12.08.2013

SUMMER SALE ON NOW AT ECO BIRD


To celebrate our first birthday we are having a store wide sale from now until Christmas!! 
20-40% off all Fair Trade Organic, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable and Ethical styles! 
Shop online now at WWW.ECOBIRD.NET
Ps. Not from Australia? Email us at info@ecobird.net with what  you would love to purchase and we will email you back an invoice ASAP. 

Enjoy the SALES! 

x Dani

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11.19.2013

ECO STYLIST ^ GUEST BLOGGER : BLANKBIRD

GUEST POST: 'THAT SIMPLE' By Nicole from BLANKBIRD

 Kowtow Shadow Dress | Asos clutch | Cali and Cale sandals 

We've got organic produce, we've got fairtrade coffee, and now, organic fairtrade cotton in your clothes - New Zealand label Kowtow have delivered some of the most comfortable, easy-to-wear pieces I have had the pleasure dressing in and boy, you do feel the difference. Minimal yet quirkily playful, this dress is simple spring dressing to the tee. Slap on your chunky-soled sandals (which you might have noticed seems to be the trend of the moment) and you are all ready. :)

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A note from Eco Bird

I've been a Blankbird blog fan for awhile now and love Nicole's style! If you're ever in need of some outfit layering inspiration or a lesson in how to style with colour then check out Nicole's blog - I have been in awe of her layered looks and bright pops of colour post after post after post!  

I was also pretty excited when I saw her 'That Simple' post featuring Kowtow's Shadow dress which is available online now at Eco Bird! Nicole wears this style so beautifully in such an effortless and chic way that was to good not to share! 

A huge thank you to Nicole for sharing a piece of her beautiful blog and a snapshot of her lovely style with us!

xx Danielle

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11.06.2013

WHY ORGANIC COTTON?


ORGANIC COTTON is grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides with sustainable farming practices. Organic cotton farming protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the soil, air, waterways and food supply - so it's good for you and the planet!

Pesticides in their nature are designed to kill, repel and inhibit growth of living organisms -  so it's no wonder why we wouldn't want it on our body's or messing up our natural environment.

Organic cotton farming works by relying on co-planting and crop rotation to repel pests and maintain natural soil fertility. Organically managed soil is naturally healthier and better able to retain water.

Not only is organic cotton farming better for our environment but also for the health of our cotton farmers. The chemicals found in pesticides are highly hazardous, with some banned in certain counties. They can cause a number of health problems from asthma right through to cancer. In developing countries the cotton farmers are either unaware of the health risks or cannot afford safety equipment and end up dripping in these toxic chemicals.

I remember watching a YouTube clip called The Conventional Trap of an Indian cotton farmer who had just finished spraying his crop - he sprays it everyday (more then he needs) because he is so afraid of loosing his crop to pests as it would mean no food for his family next season. This Indian cotton farmer couldn't feel parts of his body, his skin and tongue had gone numb from the toxic chemicals, he felt nauseas and rarely ate and he couldn't wash the chemicals from his skin. He also had no idea how toxic these chemicals were!

 The World Health Organisation estimates that 20,000 people a year die in developing countries from pesticide poisons and a further 3 million people suffer from chronic health problems.

Fair Trade organic cotton is a certification which ensures farmers and workers are treated with respect and paid fairly for their hard work. For more on Fair Trade organic cotton take a look at our previous blog post here.

Due to global competition,the increasing price of cotton seeds and pesticides, conventional cotton farming is having a huge toll on cotton farmers in developing countries financially who are finding themselves falling into more and more debt. According to 'Dirty White Gold' a documentary on the cotton industry - every day up to 26 Indian cotton farmers commit suicide by drinking pesticides. They commit suicide feeling its the only option in order to escape the crippling debt they have caught themselves from cotton farming. Unfortunately this is just the tip of the ice burg ethically. 

In Uzbekistan, the cotton industry is one of the more controversial in the world with forced labour, child labour and devastating environmental impacts. Uzbekistan's  Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest body of fresh water, is now too saline and polluted with pesticides from conventional cotton farming to support fish and has shrunk to just 15% of it's original size.

Conventional cotton farming is known as the 'dirtisest crop in the world' for its horrible environmental and ethical impacts. Whilst organic cotton may still not be the perfect sustainable solution as it still requires land and water to farm - it is by far a better improvement on conventional cotton and would incredibly reduce these negative impacts creating a better, more sustainable industry and world! 


For more information on cotton farming take a look here:

YouTube Clip based on the Indian cotton farming industry - The conventional Trap
To find out more about the chemicals in pesticides check out this article.
Dirty White Gold documentary - here
Info about Uzbekistan's Aral Sea Crisis - here


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xx Danielle

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10.19.2013

UNDRESS BRISBANE 13 ^AUSTRALIAN SUSTAINABLE FASHION RUNWAY

DESIGNER - EAST OF GREY
UNDRESS BRISBANE WAS LAST WEEKEND AND I STILL CAN'T GET OVER HOW AMAZING THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION SCENE IS UP THERE. 

'If it's not sustainable or you don't know where it was made - then take it off' the Undress Brisbane mantra for the night. Showcasing a total of 29 Australian & international sustainable and ethical designers including swimwear, accessories, street-wear, menswear, evening wear, intimates and sportswear - the Undress Brisbane 2013 Runway Show was sustainable fashion heaven! 

The Undress Brisbane team wanted this year to be bigger and better than last year. Set in a Brisbane car park in Fortitude Valley and expanding over 2 levels creating an underground fashion vibe! The team at Undress Brisbane completely transformed the location into a jungle themed oasis, complete with a catwalk big enough for the 700 guests to catch every sustainable moment as it made its way towards them. (I actually forgot I was in a car park!) 

Complete with organic cocktails from 'Oh Hello' and a very delicious VIP cocktail from Tanqueray to top the night off! 
There were sustainable design exhibitions, yummy nibbles and amazing handmade gift bags made from recycled denim pants by 'Little Mother Creations'! (I was personally impressed by those gift bags - making 200 of them for the VIP's would have been an enormous, time- lengthy task! Plus they fitted seamlessly with the sustainable theme encouraging us to recycle our used and unwanted clothing into something new!)

THE THEME FOR THE NIGHT WAS SIMPLE - CHOOSE, SUPPORT, LOVE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL MADE PRODUCTS AND DESIGNS! 

Undress Brisbane really aimed to show everyone how fashion-forward, appealing and amazing the sustainable fashion scene is up in Brisbane and through-out Australia. It was great to see all the incredible designers all in the one space and to see how much the industry has grown in the past year! 
My top 3 favourites from each category would have to be 'Cameron & James', 'Habitude', 'Studio Jux', for the street wear show. 'Koru Swimwear', 'Madonna Bain Eco Intimates', 'Tuffy & Tuffets' for the intimates and sportswear show. 'Harriette Hill', 'de LORE Couture', 'Anna-Lisa Wiklund', and 'Gemma Anastasiou' for the evening wear show. But in all complete honesty everyone was amazing and should be incredibly proud!

ETHICAL CLOTHING AUSTRALIA were there to support the event and designers, awarding two very lucky and talented designers a renewal accreditation! Congrats to 'CAMERON AND JAMES' and 'SCARED IBIS' on the award!

Being completely surrounded by amazing like-minded people in a sustainable atmosphere was the cherry on the cake! Everyone from designers, bloggers, eco-public figures, retailers, media, photographers, sustainable entrepreneurs and sustainable fashion lovers were there! 

and for the most exciting news from the night! The Undress Brisbane name change to Undress Melbourne in 2014! WoW!

Congratulations to the team at Undress Brisbane for putting together such an incredible night and for sharing with everyone all the talented designers and labels out there creating fashion the right way! 

xx

Danielle

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RUNWAY shots from the night photographed by DJZK Photography & Dirty Love Photography 
 
DESIGNER - CAMERON & JAMES
DESIGNER - NICO UNDERWEAR
DESIGNER - KORU SWIMWEAR
 
DESIGNER - STUDIO JUX
DESIGNER - MADONNA BAIN ECO INTIMATES
DESIGNER - MAKE AMEND
DESIGNER - FABLED AND TRUE
DESIGNER - Gemma Anastasiou
DESIGNER - HABITUDE
DESIGNER - DE LORE COUTURE
DESIGNER - ANNA-LISA WIKUND
DESIGNER - TUFFYS AND TUFFET
DESIGNER HARRIETTE HILL

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10.15.2013

SUSTAINABLE WEEKEND WARDROBE ^ HUMAN FRIENDLY OUTFIT POST



Just last week I signed up to become a part of Ms Wanda's 'Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers' - a community of fashion bloggers committed and passionate about promoting ethical and sustainable fashion.

October 16th is 'Blog Action Day', where bloggers from around the world join together in conversation about fashion and human rights. To have a little bit of stylish fun with it Bloggers from around the globe are showing off their ethical style for the 'Human Friendly Outfit' Competition.YAY!! I am personally very excited to take a look at everyone's eco-outfits!

After coming off the back of a hectic week, there is no way I had time to take any photos actually wearing my outfit - pretty much because it takes awhile to take a good photo of me! and I cringe at the thought of myself in a selfie. I'm no good at them, at all! 

So instead I decided to show you what I wore over the weekend, taking a few pics while I was packing and to explain how and why it's sustainable and ethical!

This weekend was a pretty busy, sustainable filled adventure. I headed up to Brisbane for the weekend to check out Undress Brisbane 2013 (A sustainable fashion runway event - a blog post coming soon) and the Green Heart Fair (A local community fair promoting sustainable ideas and organisations.)

Both of my wardrobe looks are a mix of sustainable fashion ethically made from organic cotton, toxic free dyes and vintage, second hand pieces. This is pretty much how my wardrobe works everyday. The second hand pieces are not only a guilt free retail thrill but also help fill in any gaps in my wardrobe and compliment my newer sustainable and ethical styles to ensure I can keep wearing them more often, in different ways, and to create a more versatile wardrobe.

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WARDROBE LOOK 1

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 The Grey/Yellow Herringbone tee - Designed and made locally in Melbourne by Monolog.
 This tee is one of my favourites from Eco Bird atm! I wear it everywhere! 
Here I have it layered over a very fitted vintage/second hand dress which works well with the oversized styled tee and its loud, crazy print. 
 I've worn it over swimmers to the beach, with denim jeans in winter, over shorts, dresses and skirts, it's a super comfy style that is so good to wear through the warmer weather!
- Made from Organic cotton and hand screen printed with eco-friendly dyes. -
- Made locally from socially responsible artisans and manufacturers -
- Uses processes to recycle waste where possible-

The necklace is something I wear every.single.day. I LOVE it. It was a gift handmade from recycled timber and handcarved with personalised words. 
Designed and made by Melbourne sustainable Artist Ben Riddle for -Rat - 
I am a big believer in only buying things you love and have meaning to you or a wonderful story or background. This is one of those handmade things that you know was made with love and care, and it makes you love and care more about it. 




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WARDROBE LOOK 2

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A daytime look with a mix of vintage/second hand and a sustainable/ethical piece.
The top was originally a very daggy tee bought from an op shop - I got the scissors to it and cut off the sleeves and cut out some of the neck. I can tuck this into bottoms and layer over dresses - I have had a lot of fun with this one and it's so easy to wear and match with in my wardrobe. It gets worn a lot!

Altering, redesigning, and remaking is one of my favourite parts of sustainable fashion. I love the creativity and endless possibilities. Even for things you never wear in your wardrobe, before you pass it on have a think about why you don't wear it and see if there is a change you can make to love it again!

For this look I have worn my vintage DIY singlet over a Kowtow Building Block piece that we just got in store at Eco Bird. Made from Premium certified fair trade organic cotton it defiantly has become a building block in my wardrobe. I've worn it on its own and dressed it up and thrown jumpers, tops and cardigans over it.
 





Adopting a sustainable and ethical attitude is actually really easy  and fun when it comes to our wardrobes! There are so many ways that we can enjoy fashion responsibly and look after not only our planet but the people who make our clothing as well.

From purchasing from smaller local designers and labels that hand-make or create their designs from responsible manufacturers locally, to shopping vintage, second hand, mending, redesigning and altering what we already have and/or buying from sustainable and ethical labels who use organic, sustainable fabrics, dyes, and sustainable and ethical manufacturing and production.

It is so important that we start altering the way we consume fashion and wear it. We need to understand that there are people out there suffering because of our obsession with shopping, that there are toxins choking our beautiful waterways, wildlife and eco-systems. 

And when there are sustainable and ethical alternatives that are just as fashion forward and fun there is no reason to choose the path of destruction. 

To me sustainable and ethical fashion is the ONLY kind of fashion that is beautiful.
The idea of committing to sustainable and ethical fashion could seem overwhelming at first (especially for all the shopaholics out there....I've been there too!) but with small steps and a positive, creative attitude you will find it so much more enjoyable and what you end up wearing becomes a truer reflection of yourself and not the latest trends.

Happy BLOG ACTION DAY!

XX Danielle

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10.12.2013

NEW ARRIVALS ^ ORGANIC COTTON SUMMER

ALL NEW SUMMER ARRIVALS BY KOWTOW FROM THEIR SILENT SPACE COLLECTION 2013

AVAILABLE TO SHOP ONLINE NOW AT WWW.ECOBIRD.NET

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  WHY WE LOVE KOWTOW -
 
THE KOWTOW Philosophy: "For a long time, many of our consumer habits have appeared to have no consequence. It is now quite apparent that there is an imbalance in standards of living throughout the world which is fueled by the Wests continuing short changing and exploitation of labour markets in the so called third world.
We don't believe anyone who is truly aware of what is going on in the world would want to turn their heads and support a slave trade economy. Being into clothes we decided to do something about it. Certified fairtrade organic clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment. "
 
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Kowtow is an amazing fashion forward label based in New Zealand focused on creating clothing made from 100% fair trade organic cotton, sustainable materials and production and aims to enhance the lives of all those involved in the process.
 
Everything in-store now at Eco Bird from Kowtow is made from Certified Fair Trade, Premium 100% organic cotton and hand screen printed in eco-friendly, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved dyes - free of hazardous elements such as nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals. So its not only good for the environment but you as well!
 
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10.09.2013

EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE TREND ^ REPAIR CAFES

 

Don’t throw away – fix it! Could Europe’s Repair Cafe trend be the answer to our wasteful throwaway habits? 


We all know that these days some things aren’t made to last and when they break, or fabric rips, it’s usually cheaper to just buy a new one then to pay for it to be repaired. We are a throwaway society where we are pretty much encouraged to throw away perfectly fine products.


RepairCafes are committed to reducing textile waste ending up in landfill by fixing, up cycling and bringing new life to our broken bits of junk!


It takes an incredible volume of raw materials, resources, and energy to produce and transport the things we buy, with our ‘disposable culture’ taking a massive toll on our planet! Most things end up straight into landfill, which is incredibly sad considering they don’t need to be there. This is why Neverlands environmental activist Martine Postma created the worlds first Repair Cafe!


Repair Cafes are popping-up across Europe becoming a temporary social hub, allowing people to have the opportunity to bring their broken ‘stuff’ to be repaired by a team of volunteer electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and other repair specialists for free. Aiming to reduce waste, pass on skills and knowledge within the community and to encourage sustainable attitudes, the Repair Cafe remind's people that sometimes when things stop working it doesn’t mean it’s time to throw it away – that they can be fixed and live again. 


For those of us who are no good on the sewing machines and can never seem to get the thread through the needle eye this idea sounds perfect for when the hem on our favourite dress comes down or we rip a seam. The fashion industry is known for it’s ‘Disposable fashion’ trend where clothing is only bought for the intention of a few wears, or made so cheaply that they fall apart. Repair Cafe’s like this are the perfect idea to undo some of our disposable fashion damage and keep those buys living longer in our wardrobes! 


Did you know that because many garments are being made as cheaply as possible, the quality of garments the charity and op shops are now receiving are worse than ever. Meaning many garments cannot be resold for a second chance of life, with most ending up in landfill.


As far as I know there are no Repair Cafes yet in Australia, but the opportunity to start one is there! Anyone can pull one together and get the community involved if your passionate about it! 

Find out more about this sustainable trend here at www.repaircafe.org 

xx Danii
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