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27
Aug

Greenpeace

While the ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge has been grabbing headlines this fortnight, there’s another crowd-pleasing campaign that’s been floating around social media. This clever graphic from Greenpeace UK is part of their Save the Arctic initiative, creating awareness about proposed legislation to declare the Arctic a global sanctuary and ban offshore oil drilling and industrial fishing in the region. ‘If you like it then you shouldn’t put a rig on it’ isn’t Greenpeace’s only petition to sample pop-culture of late – they also have a related campaign out to break an advertising deal between Shell and Lego, which comes with a very creative children’s video for a kid-friendly look at the effects of climate change. Visit Greenpeace Australia to make yours one of the 6 million signatures needed to set this campaign on its course.

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25
Aug

MSFW-2014

Spring is officially just around the corner – and that means it’s time for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, running from 30th August til 7th September! If you like a bit of glitz and glamour of an evening, there are parades aplenty, including this one that showcases Gorman and Limedrop, two of our long-time favourites, and the Indigenous Runway featuring the very best from Indigenous designers from around the world. Up-and-coming designers also get a look-in thanks to the Emerging DesignerMarket and Imagined Futures exhibition, and student talent takes to the catwalk at Runway One and Runway Two, with work on display for longer at the Waste Not, Want Not Zero Waste project and I Dream of Denim exhibition. For those who prefer minimalist design and fashion basics over frou frou, the Muji Lifestyle Lab is worth checking out, while those with a taste for history and drama will love the State Library setting of performance piece Liberty of the Press. A series of discussions including Ethics and Faith in the Supply Chain puts paid to the notion of fashion being merely frivolous, and those who like a bit of detective work will love seeing a garment come together in this Pattern-cutting Forensics Challenge. Try your hand at pen and ink illustration and shop for a cause at the Marini Ferlazzo exhibition, or if vintage is your passion, head to the eight-day pop-up Round She Goes market or the Mending, Meandering and Merlot masterclass. And if all that fashion has you wanting to take your own first steps into the industry, there’s plenty of help at the Crowd-funding for Fashion workshop! Check out the full program at thatsmelbourne.com.au/msfw.

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22
Aug

Kuwaii - photo by Lilli Waters

You’ve seen them on the pages of Peppermint, now Kuwaii‘s candy coloured, made-in-Melbourne womenswear can be fawned over in the flesh at their new flagship store in Melbourne Cathedral Arcade (the former brick-and-mortar home of Alice Euphemia). A sister store to their Brunswick abode, Kuwaii’s delightfully paired-back shop interior houses a selection of designers plus their own colourful range of womenswear, accessories and, of course, designer Kristy Barber’s famous chunky platform shoes, also crafted locally in Melbourne. Slow fashion advocates, Kuwaii garments are designed to be worn a thousand times and occupy a special place in your heart – and your wardrobe – for years to come. Melbourne, relish this opportunity to browse Kuwaii’s racks in person before picking up your next new favourite garment!

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21
Aug

Makeup Free Me

A hint of blusher here, a splash of bright red lipstick there: makeup is a much-loved part of many of our beauty cabinets, and can be a fun tool for self expression or creating a bold new look. But it’s also sometimes used as a way to present a ‘perfect’ front to the world, or as a mask to hide our real selves – and features – behind. The annual Makeup Free Me event wants to help combat negative self-image in women and girls, and aims to foster and nurture positive responses to our real faces (and bodies) by encouraging women around Australia to go makeup free for a day. Melbournites can join together to embrace their natural beauty at the Masquerade Girls’ Night held at River’s Edge, and participants across the rest of the country can register to get their entire school or workplace involved, as well as being part of the social media campaign on the day. All money raised goes to The Butterfly Foundation, which works to support people affected by eating disorders and negative body image. And Australian skincare brand Kosmea is also getting on board, by donating 5% of sales from their Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil throughout the month of August. Face your fears and register today to show your support for natural beauty!

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20
Aug

Disposable Camera Project

A picture says a thousand words – and it’s Melbourne’s turn to speak up! Now in its third year, Colour Box Studio’s Disposable Camera Project is matching old-school photography with people power to capture a day in the life of urban Victoria. Register online as a participant in this year’s project and come September 20, you’ll be issued with a disposable camera that you can use to photograph the things you love most about your city, and maybe some of the things you’d like to change. Colour Box will process and print your photos, displaying them in a group exhibition that opens on October 2 at Footscray’s Ruffian Gallery. Got something to say about Melbourne? This is a unique chance to bring the issues that are important to you and your community back into the public dialogue. As a clue to their popularity, Colour Box have already passed the target on their Pozible campaign to make the 2014 chapter of the project bigger and better than ever. You’ve got two more weeks to register – just make a pledge of $25 or $55 to secure your patch of wall in Melbourne’s living museum.

 

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19
Aug

Give Peas a Chance - Thunderpants

If you’re used to wearing your values on your sleeve, try displaying them somewhere slightly more unusual with this new collaboration between NZ-made Thunderpants and cruelty-free brand Fry’s Family Foods – the first in Thunderpants’ new ‘Philanthropants’ series! These limited edition undies are made from organic cotton and are handprinted with various peas-related puns (‘Give peas a chance’, ‘Find your inner peas’) – and what’s more, $5 from every pair sold goes towards Animals Australia to help with their work against factory farming. Pop on a pair and peace out!

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18
Aug

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Attention, Melbournites! This Sunday 24 August is the very first Karibu Markets, a fair trade, ethical and sustainable market place that will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month from 26 October. They’ll showcase a range of products from fair trade companies, from clothing, crafts and coffee to food and live music. Founder Emily Robinson was inspired to start the markets following a trip to Kenya, where she had the chance to work with four HIV-positive women who’d started their own business making and selling beaded clutches; Karibu is one way of supporting the incredible work these women do and of educating consumers about ethically sourced and produced goods.

Sunday’s stall holders include Asylum Seekers Resource Center, Etiko, 2Pocket, Karma Cola, Liminal Apparel, The Lost Children’s Project, Seven Women, AnRey Hope, Heart of Chocolate and more, and this month’s musicians include Grim Fawkner, Tom Lee-Richards and Millington. The markets are at 553 Murray Rd in Preston from 10 am – 4 pm, with live music starting at 2 pm. Entry is just $2, which also gets you a raffle ticket, and all proceeds go towards the KCC Program Read; the markets will support a different cause every month. Check out their website and Facebook page for more details!

 

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15
Aug

H&M Conscious, Spring 2014

Organic cotton may represent a tiny share of the world’s total cotton crop – last measured at just 0.7% according to the Textile Exchange – but that still equates to more than 700,000 metric tons of fibre being harvested every year. These days there are no shortage of buyers for organic cotton, and with the release of the latest Organic Cotton Report, it’s been revealed that Swedish retailer H&M have once again reclaimed their position as the leader of the pack, topping the list as the world’s biggest user of organic cotton for 2013. The list, which ranks brands by volume, drops some other familiar names too, including Puma, Nike and Target. Coming out on top has surely provided a boost to H&M’s plan to make all cotton used in their garments organic by the year 2020. For now, organic materials are reserved for their Conscious basics collection and the Conscious Exclusive range, available through a select few of H&M’s 3,000-plus retail stores. If you’re interested in knowing more about H&M’s organic cotton pledge and some of the brand’s other ethical and environmental pursuits, check out Issue 22 for our special interview with one of H&M’s leading sustainability spokeswomen.

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12
Aug

Image courtesy of gudrungudrun.com

Winter might be waning, but it’s still just cold enough to cosy yourself up in some winter woollies – and socially conscious knitwear company Gudrun & Gudrun have just the thing to keep you warm. Owned by two women from the Faroe Islands, which sit between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic, Gudrun & Gudrun revive traditional Faroese knitting practice to craft sustainable and stylish garments for women, men and children. They use 100% untreated wool sourced from Faroese sheep that live in the mountains, subsisting on unfertilised grass and producing some of the finest cheese and yoghurt thanks to their clean diet. Brave the final weeks of chilly air in a few of these simple but sophisticated pieces from Gudrun & Gudrun’s Eco Wool Line (find their Australian stockists here), and you’ll wish winter lasted just a little longer!

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11
Aug

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Certified organic Australian skincare brand Vanessa Megan is a true labour of love – springing from founder Vanessa Gray’s passion for creating her own chemical-free products. Started in her kitchen in 2001, the range is now available around Australia and internationally. We spoke to Vanessa about inspiration, DIY beauty and the things she’s learnt since the arrival of her new baby girl…

What inspired you to create the Vanessa Megan range? How has it changed since those early days?

My best friend Mel inspired the concept of Vanessa Megan with her phrase: ‘You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat’. This started my quest to find an all-natural skincare brand. In 2001 there was no such thing, so I started making my own products, hence the birth of Vanessa Megan. The brand has grown up since its conception – it hasn’t changed dramatically in its principals, morals or transparency, but it has evolved with new packaging, Australian Certified Organic (ACO) approval and new scientifically proven ingredients, which we are really excited about. {continue reading…}

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