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I’m big on sustainable business, and that means building your business blocks when you can afford it, or leaping at a fantastic opportunity when it presents itself.

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In the last forty years, half of all marine life has disappeared. Oceans are becoming warmer, sea levels are rising, and the increase in carbon dioxide has started a process of acidification in our ocean.

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Ethical fashion is about the people behind it, the intent and the impact of it, and it's the kind of fashion you want to be involved in.

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Designer Tereena Lucas has a way of amazing me with every collection, and I’m like a moth to a flame when one of her rings are in the room. 

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In the 90s, we were blonde and skinny bombshells. Today, we are empowered, diverse and determined – and none of that has anything to do with what we look like.

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Sasha Morello is the founder and CEO of The Clean Skin Movement, a skincare range made from superfoods rather than synthetic ingredients, and she stands by her belief that health and happiness can go hand in hand.

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Now that Melbourne’s last artisan pleater is threatened, it’s clear the Australian fashion manufacturing industry is feeling the pinch.

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Vintage fashion is the antitheist of fast fashion, and buying preloved clothing is a sustainable way to shop. If it’s not something you’ve ever done before, now is the perfect time to dip your toes in a world of all things yesteryear.

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The Raisin Dit It now in its fifteenth year of operation, but it’s been a unique slow fashion label with a vintage-inspired twist from the very beginning.

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Values are what make us human. Values are what connect us, but they’re also what separates us. I value ethics and sustainability, and Burberry values their ‘reputation’, which is why they burn their end of season stock.

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While Lana, Rozalia and Jasmin run three distinctly different businesses of their own, they all have one thing in common – they understand the power of social media.

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As the Founder and Creative Director of 'sticks + stone', Jacky Stickler is passionate about ethics and sustainability, and she’s built a brand on values and purpose.

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Margaret Mead was the one who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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It is estimated that between 8 and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms, and more than 230,000 tonnes of it are microplastics. 

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53 million tonnes of clothing will be produced this year and 87% of it will be landfilled or be incinerated. It’s a fact that we cannot ignore any longer; what are we doing about it? 

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Instead of just quitting fashion, I’m trying to change it. I embrace sustainability. I empower people who are designing for positive change. I advocate for transparency. I am socially responsible.

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I don’t care how expensive it seems, how flashy you make it look, or which Kardashian you drape it over; a $5000 bag is anything but desirable if a woman has been exploited to make it.

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Let’s celebrate those who stand up against modern slave labour, and support the independent Australian designers who put people before profit.

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Over the past five years, the fashion industry has woken up. For Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky though, sustainable fashion is something she’s spent the last 15 years advocating for. 

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The fashion industry moves fast. I’m not just talking about the shift from slow fashion to fast fashion – but the rate at which the sector innovates, expands and changes.

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To combat the environmental issues we face as an online retailer, we’re taking responsibility for our packaging, and within the next six months, The Fashion Advocate will be an entirely plastic-free e-commerce retailer.

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The latest Gun Shy collection, Cirque De Merde, has just arrived it all its fluffy glory, and it is the most dramatic range yet from the Melbourne made label.

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I spoke at Monash University in Melbourne yesterday to discuss Oxfam’s latest campaign, ‘What She Makes’, and here’s what I know right now: there isn’t a simple answer to the issue of fast fashion, and boycotting it will not solve the issue.

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Jacky may be the new kid on the block after only launching last year, but she’s employed the experience and help of local manufacturers to ensure quality work.

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