Peppermint Issue 42

The Hear Us Roar Issue

• Making herstory • A life without waste • The last female taboo • First-nation fashion • Love your gut • The no-shave movement • #memade wardrobes • DIY Australian native plant oil soap • Free everyday dress pattern •

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A print magazine about style, sustainability and substance

Waste-free pets, zero waste living

Zero-waste pets!

They’re part of the family and pretty cute to boot, but how does reducing your waste translate to the furriest...

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The essentials club

The Essentials Club

We LOVE it when we stumble upon someone doing something awesome in the sustainable fashion and lifestyle space, which is...

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Peppermint magazine sewing school

FREE PATTERN: THE EVERYDAY DRESS!

If you’re looking for the perfect throw-on-and-look-awesome frock, you need to look no further – it’s right here, in the...

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CIAF

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

With Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) just a few short weeks away, these photos give a taste of what’s to...

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LavenderFinalEdit

Waste-Free Living: DIY DEODORANT

In the second of our extracts from Lauren and Oberon Carter’s ‘A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living’ – a book...

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Bank Australia Clean Money

THE CLEAN MONEY REVOLUTION

In Issue 41, we took an in-depth look at clean money – what it means, and why it matters. With...

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Peppermint magazine Wrap skirt #memademay

#memademay – the Peppermint wrap skirt!

With so many clever sew-and-sews whipping up their very own Issue 41 Peppermint wrap skirt as part of #memademay, we...

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Waste-Free Living tips

Waste-free living: legacy waste

For Tasmanian couple Lauren and Oberon Carter and their children, going zero-waste resulted in their total rubbish from the last...

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Peppermint magazine Issue 42

The ‘Hear Us Roar’ Issue – Out Now!

Welcome to our brand-new Issue 42! This issue we’re delving into some of the big issues affecting women – equality,...

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Toblerone Bliss Balls

‘Toblerone’ Bliss Balls

Creating recipes for everything from bites and bombs to truffles and bars, Kenko Kitchen founder Kate Bradley is raising the...

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New zero-waste tips

Five new ways to go zero-waste

Back in Issue 38 we were talking all things zero-waste with writer Emily Ehlers (aka @ecowithem), who gave us a...

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Wholemeal flatbread

SIX SEASONS: Wholemeal Flatbread with Australian Dukkah

Did you know the calendar of the South West’s Nyoongar people includes six different seasons? Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba...

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Femininity is personal, and powerful, and it can never be taken away from you.

- ALEX ANDREWS, ISSUE 42

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  • 🐾Pet owners! If you're aiming for a zero-waste lifestyle but aren't quite sure where your furry friends fit in, don't panic! We've got an extract from @therogueginger's new zero-waste book 'Waste Not Everyday' over on the website, and it's entirely devoted to our animal friends (plus, there's an all-natural recipe for flea spray!) 🐾⁠
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  • Everyone has a choice. What's yours?⁣
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From @turtellyclean
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  • It's the weeeeeekendddd! We hope you get plenty of chances to curl up with your copy of Issue 42, as captured here by our lovely stockist @page8mornington – locals, make sure you swing by to grab yours!⁠
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  • Sad to read this from @thedharmadoor:⁠
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"We recently learned that fast fashion giant Mango (M.N.G) has produced a bag almost identical to our Carly Bag - a product that I designed in 2017. On a personal level, I’m not flattered. I put many hours into the design process of the Carly Bag. ‘Designer’ is just one of the many hats I wear as a busy small business owner. Will Mango reimburse me for my time, creativity and intellectual property?⁠
From a business and legal perspective, we’re frustrated. It’s common to justify imitations by saying ‘everyone copies’ or ‘we’re just following the trends’ or blatant denial, despite evidence to the contrary. Usually, a minor tweak to the design - the handle in this case - makes it different enough to not be considered a copy.⁠
We imagine that Mango’s version of our Carly Bag will be seasonal - it will come and go in the blink of an eye as fast fashion does, with little regard for the broader impacts or the origins of the design. We’re not alone - we‘ve observed other brands and, more recently, cultures who are also frustrated with being copied.⁠
Most importantly, we’re deeply disappointed for our Fair Trade artisan partners who handcraft this bag. Our long term partnership is built on mutual respect and authentic collaboration. We take the time to understand their culture, craft skills and raw materials. Equally, they appreciate our orders and put great effort into bringing our designs to life. For 15 years we’ve been designing products for our customers with the ultimate goal of providing regular orders, paying fair prices and so much more for our talented artisan partners. Are brands jumping on the current trend of ‘ethically, artisan and hand-made’ doing the same? Do they genuinely care about building sustainable partnerships with the people who are making their products?⁠
Every single item in our collection has the power to change lives. When one of our original designs is reproduced by another brand for their own profit, they are potentially taking work away from the artisans that the design was intended for. This further prevents those women from earning a stable living wage and empowering themselves out of poverty."⁠
  • Well done to @cairnsindigenousartfair on a powerful, contemporary,  culturally significant - and beautiful - fashion performance - ‘Buwal-Barra... Messenger. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.’ Indigenous designs link the past with the future, while remaining deeply connected to people and place. 🌱
Check out our stories to see the artists, designers and dancers featured in the show.
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Pictured @hopevaleartsandculture #ciaf #cairnsindigenousartfair #indigenousart #indigenousfashion #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashion #keepingtheculturealive #connectiontocountry #indigenousknowledge
  • If you haven't already immersed yourself in @theessentialsclub – a blog crammed with #memade and upcycled fashion projects alongside sustainability tips and tricks – we recommend you immediately make yourself familiar with this beautifully chic space. Head to our website to find links to a few of these awesome slow-fashion tutorials, then let your creativity run wild!⁠
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