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THE LATEST — Sustainable

If there's anything I know about fashion, it's that good design and good fashion can change the world. We might be small now, but we have big goals, and in my lifetime, I am determined to change the industry for the better. I am now one big giant green tick closer to doing that. 

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Going completely plastic-free might sound impossible in 2019, but #plasticfreejuly is about trying to - for just 31 days - and then continuing those habits year-round. Easing into a plastic-free life can be a smooth transition too, and the smallest of every items can have the biggest of impacts. 

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The centuries-old Indian art of hand-block printing is amidst a revival. It's a traditional Rajasthani way of life and an income source for the hundreds of communities in the area. It's also the inspiration behind Dora Deka's ethical and sustainable homewares label, Kolka, and a celebration of artistry, allure, craftsmanship and friendship. 

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Disposable pads are made with up to 90% plastic and they can take upwards of 400 years to decompose if they ever do at all. Adhesive pads haven't been around long enough to measure their impacts, and all the disposable pads we've tossed away since they were invented in 1970, still exist somewhere in landfill and waterways today.

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Coconut water consumption has increased by 60% over the last decade and global demand for coconut oil has soared, but 99% of harvested coconut shells are discarded and burned.

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Reflecting the land in which it was created, founders Greg and Jicky Milham have ensured that Sanctum has remained true to its roots in its 26-year history. Each product looks to encapsulate the pure tranquillity of the area by combining locally sourced botanical ingredients with a vision to sustain and nurture. 

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Helen Atcheson isn't concerned with trends or fads, contrary to the popular fashion model. She is inspired by all things natural, and her designs reflect the balmy days and sticky nights of her Western Australia lifestyle where some winter days are a beautiful 29 degrees. In that kind of environment, linen is a must, and it's the only fabric Helen chooses to use in her range.

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Leaf Shave has accepted the responsibility of using business as a force for good, but the problem they're trying to solve, is big. More than two billion disposable plastic razors are thrown away every single year, and they're not being recycled either.

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‘The Three M’s’ are easy to understand and remember, and when you stop to think about it, it all makes sense. Where a garment is MADE, what MATERIALS it's made from and how MUCH it costs, will answer any questions you have about ethics and sustainability.

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If no one in Australia bought a single-use coffee cup today and instead used a reusable cup, we’d save 2.7 million cups today alone. 70 million barrels of non-renewable oil are used every year to make the world’s consumption of polyester fabric, and 60% of all fashion bought is made from it.

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According to YouGov, four out of 10 people throw unwanted fashion items straight in the bin, rather than trying to repair or recycle them, and it equates to an average of 23kg of textiles and clothing every year. Kate is passionate about changing such wasteful habits, and through The Clothing Exchange, she's actively changing the industry too. 

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Golightly's Mount Eliza boutique stocks some of Australia's most coveted luxury labels including Zimmermann, Lover, Shona Joy, Alice McCall, Thurley, Mossman and Sass & Bide, and every outfit is available to rent online too.

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It's time to roll up our sleeves and commit. Individually, collectively, consumers and companies alike; the responsibility needs to be owned by every single person that gets up and puts clothes on every day. Every day when we get up and get dressed, we all have the power to create positive change, and that is an incredibly beautiful thing.

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One million single-use plastic bottles are purchased globally every minute, which is 20000 per second and according to National Geographic, 91% of all plastic is not recycled. Earth Bottles started on their mission with a reusable stainless steel bottle, and it was just the beginning of their war on waste.

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Keegan Hunt shares our values and views, and she's the creative mind behind her self-titled sustainable label, KEEGAN, a zero waste brand based in Melbourne.

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The Body Shop has continued to empower and celebrate the women in their supply chain worldwide through its Community Trade Shea Partnership for the last 25 years. 

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Margaret Meehan shares our values and views, and she's the creative mind behind Indecisive, a sustainable fashion label based on the South Coast of New South Wales. Margaret is passionate about ethics, she cares about sustainability, and she's a responsible slow fashion advocate.

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Fiorella Castro shares our values and views, and she's the creative mind behind Sydney based ocean-inspired circular fashion label, Seapia. Fiorella is passionate about ethics, she cares about sustainability, and she's a responsible slow fashion advocate

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Janette Laver shares our values and views, and she's the creative mind behind Gold Coast-based ocean-inspired womenswear label, Why Mary. Janette is passionate about ethics, she cares about sustainability, and she's a responsible slow fashion advocate...

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Jacky Stickler shares our values and views, and she's the passionate mind behind Brisbane based womenswear label, sticks + stone. Jacky is passionate about ethics, she cares about sustainability, and she's a responsible slow fashion advocate... 

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Lauren Trickey shares our values and views, and she's the creative mind behind Geelong based womenswear label, Lauren and Angie. Lauren is passionate about ethics, she cares about sustainability, and she's a responsible slow fashion advocate...

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Throughout the month, we'll be sharing the stories behind our labels, answering questions about their manufacturing and their personal ethics, to help drive change and push for improvement in the fashion industry.

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With over 20 years of experience in the styling and fashion industry, Debora Schultz is a well-renowned speaker, celebrity stylist and mum of three. Most recently, she added 'founder and designer of Justice Denim' to her impressive list of credentials.

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Our addiction to fast-paced trends has embedded environmental issues in the fashion supply chain, but this is precisely what the ACFC stands to challenge and change. 

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