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Melbourne, an Op-Shopper’s dream

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Over the past 10 years op-shopping has changed, which I guess is to be expected, I mean 10 years in human years is kind of a longish time. The term Op shop is short for ‘Opportunity Shop’ so basically an op-shop is a shop that provides opportunity to those who have less money to spend on clothing and are usually run by charities to help those in need. As a child there was a certain […]

We need to talk about your ‘Hand me Downs’

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I love flea markets, maybe you picked up on that? I especially love flea markets in other countries. There’s nothing quite like sussing out the best second hand clothing in foreign countries. Yesterday, Wayan our lovely Balinese driver was rattling off all the different things to do in Ubud – Rice paddie walk, jungle trekking, second hand clothing market, cycle tour… Wait, what? Second hand clothing market? Do I just subconsciously scream, “take me to […]

Everything you need to know about the leather industry

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Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals and tans their skins and hides to create leather. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Whether you’re a vegetarian/vegan or not, that stat is disturbing. But if you know anything about factory farming, it’s really not that surprising. I use to justify buying leather because like many people I have spoken to, we just assume leather is a by product from […]

5 Ethical Australian Fashion Labels You Need to Know About

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I adore op-shopping, always have and always will. I’ve loved op shopping since I was wee brat on the hippie streets of Lismore (try not to hold it against me) all the way up to now as an ‘adult’ (still a brat though) It’s safe to say that I’ve hunted down second hand shopping in every country I have ever visited. From Spanish and Parisian flea markets, to London, Phnom Penh, Tokyo, Vancouver, Las Vegas […]

What goes around, comes around – The circular economy

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There are so many buzz words that circulate when we talk about ethical fashion, but one that has well and truly caught my attention is the ‘circular economy’. I was quite confused about what a circular economy meant when it came to fashion, but the more I learned about it, the more and more fascinated I have become. So what exactly is a circular economy? The Ellen Macarthur Foundation sums it up beautifully. “A circular […]

H&M Sustainable?

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Guilt. What a shitty feeling. More and more I feel guilt about being human in the western world. It was guilt that turned me into a vegetarian and it was guilt (among other things) that turned me into an avid op-shopper. I guess you could say that although a shitty feeling, guilt has its place in making change. Ok, I don’t want to get all ‘Dear Diary’ on your arse, but there are times that […]

Have you cottoned on yet?

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I don’t know about you but I never really understood why people have always harped on about organic cotton. It’s always just seemed quite wanky and pretentious to me. Nobody eats cotton (well no one I know anyways) so what’s the big deal if the cotton we buy isn’t organic? And to be honest with you, I very rarely go out of my way to buy organic fruits and veg. Does that make me a […]