We rise by lifting others! Peppermint wouldn’t exist without the generous support of our wonderful partners. We’re big believers in the fact that every time you spend your hard-earned dollars, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you’d like to see, so champion mindful businesses with this exciting curation of our wonderful Marketplace sellers from the latest issue. Below you’ll find a marvellous mix of local, sustainable, small, handmade and ethical brands – grab a feel-good find today!
Drift off to dreamland in Jade and May’s hand-dyed sleepwear. Ethically made in small batches by women for women, these Melbourne-designed nighties, separates, sets and robes are made from beautifully breathable natural fibres in a range of inclusive sizes. Choose from luxe French linen, soft bamboo, cosy cotton or mix and match for the perfect pyjamas all year round.
Chocolate can be the solution to many problems, and for Melbourne’s Living Koko, it’s also a way to empower Pacific Islander communities. Working directly with domestic farmers in Samoa and Papua New Guinea, the women-led brand sources sustainably farmed cacao – an excellent source of antioxidants – to make its delicious, small-batch drinking cacao and rich, dark chocolates.
Sustainabags was founded by Brooke and Tom, partners in love and business, with the goal of making a positive difference in the world. From canvas tote bags to fruit and vegetable pouches and reusable food wraps, all emblazoned with fun motifs, the range offers an easy entry point towards a more sustainable lifestyle and is made with love in Australia and ethically overseas.
Bring your artwork to life with APPLiK’s printing and fabrication service. Whether it’s unique surface pattern designs, children’s scribbled masterpieces, beloved photos or old family recipes, APPLiK’s bespoke fabric printing can make memories last a lifetime. Specialising in natural fibres and using water-based eco-friendly inks, each piece is lovingly printed, cut and stitched in Brisbane.
Founded in 2019 by Cate Lilja and Karissa Mather, OPTY. NC is a natural, food-based ingestible beauty brand with the core belief that beauty starts from within. The sustainably produced and ethically sourced Foundation Range features four unique blends – in flavours such as water- melon, blood orange and mixed berry – that support skin vitality and inner wellness.
Join a community of creative minds at The Selvedge Society. Whether shopping online or at their Stanmore store, the team offers everything you need to turn your creative ideas into reality – from essential sewing supplies to stock up on, workshops and classes to upscale your skills, and a friendly environment to connect with kindred spirits where inspiration and advice abound.
At the heart of Open House, a welcoming and vibrant retail space in Brisbane’s West End, are the precepts of culture, creativity and community. With an extensive range of locally designed wares, ethical fashion, wearable art, native foods, books and authentic products from First Nations creatives, Open House is a space to connect with the city’s movers, makers and shakers.
The Wrashie from Waverley is a wrap swim top designed to bring a splash of style and sustainability to sun safety. Made ethically in Brisbane in an extensive size range from 6-24, the Wrashies are constructed from recycled nylon (using discarded fishing nets and carpets). An Australian Good Design Award winner, Waverley has sustainable sun safety all wrapped up!
The Finders Keepers is where communities come together to shop, explore and discover the very best from Australia’s designers, makers and entrepreneurs.
Project manager by day and avid knitter by night, Karen Huang – a self-described “knit potato” – discovered the joys of knitting during the Melbourne lockdowns of 2020. Knitato is her passion project, dedicated to sharing the magic of yarn far and wide. With super fun knit kits and soft, colourful, chunky yarn, she makes picking up those sticks easy and accessible.
Every piece from Argent Silversmith is hand-made to order by Elizabeth Herman and her small team – who also lend their skills to lifetime repairs – using recycled silver, solid gold and ethically sourced gemstones. The design process is organic, taking inspiration from the materials themselves and the natural beauty surrounding the studio in the foothills of the Australian Alps.
When it comes to feeling good in your fitness ‘fit, Lunae Active believes confidence is key. Established in 2020, the women-led label offers a range of supportive yet comfy activewear that really holds up for you and the planet – the buttery soft fabric used in the core collection is crafted from 100% recycled nylon made from post-consumer waste, turning trash into treasure.
Longing for a low-stress hobby that encourages creativity and cultivates zen? Look no further than Modstitch’s beginner-friendly cross-stitch kits. These carefully hand-assembled kits include quality, locally sourced materials, easy-to-follow instructions and everything you need to frame and display your finished work of art. With designs this cute, you’ll be dying to show them off!
Pick up a pair of Amy Creative’s vibrant polymer clay earrings and boldly go where no lobes have gone before. Hand-made by the eponymous Amy in her Canberra home studio, every piece, from small studs to statement dangles, is an individual – just like you! Eye-catching, colourful, fun and funky, these lightweight earrings are perfect for showing the world your unique sense of style.
To the Trees is the brainchild of Lauren Gero, a passionate artist whose goal is to encourage connection and love for the Earth and for each other. Living and working in the Blue Mountains, she is inspired by and protective of the natural world – creating heartfelt artworks on high-quality, 100% recycled paper, and reproducing them on beautiful earrings, calendars and cards.
Pop the kettle on? No! Grab a can of the lightly carbonated, cold-brewed teas from East Forged. Founders Kym Cooper and Tania Stacey boast more than a decade of experience in the industry – Tania was even named the World Tea Brewing Champion in 2017 – and together they source locally grown teas and natural ingredients for their Australian-made, traditionally brewed range.
Founded by Sydneysider Mona Webb, Neo’s delicious herbal teas are designed to help you feel good inside and out. The B Corp-certified company boasts an extensive range including blends such as Neo’s Bewitching Blue, which is created with organic ingredients including butterfly pea and delightfully changes colour from blue to purple with the simple squeeze of a lemon.
“Always a little bit different” is the mantra of Geelong jewellery brand Middle Child. Designer Lauren Hassett takes her cues from bygone eras – mixing art deco and mid-century modern styling with diverse materials like brass, enamel and timber. Equal parts ornate and architectural, the limited-edition, Australian-made earrings and necklaces are designed to celebrate your unique style.
Self-taught ceramicist Adele Macer works from her home studio to create functional and beautiful pieces – everything from vases to oil pourers, soap dishes to butter bells (her most popular item!). Environmental and social responsibility guide the business: Adele recycles materials at every opportunity and makes ongoing donations to First Nations organisations including Pay the Rent.
Founder Natasha Lewis Honeyman creates swim and resortwear inspired by Australia’s breathtaking landscapes including her new, sunset-hued collection Rose Garden. With a focus on sustainability, the GOTS-certified linen is hand-dyed in her studio, while the swim range is printed in small-batch runs. All fabric is cut on a continuous roll, limiting wastage and making the print of each piece unique!
Coral Covey’s Laura Deakin wants to craft pieces you’ll treasure forever. Naming her business as a tribute to her two grandmothers – who taught her the importance of caring for the environment – the trained goldsmith works from a solar-powered studio in Melbourne and uses recycled silver, gold and platinum, combined with heirloom and antique stones and ethically sourced gems.
“Flower obsessive” Hannah Stromberg started her homewares and lifestyle brand Dancing with Juniper in 2019. Creating hand-drawn, painterly designs on cushions, tea towels, tablecloths and more, the self-taught Melbourne-based textile artist aims to brighten up your daily routine with her playful pieces – all locally made and printed on Oeko-Tex-certified fabrics.
Inspired by the colourful extravagance of the 80s, Xanadu Designs is all about bright and incredibly light statement earrings. Hand-crafted in small batches by Christina Sceats in her Sydney workshop, each pair is made using upcycled leather pieces – salvaged from local manufacturers – which are cut, layered and painted to create unique designs full of colour, texture and movement.