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16
Jul

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Looking for something splendid to do next weekend? Why not head on down to this year’s Splendour in the Grass – a three-day celebration of good tunes and good vibes, set in the lush surrounds of the North Byron Parklands from 24 till 26 July. Highlights of the musical variety include Florence and the Machine, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations and Boy & Bear, while over in the craft tent there are plenty of classes to get your creative juices flowing – think piñata-making workshops, quilt-making classes and a brooch-making session with Beci Orpin. Designer Rachel Burke of i make. you wear it. (featured in Peppermint Issue 24) is the official Splendour Craft Captain, so there’s guaranteed to be glue guns, pom poms and glitter galore! And if you’re in need of a little refreshment, there’ll also be a pop-up version of Southside Tea Room, run by Patience Hodgson from The Grates. The little people in your life will be enthralled by the magical offerings at Little Splendour, where they can wear themselves out with live performances, bouncy castles and giant board games. And from a sustainability perspective, Splendour in the Grass certainly walks the talk, with a number of impressive environmental initiatives including a carbon offset option for festival-goers, on-site eco cops, a tree-planting program (last year they planted over 1700 native trees), waste and recycling programs, and their special eco camping area – Camp Little Foot(print). Let the festivities commence!

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15
Jul

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Queensland’s tropical north has become home to a colourful new fashion label that draws on the spirit of two ancient cultures. Cairns-based Mainie Designs, created by Charmaine Saunders and Denis Keeffe, blends traditional Aboriginal artworks from the Yuendumu community of Central Australia and the luxurious fabrics of the famous ‘Silk Road City’ of Hangzhou in China. Newly launched this month, the initial collection includes nine scarves and wraps made from 100% silk, all beaming with vibrant hues. Named for the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories they represent, the collection is made up of stunning styles including a ‘Water Serpent Sarong Wrap’ and a ‘Fire Stone Scarf.’ At the heart of the brand lies a strong commitment to fair trade principles, with all Aboriginal artwork acquired ethically under license through the internationally acclaimed Warlukurlangu Art Centre, which has long been a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri arts, language and culture. The full collection is available on the brand new Mainie website, as well as in selected boutiques, retailers and galleries.

 

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6
Jul

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Did you catch our interview with renowned Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm in the ‘It’s Cool to Be Kind’ feature in the latest issue of Peppermint? Based in Perth, WA, Ajahn Brahm is a prolific author, engaging public speaker and active teacher of Buddhism – and those living in WA can experience his wisdom in person this August at the 9th Global Conference on Buddhism, Resolving Conflict with Mindfulness. Featuring more than 20 speakers over two days, the conference isn’t just for practising Buddhists – it’s suitable for anyone interesting in the teachings of this gentle religion, including how mindfulness and meditation can be used to deal with conflict as well as enhancing many other areas of our lives. The weekend covers topics such as wellness, emerging technologies (featuring a Q&A with artist Neil Harbisson, one of the world’s first cyborgs), depression and suicide, Buddhist journeys, and past lives, hypnosis and psychic phenomena. The innovative and exciting speakers include professor of mathematics and astronomy Bernard Carr, Triple J star and Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire, Tibetan-Nepali movie star Lhakpa Tsamchoe (who co-starred with Brad Pitt in the 1997 Hollywood movie Seven Years in Tibet) and the author of Buddhism for Mothers Sarah Napthali. The conference runs from 8-9 August 2015 at the Perth Conference Centre. Get your ticket from their website and find out more on how mindfulness can help with living a contented life!

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23
Jun

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of outdoor apparel brand Patagonia. An emphasis on people and planet over profit has always been at the core of the company’s philosophy – from its early years when founder Yvon Chouinard began selling climbing gear out of the back of his car to its current incarnation as a much-loved international brand. We hosted Social and Environmental Responsibility Manager Wendy Savage at our Brisbane Fashion Revolution Day event back in April, and we recently caught up with her to find out more about Patagonia’s groundbreaking sustainability initiatives and why brand collaboration is key for the future of ethical production…

What is your background and where did your passion for corporate social responsibility come from? 

When I went to school, corporate social responsibility (CSR) did not exist.  I studied Sociology and then went on to do a masters in International Business but always knowing that I wanted a job that can help make a difference. I stumbled into CSR by chance and it became my calling. I got to mix my passion for business with my goal to have a job that made a difference somehow. The first 10 years of my career in CSR I worked at a consulting company helping brands set up their CSR programs and educating suppliers on social and environmental responsibility. Part of our job requirement and training was auditing, so I audited factories in many countries and a variety of industries. This field experience helped us all understand the issues and create realistic solutions that could actually be implemented within the supply chain or within a brand. Three years ago I was fortunate to join Patagonia and now manage our global Social Compliance and Traceability supply chain program. I now get to see the real positive impact a brand can have on the environment and the workers making its products. {continue reading…}

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18
Jun

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Need some new threads that blend sustainability with style? Vege Threads have got your wardrobe wants all stitched up. This Adelaide-based eco fashion label produces a range of simple, versatile clothing for women, men and kids. Their Australian-made line is now certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and their Autumn Winter 2015 range heralds a shift towards increased onshore production, with local processes, ACO dyes and smaller freight runs. All cotton used in the range is 100% GOTS certified organic and knitted in Australia, and all cotton garments have been dyed here, while all tencel processed and plant-dyed in Indonesia is 100% organic.

Vege Threads’ relaxed, easy-to-wear styles and natural colours  are designed to fit every age and shape across all seasons, and the new collection embodies their trademark minimal aesthetic. Characterised by mustard browns and olive greens, bold blacks and indigos and soft greys, the range includes a limited run of cotton knitwear and beanies and new tie dye yogawear alongside classics such as maxi dresses and long-sleeve tees. Make your winter even more wonderful with a Vege Threads Organic Cotton Tank dress (worth $119.95) , as worn by Lisa Mitchell in the above photos! All you need to do to win one of these dresses in a colour of your choice (black, dove grey or grey marle) is comment on this blog post before 4pm on Thursday 25 June and tell us where you’d wear your new threads.  

 

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17
Jun

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Have the beautiful natural dyes of Eastern Weft caught your eye in the current Winter 26 issue of Peppermint? Following ancient Lao traditions, the label’s founder, Samorn Sanixay, is pioneering the use of organic dyes in Australia to add vibrancy to handwoven silk and cotton textiles. Drawing colours from native flora and, in the case of this gorgeous ‘compost scarf’, from salvaged food scraps, Samorn is on a mission to make the creative process of organic dyeing accessible to everyone. Her latest venture is a program of Natural Dye Workshops at Sydney Community College in Rozelle. Taking place during June and July, the sessions span three hours and begin with a walking tour of the local neighbourhood to forage for berries, leaves and flowers. Samorn then teaches participants how to make vibrant dyes from the found materials before applying them to fabric to create multi-coloured patterns. At the end of the session, each participant will take home the pure or Eri peace silk scarf they dyed during the workshop – a truly priceless souvenir. There are two workshops scheduled for the coming months – visit the Sydney Community College website to reserve your spot and learn the art of natural dyeing from one of Australia’s best!

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16
Jun

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If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then surely sanity must equate to change. Today, at the Ethical Fashion Forum‘s SOURCE Summit 2015, I find myself in a room full of people who collectively feel that in the fashion industry, this must be the case. Everyone here is a change maker, a trail blazer, a pioneer… so what is it that this one-day conference is offering that has brought business leaders, designers and ethical and sustainable fashion start ups out in their droves, some of them even flying in from abroad?

Sarah Ditty, Editor in Chief of SOURCE doesn’t pull any punches in her introduction to the day. ‘People don’t trust brands anymore’ (according to Havas Media Meaningful Brands) – a pretty powerful opener to SOURCE Summit 2015. She talks about how disasters like the Rana Plaza, the horse meat scandal and the latest Fifa corruption contribute to a general feeling of distrust from consumers. In the case of fashion and textiles, Baptist World Aid Australia’s Behind the Barcode report, suggests that 91% of companies still don’t know where their cotton comes from, and with consumers gradually asking for more and more transparency, this is just not good enough.

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People are beginning to expect brands to not only be more transparent, but to play a bigger role in their communities and in their collective wellbeing. ‘If you’re still seeing your business as a factory… then you’re going to be left behind and you need to “take a ‘quantum leap into the future,”‘ Sarah quotes Havas Media Lab Director, Umair Tarique. It’s 10 am in the morning and the tone has been set for a future thinking forum, and for the day’s debate and conversation on transformative ideas and technology within the ethical fashion world. {continue reading…}

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4
Jun

LAUNCHPARTY

Come and help us celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Peppermint at a crafty evening with our gorgeous new covergirl, Maryann Talia Pau! A designer, artist and weaver, Maryann is the founder of One Million Stars to End Violence – a project that aims to raise awareness of all forms of violence by bringing people around the world together to weave an incredible one million stars by the year 2018.

Join us for a fantastic evening of community, chat and crafting at the beautiful Vieille Branche in Albion, QLD from 7-9pm next Tuesday 9th June – and help Maryann reach her target! Tickets are $15 and include…

– All star-making materials, and tuition from Maryann

– Crafting alongside other readers and the Peppermint team

– Refreshments from Spiral Foods, Buchi Kombucha and Soma Organics

– An A4 poster from Peppermint’s ‘More Than Words’ poster series (printed on FSC certified paper)

– And, of course, a copy of our beautiful new Winter Issue 26, featuring Maryann Talia Pau with our special feature ‘It’s Cool to be Kind’ (worth $11.50)

There are limited tickets so get in quick; click here to book yours. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

 

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3
Jun

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Inspired by her long-term love affair with textiles and the stories woven through them, Sydney-based costume designer Teresa Redrup founded carefully curated online store Bashful Garter (taking the name from a passage in the Hans Christian Anderson story, The False Collar). With a focus on local and ethical design, Bashful Garter certainly isn’t shy about stocking a range of gorgeous garments from high-end eco labels: think organic, fair trade cotton basics from Kowtow, monochrome silk dresses from Ovna Ovich, naturally dyed separates from Celeste Tesoriero and cosy NZ-made coats and jumpers from Penny Sage. Teresa explains that each and every item on the site has been “lovingly chosen with great respect to the designer and the hands that make it, with all efforts made to lessen negative impacts (and create positive ones) on our environment and community” – making it the perfect place to pick up an outfit that speaks volumes about your style and ethics. And Teresa also produces her own beautiful shoots featuring clothing and accessories from the Australian and New Zealand designers featured on Bashful Garter, so you can plan your seasonal wardrobe with confidence! Check out the full range here.

 

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1
Jun

The Planting

Hanging for a mid-year break? Take a trip to Woodford, home of Queensland’s beloved Woodford Folk Festival, for The Planting: three days of talks, presentations, performances and – of course – tree planting. Twenty-one years ago, the Queensland Folk Federation launched The Planting as a working-bee weekend to help restore and regenerate the Woodford site, which was a dairy farm before its transformation into a cultural parklands for the annual Folk Festival. Since the first Planting in 1997, over 100,000 trees have been added to the site, bringing shade to the thousands of campers who flock there every December for a week of arts, culture and community. The Planting is now a festival in its own right, and this year’s packed program has something for all the family, including music, comedy, workshops, cooking classes, walks and children’s activities. Acts include Sloe Gin Junkies, Catherine Deveny, Sparrow Folks, Sahara Beck, Kell O’Shanassy and Ronni Kahn, but make sure you check out the full line-up here. The fun kicks off this Friday 5 June and runs until Sunday 7 June, so book your tickets quick sticks and get ready to plant some shade!

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