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Step up your picnic game with a little help from The Somewhere Co.
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Step up your picnic game with a little help from The Somewhere Co.

If the swooping birds haven't given it away, it's officially spring, which means one thing – picnics! Rolling out a rug and whiling away the afternoon with a plethora of cheese and a cheeky pet-nat is undoubtedly one of our favourite past times. But somewhere along the line, someone made the executive decision that all picnic rugs had to be plaid. Well, to that The Somewhere Co. say nay. The brand is here to save you from the status quo with a stunning range of pretty picnic rugs, cooler bags and miscellaneous goodies. more

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David Jones launches Mindfully Made so you can shop sustainably
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David Jones launches Mindfully Made so you can shop sustainably

It is widely understood that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world (the first is oil, just in case you were wondering) but what isn't as straight forward is where or how to start your conscious shopping journey. One of the reasons for this is that the term 'sustainable fashion' is inherently loaded and to borrow from the beloved green ogre Shrek, it's like an onion in that there are many layers. To help you navigate the minefield, retailer David Jones has joined the likes of Net-A-Porter and The Iconic to launch a platform dedicated to share the stories behind conscious brands and makers to make it easier than ever to shop better. more

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Plastic not-so-fantastic – five ways to help you reduce your reliance this July
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Plastic not-so-fantastic – five ways to help you reduce your reliance this July

Plastic has emerged as one of the greatest man-made environmental disasters of our time. Synthetic pliable polymers made from petrol have transformed the way we live – it's cheap to produce and long-lasting. Unfortunately for planet Earth, it is those very attributes that have cursed the eco-system as nearly every single piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today. It has infiltrated every aspect of modern life – from the devices we are using to bring you this article to the cars we drive, the bottles that house our shampoos and cleaning products to the cling film that is keeping your lunch fresh in the fridge – it's all plastic and it will outlive you by a few hundred years. In a perfect world we would all pledge to go plastic-free for good, however, the reality is that it may not be possible to do all at once. Anne Marie Bonneau aka The Zero Waste Chef said it… more

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Ditch single-use sanitary items in favour of TOM Organic's eco-friendly and reusable period products
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Ditch single-use sanitary items in favour of TOM Organic’s eco-friendly and reusable period products

Periods! Okay, now that we've given the gents who accidentally clicked on this story enough time to backtrack hastily, let's talk. Monthly visits from Aunt Flo are largely unavoidable and up until now, it's meant schlepping to the chemist or supermarket to replenish supplies of pads and/or tampons that are ultimately destined for landfill (because we all know flushing is bad). Here's the thing, according to The Fashion Advocate, the average Australian woman uses up to 12,000 disposable pads, liners and tampons in her lifetime, which is a lot considering there are around 12.6-million females in Australia. Thankfully, there's an eco-friendly alternative. Ladies, say hello to TOM Organic's reusable period cup and underwear. more

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Sport some eye-catching earrings with conscience from By Indeko
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Sport some eye-catching earrings with conscience from By Indeko

Have you ever noticed how a pair of statement earrings generate endless compliments from strangers? It's true! If your earlobes are feeling a little bit boring or you're keen to put our hypothesis to test, allow us to introduce you to By Indeko – a socially conscious company that provides employment opportunities to people living with a disability. They also happen to make really excellent earrings. more

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Ruff stuff – get canine crafty with a DIY bowtie dog-collar kit
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Ruff stuff – get canine crafty with a DIY bowtie dog-collar kit

If you're a dedicated dog parent with a passion for fashion, then it's safe to say your four-legged friend probably has a winter wardrobe that rivals Mariah's. Furry coats, waterproof jackets and chunky knits all make an appearance in the colder season, but sometimes this can leave your dog resembling a small lumberjack rather than the très chic look you were going for. That's when you need to get your paws on some canine-approved accessories. Enter dog-accessory label Moo+Twig, which is slinging fully customised bowtie dog-collar kits so you can channel your inner designer. Your pampered pooch will be strutting its stuff in the dog park in no time. more

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Stow your stuff in a reusable bag made from plastic bottles
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Stow your stuff in a reusable bag made from plastic bottles

Reusable bags have become a (welcome) part of life but let's be honest, we still have a long way to go in the area of reducing, reusing and recycling to rid our precious planet of harmful plastic. Well, we have some excellent news – yes buddy. is here to ease the burden of carrying your things whilst also doing a little good in the process.  more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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As he paddled off into the line-up, I stood up – and surfing changed my life ... ~ James McMillan more
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Wear your heart on your sleeve with a Helping Hands bracelet to support Australian bushfire aid efforts
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Wear your heart on your sleeve with a Helping Hands bracelet to support Australian bushfire aid efforts

The fires that raged throughout much of December and January were beyond devastating but even now as the embers begin to die down, the true impact on the land, animals and people is just beginning to be felt. The James Street Initiative is joining forces with Brisbane artisans Blue & Grae to release a limited-edition run of unisex leather bracelets to provide a little helping hand to those people and animals impacted by the Australian bushfire crisis. 100-percent of the proceeds will be donated to charities assisting communities and wildlife in recovery efforts. more

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Stow your stuff in a stylish (and sustainable) bag from Simétrie
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Stow your stuff in a stylish (and sustainable) bag from Simétrie

It was a case of once you know, you know for Melbourne’s Simone Agius. Working in the industry, Simone became increasingly dissatisfied with fast fashion and the devastating impact our fashion choices were having on makers as well as the environment and set out to source an alternative. She sought to strike more of a balance between aesthetics and ethics and so began the Simétrie story. If you appreciate minimalist design, sustainable materials and honest production, read on. more

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Honest luxury – Public Figure pioneers Australia's first sustainable shopping platform
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Honest luxury – Public Figure pioneers Australia’s first sustainable shopping platform

If you are one of the many Australians who have pledged to be a little more conscious when it comes to the labels you support but don't necessarily have the time for endless scrolling and researching, we have some good, nay, great news! Public Figure is an online shopping destination for sustainable luxury and brings together some of the world's best conscious labels, all in one place. more

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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes
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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes

Like most movements that originally set out to challenge the fashion system – punk, normcore, dadcore – sustainability has been turned into a trend itself. We’ve even invented a word for it – greenwashing. With big brands making big promises and adding leaves to their logos, it can be tricky to know who to trust. The answer? Turn to the experts. Designers like Jamie Nelson whose years of experience as a footwear designer in the fashion industry prompted her to start Nelson Made, the sustainable shoe brand that stands by its statements. more

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Stroll down virtual market stalls with The Finders Keepers new online marketplace
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Stroll down virtual market stalls with The Finders Keepers new online marketplace

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with a local market find – ditching the retail racks and mass-produced items to stroll the stalls in search of something with that handcrafted touch. If you love that feeling, then you’re likely fans of Australia’s leading design and art marketplace, The Finders Keepers Markets, and wish they popped up more than twice a year. Well, dear readers, your wish may have just come true … more

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Spoil your pupper pal with a luxe lead from Topdog Boutique
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Spoil your pupper pal with a luxe lead from Topdog Boutique

If you go out of your way to pat a pooch, involuntarily let out a high-pitched squeal if a four-legged friend looks at you cutely or happily drop dosh on your (or someone else's) doggo, it's pretty likely you're a dog person. Don't worry, there's no judgement here, we too are proud dog people. If your hound deserves to be spoilt, look no further than Brisbane's Topdog Boutique – it's an online destination for designer and pretty things for your pet pal. more