A favourite pair of jeans, the perfect slouchy jumper, that beautiful dress for a special occasion – clothes help us express ourselves and tell the world who we are. But they also have their own stories: those of the farmers, the sewers, the cutters, the makers, and of the impact each garment has on these people and on the planet. In our new Winter Issue 34 we discuss the business of ethical fashion with organisations around the world – including Fairtade, GOTS and the Ethical Fashion Forum – that are helping brands do better. We interview eco fashion influencers about their beliefs, consumption habits and how they cultivate their own wardrobes, and we hear from our covergirl Lis Harvey from Nico Underwear about building a sustainable underwear brand with a conscience.
Elsewhere there’s a look at Australia’s wasteful obsession with disposable coffee cups, a guide to the Japanese art of fabric gift-wrapping (furoshiki), healthy broths and wholefoods at Sydney’s Broth Bar & Kitchen, a chat with Quandamooka artist Elisa Jane Carmichael and an interview with yoga teacher and environmental activist Amy Ippoliti. Plus you’ll find green cleaning tips, an eco guide to Phillip Island, a peek inside Etsy’s sustainable headquarters, a cosy winter cardi sewing pattern and lots more. Grab a blanket, cosy up and enjoy – it’s sure to warm your heart.