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    Tluxe Blog — carbon footprint

    Inspire me... Art Month Sydney

     

     

    As the first days of autumn roll in we're feeling the culture today at Tluxe HQ, and what better way to spend a rainy weekend like the one we've just experienced here in Sydney, than traipsing around the art galleries for a little inspiration. This week heralds the start of Art Month, and personally we're loving the after hours gallery openings, which usually involve a cocktail or two alongside your culture. 

    This week the galleries of Paddington and Woollahra open up Thursday, March 7 as part of a series of 'Precinct Nights', followed by art spaces in Waterloo and Alexandria on Friday, March 8. We're loving Helen Mueller's hand cut woodblock prints of a melaleuca forest at the Brenda May gallery, pictured, and Caroline Rothwell's images of endangered Australian animals made from the black carbon residue collected from exhaust pipes.

    Eco tip of the week… Tluxe bamboo


    IMAGE: Giant Bamboo Japan by Josef Hoflehner

    The fashion industry can leave a pretty hefty environmental footprint from the chemicals used in making fabrics to the landfill required for all those clothes that wear out. Here at Tluxe we’ve tried to lessen our impact on the planet with the creation of an Essentials range, which we’ve launched this season, and plan to slowly and quietly expand on in months to come.

     The aim is to provide you with quality pieces in sustainable fabrics, which will become the core building blocks of your wardrobe. It’s all about the perfect T-shirt, the perfect skirt, or the perfect pair of leggings.

    Finding the most flattering fit and combining it with a certain timeless style is a key part of the formula for our Essentials range. So too is our focus on using high quality fabrics such as bamboo, which has a reputation for being the world's most renewable material due to it’s fast-growing nature and ability to thrive without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides.

    Just take a look at our wear-them-forever, super-soft and super-comfortable bamboo tube pencil skirt and maxi tube skirt. By choosing organic fibres or sustainable fabrics you’re doing your bit in contributing to a brighter, chemical-free future, and there's no doubt that's a good thing.

    The insider... why Tluxe is good for you

    At Tluxe we try our hardest to really think about the impact our clothes have on the planet, and ultimately on you. Where we can, we use sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, Tencel, organic cotton, and natural fibres such as silk, linen, cashmere and Merino wool. We also make sure the fabrics are of the best quality, so yes, that may mean they’re slightly pricier but it also means they’ll last you beyond one season, and definitely beyond a few washes.

    We have all our products made locally here in Australia including our labels and swing tags. Less air miles in the production process means less pollution, we use less energy and as a result leave less of a carbon footprint. Keeping it local also means the people who make our clothes get fair pay and working conditions.

    If you’re keen on ethical fashion but aren’t sure where to find it take a look at our friend Matthew Paroz’s How Big is Your Eco fashion directory. A guide to all things fashionable and earth-friendly, Matt suggests a few ways to eco-fy your wardrobe, starting with the life of a garment. “Look for pieces that are well made and will still look great in years to come,” Matt tells us. “Know that organic cotton is better than standard cotton, but that cotton is a very water-intensive fabric. Educate and inform yourself.” Listen and learn.  

    Image: With thanks to James Brown.

    The insider… keeping it local

    Behind the scenes at Tluxe HQ we’re loving our new swing tags. Why? Not least because they’re clean and pared back, with loving attention to detail but also because we’ve made the effort to produce them locally as part of our ongoing bid for a lighter carbon footprint in all we do. 

    We also tapped the talents of Parisian-born, now Sydney-based designer Margaux Fraisse, who provided the graphic magic to make the tags happen. We love that Margaux creates her own typefaces, often by hand and combines them with clean, cleverly simple layouts. Margaux tells us: “I like when contradictions find harmonies.” Sounds like our kind of lady.