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