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THE LATEST — Sustainable

Sally Rae's sustainable range is inspired by simplicity, ethical values and effortless dressing. It's also entirely vegan and transparent, which isn't commonplace in today's industry even though it should be.

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It's no secret that polyester is one of the least sustainable fabrics you can buy, and the only benefit of it, is that is tends to last - but at what cost? It's not sustainable, it's not eco-friendly, it's not natural, it doesn't breathe, it harbours bacteria, it doesn't break down, and put simply - we can do better.

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15 billion trees are cut down every single year around the world, but we need trees to survive. Global re-planting is essential for human existence, so to combat deforestation, One Tree Planted successfully planted over ten million trees worldwide in 2020 alone.

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Around 18 million bras make their way into landfill every few years in the U.S alone, and most of them are made with polyester material and plastic fixtures.⁠ If they're made with fabrics like polyester, nylon, synthetic lace or mesh, they can take up to 200 years to decompose.

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Australian-based label, U&I, fills the gap between the uninspiring triangle and forgotten function, and their values are just as strong as their long-lasting quality swimwear.

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Avoiding toxins and discussing the benefits of clean beauty products is a topic I'm deeply passionate about, and my constant search for natural and safe alternatives to everyday essentials is what lead me to Zuii Organic. I switched to Zuii a few years ago, but I fall in love with them all over again with every new lipstick shade or exciting new product release.

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2020 was a doozy of a year for some, but it wasn’t a ‘bad’ year - it was exactly what it was meant to be, and there’s always something to be grateful for if you look for it.

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Every year around the world, we flush nearly 15 million trees-worth of toilet paper down our drains. If you’re yet to consider the impact of taking ten minutes out on the throne, it’s time to make the switch to recycled toilet paper and help wipe up a wasteful mess.

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Scrunchies have become a sustainable, zero-waste statement for fashion brands and a practical way to minimise fabric offcuts and waste. Help reduce waste and tame your mane sustainably with my pick of the bunch for Australian designed, ethical and sustainable scrunchies...

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Earlier this year, Remake stepped up and launched their #PayUp campaign, and with the help of over 270,000 petition-signing activists, they've successfully pushed 21 brands to commit to paying for their completed and in-production orders.

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Lifeline recently reported a 25% increase in calls this year, initially driven by the bushfires, but when lockdown restrictions were imposed, calls from Victorians jumped up 30%. 

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Planned obsolescence is an unsustainable linear approach to commerce and trade, whereby companies are freed of their environmental responsibilities, and consumers lose their right to exercise them.

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If every one of the nearly eight billion people in the world bought just one face mask made with an average of 30cm elastic, that’s 2.4 million kilometres of elastic. The problem with elastic is that is made with polyester, and the problem with polyester is that it is plastic. 

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Our new reusable, super comfortable, 100% natural, plastic-free, elastic-free, ethical and Australian made masks are slowly dropping in the coming days - and they’re our most sustainable masks yet.

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The Australian Government Department of Health guideline have confirmed, repeatedly, that cloth face masks are suitable for us everyday folk, with two layers a minimum, and three layers for better protection. 

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Victoria heads into another six weeks of 'lockdown' at midnight tonight, so I've made the tough decision to close our Hampton shop for good this Saturday, 11th July. It's hard to believe just four months ago, I was excitedly signing our second lease with rainbows and unicorns in my eyes, blissfully unaware of what was to come, looking forward to the next phase of our TFA journey. It's been a wild few months since, and what was set to become our flagship store, will now go down in history as our second pop up instead.

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Together, we exist to create change, and together, we use our businesses as a force for good. Our community of brands create positive social and environmental change every day, consciously designing and creatively thinking, always in pursuit of a better, more ethical and sustainable world.    

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I'm constantly looking for ways to support our local community, and I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but what's coming is pretty special. It's the start of something new, and I can't wait to share it with you. 

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I launched The Fashion Advocate in 2014 in support of Australian made labels, and to encourage consumers to shop consciously. In 2018, I welcomed New Zealand labels to the mix, and in 2019, I opened up our online offering to Australian-designed labels who manufacture ethically overseas.

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Fashion Revolution Week is upon us and in the wake of COVID-19, we're scrutinising fashion now more than ever. Australia’s NBN network has seen a daytime usage increase of 80% and searches for 'sustainable fashion' increased 110% in March. We're glued to our screens and we're looking for more sustainable alternatives in every aspect of our lives. If there's a silver lining to this coronavirus crisis, a shift to more sustainable living is it. 

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While things are a little strange out in the world and virtual shopping is the 'new norm', you can still book in for a private one on one session with me, a virtual fitting to find your perfect fit at home, or a private contactless at-home fitting to shop our instore ranges from the comfort of your own dressing room.

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Each Zia Lozen piece is a statement; made with luxurious natural fabrics and adorned with intricate embellishments, the range is 100% ethically made and designed for women who live boldly.

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In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing styling videos, virtual shopping tours and designer interviews to help you stay connected and be part of our positive-vibe-filled pink pop up. 

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The Lauren & Angie aesthetic is a carefree and eco-friendly one; simple, everyday pieces in organic cotton, linen and other natural fibres make for the perfect staple wardrobe. 

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