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26
Apr

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If you’re interested in making more ethical choices at the shopping counter, make sure you check out this year’s freshly minted Australian Fashion Report from the folks at Behind the Barcode, a project of Baptist World Aid Australia. This edition of the report features detailed assessments of 87 companies, including Zara, Cotton On Group, Factory X and David Jones. Each company has been awarded a grade from A to F based on their policies, supplier knowledge, auditing and supplier relationships and worker empowerment. It’s not just a fascinating read, but an important step towards creating a fairer fashion industry across the globe.

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15
Apr

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Fashion Revolution returns this 18-24 April 2016 – now extended to a full week of events and activism, rather than the original one day – to shine a spotlight on global fashion supply chains, three years after 1,134 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24th April 2013. Founded by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, the global movement asks people to delve into their own wardrobes and share a selfie asking brands #whomademyclothes to encourage greater transparency within the industry and demand better conditions for workers. Last year, tens of thousands of people in over 70 countries took part, and this year it’s hoped the response will be even bigger. As well as getting involved on social media, you can attend a number of events around the country – from factory tours and movie screenings to pop-up shops and clothing repair cafes, there are plenty of ways to be part of the revolution. See the full list of Australia and New Zealand events here, and remember to follow along online with the hashtags #whomademyclothes and #fashrev. Raise your voice this Fashion Revolution week and help transform the fashion industry into a force for good!

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29
Mar

Pins to Kill

If sauntering about town in super comfy but not at all daggy Aussie-made yoga pants is your thing, you might want to check out Pins to KillDespite the slightly homicidal-sounding name, the new Melbourne label by Linda Vydra actually offers the chance to dress your pegs in stand out leggings you can design yourself. Just upload your own print or artwork, choose your size and lycra type, and then wait for the goods to be delivered direct to your postbox from Melbourne, where each set is printed and sewn on demand. You can even scrawl your own motivational message in giant caps across your left leg, and pop a customised message inside the waistband – which might prove handy if you’re prone to losing your stuff. Or, for the lazier folk among us, Pins to Kill has its own colourful range of pre-designed leggings featuring delightful pineapple, parrot and lemon prints, among others. Linda’s keen to support women chasing big dreams and has already mustered up a crew of P2K ambassadors from around the world, including pro-surfers, actors, ballerinas, pole dancers, hip-hop dancers and models. That means her Instagram profile is an inspiration rabbit hole, full of seriously awesome women clad in seriously cool leggings conquering some of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s little wonder Pins to Kill sold out just a couple days after its February 2 launch. Happily, killer pins are once again go.

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20
Mar

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Quilted bomber jackets, slouchy jumpsuits and floaty midi dresses – Melbourne designer Sara Bailes’ first couple of collections under her new eponymous label seem designed for maximum comfort with a dash of panache. And you can feel good about wearing them, too. Designed in Melbourne and produced in Bali, the range features locally sourced fabrics, in-house prints and a bunch of natural fibres, including cotton blends, linen and 100% bamboo. Sara knows her stuff – she clocked up almost a decade as a fashion designer with Karen Walker and then Gorman before going solo last July. She chose Bali as her manufacturing base after an Indonesian fashion industry friend hooked her up with local indie suppliers skilled in traditional techniques. Her small production team is made up entirely of Balinese women, while printing happens from a small, family-owned factory which uses hand screen printing techniques, hand dyeing and mostly natural dyes and inks. It does mean a lot more toing and froing because, unlike places such as China and India, Bali suppliers aren’t set up to handle all phases of garment making in the one factory. But Sara reckons that’s a plus – “It eliminates sweatshop conditions in which women are forced to repetitively make a single element for days on end. It also means I am personally very involved in the production process and spend a lot of my time visiting small specialty shops in the back streets of Denpasar on my scooter using my best Bahasa – which needs a lot of work – to try and get what I need!” she says. And in good news for the fellas, Sara’s introducing menswear pieces from 2016. Check it all out here.

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7
Mar

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Looking for a different kind of evening out? We’re delighted to announce PepTalks – our new series of events created to inspire, inform and uplift. Each PepTalks gathering will feature speakers from the pages of Peppermint magazine and beyond – don’t miss our very first one in Brisbane on Tuesday 22 March at the fabulous Wandering Cooks! We’ll hear from Justine Flynn, the passionate co-founder of life-changing social enterprise Thankyou.; Hailey Bartholomew, gratitude convert and maker of beautiful short films at You Can’t Be Serious!; and Shannon Sheedy, fair trade trailblazer and founder of online store The Dharma Door. Come along, be inspired, make authentic connections and prepare to go home feeling refreshed and a little more positive about the world. Let’s hear it for evenings with meaning! Book your tickets here.

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3
Mar

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The days are getting cooler, so it’s the perfect time to wrap yourself up in the warm hug of our love-themed Autumn issue – on shelves now! Featuring the inspiring Daniel and Justine Flynn of Thankyou on the cover, Issue 29 is all about how love makes the world go around. We catch up with Daniel and Justine and three other creative couples to find out how they thrive as partners in business and in life, and learn all about love in our main feature, with pearls of wisdom from Eoin Finn of Blissology, Kon Karapanagiotidis of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Swami Govindananda of Ji Living and more. We chat with Young Environmentalist of the Year Amelia Telford about her vision for climate justice, discover how Hero Condoms are saving lives in Botswana, unravel the amazing story behind Armadillo&Co’s beautiful handwoven rugs and peek inside the stunning salvaged lace bridalwear boutique Lost in Paris. We also talk healthy eats with Brisbane’s All Real Food, visit the dreamy Love Cabins treetop retreat in the Blue Mountains and bliss out in the bath with sustainable soaks. Pick up a copy today – you’ll love it!

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2
Mar

Peppermint Love Letter Template

They say that love makes the world go around – but how often do we take the time to tell our favourite people the reasons we adore them? We’re often too busy with our lives, our jobs, our routines and the millions of little things we fill our days with, when, in the end, all that really matters is love. Love is all you need! For our Autumn Issue 29‘s Assignmint we’re urging you to put on your thinking cap, bust out your best glitter pens and write a heartfelt letter to someone special telling them why they float your boat. Don’t know where to start? We’ve made it super easy to dish out the compliments with this cute downloadable letter template. Fill in the blanks, pop in the post and feel happy that you’ve made someone’s day.  Share your experiences via social media using the hashtag #assignmint.

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1
Mar

Jane-Milburn

There’s a palpable feeling of satisfaction that comes from making clothes yourself – the dress you sewed, the jumper you knitted and even that favourite pair of jeans you’ve patched over and over again have a personal significance that no amount of money can buy. Perhaps the dress is made from something your mum used to wear, or the jumper incorporates a particularly tricky knitting technique mastered only after many dropped stitches (and swear words!), and maybe the scraps used to mend your jeans came from your boyfriend’s old shirt. Handmade and hand-mended garments all have stories to them, and The Slow Clothing Project is seeking them out in order to start a national conversation about clothing use, ethics and sustainability.

Led by Textile Beat founder Jane Milburn, the project’s original aim was to collect 40 handmade garments from 40 makers across Australia to be showcased at various conferences and public spaces this year. The garments reflect Textile Beat’s slow clothing manifesto – many are made from natural, high quality, locally made or salvaged textiles – and they aim to encourage people to think about the different ways they can reduce their wardrobe’s negative impact on people and the environment. As with most good ideas, The Slow Clothing Project has taken on a life of its own, with nearly 150 people signed up to contribute and registrations still rolling in. Jane’s revised plan for the project is to have more than 100 makers involved and to showcase their work digitally – the first few makers and the stories behind their garments are already up on the website, so head over for some inspiration. And if you’d like to share your own Slow Clothing masterpiece, it’s not too late to pick up your needle and thread and join in!

 

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29
Feb

Image courtesy Wake Up Project

Awaken your best self at Sydney’s upcoming Search Inside Yourself workshop, brought to you by our friends at the Wake Up Project. Developed by a Google engineer, a Zen master and the world’s leading emotional intelligence expert, Dr Daniel Goleman, Search Inside Yourself has become one of Google’s most popular and oversubscribed development programs. It combines evidence-based mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroscience to allow people and organisations to reach their fullest potential and create happy, healthy workplaces. It’s an innovative approach to leadership development that’s only been available to Google employees until now. The Wake Up Project is bringing Search Inside Yourself to Sydney on 17-18 March, so snap up your tickets before they sell out! Find out more on the Search Inside Yourself website and book your spot today.

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15
Feb

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Craving new experiences, but can’t quite afford that ’round-the-world plane ticket? Assembling talent from every corner of the globe, WOMADelaide brings 500 contemporary and traditional musicians, dancers, artists, thinkers, designers and foodies to Adelaide’s stunning Botanic park this 11th to 14th March 2016. The lineup features performances from the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sarah Blasko, De La Soul and The Cat Empire alongside a diverse range of acts from around the world. And aside from incredible tunes, the WOMAD program also presents The Planet Talks – one of Australia’s ‘ideas festivals within a festival’. The Planet Talks’ live conversations feature some of the world’s great thinkers, activists, scientists, communicators and politics experts including David Suzuki, Naomi Oreskes, Sir Tim Smith, John Hewson, Indira Naidoo, First Dog on the Moon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Jane Caro, Dee Madigan and many more. If you’re after inspiration, adventure, discovery and fun, WOMADelaide has it all! And you and your fest-buddy could be there this year, as we’re giving away two four-day festival passes* valued at $712. To enter, simply comment on this blog post and tell us why you’d love to attend WOMAD this year. {Competition closes at 4pm AEST on Thursday 18 February 2016. Please only enter if you’re able to get to Adelaide for the festival dates. The four day passes do not include accommodation.} {continue reading…}

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