– Eco Fashion –

3 Indigenous Fashion Labels to Watch

If you’re like me, you love the story behind the fashion you buy. You love searching for brands that consider people, animals and the planet in their business model. The brands who are not just churning out fast and cheap fashion, but where the designers are expressing their truth through their fashion and telling a story.

The story of these 3 designers is steeped in Australia’s history, Indigenous culture and links to the Earth. I recently discovered them while writing my regular Eco Style column for Nature & Health magazine.

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Summer Lovin’ in Bamboo

There are lots of reasons to love bamboo clothing. It’s anti-bacterial and has UV protection (the brand I’m wearing today, Bamboo Body has been tested and has UV 50+ protection) so it’s great on hot summer days, it’s super soft to wear and, in my experience, lasts well wash after wash.

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The future of fashion in Australia

It feels like the winds of change have finally arrived in Australia. Sustainable, ethically-manufactured and environmentally-conscious fashion is becoming an important topic here and not just amongst the few forward-thinking designers that have always had these principals at the forefront of their business.

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Get Active, Ethically

It’s starting to cool down here in Oz but that’s no excuse to not get our butts moving! But you are not here for a motivational ‘fitspo’ rant and I’m no good at giving them…I slept in this morning because I felt like it. Gentle living at it’s best. One thing that does get me excited to exercise is sustainable, ethical activewear!

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Today is Fashion Revolution Day. It marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh where over 1000 people were killed and over 2000 injured when a garment factory collapsed. Cracks were visible in the walls days earlier but nothing was done about it. This tragedy has shone a light on the conditions of garment workers around the world and the real cost of fast and cheap fashion.

So what can we do about it? How can we, as consumers, really effect change? To start with, we can learn more about where our clothes come from. And a new documentary, Traceable, introduces us to the concept of traceability through the supply chain. Intercut with fashion and sustainability experts, it follows a young emerging fashion designer across the world as she sources her fabrics and manufactures her range in the lead up to New York Fashion Week.

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Organic undies

I know what my Dad would say…”Don’t you think you are taking this a bit far Amanda? Organic undies – really?” He thought I was a bit loony when I was trying to explain the plight of silk worms and why I have chosen not to wear silk. But if you are into eco-friendly fashion, or even just healthy living, then it’s a no brainer that the garments up close and personal should be as natural and chemical-free as possible.

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NagnAta Yoga Bags

Are these not the most beautiful yoga bags you ever did see? nagnAta is a luxury yoga lifestyle brand co-created by Holly Dixon & Laura May Gibbs. Directional design with earthly ethical roots is the all-encompassing ethos of the brand. Holly and Laura May...

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The perfect dress

It's no secret that I love fair trade, eco-friendly, Sunshine Coast-based fashion label, Sinerji.   They just do everything possible to bring us beautiful, timeless fashion pieces that we can feel really proud to wear.  Their range is 100% vegan, right down to the...

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How to select ethical jewellery

Jewellery is so precious, often a symbol of love and friendship. But this symbol can also be an agent of change, given much more meaning when we can actually connect with the people who made the piece and know that it has been created in a conflict-free, ethical environment…

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A few months ago I had the privilege of travelling down to Sydney for a photoshoot for this lovely Australian eco-fashion brand, Moonbird. Their pyjamas are made from beautifully soft 100% GOTS certified woven organic cotton and screen printed by hand. All dying, printing and assembling is conducted in a Fair Trade accredited facility in Jaipur, India. As I’m so strict with the brands that I work with, I get really excited when I discover a new one that is vegan, eco-friendly and ethical and actually get to work with them. Yay! Curl up and enjoy my favourites from their new collection.

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Video: Fashion Hounding

I've been an avid op-shopper since high school.  So I was excited to spend a morning with the fashion hound herself, Faye De Lanty.  Not to mention my love of Totally Wild growing up...Faye was a host on this super cool eco-show so it's...

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Kind Fashion Week!

When my beautiful friend Jess Ainscough approached me to be part of a collaboration on kind fashion, I jumped at the chance. Having worked as a model for so many years, I LOVE fashion but now what I really get my kicks out of is finding ethical and eco-friendly finds. I just think it’s another way we can do our bit to tread lighter on the planet.

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Fashion Revolution Day – get on board!

On April 24 last year, over 1133 garment workers were killed in unsafe working conditions in a factory in Bangladesh. All over the world, people suffer every day to bring us our fashion. That’s not to say that fashion is bad. Fashion inspires us, pushes the boundaries and tells a story about who you are. It’s a powerful tool for self-expression. And it can be a force for good.

This year on April 24, we want to honour the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh and we want to raise awareness about one of the fashion industries biggest challenges – ethical working conditions. We also want to celebrate fashion and the power it has to make big changes fast.

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10 Eco Travel Essentials

The art of packing well cannot be underestimated! It can save you enormous amounts of space, money and unnecessary purchases, which are usually bought out of desperation. In those moments, we rarely have the time to source the best option. So, the more organized we can be with reusable and eco-friendly items, the more likely it is that we can save our time and money for site-seeing and adventure! So here are 10 essentials for your next trip…

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Eco Fashion Find: A Boy Named Sue

Finally an awesome pair of organic cotton jeans. If you’ve seen my around the Sunshine Coast lately, it’s pretty likely I was wearing these!

Here are 3 ways to wear these L’Herbe Rouge organic white cotton jeans from A Boy Named Sue.

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Fashion that gives back

My latest column for Nature & Health magazine is out and it’s all about fashion that gives back. It’s the perfect time of year for this article, when we can all go a little bit overboard with the gift-giving! If you are thinking about buying fashion for your loved ones this Chrissy, consider supporting a brand that is doing what they can to give back.

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Fashion that feels AMAZING on the skin

As you may know, I write a regular column on Eco Style for a beautiful magazine called Holistic Bliss. The current issue is all about glowing skin. So I decided to interview my friend Sarah about her and her partner, Jason’s range called Bestowed. Their focus with this range is on pure, eco-friendly fabrics that feel nurturing against the skin so I knew this would be perfect for the skin issue. I’ve also included pics of some of my favourite pieces from the collection… Enjoy!

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Nature & Health Mag Giveaway!

It’s pretty clear that I love to write. I’ve been blogging for years now and you guys keep coming back so I keep on writing. 🙂 But now I’m getting paid for it! Woohoo!

To celebrate my first Eco Style column in Nature & Health Magazine (Australia’s original and best natural health mag), I’m giving away a year-long subscription! All you have to do is make sure you are on my email newsletter list – look over to the right and sign up for A Modern Girl’s Life – and leave me a quick comment below with something that you do to tread a little bit lighter on the planet. It can be anything from using your own water bottle to buying organic food… I can’t wait to hear!

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