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22
Jul

Image courtesy of creativecollectives.org

Those enterprising folks at Creative Collectives, who describe themselves as ‘Australia’s self-sufficiency and community living network’, have just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help expand their innovative School of Self-Sufficiency. The School, which is based in Victoria, aims to show people how they can become ‘self-sufficient dynamos’ – every month, they run three-day workshops that cover all kinds of practical skills and eco-knowledge, from homesteading and hand crafts to permaculture and community living.

To continue its wonderful work, the School needs more land – but first, they need your help. Their crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for them to buy a farm property in Eldorado that will become the base for all their programs and activities and allow them to continue educating people about simple, sustainable, natural living. Any support you’re able to give, from donations to social media shares, is welcome, so muck in if you can!

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21
Jul

bg2The tropical city of Cairns will become a colourful hub of art, culture, fashion and design this week, with the return of the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). Kicking off on Thursday with an opening night party, the three-day program includes dance, music, exhibitions and cultural activities, alongside a dynamic arts market featuring some of Australia’s most successful and emerging art centres and galleries. Some of this year’s highlights include a choreographed fashion performance by local designer Grace Lillian Lee (who participated in Australia’s first Indigenous Fashion Week earlier this year), an exhibition of Queensland contemporary Indigenous sculpture and the first solo exhibition by senior Torres Strait Island artist Segar Passi.  {continue reading…}

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18
Jul

ClimateChange

Australia is making global headlines for all the wrong reasons by becoming the only country to reverse its action on climate change. While many other nations, including the UK, New Zealand, France and Canada have some form of carbon pricing in place to try and tackle the global effects of climate change, the Australian Senate yesterday voted in favour of repealing our carbon tax – leaving the country without any legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target. Talking to ABC News, Tony Abbott said households will benefit on average by $550 a year from the repeal, and that the “useless, destructive tax, which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment, is finally gone.” But that doesn’t change the reality of climate change, and the fact that as a country that’s already feeling the effects of extreme floods, droughts and fires, both the environmental and economic costs from a lack of direct action on emissions could be major. The scrapped carbon tax will also cost the budget around $7bn over the next four years as many businesses, including energy companies, no longer have to pay the tax. Naturally, Labor and the Greens are dismayed by the move, with Greens leader Christine Milne saying “the repeal of the price on pollution is intergenerational theft. Tony Abbott has delivered a massive blow to jobs, a massive blow to clean solar and wind energy, and a massive blow to our kids and grandkids who will live on a planet permanently changed by global warming.” On this sad day for the environment, the controversial decision has left Australia out of step with the international community and means that future direct action on climate change may be a long way off for ‘the lucky country’.

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16
Jul

Meal for a Meal

It’s hard to remember the days when we didn’t pause before tucking into our food to share the experience via a social media post or two. It’s estimated that 90 photos bearing the #foodporn hashtag are uploaded to Instagram every minute – that’s over 47 million each year! While we all enjoy keeping tabs on what’s trending, just imagine if that sharing power could be harnessed to create change in the offline world too. That’s exactly the idea behind #mealforameal, a new joint initiative between OzHarvest and Virgin Mobile Australia. Catering for the two million Australians who depend on food relief to get by, OzHarvest rescue some of our $8 billion worth of food waste from public eateries and deliver it to 500 charitable organisations around the country. If you’ve read about OzHarvest’s good work (maybe even in Issue 18 of Peppermint!) and want to show your support, here is your chance. Next time you upload a foodie photo to Instagram, add the #mealforameal hashtag onto your post and Virgin will make a donation to OzHarvest, helping them share the love and provide a person in need with a nourishing meal. Together Virgin and OzHarvest are aiming to raise enough money to deliver 400,000 meals…
So what are you waiting for? Get cooking – and get tagging!

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15
Jul

Kim Kneipp

We live in a society that’s relentlessly bombarded with seasonal trends and a culture obsessed with having ‘more, more, more’, so achieving (and maintaining) a sustainable wardrobe can be a daunting task. But in the latest issue of Peppermint we featured an individual who specialises in making the sartorial old feel new again – for herself and her many varied clients – through her work as The Sustainable Stylist. As Kim Kneipp explains in our ‘A Stitch in Time’ feature: “We live in an era where there is almost no justification for making something new. At the very least, upcycling an existing product should be what companies do. Whether it is clothing or the furnishing of an interior, my goal is always to recycle. My day to day is often about giving new life to these materials ‘at hand’ – creating new style combinations from a client’s existing wardrobe, rearranging items in an interior space, sourcing garments and objects at local and second hand stores, and documenting the process so the person is then empowered to maintain the aesthetic themselves.” Read on for Kim’s top tips for keeping a wardrobe that works for you without negatively impacting the planet… {continue reading…}

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14
Jul

Image courtesy of artisan.org.au

Two new exhibitions at Brisbane’s hip Artisan gallery in Fortitude Valley are showcasing innovative environmentally conscious design in two very different ways. ‘Greensmith’ is an exciting Queensland/San Francisco collaboration featuring beautiful and unique work by jewellers in both cities; their pieces confront environmental issues by incorporating ethically sourced gems and upcycled or reclaimed materials. ‘Remember or Revive’ – part of an ongoing series from online magazine The Fashion Archivespresents two striking visions of Queensland style: one full of sun-soaked optimism, the other showing the realities of our wasteful habits and the effect they’re having on the planet. Both shows are on until 27 September, so catch them while you can!

Image: Growing bangle by Clare Poppi, 2010

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11
Jul

VEJA

If you’ve been fawning over the colourful Veja sneakers featured in our Issue 22 cover shoot with Lily Cole,  you’ll be pleased to learn that the French company have recently launched a competition giving followers a chance to win their own pair of kicks from the Taua range. A limited edition collection designed by Lily herself, the shoes each feature a beautiful design inspired by her travels to South America as a Sky Rainforest Rescue ambassador. Powered by SRR, the range’s new social media campaign is also helping to bring the vibrant Amazon to life through these informational illustrations by Sandra Dieckmann, each painting a picture of the unique ecosystem from river basin to canopy. It’s all part of their commitment to showcase and advocate for protection of the Amazon, which just happens to be where Veja source all the wild rubber for their footwear production, purchased at fair prices from artisan farmers. And with a further £10 from every pair of Taua sneakers going to support sustainable rubber-tapping in the region, you can be sure these shoes are leaving positive footprints in their wake. Check out @skyrainforestrescue on Instagram for more details on how you can win!

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10
Jul

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There’s nothing quite like going for a walk in the wilderness and getting lost amongst the tall trees – and that feeling is perfectly encapsulated in this collaboration from designer and photographer Rachel Burke and 14-year old blogger Miss Zali. Rachel designed and made the one-of-a-kind garments and took the gorgeous photos, while Zali modelled and then illustrated the playful sprites, creeping vines and beautiful flowers of her imagination, taking us on our very own journey through this enchanted forest. Looking to bag one of these magical outfits for your own wardrobe? The items from the ‘Faraway Friend’ shoot are being auctioned off as we speak, with all proceeds being donated to Oxfam – but you’ll need a sprinkling of fairy dust and a dash of luck as there’s only a few left! Get in touch with Rachel here to find out more.

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9
Jul

G-Star RAW

Since we featured this high-profile fashion collaboration between denim giants G-Star, Bionic Yarn and the company’s celebrity owner Pharrell Williams in our Winter Issue 22, Raw for the Oceans has continued to make headlines. The collection recently took out the Grand Prix award for design at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and as of this month, the full range has officially been unveiled ahead of its September store release. Made from an innovative fibre that is spun with a recycled plastic sheath made from waste harvested from waterways, you’ll be happy to learn that Raw For the Oceans includes more than just jeans. Hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, bomber jackets and caps for men and women are also on offer, each emblazoned with a trademark octopus logo. Poignantly, our first look at the new range has come at the same time as new research highlighting concerns about ocean waste, and another study that confirms the presence of plastic debris on distant and deep ocean seabeds, negatively impacting marine ecosystems previously thought to be untouched by humans. Raw for the Oceans, which aims to recycle about 10 tonnes of that waste, follows on from a successful 2010 range of Bionic denim jackets designed for Topshop, and precedes future projects with retailers Uniqlo and Adidas. You can learn more about Bionic Yarn here, or sign-up for updates on when the G-Star collection will finally be sailing into a store near you.

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7
Jul

Image courtesy of naidoc.org.au

Yesterday marked the start of 2014′s National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, so get set for seven days of celebrating Indigenous history, culture and achievement. And wherever you are, you can take part – NAIDOC Week features flag raising ceremonies, art exhibitions and family fun days, and they’re happening across the country, so check the NAIDOC Week event calendar for details. The festivities will conclude this Friday 11 July with the National NAIDOC Awards on the Gold Coast, a night that honours the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Indigenous artists, scholars, sportspeople, Elders and community members from all over Australia. Tickets have sold out, but you can tune in to NITV to watch the awards broadcast on Saturday 19 July at 7:30 pm AEST.

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