, I’ve been obsessed with traditional and modern Japanese textiles. When I finally travelled to Japan, I realised why; Japanese textiles have a deep culture of minimalism, connection, and no waste. The ancient term ‘Mottainai’, linked to Buddhist philosophy, means too good to waste. This term has been rooted into the history of beautifully handcrafted...

From Sustainable Clothing to Medicinal Use, Marijuana is One Seriously Dope Plant

From Sustainable Clothing to Medicinal Use, Marijuana is One Seriously Dope Plant

Sydney, Australia: Hemp, marijuana, cannabis, hash, weed, pot, skunk, Mary Jane, grass, joint…whatever you want to call it, it’s a name variation from the same species – the cannabis plant ‘cannabis sativa’. Cannabis contains multiple active components which react with receptors in the brain, most commonly known is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the chemical that causes...

Earth is Choking on Plastic: How the Heck Did We End Up Here?

Earth is Choking on Plastic: How the Heck Did We End Up Here?

The secret is well and truly out that plastic that was once a ‘magical material’, has turned into an environmental disaster. The synthetic and man-made material has been around for decades, with multiple applications from clothing to cutlery. It’s difficult to imagine a world that hasn’t involved plastic, trickling its way into our lifestyles and...

5 Australian Brands Joining Fashion Revolution Week 2018 (and Who Make Us So Damn Proud!)

5 Australian Brands Joining Fashion Revolution Week 2018 (and Who Make Us So Damn Proud!)

Sydney, Australia: With the fifth Fashion Revolution Week in full swing, 70 events just in Australia and New Zealand and a sell-out event kicking off the week in Sydney, clearly, conscious fashion is in the spotlight. The demand for transparent, ethical and eco-fashion is on the rise, with multiple reports on millennials demanding more socially-conscious brands. We are...

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

Sydney, Australia: With the ocean under extreme threat from issues such as pollution and overfishing, we need to ask – who is governing the ocean? It might not be a topic people often consider, but it’s one we need to start questioning before it’s too late. “Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97...

There’s a Race To Innovation in Circular Fashion. Here Are Some Inspiring Concepts to Consider…

There’s a Race To Innovation in Circular Fashion. Here Are Some Inspiring Concepts to Consider…

After attending Australia’s first circular fashion conference in Sydney last week, I have been left with a strong sense that innovation is desperately needed to turn fashion circular and ANYONE can try it.The race is on to develop a product or idea that can be easily used, to solve one of the many environmental issues in...

Why is the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ Great and How Can We Protect It?

Why is the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ Great and How Can We Protect It?

Sydney, Australia: The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder of the world and arguably Australia’s main tourist attraction. It’s the largest living organism on the planet and the world’s biggest reef system, home to a magnitude of unique and diverse species. Traditional Owners also have significant cultural connections to the Reef, highlighting that it’s not...

Clean Cosmetics: What To Look For in ‘Eco’ Beauty and the Toxic Ingredients You Really Should Avoid

Clean Cosmetics: What To Look For in ‘Eco’ Beauty and the Toxic Ingredients You Really Should Avoid

With today’s marketing lingo, it can be really confusing to work out what products are genuinely eco-friendly. It’s a topic that continually stumps me, and I often get it completely wrong. I’m not expecting my shampoo to suck up greenhouse gases, I just don’t want to add any further harm to the environment. Last year, I decided...

Plastics Made From Sugar, Seaweed and Corn: Saint or Sinner?

Plastics Made From Sugar, Seaweed and Corn: Saint or Sinner?

It seems that the world is finally waking up to the destruction of our over-consumption of plastic. Some states in Australia have now banned the bag, France banned disposable cutlery last year and yesterday the UK banned products containing microbeads. Even though we know plastic is bad for the environment, it’s still everywhere. For the...