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31
Oct

Yearn to Learn

Feel inspired to learn something new? Yearn to Learn is Melbourne’s latest offering for quirky, hands-on workshops. Their pre-Christmas program includes classes on upcycled origami, print making and handmade clay jewellery that’ll give you the opportunity to stretch your brain, learn something different and get your hands dirty! Founder and Director Mandy Ross says, ‘I wanted to start something to support the local artisan community – giving creatives paid teaching work, while letting them share their passion with others. We want people to come and tinker, play, create, yap, indulge, share and connect – while making new friends at the same time!’ Yearn to Learn also support the work of locally-based, global NGO The Thin Green Line Foundation by donating a percentage of every ticket sold. Their classes take place in the evenings and are just a stone’s throw from Melbourne CBD in Southbank. And best of all? Each Yearn to Learn class is only $16-$25 per person, making it a great (and affordable) option for some crafty evening fun. Book into one of their November or December classes by next Friday 7th November and go in the draw to win two tickets to the fabulous ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ exhibition currently running at The National Gallery of Victoria!

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27
Oct

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Attention, Brisbane-based fashionistas and fabric fans! As part of QAGOMA‘s fabulous upcoming fashion exhibition, Future Beauty, the gallery is hosting an exciting series of Future Fashion Sundays: one Sunday a month for the duration of the exhibition, which runs from 1 November to 15 February, there’ll be all kinds of workshops, talks and special events on offer.

Starting things off in style this Sunday 2 November at 12 noon is a Fabric & Garment Swap on GOMA’s Bodhi Tree Terrace. As well as grabbing yourself some great new garments, you can pass on some pre-loved pieces of your own and encourage sustainable consumption and recycling. You can swap up to five garments that are high quality and in good repair, and you can bring along fabric pieces of a decent size that are also in good condition. Tokens will be issued for garments and fabrics, and you won’t have any unclaimed pieces returned to you – anything left after 15 February will be donated to charity.

The event is free, but registration is essential! Get the full details here – first in, best dressed!

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24
Oct

PMINT23-COVER

Melbourne-based Belle Gibson is founder and creator of the popular ‘The Whole Pantry’ app – billed as the world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app and downloaded more than 200,000 times in its first two weeks of release. She is living with malignant cancer and started the app as a way to reach out to others who needed support – harnessing the power of social media to bring her movement to the masses. Her The Whole Pantry book containing a selection of new recipes was released yesterday (with a book signing session happening in Melbourne this afternoon). Read Belle’s full interview about her food philosophy on page 78 of our ‘Food for Thought’ Issue 23 (on shelves now)… {continue reading…}

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22
Oct

Reel Connections Film Festival

With the G20 Summit only a few short weeks away, Brisbane is gearing-up to play host to some hot political discussions. But beyond the headline-grabbing agendas, what other real issues are on the table for this year’s talks? If you want to educate yourself in the lead-up to the G20, check out BEMAC’s Reel Connections Film Festival, showcasing nine filmmakers who come from G20 countries. The documentary, short and feature-length films being screened all explore issues that affect G20 communities on a day-to-day basis and are relevant to everyone in our global community. Walking Under Water looks at rising sea levels in Borneo, The Human Scale examines the importance of sustainable city planning and Everyday Rebellion documents pro-democracy movements around the world and the collective power of non-violent protest – to name just a few. Free-to-attend screenings start on October 28 at BEMAC headquarters in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point – head along to get your own G20 conversation started.

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20
Oct

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Need some more green goodness in your life? Then book yourself a spot at Vieille Branch‘s Moss Ball Workshop on Saturday 2 November! Moss balls are the perfect low maintenance plant – they’re easy to care for and are the perfect way to brighten up your home or garden. The lovely Andrea Fitzpatrick from Botanick will take workshop attendees through everything they need to know about how to make a moss ball, and she’ll bring all the materials required – although you’re free to take along a vessel to hang your moss ball in if you fancy it. The workshop runs from 10 am until 12.30 pm and costs $60, which includes tea or coffee from Vieille’s charming cafe and homemade biscuits from Andrea’s kitchen. Go here to get rolling and secure your spot!

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17
Oct

Superfluous Culture

When it comes to fairly traded organic summer wear, you can never have too much of a good thing. Superfluous Culture is a Canadian fast-fashion countermovement and just like the name suggests, this label has an all-encompassing philosophy about pairing life back to its basics. Superfluous founder Adam Taubert designs unisex garments and home accessories tailor-made for the simple life. Loose-fitting tops, bottoms and outerwear are constructed from organic cotton, bamboo, denim and twill and sweet flower pot covers are crafted from fabric leftovers. Eighty percent of the range is manufactured less than 10 kilometres from the Superfluous Atelier in Montreal, with a handful of products assembled a stone’s throw away in a village outside Quebec City. If you can see easy cuts and a mellow palette on your summer horizon, look no further for a breezy breath of fresh air.

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16
Oct

Changemakers Festival

We all have the potential to create change within our communities – no matter how big or small – and the national Changemakers Festival (running from 17-26 October) aims to celebrate the social and technological innovations happening around the country, and encourages you to get involved! The 10-day festival brings people together for a range of talks, events and workshops, including a seminar on how to attract investment to a new social enterprise, a film festival raising awareness of human trafficking, a fundraiser for orphans in Cambodia and a Google hangout on using social media for change. We’re especially looking forward to Oxfam Australia’s FastBreak event at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum this Sunday – the ‘3 things’-themed morning features talks from the creator of IndigenousX Luke Pearson; National Director of GetUp! Sam McLean; tech entrepreneur Rebekah Campbell; youth leader and engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied; and Rosie Thomas, the co-founder of Australia’s youth-driven anti-bullying movement. Each speaker will get five minutes to inspire, entertain and educate, and there’ll be live music sessions, t-shirt printing and a tasty breakfast. See the full program of festival events for each state here, and start making plans to change your world!

 

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15
Oct

Earthship IronbankEarthship Ironbank

There’s a little housing project in the Adelaide Hills that’s paving the way for sustainable self-builds of the future. Since we first visited Earthship Ironbank for our Issue 23 Green House feature, it’s been all hands on deck to get Australia’s first sanctioned Earthship completed by the new year. Throughout the process, owner/builder Marty has relied on the local community to pitch-in, sharing everything he knows about DIY accommodation along the way. Now, with only the final touches left to go, Marty is putting the call out for the final workshops at Ironbank.

January workshops will be as hands-on as ever, with participants helping to render the structure with lime and earth plasters, finish the earth and polished concrete floors, and pound the last tyres for a tyre tank. As well as refining your skills with eco-friendly building methods, Marty will offer lectures that draw on his wealth of experience studying and designing Earthships. You can even opt to camp-out at Ironbank, a 30 minute drive south east of Adelaide, and enjoy meals in the communal kitchen as part of your experience. If you’ve ever dreamt of landing your own earthship in Australia one day then Marty’s intensives are an invaluable resource. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get your hands dirty this summer and make your mark on this revolutionary housing project. Register your interest for the January workshops online and keep an eye on the Ironbank website for more details about renting the finished Earthship for your next holiday!

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14
Oct

H&M Recycled Jacket

We all have a few neglected garments at the back of our wardrobes – old favourites that we no longer wear and that aren’t quite good enough to pass on to a friend or donate to an op shop. And now there’s another way to recycle these items, with the launch of high street giant H&M’s global Garment Collecting Initiative in Australia. It works like this: simply pop into Melbourne’s GPO and deposit any item of clothing from any brand (and in any condition) into the H&M collection boxes. The clothing will then be hand-sorted, processed and made available for re-use (either sold as secondhand goods, or turned into textile fibres, manufacturing products or even cleaning cloths), with proceeds from the initiative going towards the H&M Conscious Foundation and UNICEF Australia. For every bag of clothing you deposit, you’ll receive a 15% off-an-item voucher to use in store – so give your closet a spring clean and don’t let fashion go to waste! Some garments from other countries have already been incorporated into a range of recycled denim jackets and jeans, and in the future H&M hopes to find a solution for recycling all donated textile fibres into new garments – creating a closed loop fashion system and minimising the volume of textile waste that ends up as landfill.

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13
Oct

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Peppermint loves being inspired by people who are trying to make a difference, and someone who’s doing just that is Sjana Earp, a Queensland lifestyle blogger who’s passionate about travel, yoga and helping others live their best lives and engage with the world around them. Sjana tackles all kinds of timely topics on her blog, from battling bullying to building confidence and self-esteem. She’s also just come back from soaking up the sights on Contiki‘s European Vista tour, and she shared some advice on healthy, sustainable travel:

What inspires you to travel?

The things I get to experience with my whole being and senses inspire and energise me while I am travelling. Curiosity, knowledge, experience and beauty, there is so much to see and do and learn out there, and I crave travel for just that; the destination is a bonus.

How important is it to you to practise sustainable travel?

Every country and culture have their own economic and environmental problems, and I think it’s very important we all try our best to make positive change and lessen our footprint on the world – the longer this beautiful world is around for, the more people will be able to appreciate it and experience it! I aspire to do what I can to ensure future generations get to share all the beauty that I experience.

Any tips for staying sustainable while travelling? 

It may seem rather simple, but I have found that bins tend to be near and far while travelling! So I do try to keep my own rubbish on me until I find an appropriate place to dispose of it! Eating and shopping locally is also a fun and cultural way of helping to sustain the local economy.

What’s your best tip for staying healthy on holidays?

The best way I have found to keep fit on holidays is incidental exercise, let your curiosity burn calories. Explore cities on foot, choose the stairs over elevators, wake early and walk – find a cozy café or just breathe in the sights, sounds and smells, hire a bike, aim to be outside to experience as many sunrises/sunsets you can possibly see! The little simple things are always the easiest to burn off sneaky holiday treats!

For more top tips and inspiration, check out Sjana’s blog, Smyle, and follow her on Instagram: @Sjanaelise.

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