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5 Handcrafted Australian Jewellery Brands For Stylish, Sassy Shoppers

5 Handcrafted Australian Jewellery Brands For Stylish, Sassy Shoppers

In an increasingly globalised world, it’s becoming more difficult to have any connection with the maker of any of our products. That’s why, there is nothing more beautiful than a piece of jewellery that’s been lovingly handmade by someone. Many people often believe that handmade means expensive, which isn’t necessarily true. Yes a machine is...

What We Can Learn About Fashion From These Style Icons

What We Can Learn About Fashion From These Style Icons

I’ve always had a big issue with idolizing random people and influencer culture, it leads to false perceptions of the real world. Style icons are another warped reality that Instagram has both expanded and damaged with influencers and fast fashion. I know because I’m a target of it too, mindlessly scrolling through someone’s social feed,...

The Rise of Naturopathy In The Modern World: Beneficial or Bullsh*t?

The Rise of Naturopathy In The Modern World: Beneficial or Bullsh*t?

Writer’s note: This is an opinion piece based on experience and research, I am not a medical professional nor a naturopath.  I’ve always been a natural pessimist, maybe because I’m British, but probably because I question everything. When I first moved to Australia a few years ago, I didn’t even understand the word naturopath, until...

5 Eco-Friendly Surf Brands That Give Back to People and Planet

5 Eco-Friendly Surf Brands That Give Back to People and Planet

There’s nothing more frustrating than a painfully ironic clothing brand, classic example; t-shirts that say “female empowerment” made by female garment workers that aren’t paid a fair living wage (I’m looking at you Beyonce). I’ve always felt that some surf brands are also a prime example of this irony, with mainstream surf brands promoting outdoor life...

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...