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17
Dec

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Head in a spin trying to find great eco gifts for your favourite men? We’ve got you sorted with these superb options!

1) Brave Vegan Backpack (by Canadian brand Matt & Nat), $180, in Berry from online store Orange Oranges, which stocks a unique range of vegan bags, yoga clothing and 100% recyclable glass water bottles from respected brands.

2) Caramelised Fig Diffuser (made from reclaimed beer bottles), $39.90, from Australian online store Upcycle Studio, which stocks a range of gifts, homewares and accessories made from bike tubes, ring pulls, plastic bags, glass bottles and other items that would otherwise go to landfill.

3) Chopping Board by Sands Made, $110.95, Rolling Pin by Valek, $58, and Tapas Plates by Susan Simonini, $18, $27, and $34, from quirky Brisbane store Clap Hands (Grovely Terrace, Mitchelton), which specialises in ethically sourced and sustainable goods, including homewares, clothing and stationery.

4) Mylo Shirt (made from 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton), $56, from online store Kind Clothing, which was created to help Australians access more ethically, sustainably and organically produced garments.

5) Mens Vintage Roadster Bike, $349, from Reid Cycles, the home of top quality affordable bikes – the perfect way to ditch the car and discover a more healthy, active lifestyle this new year. See below for details of how to win! 

6) Organic Shaving Soap, $34, Organic Beard Balm, $29, and Organic Castile Face and Body Wash, $24, from Byron Bay-based male grooming brand Valor, who produce natural, artisan-made products from organic and fair trade ingredients including coconut oil, argan oil, hemp oil and essential oils.

7) Wooden Keyboard Brush, $25, from online store Ecolosophy, which sells a carefully curated range of items for home, garden and body that are good for both people and planet.

8) Sveg Overnight Bag (made from handwoven jute and leather) $45, in charcoal and black by Melbourne brand Elk, who work with small manufacturers across the globe to produce contemporary and original accessories, leather goods and apparel.

9) The Owens Short, $175, in Feather Grey, by Australian label Sorella Organics, who design a range of luxury lounge and sleepwear from fair trade and organic cotton for both men and women. See below for details of how to win! 

For your chance to WIN the Reid Mens Vintage Roadster Bike OR the Sorella Organic Owens Short, leave a comment on this post telling us which one of the prizes you’d like, and why. Enter now and nab yourself or your man an early Christmas present! (Reid Cycles prize includes free collection or delivery within an Australian metro area; a delivery fee applies for rural and regional areas.) All competition entries close 4pm Monday 22 December 2014. 

This post includes products from our advertisers, whose brands we love. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Peppermint possible.

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16
Dec

GIFTSFORHER

Get ready for the festive season with our round-up of perfect last-minute presents for the ladies in your life!

1)  Metta Skincare Hand Balm, $22, from Australian online eco boutique Veronica Joyce, which meets all your gift-giving needs with its tempting selection of cruelty-free, vegan, organic, natural, ethical and sustainably made products.

2) Ornamental Leaf Scarf Gift Set (includes 100% silk crepe de chine scarf by Adelaide artist Julie White and a card from Berlin-based Karte Design Fabrik), $95,  from online store Bashful Garter, which showcases independent clothing and accessories labels from Australia and New Zealand. See below for details of how to win! 

3) The new Basics range by Nico, whose stylish and simple collection of lingerie, bodysuits and tees is ECA-accredited and made ethically in their hometown of Brisbane.

4) Paisley Park Dress (made from 100% organic cotton voile), $59, from online store Kind Clothing, which was created to help Australians access more ethically, sustainably and organically produced garments.

5) Vintage Ladies 7-Speed Lite Bike, $349, from Reid Cycles, the home of top quality affordable bikes – perfect for reducing carbon emissions by cycling to work and around town. See below for details of how to win! 

6) Alter Eco Velvet Truffles, $11.95, from the Oxfam Shop, which stocks all kinds of Fair Trade homewares, toys, food, jewellery, fashion and books.

7) Lucy Vegan Handbag (by Canadian brand Matt & Nat), $180, in Pewter from online store Orange Oranges, which stocks an inspiring range of vegan handbags, yoga clothing, upcycled jewellery and 100% recyclable glass water bottles.

8) Skaerbaek Chocolate Sandals (made from vegetable tanned leather and natural rubber), $175, by Danish brand Duckfeet, whose range includes simple, functional boots, shoes and sandals for women and men, made by hand in Denmark. See below for details of how to win! 

9) Turquoise Stacked Shapes Necklace (made from sustainable plantation timber) $45, by Melbourne brand Elk, who work with small manufacturers across the globe to produce contemporary and original accessories, leather goods and apparel.

For your chance to WIN the Bashful Garter Scarf Gift Set, Reid Cycles Vintage Ladies Bicycle OR the Duckfeet Chocolate Sandals, leave a comment on this post telling us which one of the three prizes you’d like, and why. Get the wheels turning on your Christmas celebrations and enter now! (Reid Cycles prize includes free collection or delivery within an Australian metro area; a delivery fee applies for rural and regional areas.) All competition entries close 4pm Monday 22 December 2014. 

This post includes products from our advertisers, whose brands we love. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Peppermint possible.

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15
Dec

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Those clever clogs at Nudie jeans have devised an injeanious way to recycle old denim: as part of their innovative Denim Maniacs project, they’ve managed to recycle 90% of every pair of old jeans they had to hand (2700 in total) and used them to create these stylish limited edition Rag Rugs and In-and-Out Camper Seats, available for sale online now! The rugs, which come in two sizes, are made from shredded leg pieces, and each camper seat has been hand-braided using the in and out seam of nine pairs of jeans, one belt and one leather patch. And even though Nudie didn’t find a use for the back pockets, rivets, buttons and waistbands of those 2700 jeans, they’re intent on incorporating these parts into a future recycling project. Nice one, Nudie!

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11
Dec

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Looking for ways to contribute to your community this festive season? This Melbourne secondhand clothing stall with a difference could be right up your street! The Street Store, on next Saturday 20 Dec from 12-4 in Federation Square, is Australia’s first pop-up store for those affected by homelessness – but it’s not an excuse to offload all those unwanted threads. Instead, you’re encouraged to bring along a high quality, pre-loved item of clothing that’s held a special place in your wardrobe (and heart), and that would make a great addition to someone else’s life (as a guide, it should be a garment that you’d be happy to receive yourself). This gives the city’s homeless community the chance to have a ‘dignified shopping experience’ by helping themselves to things they like and need, as well as the opportunity to stick around afterwards for a chat, a burger or even a personal grooming session from one of Melbourne’s top barbers. Head down to The Street Store next Saturday – or if you can’t make it, drop off your chosen item at the Free Is Better office, 221 Kerr Street, Fitzroy, Monday to Friday between 10am – 6pm, or GiDi CREATIVE, 10a Lincoln Street, Brunswick East, Monday to Friday between 9:30am – 5pm. It’s good to give!

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8
Dec

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Slip your soles into a gorgeous pair of ALAS handwoven cigar slippers this Christmas, and you’ll be taking a great stride for fashion and for the environment!  ALAS stands for ‘all light, all shadow’, a philosophy that represents both the nature of change and the transparency of the company’s supply chain as it aims to shine a light on manufacturing practices and the use of organically grown cotton. Their latest stunning slipper collection is the result of a collaboration between ethical designer Tara Whalley and a group of Mayan artisans; each pair of shoes is hand dyed using native plants and made from vegetable-tanned leather. They’re hard-soled, so are suitable for wearing inside or out (just as well – you’ll wouldn’t want to keep this fabulous footwear hidden away indoors!). With their striking prints and stylish design, these slippers are sure to put a spring in your step!

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5
Dec

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Melbournians, get yourselves down to Federation Square this Saturday and Sunday, 6-7 December for the sixth Fair@Square Festival: a free public event that celebrates ethical, sustainable and morally responsible behaviour and promotes ethical consumption. The festival is perfectly timed to meet all your Christmas shopping and holiday entertainment needs: with a huge range of ethical traders selling their gorgeous goods and free activities for visitors of all ages, you’re guaranteed a fabulously festive day out that’s as good for the planet as it is for your soul. Check out the full programme here and prepare yourself for a wonderful weekend, fair and square!

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2
Dec

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It’s almost that time of year again – the annual Woodford Folk Festival is coming to town from 26 December to 1 January, and they’ve got a fantastic line-up of artists and musicians to take you through the final few days of 2014. This year’s festival theme is all about what lies behind the mask – as Festival Director Bill Hauritz explains, ‘Does your mask conceal or reveal? By revealing what’s behind the mask, maybe we can discover a truer sense of ourselves’.

In the process, we can also have a cracking good time: this year’s Woodford programme offers concerts, workshops, dances, writers’ panels, comedy, film, talks and debates, circus, cabaret, parades, an entire children’s festival and more. Until the fun kicks off on Boxing Day, you can catch the festival’s six-foot tall puppet girl, Tilda – depicted in this year’s festival poster and built in collaboration with Irish spectacle company, Macnas – on the Sunshine Coast during December, where she’ll be featuring in workshops with the community as she journeys towards her final destination of Woodfordia.

Best of all, we’ve got a two free Woodford tickets to give away! They cover five nights of camping for the duration of the festival. For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us who you’re most looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival. To check out what’s on, read the programme. Good luck – we’ll be picking our winning happy camper by 4pm AEST on Thursday 4 December!

 

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28
Nov

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Get into the gift-giving spirit and check out the gorgeous range of bags, totes and clutches from Melbourne’s Togetherness Design for all your festive shopping needs! Their handcrafted products are made from digitally printed fabrics, a low-impact printing process that minimises fabric and ink waste and uses no water. They’ve just launched a standalone online store, and have a cracking Christmas offer for you to take advantage of: order before 14 December, and you’ll get FREE shipping within Australia and just $5 flat rate international shipping. You’ll have bags of fun choosing what to buy!

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24
Nov

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We’re delighted to share the news that our gorgeous issue #24 cover girl, the inspirational Gala Darling, is heading to Australia over Christmas and New Year for some radical self love celebrations! If you’re in Sydney this week, you can catch Gala at the Radical End of Year Party on Thursday 27 November at Darling Harbour for a night of festive fun and inspiration, proudly presented by Earth Events. The event includes an interactive panel, live music from Morgan Joanel and the chance to connect in person with Gala and other special guests Melissa Ambrosini (who also features in issue 24), Julie Parker and Rachel McDonald.

Best of all, Peppermint has one regular double pass to give away to this super special night!  For your chance to win, just comment on this post and tell us what you’d hope to get out of attending the Radical End of Year Party in 20 words or less. The lucky winner will be notified by 5pm AEST on Tuesday 25 November. Good luck! (And to find out more about Gala and her radical self love, pick up a copy of our brand new issue, which hits shelves this Thursday!)

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21
Nov

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With Christmas just over a month away (eek!), now is probably a good time to start thinking about those gifts you need to buy – and what better place to find the perfect present than at newly launched online store ReCreate? They’ve got a beautiful selection of clothing, accessories and toys, all sourced from suppliers who align with ReCreate’s ethical values of fair trade and partnership. Everything ReCreate sells is carefully chosen for its ethical production and quality design, and the company even produce their own organic clothing range. When you buy anything from ReCreate, you’re helping to provide employment and income for disadvantaged producers and creating change through ethical trade. It’s your one-stop ethical shop this Christmas!

Pictured: organic handwoven scarf, $60

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