Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine Issue 47 - Spring 2020

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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editor-in-chief’s letter

Peppermint Issue 47 I was hoping by the time it came to write this letter – after the fireball that was the first six months of 2020 – that we would be in a better place. But – here we are. Our world feels more divided than ever right now with battles raging (physically and digitally); sides are being formed on social media and in friendship circles, in communities and in countries. Never before have we been asked on such a grand scale to set aside our own needs, wants and desires for the sake of others. It’s like a giant global test of humanity, compassion, survival, knowledge and ethics, being scored by masks, memes and marches. We all want to know – or believe we have – the answer; the…

penny for your thoughts

All writers published in this issue’s Letterbox will receive a gift pack from cult ingestible beauty brand Imbibe Living, valued at $120! Each pack includes three 15ml miniatures – Lift Resurfacing Mist, Collagen Restore Hydrating Gel Serum and Collagen Protect Oil Serum – from the new Certified Organic, vegan skincare system ‘Skin Science’. With sustainably harvested golden sea kelp, precious petal oils and Australian native super-berries with rich botanicals; the active formulations are designed to boost collagen and restore your glow! imbibeliving.com dear peppermint I’m sure you’ll be receiving many, many letters regarding the new size of your magazine and mine will be just another one. But that thought didn’t stop me from sending my compliments. I’m especially pleased with this – it can now travel everywhere with me as it fits into…


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good news

TALKING POINT In a historic first, planning has begun for formal treaty negotiations between Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly and the state’s government. The meeting follows more than seven months of community consultation and marks the start of a process that aims to create the framework for Victoria’s treaty negotiations. The first session, held in late July, will (among other things) establish a dispute resolution process and set timelines. Victoria is the first state in Australia to begin official meetings, and organisers hope it’s the first step towards a national effort to formalise a treaty for all of Australia’s First Nations people. LET’S BOUNCE AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALLER PATTY MILLS WILL DONATE THE $1.5 MILLION HE’LL EARN IN THE FINAL STAGE OF THE NBA SEASON TO CAUSES INCLUDING BLM AUSTRALIA, BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY AND…

fresh foodie finds

TRANSMUTATION bread tag bowls Started in South Africa in 2006, Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a volunteer-driven initiative that collects bread tags for recycling companies so they can raise funds to buy wheelchairs for those in need. Its Australian arm recently teamed up with South Australian recycling partner Transmutation to transform the plastic tags into bowls and serving boards, with the colourful, retro-inspired bowls containing over 1800 bread tags each! Find your local bread tag collection point at ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au – support a great charity, keep plastic out of landfill, and contribute to these cool homewares! transmutation.com.au ULU HYE nut mylk bases Ditch single-use with this range of nifty nut mylk bases and condiment concentrates. Create ten litres of nut mylk from one jar (in four varieties) or whip up a mayo or aioli from…

turning a corner

Access to an ample supply of safe, nutritious food is something many of us take for granted. But not Alice Mahar. The Melbourne-based social entrepreneur knows that food security isn’t always a given – for many communities, it’s something that must be fought for through a combination of food, climate and economic justice. Alice’s non-profit, The Corner Store Network, works to address the interlinked issues of food security, malnutrition and climate change both in Timor-Leste and Australia. Projects span sustainable farming, direct-trade coffee and reforestry, but it’s her latest innovation, micro preservation hubs, that have caught the attention of both the Foundation for Young Australians and the Obama Foundation. Described as a “social enterprise in a box”, a micro hub is a shipping container that’s been modified to house a commercial kitchen…