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Take a step in the right direction this new year with a pair of Inkkas! This fun and funky footwear range will brighten up more than your wardrobe – Inkkas shoes are all handmade in South America, and for every pair sold, Inkkas plants a new tree as part of their innovative OneShoeOneTree project. Better yet, they are now available to order within Australia – and if you’ve picked up a copy of our current Summer issue, you’ll know that there are just two weeks left to enter our competition to win one of two pairs of Inkkas! All you need to do is email your details to by 9 February with ‘Inkkas’ in the header. And don’t forget to step up and check out the fabulous full range at!

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As well as enjoying a sleep in, having a barbecue and relaxing in the sunshine, Australia Day gives us the chance to come together with friends and family for a day of celebration, reflection and unity. We’ve brought together five Australian-inspired goodies from national designers and makers to give away to five lucky friends of Peppermint – simply leave a comment telling us which one you’d like and how you’ll be celebrating this Australia Day for a chance to win. {All competition entries close 5pm Monday 26 Jan 2015.} 

1) Natural Outdoor Body Spray (to keep those pesky mozzies at bay) and Tinted Moisturiser from Perfect Potion, who produce a variety of fragrant body and beauty products made from all-natural and native ingredients.

2) Bottlebrush Artisan Rosella Necklace from Ruby Olive, who design and sell a huge range of handmade jewellery in all the colours of the rainbow. {continue reading…}



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The new year’s celebrations have come and gone, and now it’s time to start acting on some of those resolutions you’ve made – and if one of them was to get your very own creative business up and running, the lovely folks at Etsy are here to help. They’ve put together #EtsyResolution, a four-week online program designed to help Australian creatives just like you transform your business dreams into reality! With the help of talented singer, actor and Big Hearted Business founder Clare Bowditch and Etsy small business coach Jess Van Den, participants will be guided through a series of courses that will teach them everything from marketing basics to photography ad branding advice. The program kicks off on 25 January, so sign up here and get ready to make 2015 the year of your small business success!




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Soar along to Little Sparrow Market – on Sunday 1 Feb at Melbourne’s Federation Square, from 10am till 5pm – for a carefully curated selection of stalls that’ll make your heart sing! Featuring gorgeous goods from Australian designers, makers and artists, the market has a focus on handmade, ethical and sustainable wares and is the perfect place to pick up a meaningful gift, a special item of clothing or a beautifully designed treasure for your nest. And if you’re feeling a bit peckish, don’t miss the tasty selection of food and beverages from local vendors! Entry is free, and there’ll be plenty of giveaways on the day, including the chance to win $500 worth of gifts and vouchers for e-newsletter subscribers, and also the opportunity to grab $500 worth of gifts for those who register at the Little Sparrow information desk. We also have a couple of lovely prizes from vendors to give away: one cute ceramic cup/planter from Melbourne artist Yiying Lee, and one beautiful linen ‘Frill Seeker’ top from independent label The Wolf and I. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us which one you’d like to win and why. {Entries close 5pm AEST Mon 19 Jan, 2015}.



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We’re lifting our glasses to New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, who’s announced plans to introduce a state-wide cash for containers scheme that will reduce drink container waste and encourage recycling. Glass and plastic bottles and cans are often left to litter public spaces, including parks and beaches; according to NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes, cash for container schemes that have been implemented overseas have proved an effective solution to this problem. Although full details of the NSW scheme haven’t yet been released, plans are that a 10 cent rebate will be offered in exchange for every glass, aluminium or plastic container handed over at a recycling drop-off point. These will take the form of reverse vending machines, Community Recycling Centres, collection points at schools and charities and kerbside recycling, where drinks containers will be separated after collection. Once NSW has the scheme in place, it’s hoped that the ACT and Victoria will follow. We’ll drink to that!

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Gala Darling is a New York-based blogger and the queen of radical self love. After overcoming her own negative self-image and eating disorder, she’s been on a mission to foster self-love and self-belief in every woman to help them live their best life. Gala’s first book Love & Sequins will be out early this year. Read the full feature on her radical self love philosophy on page 68 of our ‘You Are Enough’ Issue 24 – on shelves now!


“Radical self love started in my bedroom, and became a worldwide movement. I spent years battling depression, an eating disorder and a preference for chaos and disaster – simply because I didn’t have any tools to help me deal with my own emotions. If you’ve been there, you know how it feels: like you’re being chewed up from the inside. It’s overwhelming, and you feel like it will never get better – that you’re doomed.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. When I was 23 years old, I was astounded when I was able to kick my eating disorder to the curb using a technique called tapping. The misery that had plagued me since I was a teenager followed soon after. Unencumbered by sadness, I felt like I was seeing the world through new eyes. {continue reading…}




As the festive season draws to a close, you might find yourself with all kinds of leftovers, from food and drink to well-meaning gifts that you’ll probably never find a use for. Instead of stashing them in the back of a cupboard and forgetting about them or throwing them out and creating more waste, why not make use of them? Australians spend an estimated $10.1 billion on food during December (and that’s before you’ve even factored in all the extra stuff you end up buying, like metres of tinsel, rolls of wrapping paper and gifts for all those nieces and nephews); unfortunately, millions of dollars worth will end up in the bin. So give the planet a present this New Year’s and check out these handy hints and fun ideas for reducing waste after Christmas:

* Ten craft projects using leftover Christmas wrapping paper from Apartment Therapy

* Festive season recycling tips from the ABC

* Delicious recipes to use up all those Christmas leftovers from Taste.

Here’s to a happy and sustainable New Year!

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For the past couple of months, our lovely friends over at Whole Larder Love have been running a crowdfunding campaign to turn their dreams into reality. They want to launch a teaching space in Central Victoria called The Nursery Project – a place with a mess hall for cooking and workshops, a fruit orchard, a vegetable garden and paddocks for livestock. ‘The Nursery Project will be a community-centred haven,’ says sustainable food guru and Whole Larder Love blogger and cookbook author, Rohan Anderson. ‘A place for people to come and get their hands dirty, to breathe in some fresh air and learn more about where food really comes from.’

There’s just one day left for The Nursery Project campaign on Indiegogo, and anything you can give will make a difference and help others ‘get their hands dirty, minds thinking and bellies and hearts full.’ Check out the project details here and fill yourselves up with a whole larder love this Christmas!



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Electric Body harnesses the power of colostrum in a range of natural products for face and body. We spoke to Jansy Torpy, the Australian distributor, to find out why she fell in love with the range, how colostrum can benefit the skin, and her reasons for introducing the brand to the Australian market…

Tell us about the Electric Body range…

The Electric Body skincare range was initially created to provide healing, rejuvenating and non-toxic skincare for patients suffering from cancer. It is the first ever skincare to use colostrum – the nurturing and life-giving substance that’s a live and active ingredient, similar to probiotic yoghurt. With Electric Body’s holistic approach, ingredients are hand-mixed and vibrationally stacked under a specific protocol, taking a week for each batch to be carefully made. {continue reading…}

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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, $44, 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. 

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