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Nature lovers will feel right at home in the new range by zero-waste, vegan friendly Brisbane label Bestowed, with garments that have been naturally dyed to match the subtle hues and tones of the Australian bush. Their beautiful Summer collection features asymmetrical skirts, loose, comfortable tees and long, flowing dresses in stone greys, midnight blacks and forest greens, and every garment is made from Certified Organic cotton fabric from Melbourne. Bestowed (and sister company Rant) have fostered close relationships with talented local patternmakers, cutters and sewers, and every garment in their collections is created locally within 30 miles of their studio on the outskirts of Brisbane. They also minimise their environmental footprint by generating solar power and pre-washing each garment in harvested rainwater – so by wearing one of their unique pieces you’ll be helping conserve our natural world while being draped in its glorious colours. {continue reading…}



Australian climate change-awareness non-profit 1 Million Women‘s new campaign has been in the works for a year – and it’s music to our ears! They’ve transformed iconic 80s pop tune ‘You’re the Voice’ into a powerful anthem for climate action and hope that’s a rallying cry to world leaders as they gather for the global climate change summit in Paris (COP21) at the end of this month. The beautiful video features singers Deni Hines, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider and Ursula Yovich, as well as a diverse, vibrant group of women and girls all sharing the empowering message ‘we’re not going to sit in silence, we’re not going to live in fear’. With global temperatures continuing to rise, there’s never been a more important time to raise your voice and show that women, men and children around the world are united in our call for strong action on climate change. You can get involved by making a sign with the message ‘#IMTHEVOICE for climate action and hope’ and taking a picture (or even filming yourself singing your favourite verse of the song) and sharing to social media using the hashtag #IMTHEVOICE. It’s time to join the chorus!

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12239620_10153103956036436_8321144963136407034_nIn this fast-paced, globalised world, making it in the fashion industry certainly isn’t a walk in the park – especially for brands and designers who are committed to taking a slower, kinder, more sustainable approach. And with the fashion industry currently employing hundreds of millions of people and being ranked as the second most polluting industry in the world, it’s clear that there’s a need for companies that are doing business in a better way. But how can they find the tools and support needed to succeed in this tough environment? That’s where Mysource from the Ethical Fashion Forum comes in. This tech platform aims to transform the fashion industry by providing  ‘one-stop shop business support’ to emerging and established fashion professionals to give them the resources they need to grow successful and sustainable businesses – including access to the right people, insider intelligence and business tools and templates. Using a clever algorithm, Mysource tailors the information to each user based on what they might need – whether they’re a fashion student, founder of a small label or global buyer for a huge company – and it also encourages sustainability by rewarding best practice with a better profile and higher search rankings on the site. Currently raising capital through a crowdfunding campaign, the platform is already making waves in the industry with high profile supporters like Vivienne Westwood, Amber Valletta and H&M on board. Here’s hoping it helps take sustainable and ethical fashion to a whole new level!

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As we move towards the end of the year and our schedules become increasingly hectic, the pressure of our to-do lists can kick in with a vengeance leaving us feeling overwhelmed – there are so many things to buy, people to see, errands to run and places to be! But the simple practice of mindfulness meditation is one way that we can use to give ourselves a mental break and help to bring more peace, calm, happiness and focus into our lives. If you’re struggling to make yourself stop and sit down for any length of time you might like to try using the free meditation timer from startup company Satorio; you can set it for two, five, ten minutes or more, and it signals the start and end of your session with a chiming bell. Importantly, for every minute you meditate Satorio will donate 10 grains of rice to a starving person through Oxfam – which means you’re not only doing something that’s great for your own mind and body, you’ll also be helping others around the world. There’s never been a better time to unwind!

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All our denim dreams have come true with the new Urban Warriors collection from ECA-accredited streetwear label AARLI – featuring a bodysuit, pants, dress, playsuit, skirts and vest all made from a combination of 50% Hemp and PET (recycled plastic bottles) fabric and 50% upcycled dead stock denim from AARLI’s partner Nobody Denim. The splattered design on many of the pieces is a contemporary reimagining of traditional warrior paint, and designer TJ Cowlishaw says the range represents “the next generation of street warriors spreading the message of change through expression”. The name AARLI means ‘barramundi’ in Bardi language – which originates from the Broome area in Western Australia – and the label is the only ethically accredited Indigenous label in Australia (TJ’s kinship lies with the Bardi people of the Kimberleys, Western Australia and the Chinese Pirates of Shanghai). TJ has recently been accepted into the British Council’s prestigious ACCELERATE program, a leadership and skills development initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in creative industries, and is currently in the UK undertaking professional placements and mentoring in order to grow and develop the brand. Here’s hoping everything goes swimmingly for this unique Australian label!

Image credits: Creative Direction GiDi CREATIVE, Lead by GiDi LOVEPhotographer Aubrey Devin, Model LaRayia Gaston.


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F@S_031If you want to change the world, next month’s Ethical Enterprise Conference in Melbourne is a great place to start. Brought to you by social enterprise Moral Fairground, the two-day conference running from the 3rd to 4th December 2015 (held at Lab 14 Carlton Connect) is a must-do for anyone interested in social and ethical enterprise. This educational networking event brings together professionals, business owners, managers, new social entrepreneurs, students and ethical business leaders who share similar values – featuring talks from inspirational people like Malcolm Rands from Eco Store, Dustin Leonard from HERO Condoms, Peta Granger from Lush Cosmetics and Phil Vernon from Australian Ethical Investment. No matter how big or small, enterprises are encouraged to join with fellow leaders to discuss how social investments can use innovative ethical practices to make a positive impact. Make sure you reserve your spot today!

fs_Z0C9117Those looking for ethical family fun can head down to the annual Fair@Square Festival (another initiative from Moral Fairground) running from 11-6, Sat 5th and Sunday 6th December in Melbourne’s Federation Square – which aims to raise awareness of ethical living, and inspire and educate people to incorporate small changes into their own lives. This year’s theme is ‘Unearthing Goodness from Soil to Shelf’ and there’s plenty of good stuff for all ages, including documentary screenings, sustainable fashion shows, kids’ art classes and a celebration of all things soil – as well as heathy food stalls and ethical gift markets for conscious Christmas shopping.

We’ve got two double passes to the Ethical Enterprise Conference (which also include tickets to the Ethical Enterprise Award dinner ceremony on the Friday evening) worth $800 each to give away! To enter the draw, just comment on this post and tell us in 25 words or less why you’d like to attend. Entries close on Monday 16 November at 4pm AEST.

Competition Terms and Conditions: Winners must be in Melbourne on 3rd to 4th December 2015 and able to travel to and from the events. Prize is for tickets only and does not include travel, transfers or accommodation. Prize is not redeemable for cash.




Put some pizzazz back into your pants with a pair of Thunderpants! This New Zealand-based, family-owned and operated company has perfected the art of the ultimate undie, combining organic cotton and local production processes with perfect pant design. Thunderpants fabric is made in New Zealand and has just the right amount of stretch for maximum comfort. Their bright, fun prints are guaranteed to add some serious oomph to your undergarments, and with ranges for women, men and kids, there’s something for everyone! To celebrate the change of season, Thunderpants have launched a gorgeous new spring blossom print (pictured) – and you can spring into spring with a chance to win one of three blossom print undies-and-cami sets worth RRP$96 each! All you need to do to enter is this:

1. leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love about spring

2. sign up to the Thunderpants email newsletter right here.

Winners will be drawn at 4 pm AEST on Thursday 8 October. Time to get springing!





Savvy UK stylist Emma Slade-Edmondson yet again demonstrated how to make the most of second-hand clothing at this year’s Oxfam Edit during London Fashion Week. Using only second-hand clothing from the Oxfam shop at Dalston Kingsland, Emma re-created looks from five shows just moments after they appeared on the catwalk, with top London fashion photographer Rachel Manns on hand to capture the results. Emma’s efforts didn’t just get the nod of approval from four out of the five designers (Mother of Pearl, Sibling, Jasper Conran and Hunter) – they also proved that it’s possible to create a high fashion look for low cost, giving old clothes a new lease of life and supporting the amazing work of charities like Oxfam. Watch this short film of Emma working her magic on the day and pick up some top tips for your own second-hand styling experiments!

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Monday 21 September was World Gratitude Day, so what better time to sit back and think about all the things you’re grateful for? For clinical psychologist, life coach and yoga teacher Dr Lauren Tober, happiness is our true nature – and we can help harness our happiness with a healthy dose of daily gratitude. That’s why Lauren founded Capturing Gratitude, a totally free worldwide photographic happiness project that encourages you to snap and share all the things you’re thankful for. We caught up with Lauren to find out more …  {continue reading…}

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Get ready to welcome wellness with open arms at Utopia, Australia’s leading holistic women’s wellness event. Tickets have now been released for all three 2015 dates: Utopia is coming to Melbourne on 26 September, Brisbane on 7 November and Sydney on 14 November, and you can check out the full schedule for each city here. Each one-day event is designed to educate, inspire and empower you to transform your health and happiness for the better! Combining expert speakers with a warm, fun atmosphere, Utopia is a great resource for health, fitness and wellness information, as well as products and services. With an incredible line-up of speakers that includes nutritionist Lola Berry (featured in Peppermint Issue 21), author David Gillespie, life coach and yoga teacher Tara Bliss, academic, author and Buchi Kombucha founder Dr Sarah Lantz and many more, you’ll be sure to find your happy place at Utopia.

We’ve got a double pass to give away to the Utopia event of your choosing! To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post and let us know what you’re hoping to get out of this year’s Utopia and which location you’d prefer to attend. Winners will be drawn this Wednesday 23 September at 5pm AEST. Good luck!



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