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Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine Summer 2015

Peppermint is an Australian quarterly print magazine focused on style, sustainability and substance. Covering slow food, ethical fashion, natural living, health and beauty, diversity, social entrepreneurs and more, it was created for the rapidly growing number of individuals who appreciate design and creativity, but also care about social and environmental issues and things that matter. With diverse, carefully curated content and beautiful photography – including fashion profiles and shoots, inspiring and informative editorials, and thought-provoking features – Peppermint is a celebration of all that’s good in our changing world.

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issue 28 summer 2015/16

I’ve never really been one to adhere to the thinking that ‘you’ll know when the time feels right’. I tend to jump in whether it feels right or wrong – I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good or bad thing! As someone who has dealt with a fair amount of personal loss in my life, I’ve learned that life can be fleeting and should absolutely not be wasted. Add to that an often mismatched personality combination of a little introvertedness coupled with a lot of determination, means I live by the motto of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Starting Peppermint is a perfect example. It was right in the middle of the GFC, I had no financial backing and little support and yet decided it was the…

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sustainabilityinstyle.com KATIE ROBERTS writer I’m a write-a-holic sustainability enthusiast and ex-fast-fashion industry employee who works in plant science by day and blogs by night. The advice I’d give to my 15-year-old self is... always follow your heart not your head and don’t believe the careers teacher. Creative work can be a career, if you want it badly enough. nikkito.com NIKKI TO photographer I’m a photographer who loves shooting food, lifestyle and people, and the interaction between those three subjects. The advice I’d give to my 15-year-old self is... Dad is right and, actually, he’s pretty cool. I always thought my dad was a bit of a dweeb, but looking back, he’s always been a man ahead of his time – a real forward thinker. wordlovebykate.com KATE ERLENBUSCH writer I’m a writer, moon lover and mama living on Victoria’s surf coast. I…

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Say hello... WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU, DEAR READERS! YOUR WORDS ARE IMPORTANT TO US - DROP US A LINE AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION. All writers published in this issue’s Letterbox will receive a sleek and sustainable 12oz SmartCup and 800ml SmartBottle set worth $69.90 from Melbourne’s Frank Green. Four years of development have made these the world’s smartest reusable cups and bottles, featuring spill-resistant lids and innovative cashless payment technology. Designed and made in Australia using high-quality BPA-free and non-toxic materials, these dapper drinking vessels let you quench your thirst in eco-savvy style. We’ll drink to that! frankgreen.com.au GET IN TOUCH AT HELLO@PEPPERMINTMAG.COM Dear Peppermint, Thanks so much for your brilliant ‘slow living’ edition. I picked it up when I popped into my local cafe for a coffee. Ironically, I only managed to read…

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THE ART OF ACCESSORIES Handmade using traditional techniques (and recycled silver wherever possible), Melbourne-based Victoria Mason’s striking jewellery tells a story through every piece. With collections that include Enamelled, Precious, Small Sculpture, Treasure Map and Bookends, Victoria’s elegant designs offer something for everyone: tiny fortune cookie pendants and craft scissor earrings sit alongside colourful abstract shapes and delicate precious stones. Victoria makes jewellery that’s both technically beautiful and emotionally resonant, embodying feelings, memories and ideas through these beautiful pieces of wearable art. victoriamason.com shades of gray This dreamy vintage and recycled clothing label is sure to add some colour to your wardrobe. The Gray Girls are sisters Sharee and Tess, who grew up scouring op shops and combined their graphic and fashion design and styling skills to start their own business in 2013. Their…

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peppermint loves once was lost

“We wanted to create pieces that were ethically produced and celebrated the handmade process, but were also authentic to the natural style that we love” It was years later, while living in New York City with her husband, Andy, that she began channelling her own creativity into textile design. Being avid travellers, when the Wortlocks returned home to Australia in 2013 they carried precious cargo: a collection of cotton scarves handwoven in Ethiopia, and the beginnings of their new business. Fairly traded under the label Once Was Lost, Laura’s evolving range of homespun designs in muted colourways and subtle patterns are just the kind of ethical product many people have been searching for. “I saw a growing trend towards fairly traded products, which I loved conceptually,” Laura says of the inspiration behind…

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find your happy plate

Thanks to the good folks at the RSPCA, finding out where your food comes from just got a whole lot simpler. They’ve launched Choose Wisely, an easy-to-use online directory that tells you exactly which cafes and restaurants in Australia serve humanely farmed eggs, chicken or pork and helps you cut through all that confusing marketing speak that so often appears on our food, like ‘free range’, ‘barn raised’ and ‘cage free’. RSPCA’s Australian CEO, Heather Neil, gave us the lowdown... What prompted the RSPCA to launch Choose Wisely? With 11 million hens still confined to cages in Australia and half of Australia’s eggs being used in food service, such as cafes and restaurants, Choose Wisely plays an important part in the RSPCA’s work to help improve the lives of farm animals produced…