10 ways to do fashion sustainably, by a magazine editor

Posted on May 6th, 2016

My lovely friend Clare Press, Marie Claire Australia’s fashion editor-at-large, has written a book called Wardrobe Crisis. It’s about ethical fashion, which, Clare says we often treat as an oxymoron, like “diet butter” or “paid volunteer”.

The cover of Clare's book: Wardrobe Crisis

The cover of Clare’s book: Wardrobe Crisis

Clare raises stuff we need to know, like: conventional cotton farming accounts for 25 per cent of the world’s pesticides use, leather tanneries in unregulated countries pump out wastewater full of heavy metals, the dyeing of denim turns rivers blue, and it’s not unusual for factories to incinerate excess fabric or garments that are surplus to sales.

She writes a chapter about my green shorts and my practice of not going to the shops for up to 13 months at a time.

I loved the concept (of a book on all this). I wrote the forward. Then asked Clare if she could share her favourite tips for being sustainably fashionable.

Over to you Presso…

A recent survey found that American women regularly wear just 10 per cent of the clothes they own, yet when confronted by a crazy mess in their wardrobes, more than 60 per cent suspect the answer is to buy more. I’m sure it’s a similar story for Aussie women.

Here’s a revolutionary idea: how about we stop buying clothes on a whim, and start buying them thoughtfully, Read more

Can’t cope with chewing noises?

Posted on May 4th, 2016

Good news. Well, kind of.

First, your affliction has a name. Which is always comforting. Some psychologists call it misophonia, which means fear of sound. Which doesn’t quite capture it.


She gets it. The rage-inducing irritation.

I know because I have this misophonia business going on in my noggin big time. It’s not a fear of sound. It’s a rage-inducing irritation.

These are the sounds that get to me: chewing, especially the way people do it in (particularly New York-based) movies where they smack lips and teeth together while talking and waving a salad fork; foot tapping and leg jigging; sniffing; heavy breathing; nose whistling and vibrating mechanical devices (pool filters, air conditioning and so on).

On the sniffing thing, what is it with people aged approximately 23-43 and this thing for sniffing as they make important points. It seems to have emerged as a thing…noticed same?

Also, according to a study by Northwestern University, an inability to filter “irrelevant” sensory information is Read more

14 fave freezer hacks you can pin on your fridge now!

Posted on April 28th, 2016

So you take some meat out of the freezer and defrost it. You end up using only half of it. What do you do with the rest? Can you put it back in the freezer? Or does it have to be tossed?

Sarah Wilson Freezing

Image from Simplicious

If you’re impatient and choose the quicker (but not so safe) method of defrosting in the microwave or under warm water, you’ll need to prepare your food immediately and can only refreeze it after it’s been cooked.

Avoid at all costs: defrosting food on the kitchen bench at room temperature or under hot water. Bacteria multiplies much more rapidly in a warm environment, making these methods simply unsafe.

A stack of freezer hacks:

1. Defrost slowly.

It’s totally fine to refreeze thawed foods (including raw meat, some fish and seafood), provided you’ve defrost it slowly in the first place.

2. Defrost in the fridge.

Always. Not on the bench or sink. Over one or two days. Read more