Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine Autumn 2018

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.

Peppermint Magazine


issue 37 autumn 2018

“Little four-year-old me told my mother that I was meant to go to her, but that I just took a detour to get there Family: the very core of our existence. Kinda important, you could say. Our loves (and hates), our strengths (and weaknesses), our beliefs (and ignorances) and our ‘why’ we exist (and ‘why are you driving me crazy?’). How we each define family is as varied as the number of people on earth. My own family is a bit like a well-worn, patchwork quilt that you’d find in an old op shop, full of stories and history. Many squares of different colours and textures have been collected from diverse backgrounds and sewn together with mismatched and complementary patterns – some seams stitched tightly together with knots that will never untie,…


WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU, DEAR READERS. All writers published in this issue’s Letterbox will receive a pack of two all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free deodorants from the clever folks at Woohoo, containing their bestselling Urban and Mellow blends. Don’t forget to include your mailing address with your letter, so we can get your goodies to you. Enjoy! woohoobody.com.au GET IN TOUCH AT HELLO@PEPPERMINTMAG.COM dear peppermint Dear Peppermint, I’ve been on my sustainable-living journey for a little while now – each month I try to incorporate a new earth-saving behaviour into my life. Most of them have been of the low-hanging fruit variety – recycling everything, using a KeepCup for takeaway coffees and less plastic wherever possible. It can then be so demoralising to watch others continue to use single-use bags, buy water in plastic bottles and litter…


DESIGN FOR LIFE In need of a one-stop shop for all your beautifully designed gifts and homewares, where you can be sure absolutely nothing’s mass-made, all workers are paid fairly and no damage is done to our fair planet during the production process? If so, Ginger-finch is totally where it’s at! This carefully curated selection of chic, timeless sweetness from around the world comes from independent makers who manufacture responsibly in small batches – meaning you can spoil someone (or yourself) with their range of candles, servingware, jewellery, cushions, kitchenware, art prints and more while supporting someone else’s craft. gingerfinch.com.au SCULPTURAL STYLE Hand-built from clay, Eny Lee Parker’s earrings are sculptural statement pieces that we’d totally let do the talking. Collectively named ‘The Artist Line’, this range of simple, modern designs is available in…

artist spotlight: belin stanton

What got you into pottery? I’ve always felt drawn to the earthy qualities of clay. Being a three-year-old making mud pies in my favourite red corduroys is one of my earliest and fondest memories. I feel so blessed that now I play with mud and call it work! Tell us about that work... I make functional sculptures and tableware in my little mountain-top studio. It’s made by a real person for a real person – I’m trying to add a little humanity to the faceless mass-market world we live in. I aim to make crockery you’ll want to cuddle. Where does your inspiration come from? The touch of sun on my skin, the smell and colour of fresh flowers, the sound of birds singing, the embrace of a loved one, the smile of a stranger…

changemaker: benita robledo

Tell us about your blog... It’s about sustainable fashion and how we can integrate it into our lifestyle. I don’t just show a bunch of pretty pictures – I do research and then break it down into easy-to-understand and actionable bites. I love taking complex ideas and making them manageable! What drew you to sustainable fashion? The stories – women able to support their families through fair trade; children getting an education because of a company donating to a school; people’s lives being improved, all because people shopped responsibly. When I realised all the good that was possible, I was hooked. It’s a three-trillion dollar industry employing 70 million people – 80% of whom are women. Not to mention it’s one of the top polluters. If we can move the needle just a…

in living colour

“I love the notion of ceremony and rituals, colour and play” It was necessity that initially drove Jeff McCann to use cardboard – the material that’s since become his signature across everything from art installations and live performances to a range of fashion accessories and homewares. “I started using cardboard because I was a poor uni student and couldn’t afford art supplies,” he says. “Then I grew to love it – it freed me from the ‘blank white canvas’ trap that so many creatives fall into. I was able to just play and experiment. It’s such a good material to work with and there’s so much of it being thrown away.” From bags and earrings featuring hand-drawn illustrations to dramatically theatrical dresses, Jeff’s bold, unique style has led to his work being…