Posts in Fashion
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FASHION

I’m a (somewhat) reformed fast fashion addict. Growing up my wardrobe was a mix of second hand, hand me downs and the odd new piece. As a young kid, I was quite active and a bit of a tomboy. We rarely went shopping, in fact, I recall my Mum saying quite often that she hates shopping, so going shopping was a rare and special treat. (I have strong opinions on indoctrinating children into habits of consumerism and normalising the constant desire to want more material things - shopping is not a hobby or activity for children).

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FOUR EXCELLENT RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SHOP ETHICALLY

What we buy has a big impact on people, animals and the environment but it can be quite difficult to be sure if what you’re buying is ethical. How are you supposed to know if a product has been tested on animals or a garment has been made by a person who hasn’t received a fair wage? Luckily there are some great organisations doing all the hard and important work for us.

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SUSTAINABLE SISTAS: JENNIFER NINI FROM ECO WARRIOR PRINCESS

Jennifer is someone who is truly committed to the cause. She lives and breathes sustainability, talks the talk and walks the walk, all that. Her enthusiasm and passion is endless (I watch on in awe - we need to work out a way to bottle that energy!); I’m so grateful we have people like her spreading the message of ethical living and sustainability.

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SUSTAINABLE SISTAS: SAMANTHA LEIGH FROM ECO|MONO

I met the lovely Sam through a Mindful Boss Lady meetup in Melbourne about six months ago (if you a mindful and a boss lady, I highly recommend becoming a part of the Facebook group here, it’s a great bunch of supportive, knowledgeable women). I was instantly taken by her bubbly personality, infectious sense of humour and stylish outfit. She is one cool chick. She is also whip-smart, incredibly motivated and passionate about sustainability, particularly fashion

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ECO FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA 2017

A whole week dedicated to sustainable and eco-fashion. Pretty damn cool. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, the woman behind the organic haute couture label, Green Embassy, and organic textiles, Atelier Zuhal, has taken her passion for sustainable and slow passion to the world stage by creating Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA), debuting from 23rd to 27th November 2017.

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR SECONDHAND SHOPPING

How great is the 'gram? That's Instagram for the uninitiated. Who would've thought a humble little photo sharing app would become such a brilliant conduit for building communities of like-minded folk. What we have noticed is the sustainable/zerowaste/green living community growing at a rapid rate, particularly on Instagram. So many clever, generous and caring 'greenies' sharing their journey of living a life that is considerate of our planet. It's a very supportive community, inclusive of each person's own way of living. Part of our purpose at Urban Granola is to share these individual's ideas and perspectives in the hope that we can learn and even adopt some of those practices into our own lives.

Our first Insta friend is from the lovely Anita from @rocket_science.

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INTERVIEW: CLARE PRESS

The world is having a collective wardrobe crisis. And no, I'm not talking about the regular, 'I have nothing to wear' crisis. Globally, there are serious issues facing every facet of the fashion industry - from over-consumption to environmental and human impacts. The fashion industry is in need of repair. But there is good news, the global conversation has well and truly started; with the annual Fashion Revolution week campaign and the Baptist World Fashion Report shining a light and giving hope of positive change. Along with high profile writers and activists doing great work and leading the charge. 

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ATTENTION: ALL FASHION REVOLUTIONARIES

1,133 garment workers were killed on 24th April 2013 and a further 2,500 injured in completely avoidable circumstances. An eight-story Rana Plaza building in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed. Despite repeated reports of cracks forming in the building, workers were ordered to stay. This is the biggest garment factory incident in history and the catalyst to exposing the seedy underbelly of the fashion industry to the world.

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GREEN GIRLS DOING GOOD THINGS RIGHT NOW

There is a shift in the online media and blogging world and it’s an ethical one; these greenie babes are using their smarts and passion to put a sustainable spin on fashion, travel and lifestyle blogging. Now, there is no reason why traditional blogging platforms can’t talk about serious issues like garment worker’s conditions, plastics in our ocean or cultural sensitivity when travelling and still make it fun and interesting? No reason at all, I say.

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HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE ETHICALLY

De-cluttering our home is good for our head, so my next weekend project is a good closet purge so that I can work towards building a more ethical wardrobe based around sustainably made basics, a few good quality core pieces and hopefully some beautiful vintage finds. I’m also determined to de-clutter ethically given we have been discussing textile waste here at UG of late. So I’ve done some of the groundwork on how to de-clutter ethically and what to do with those unwanted items to ensure minimal waste so that our clothing doesn’t just end up in landfill.

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FABRIC GUIDE: WOOL

The first fabric I’m taking a look at in this post is wool. Sheep are thought to be one of the first animals domesticated by humans way back in 11 000BC and have been bred for meat, milk and wool ever since. For us Aussie’s, sheep farming is an iconic part of our culture and economy with Australia being one of the biggest players in the industry, making up around 25 per cent of wool sold in the world.

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FABRIC GUIDE: THE BEST AND WORST

From seed to garment, the production of textiles for the clothing industry can have devastating environmental and human consequences. Even fabrics made from natural fibres and touted as sustainable can have a negative impact on the environment. Thank fully increased scrutiny and consumer demands are leading to better more environmental and sustainable processes being developed. We have rounded up some of the best and worst fabrics to help you make more informed choices next time you hit the shops.

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5 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR WARDROBE A CONSCIENCE

The biggest trend in fashion right now? An ethical wardrobe. 

It's deeply troubling to learn that something as fun and creative as fashion can have such a devastating impact on people, animals and the environment. Documentaries such as, The True Cost and tragedies like Rana Plaza have demonstrated this and brought these issues to the fore. The fashion industry is broken and it’s up to us to change it. Sounds like a big task? It doesn’t have to be and it starts in your own wardrobe. 

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HOW TO DRESS SUSTAINABLY THIS WINTER: OUR TOP 5 FASHION BRANDS

This winter my main goal is to reduce my reliance on ‘fast fashion’. We’re all becoming aware of the issues surrounding the fashion industry and if you haven’t already watched The True Cost documentary, check out Nic’s review on the blog – the doco is a must see. We know the fashion industry has widespread problems surrounding labour exploitation, environmental damage and human health and it's left many of us questioning the trust cost of fashion. The change in season has given me inspiration to get out of the ‘throw away’ mindset and to ensure that any purchases I make are of timeless pieces that will last seasons to come. I also want to ensure that I’m supporting the brands that are doing the right thing by people and the planet. 

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