Eco-fashion finds need not be hard to, well, find. We love ecofashionworld.com, a website dedicated to the hottest and latest must-have environmentally-friendly fashions.
Beauty buff and holistic entrepreneur Sam Sample follows a simple philosophy when it comes to beauty and believes you can ‘be’ it, rather than ‘achieve’ it.
“Beauty comes from within,” she says. “Being happy and healthy on the physical, emotional and spiritual level is what I believe makes a woman truly beautiful.”
With her natural approach and holistic know-how, Sydney-based Sam developed her beauty range, Be Genki. The collection brings together her deep interest in aromatherapy, well-being, meditation, and beauty care into a holistic synthesis to “promote optimum inner health and harmony amidst the fast pace of contemporary life”.
Each element of Be Genki, she says, has been carefully and thoughtfully selected for its excellence in design, quality, healing benefits, and ability to capture the senses.
“Be Genki is the only bath and body care brand to offer a complete 360 degree approach to holistic well-being, identifying four key areas that contribute to an individuals well-being and providing products that help create balance with a lifestyle approach,” Sam says.
Posh-swaps.com is a new site for swapping, buying and selling second hand clothes. It’s also completely free to register, buy or sell.
Clothes swapping has become hugely popular since swishing parties caught on in the United States. Clothes swapping offers a sustainable and eco friendly way for people to refresh their wardrobes and update their style, without stepping foot in a department store.
It helps to combat the growing problem of textile waste in landfill which has heightened thanks to the latest trend for fast fashions. Second hand clothes also help to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture and distribution of new clothing.
Eco fashion is a growing trend amongst consumers who are becoming more aware of the impact consumer choices have on the environment. Pesticides in cultivation of cotton has been particularly well publicized, with initiatives such as Estethica at London Fashion Week has further increased the public interest in sustainable style.
“We want Posh Swaps to be a free resource where anyone can buy, sell or swap second hand vintage and restyled clothes,” says Ceri Heathcote Director of Heathcote Communication.
“We hope to help create an environmentally and economically sustainable way for people to refresh and update their wardrobes. Swishing parties have become huge and this is just the next step in making the swapping a simple process, with plenty of choice that individuals have complete control over.”
The Posh Swaps blog will help people develop their own individual style instead of following trends as well as fashion on a budget and eco fashion, she added.
Gorgeous eco-friendly fashion is easy to find thanks to website ecoworldfashion.com-a family business set up by two eco-aware professional designers, with a commitment to support fair-trade and ethical choices in fashion and homewares.
Babette Kono studied design in London, Perth and finally in Japan where she met Mitch Kono, an Interior Design student at Osaka University of Art. She started her professional life as a designer for boutique agencies and became Art Director for an upmarket chain of Australian Department stores.
During this time, the designer says she became aware of the cyclic nature and trends intrinsic to fashion. The process also made her “deeply aware of a need to change from harmful conventional textiles to safe organic and ethical fashion choices”.
Babette and her designer partner Mitchs goal was to offer an online boutique which has integrity on every level-from the professional position of the design/buying team, to the transparency and ethical position of the companies they choose to do business with.
Thorough research and understanding of all aspects of textile clothing production process is an important part of their ethos.
“We do not take things on face value,” they told The Green Dove. “We hope to benefit our customers by our insight and ability to bring the very best certified organic, fair-trade and ethical choices from around the world.”
Ecoworldfashion.com was born with the desire to bring professional design and fashion retail experience, to the savvy and eco-aware customer looking for a company who they can trust.
To find out more, visit www.ecoworldfashion.com
Photo: Woven Henley Top by Stewart&Brown
Did you know that companies can put just about any ingredient they like into beauty and personal care products? Alarmingly, in the US, the government doesn’t require safety tests before these items hit the department store shelves.
Considering your skin is your body’s biggest organ, there’s something very wrong with this careless (and deadly) practice carried out by many manufacturers that make up the multi-billion dollar beauty industry. Just as the skin absorbs nutrients, it is also a sponge for toxins-including chemical-laden beauty creams, serums, scrubs sprays, body washes and the like.
There’s one way to find out exactly what’s in your beauty products-make them yourself. Learning holidays website GoLearnTo.com has an exclusive weekend course where natural beauty buffs can learn to make their own organic products, while also catering to their travel bug.
Wearing earth-friendly fashion doesn’t mean you have to wear hemp sacks on your feet. Thanks to two passionate fashionistas, doing good for animals and the planet can be done in style (without forsaking comfort, either).
Prismera Design’s new eco collection Posies was inspired by tiny blossoms. There are seven sweet designs: Baby’s Breath, Cherry Blossom, Forget Me Not (left), Hydrangea, Orchid, Sweet Pea and Violet.
Each earring is made of stainless steel, a sustainable material made from recycled components. Each pair retails for $US42 at prismeradesign.com.
Forget expensive hair conditioners, skin moisturizers and make-up removers-opt for nature’s one-stop beauty shop: organic extra virgin coconut oil.
Being 100 percent natural is one reason to stock this Green Dove fave into your beauty cabinet, but there’s also plenty of other beautifying reasons. Here are just a few:
Vintage has never looked so cute thanks to BenAndOliver, an online Etsy shop (a site dedicated to buying and selling all things handmade). Call us biased, but the vintage pale green dove silver plated hairpin set (below) is super sweet.