Do internet trolls really matter?

We’ve all come across bots on here on Instagram. You know the ones that say “Wow! You look great” when you’ve just posted a photo of a massive dog turd. Oh do I? Why thank you! Or ever had a conversation with what *seems* to be real person, yet whose account is dubious at best (no pictures, zero followers, etc). So what are these accounts? And the question is, do they really matter?

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Climate change and western consumerism

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?

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Your room is still messy

Like the pic? Have I got your attention? So you're ready for a cup of Jo? Great! Then let’s talk about white feminism **Janice spits coffee out**

Here’s a little litmus test: does your feminism take racism, bigotry, ableism and poverty into account? If not, then who exactly are you trying to help?

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History doesn’t repeat, but it does instruct

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?

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Fashioning a circular economy

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.

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Vanderohe

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-winning clean beauty company Vanderohe . . .

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What is clean feminism?

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.

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The growing threat of globalised white nationalism

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.

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The religion of Climate Change

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?

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Feminism vs Fashion

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.

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Conscious consumerism

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?

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Pathological narcissism in politics

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Trump said that it is ‘a very scary time’ for young men and that women are ‘doing great’.

Wait, what? Seriously?!

Let’s take a look at Pathological Narcissists throughout history, in order to navigate our present political climate.

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