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    News — Sustainable Journey

    The Fabric Social are closing their doors. Here's why...

    The Fabric Social are closing their doors. Here's why...

    ...we’ll be honest, it’s been a LOT of work. We have seen our fair share of setbacks, from floods and landslides, to entire missed seasons due to lack of funds or technical problems, and India cancelling most of its legal tender overnight on the first day of our fundraising tour. The business of fashion is tough at the best of times, and we’ve just about seen it all.  READ MORE...

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    Saying Goodbye...

    Saying Goodbye...

    Running a small ethical and sustainable can be hard (we know!) especially in todays current retail climate which is extremely tough, to say the least. Many brands, big and small, are struggling in a climate where there is so much competition.

    The very sweet and kind-hearted Founder Sonia Padam has allowed us to share her raw and emotional story with you here as well as provide you our followers and girl gang 50% OFF all Eight Hour Studio pyjamas and loungewear. 

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    Speed Dating...Rebecca Grenell, LACAUSA

    Speed Dating...Rebecca Grenell, LACAUSA

    It is always a challenge to reconcile our environmental and social values with the practices that inherently come with the garment industry. This takes a lot of effort on our part to make sure we are are doing our best to source fabrics from trusted vendors, produce locally as much as possible, and always operate under strict ethical conditions. Ultimately this challenge is why we donate a portion of proceeds to environmental and social causes; we want to continue to make LACAUSA clothes that people love wearing, but want to do as much as we can to give back to and protect the causes and resources we all care deeply about.

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    Op-shopping vs. Ethical fashion

    Op-shopping vs. Ethical fashion

    Is it okay to buy second-hand fast fashion? As an ethical fashion enthusiast, I’ve been asked the questions: Is op-shopping ethical? Should I buy second-hand or ethically made? These questions got me thinking. Naturally, I did my research, thought long and hard during yoga on the beach, and have come up with a few theories to replace my usual answer to these questions: “ahhh, ummm, well the answer is yes and no”.

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    Sustainable Fashion 2017 - That's a wrap!

    Sustainable Fashion 2017 - That's a wrap!

    "Sustainable" and "ethical", I used to hate using these words as adjectives to describe the type of fashion I was into, because it immediately sounds like shit fashion. Hemp, daggy, brown and boring. Not today, today I say it loud and proud! Because, ladies, in 2017 sustainable fashion got pretty damn sexy! 

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    A Sustainable 2018: How to implement sustainable practices into your New Year Resolutions

    A Sustainable 2018: How to implement sustainable practices into your New Year Resolutions

    “This year I’m going to lose weight”… “This year I’m going to stop eating sugar”… “This year I’m going to start travelling”… “This year I’m going to give up smoking”. Sound familiar? 2018 is nearly here, and with a new year comes new goals or ‘resolutions’ as we like to call them. Making goals is always a good thing. It’s how we grow, improve, and learn. But, what if 2018 was the year to change the focus of our new year resolutions, from ourselves, to our planet? A sustainable 2018…

    Start small

    I’m in no way suggesting your new year resolutions should be to quit plastic, sell your car, become vegetarian, and live in a tent. It can simply start with intentional learning. Creating your new year resolutions with a sustainable twist could look like: this year, I am going to read Clare Press’s book on ethical fashion, and send an email to my favourite brand to ask them where my clothes are made. I’m going to listen to a Ted Talk about plastic, and read the World Baptist Aid’s Ethical Fashion Report. Making small but purposeful actions towards expanding your knowledge on sustainability will have more impact than you think. These goals are tangible and realistic. They are easy to achieve, and can lead to further change which will make you feel even better about not only achieving, but exceeding your resolutions.

    A sustainable spin on your usual resolutions

    Adding sustainable practices into your new year resolutions doesn’t even have to mean adding to them. Your resolutions may not change, but instead adapt to a more sustainable application. For example, if losing weight is your resolution, find an eco-friendly gym, or a boot camp course outdoors. If you need sportswear to fulfil this goal, hop onto the Good on You app to find what brands have the best ethical ratings. Assess your current goals, and investigate how you can go about them in a way that leaves a smaller footprint on the planet.

    Be specific

    No matter what your resolutions are, breaking them down into practical and achievable parts is crucial to success. When goals are vague and open ended, nothing gets done. Turn ‘I will drink less’ into ‘I will create a calendar for when I will drink and how much I will drink’. Or alter “I will call my grandmother more often” to “I will call my grandmother every Wednesday this year”. Setting calendar reminders, buying the equipment you need, and making a strategy for how you will achieve your resolutions, is the key to improving your chances of a high hit rate.

    Find a buddy

    The term sustainable means something that lasts and can be maintained. Ironically, new year resolutions don’t usually fit into the ‘sustainable’ realm. They become so big and scary that it’s easier to leave it and give up. What if you had an accountability partner? Choose someone who has the same values as you when it comes to looking after the planet and adapting sustainable resolutions. Align your resolutions, or even create some together. Going to grab a coffee is much less alienating when your friend brings their keep cup too, and a healthy amount of peer pressure can do wonders.


    So, in 2018 will you boycott disposable coffee cups, go skydiving, or shop exclusively at ethical fashion stores? Take up rowing, be on time more often, reduce your meat intake, or drink more green tea? Whatever your resolutions are, I encourage you to think about how your actions in 2018 can affect the planet and its people. With purposeful plans comes great power; use it wisely.

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