These chemicals are commonly found listed as ingredients in shampoos, soaps, body lotions, face wash, bubble bath, and the like. The chemicals are used as neutralizing compounds. Huh? Neutralizing compounds? Why on earth would anything you put on your body need a neutralizing compound? Even more confusing…Why would beauty product companies include chemical ‘neutralizing compounds’ that are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines in their products?
Read the label before you make a purchase. Stay clear of anything containing Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA, and Lauramide DEA. If you can remember ‘DEA, MEA, TEA’ then you’ll be able to steer clear of the motley trio of carcinogenic ingredients.
If you are interested in natural skincare products check out SkinThings.
In another positive step forward for the mainstreaming of green fashion, iconic denim brand Levi’s have just announced a new WasteLess Denim Collection which will be made from a minimum of 20% post consumer recycled waste. This new collection, part of the Spring 2013 range, will use more than 3.5 million recycled plastic bottles and food trays all up. The bottles and food trays are crushed and made into polyester fibre, which is then blended with cotton and woven with traditional cotton yarn to create the denim. This isn’t the company’s first foray into sustainable fashion. In 2009 they introduced a Care Tag for Our Plant, an initiative to educate consumers on the environmental impact of their clothing choices and this was followed up in 2010 with the WaterLess Jeans Collection, a technique which resulted in up to a 96% reduction in water use to produce some styles. Bring on the double denim!
Well, the last few weeks have been frantic, to say the least. I have been madly sewing, working with my graphic designer and working on art and design for my new homewares label, Cotton Canvas. This only became frantic when I was talked into putting my new cushions on display at the Home and Gardening Show in my home town, Adelaide. So here are some photos from the show.
Citrus Sensation cushions. Based on my original pastel drawing and digitally printed onto organic calico using water based dyes. Limited amount for sale on my website or orders can be taken.
The beautiful setting designed by Green Star Design, Landscape Architects. I’m loving the reclaimed aged teak outdoor settings from Ascot Teak.
Mubasa cushions were designed by Green Star Design to match the garden light totems. Double sided pattern in pale aqua and brown digitally printed on organic cotton. I have a few for immediate purchase available or they can be ordered.
Mubasa Light totem. Made to order from Green Star Design.
Its always amazing (and tempting) when you see clothes so cheap in the large discount chain stores. If you are like me, you like to update your wardrobe with the latest trends. But when you are checking out those new jeans (or any other clothes) that are a bargain at $20, have a think of how they got there.
Here is a breakdown of the costs that are involved in manufacturing a pair of jeans, based on the retail price. From the book Eco Chic by Matilda Lee.
The workers: 0.5% (in this example that equates to $0.10)
Cloth and other materials: approx. 13%
Transport: approx. 11%
The shop: approx. 50%
The brand: approx. 25% (covers marketing and overheads)
The government: In our case GST is 10%
So before you grab those cheap jeans, do a bit of research, buy less (do you really need 10 different pairs?) and buy fair trade and organic products where you can.
Also try updating your wardrobe with accessories rather than whole new outfits to give it an up to date look.
These two gorgeous sateen’s look fabulous together. So I have put them on special!
Evelyn is normally $55 per metre. Now $44 per metre.
Chocolate is normally $47 per metre. Now $40 per metre.
I can see this fabric in a gorgeous skirt with a contrasting wide chocolate band. Or some lovely throw cushions to warm up your sofa! The things you could create with these fabrics are endless. (I might make the skirt!) But be quick as I don’t have a lot in stock and once it’s gone you’ll have to wait for the next shipment.
*Special has ended on Chocolate brown as it is now sold out.
“Most of us would think that donating clothing is a good idea ….good for charities who need the money from selling it, good for the environment which benefits from the reduced waste and good for those who get them donated them. Maybe not according to this documentary” Courtesy Etiko Fair Trade.
I’m particularly loving this retro lounge chair. Maybe it reminds me of my parents furniture when I was a kid! Anyway, there is a vast amount of furniture, homewares, decor, rugs and all sorts to choose from. And it’s an Australian business! But be warned, if you are like me hours will pass checking out everything they have to offer! Click on the photo to take you to their website…
How cool are these! Not only will you look great but they are eco friendly as well.
“Skillfully utilising the lightness and strength of bamboo and tea wood, iconic French brand ‘Waiting For The Sun’ has extended their designer sunglasses range to include bamboo and teawood frames for the ultimate in renewable, sustainable fashion.”
And they are special at the moment… check them out on http://alleco.com.au/
Well, I managed to get my hot little hands on some rolls of this beautifully soft, organic interlock! GOTS certified, 97% cotton, 3% spandex. It comes in 3 gorgeous colours and would look great in t-shirts, tops, leggings, kids clothes, underwear…well anything you can think of really!
It normally wholesales for $14.95 per metre if I buy it by the roll, but I was very lucky to get this one off shipment and can therefore offer it to you for $12.98 per metre, with a minimum purchase of just half a metre.
160cm wide, Stretch 220 GSM, Single Jersey (97% organic cotton 3% spandex). Australian made, Certified organic cotton, Knitted in Australia from ring spun yarn.