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How much impact can we actually have?

A couple of days ago I was on a walk with my adorable niece. We were wandering up the jetty chatting about all kinds of things, well the kinds of things you chat to a 9 year old about.  On our way we stopped and looked in the water. It was alive with fish, stingrays, and even a turtle. Then we looked a little closer. Someone fishing on the jetty had let their plastic wrapper blow into the ocean. It wasn't the first piece of rubbish we saw and I don't think it will be the last, unfortunately. Of course, that got me thinking about the future of eco fashion and the impact we have on our environment. She is...

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What is upcycling?

Lately I have been a little frustrated with a few posts I have seen that have claimed to be upcycling items and selling them on. When I saw those posts I realised that I hadn't made much of an effort to define upcycling. So, here we go... Upcycling is to take something old and broken and turn it into something new with a BETTER purpose than its previous state. For example, at EcoBling we upcycle broken furniture, that would have ended up in landfill or burnt, into jewellery. We give old broken things new life so they don't have to sit in landfill. That is upcycling. A lot of people have been misusing the term when it comes to refurbishing...

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Just breathe...

I had my first trade show at Life Instyle, Sydney, in February this year. I was absolutely freaking out as I skipped "First in Style" (the small display space for those who were new to the show) and went straight to the main area. I had no idea what to do and basically Googled my way through. I didn't even know what an order form should look like or if I had got mine right. It was terrifying until I got my first order, then I was like "oh sh*t, wicked, I'm not delusional" *insert awkward dorky happy dance*. Taking on a trade show is scary. Everyone gets so scared, whether they are there for the first time or a seasoned exhibitor....

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But I donate my clothing, so it is OK to buy something new right? WRONG.

As a fashion designer it is sacrilegious to tell you to STOP buying clothing. I can almost hear the chorus of panic attacks from designers as I clunk away on the key board. Too bad, I will say it anyway... STOP! Why the f*** can we not see that justifying our addiction to fast fashion because we "donate our unwanted clothing to charity" is complete and utter B.S. Not only are we bleeding our bank accounts dry we are also bleeding the world dry of natural resources through deforestation & pollution and as a result habitat loss and species extinction. What for? We are collectively destroying the world for the production of 400 billion square metres of new textiles and garments every year and the 60...

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How eco fashion is disrupting the world...

I get asked all the time in interviews how can we make better choices? In a world that moves so fast it makes sense that fast fashion has been so successful. We don't have time to stop, think, question and research our options. There are a million things on our minds so we make choices that are fast, convenient and require minimal effort.  Mahatma Gandhi once said “there is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness”. Have we listened? My answer is, f**k no!  So allow me to be blunt, I'm doing it anyway. The movement of eco fashion (which encompasses sustainable fashion, ethical fashion and slow fashion) is disrupting this auto-pilot-stuck-in-a-rut-move-faster-so-you-can't-think default mode the puppeteers of the...

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