Before humans, there was no such thing as ‘waste’. The Earth was this healthy, self-sufficient, thriving planet, operating in a balanced and circular manner, zen as shit. Yet, since the first industrial revolution, humankind has been extracting, modifying, manufacturing, manipulating and then simply discarding resources. According to a report produced by Circle Economy earlier this year at the annual World Economic Forum, only 9% of the world today is circular, leaving a ginormous ‘circularity gap’. So how do we close this gap?
Today I finally read this book, On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder - and quite frankly, it is a paralysing read within our current political landscape. Clearly and factually analysing the terrifying likeness of Trump’s path to power, with that of the Third Reich, this book is the written equivalent of ten hungry lions roaring “hey guys, let’s go kill something!” in unison. How’s your coffee, Janice? We good?
The fashion Industry has a problem. It’s called sustainability. Cumulatively, the fashion industry produces approximately 20 per cent of all global water waste. Additionally, 85 per cent of textiles end up in landfills or are incinerated, when most of these materials could be reused. Yet over the last few years, the fashion industry and its consumers have finally started focusing more on the humungous problem of sustainability.
My husband and I were recently delighted to be accepted to attend Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, with the inspirational Al Gore and many, incredible activists and positive change-makers - and while strictly speaking the above **isn’t** their official tagline, it’s totally what they mean, ammiright?
The global beauty and cosmetics industry is expected to be valued at more than USD 805 billion over the next four years. However, despite these billions, this far-reaching global industry is almost entirely unregulated. Maybe she’s born with it . . . maybe it’s hella toxic skincare filled with repulsive sulfates and parabens.
Enter stage left, me always frantically on the look-out for clean and conscious beauty companies - and to this end, join us on our tête-à-tête with #CleanWarrior, Olivia Thorpe, founder and creator of award-winningclean beauty company Vanderohe . . .
I am a feminist. I believe all women are entitled to equality in all forms - i.e. culturally, economically, politically and socially. I believe all women have a right to an education, to contraception, to a career, to a vote, and to equality in their relationships.
I do not, however, believe in pushing the feminist movement in a counterintuitive manner.
All forms of extremism are forged through fear, manipulation and an acute empathy deficit, as was so repulsively demonstrated by the recent massacre of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cowardly, self-serving world leaders continue to deny the rise of white nationalism and far-right extremism - which leaves us, the people, to demand the fundamental deliberative of equality, love and tolerance of ourselves.
I am not a religious person, in the sense that I am not affiliated with an organised religion - I do, however, acknowledge that there are billions of people that DO believe in organised religion and I respect their right to worship.
Surely then, in return, religious members from across the globe should be respecting my liberties to fight for a planet fit for my children to live in, love in and - should they wish to - worship in?
The 2018 Global Slavery Index report states that $127.7 billion worth of garments at risk of including modern slavery in their supply chain are imported each year by G20 countries. These imports help to bankroll a global economy that trapped 40.3 million people in modern slavery in 2016 - 71 percent of whom were women.
If you identify as a fashion-loving feminist, then you need to know the facts.
Did you know that throughout the holidays, Americans produce approximately one million tonnes of extra waste a week? Or that Australians throw away roughly 50,000 trees-worth of wrapping paper?. More alarming still is the realisation that these figures aren’t in isolation. They occur and, in fact, increase every single year.
So what can we do to stop this far-reaching festive fuck-up?
#FreeSpeech is one of the fundamental principles of a thriving democracy. Attempts to suppress the press is neither new, nor an effective long-term governing strategy. It’s been the long-established and flawed practice of parochial and prickly politicians throughout history.
Did you know that breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and approx 1 in 1000 men?
My intelligent, hilarious, beautiful and courageous sister, Eliza, was that one in the eight. Her strength and positivity throughout her journey has been so incredibly inspiring and I’m so wonderfully proud to be her little sister.
Sisters Tallulah and Ruby Rufus Isaacs have always been surrounded by conscious creativity. Born in LA, yet whisked away to Rome when they were children, the sisters grew up surrounded by art, history and the philosophy of mindful creation.
Josephine Aune, Fashion Editor at ELLE Sweden, is one cool and eclectic soul. Eternally inspired by the creative world around her, Josephine is an organic balance of soulful artist meets high-fashion savant.
Recently, while on hiatus from ELLE Sweden, Josephine has been purposefully and patiently pouring her soul on to canvas, creating her highly-anticipated collection of paintings, Just Like Sunshine Stains.
Hey remember that time you decided to pack it in as a dentist and save the world? Wait . . . what the?!
Meet Christina Dean, the Founder and Chair of Redress – the NGO with a mission to reduce waste in the fashion industry – and Co-Founder and CEO of The R Collective – the social impact up-cycled fashion brand, that debuted at Barneys New York and Lane Crawford.
Meet the unstoppable Sal Morgan. Sal has worked with some of Australia’s best designers, consulted to numerous international luxury brands, spent ten years in the bright lights of NY and LA, and then joined the Vogue Australia team.
Fast forward to 2017 when Sal launched her coveted collection of NEO/PREEN bags, which are made to last for generations.