Journal

Our journal is the place you’ll read ethical and sustainable focused thought pieces, meet the founders behind the epic companies featured in our Ethical Brand Directory, and hear from the Movers & Shakers who are shaking their industries up for the better.

Oh, and did we mention the best things about this journal are you can read it without stealing it from your sister’s bedroom, and there’s actually some useful stuff inside?  

Have a flick through. You’re actually allowed to.

We talk dreams, to-do lists, and creative processes with The ANJELMS Project founder, Gaelle Beech.

Behind the Brand

We talk dreams, to-do lists, and creative processes with The ANJELMS Project founder, Gaelle Beech.

Gaelle seemed to have the fashion career crafted from dreams: she worked in various different roles in the industry and had won a national competition from her previous place of work, Ralph Lauren. Despite this, she could not shake a meeting she’d had with two Balinese women years earlier, so after a very vivid and persuasive dream, Gaelle sketched a few garments, and poof: The ANJELMS Project was born.

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Giving people jobs is not an excuse to buy fast fashion.

Fashion

Giving people jobs is not an excuse to buy fast fashion.

Talking about ethical fashion is hard. When you begin discussing the topic with someone who hasn’t heard of issues in the fashion industry, there’s a point in the conversation when they realise; the problem is them. They are the consumer, they are wearing clothes made by individuals exploited in third world countries, and they are holding the H&M shopping bags.

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What does growing up off-grid in rural Australia and ethical fashion have in common? Jodi Gibbs, founder of Bird + Kite. That’s what.

Behind the Brand

What does growing up off-grid in rural Australia and ethical fashion have in common? Jodi Gibbs, founder of Bird + Kite. That’s what.

An air of powerful femininity, floaty silhouettes, a palette inspired by native landscapes, 1970s nostalgia that leaves you with butterflies. ​ ​These were just a few things we fell in love with when we first laid eyes on at Bird and Kite’s collection of conscious designs. ​

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Four things you should do instead of feeding into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy.

Fashion

Four things you should do instead of feeding into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy.

You know us, we’re all for a great deal (vintage Levi’s at an op shop, for one). In saying this, we believe there’s a fine line between shopping with intent and purpose and shopping for the sake of it, and we think Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have crossed it.

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Why a higher price point does not mean it’s ethically made.

Fashion

Why a higher price point does not mean it’s ethically made.

There are many questions a lot of us ponder, though we know in our heart of hearts we’ll never fully know the answer to. What’s really used in hot dogs? What is the meaning of life? Why did the chicken actually cross the road? Sorry to disappoint, but no, we are no closer to finding out the answers to these questions than you are.

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What is linen made from, and why do so many people love wearing it?

Fabrics

What is linen made from, and why do so many people love wearing it?

Let’s talk about linen. You may only be acquainted with this wonder fabric through your favourite Zingara Collection piece, or because that linen tablecloth your grandma gave you when you moved out of home five years ago is still going strong (regardless of the copious amounts of spilled wine).

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How to have a Greener Christmas.

Lifestyle

How to have a Greener Christmas.

It’s Christmas Day… The table is set- there’s plastic red and green straws. The tree is lit- there’s tinsel all around it. The presents are wrapped- there are 89 of them. The rubbish bin is full- it’s not even midday yet.

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We pulled up a chair at RUPAHAUS with Stephanie Chandra.

Behind the Brand

We pulled up a chair at RUPAHAUS with Stephanie Chandra.

Growing up in an Indonesian household, Steph always held the Indonesian culture close to her heart, though what pushed her to build a fashion HAUS around it (pun intended)—apart from her deep love and appreciation for the culture—was her desire to preserve it, and to “interlace tradition into stories”.

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The Ethical Fashion Report – Helpful or harmful?

Fashion

The Ethical Fashion Report – Helpful or harmful?

For the last six years Baptist World Aid (BWA) has released its annual Ethical Fashion Report with the express purpose of providing “... a picture of ethical sourcing practices in the fashion industry as a resource for consumers, corporations, investors, and policymakers.”

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Getting transparent with Ricepaper The Label founder, Eve Walton-Healey.

Behind the Brand

Getting transparent with Ricepaper The Label founder, Eve Walton-Healey.

Eve was so set on crafting a clothing brand with transparency at its very core that she chose a name to reflect this mission. Ricepaper The Label was born from Eve’s own struggle to find ethically made, timeless pieces, and her belief that “a garment should really last a lifetime”. Oh, and from coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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We chat with the beautiful Kitty Scott about her swimwear brand, Cleonie.

Behind the Brand

We chat with the beautiful Kitty Scott about her swimwear brand, Cleonie.

Warning: if you read beyond this point you will be put under Kitty's spell (she is, after all, a self-confessed mermaid). She's kind, she cares about this planet, and she's put these passions into an environmentally and socially conscious business.

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