‘Be the change you want to see in the world’, a wise man once said. But what if those seeking change united? One Million Women are an organisation connecting mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who want to make positive change in climate, communities and for the future. Their goal is to inspire one million Australian women to take action and cut one tonne of carbon dioxide from their lives each year. The 1MW team are hosting a SAVE Summit at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Monday, March 26 featuring entertainment, speakers, demonstrations of sustainable cooking, fashion and green DIY – as well as a take-home action plan for you to save $1000+ on energy, waste and pollution through simple actions. Sweet deal!
Lights, camera, action! The Byron Bay International Film Festival has rolled into town for ten days and is bringing with it a solid program of films on social and environmental issues, conscious thinking and positive living. The Byron Bay setting – picturesque beaches, bush and natural beauty – makes the perfect backdrop for the must-see program of flicks. Our picks of the bunch? Bimblebox, Manufacturing Stoke, Minds In The Water, The Hungry Tide, Miss South Pacific and Waste Not. Head along and catch the tide, March 2-11.
Trash Amour sounds like the way Oscar the Grouch would dish out romance. It is, however, the latest exhibition hosted by Reverse Garbage to help celebrate loved-up February with attitude and edge. This romantic, handmade and junky art show will feature the work of over 20 local artists, crafters and designers who all work with salvaged and recycled materials. Pieces include fine art, jewellery, sculpture, fashion accessories, cards, home wares and more. Join them on Saturday February 18th 6-9pm for an opening night of entertainment, drinks and late night shopping. Oui oui!
Roses are red, violets are blue. Flowers are great, but a rainforest is… even better? Roses, as beautiful as they are, come with a high carbon footprint – all the travelling and refrigeration they endure. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Tuesday, why not be a good little ecoista and find or ask for native Australian flowers instead? Alternately, you could give a sweet growing gift such as this little herb garden window box or a GrowBottle? (Give herbs and you might just be given a delicious meal in return). But if these ideas still don’t express how great your love is, why not give a whole rainforest tree? Your feelings would be forever represented in a beautiful tree which will surely outlive any sad roses wilting on the mantle piece in days to come…
Clean lines, neutral colours, comfy fits, affordable price tags – this could only mean one thing! Yes, trusty Peppermint faves SOSUME have just launched a new basics range. Made using 100% fair trade organic cotton and stitched locally in Melbourne, there are five cuts and three colours to choose from. As the cooler months creep up on us, so will more styles and shades to keep our wardrobes fresh year round.
Question: What makes advertising sustainable and cars a renewable resource? Answer: First World Trash. Designer Jenelle Malbrough from Queens, New York, rescues old billboards and salvages car seat belts to create colour-popping tote bags, messengers, laptop and iPad sleeves, duffles, wallets and more! Each waterproof and tear resistant bag is unique in colour, graphic and font, and each and every one is designed and individually handmade by Jenelle herself. Wowee. Trash bags these are not!
You’re probably wondering why on earth surfing champion and Planet Ark ambassador, Layne Beachley, is standing inside a recycling bin. Well, Planet Ark are currently running a competition to encourage us to recycle aluminum cans when we’re out and about at parks, beaches (get it – beaches?) and other public spaces. The humble tin can can be recycled an infinite number of times and, according to RMIT, recycling just six cans will offset your 25km train trip, 17km bus ride or 10km car ride! To enter simply take a picture of the recycling bin you use at home, school or work before the end of the month. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs, including an iPad 2. Good luck!
The expression ‘trés chic’ and the words ‘let’s go do the groceries’ don’t often meet in the same sentence. That was until ink & stitch came along. Based in Bondi, this mother-daughter design duo wanted to create durable and beautiful eco-friendly bags after they became tired of seeing ‘scary looking tote bags that resemble saggy tits and Swiss cheese!’ Woah. With a trendy range of 100% organic cotton canvas totes featuring delicate ink designs, we think they might just revolutionise the grocery shopping experience. They are so delicious we want them all. Yes, all of them. (And that cupcake she’s eating too).
Australian clothing label SOSUME have paired with The Black Dog Institute to raise funds and promote awareness of depression by selling an exclusive designer charity tee. The Black Dog Tee is made from their signature micro modal jersey, which is super soft, sustainable and hard-wearing. All profits will go towards the institute, and SOSUME hope to raise over $10,000. To get behind it and nab a rockin’ tee, purchase them online via their website.
Three friends banded their love for good food, photography and illustration to produce what we fondly know as The Hungry Girls’ Cookbook. Volume 3 in the eclectic series has just been released and we say it’s as pretty as three peas in a pod! On its pages rest a delicious collection of 12 recipes inspired by a range of exotic destinations (including Italy, the Middle East and South-East Asia), each accompanied by cute illustrations and positively mouth-melting photographs. This is more than your regular recipe book, it’s a little work of art.