Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine Winter 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.

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editor-in-chief’s letter

“I am sure fragments of our forebearers still shadow us through life; we just need to let them walk beside us when stepping into the future” There was a time, long ago, when the beliefs of our ancestors would have been unquestionably our own beliefs. Wisdom throughout the years would have been passed down through families, leaders and wise sages and accepted without a second thought. Knowledge of life and the greater world – albeit often a combination of fact and fiction – was the cornerstone of a community. A deep understanding of how to live with (and not against) the cycles of nature would have been built into the structure of life. Elders were not only respected but revered, for they were the keepers of knowledge. Today most of us in…


WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU, DEAR READERS. All writers published in this issue’s Letterbox will receive a twin-pack of fair trade, sustainable Peruvian cacao powder – packed with fibre, antioxidants and protein – from the lovely folk at Power Super Foods. Always make sure you include your mailing address with your letter, so we can get your goodies to you. Enjoy! powersuperfoods.com.au GET IN TOUCH AT HELLO@PEPPERMINTMAG.COM dear peppermint Dear Peppermint, Growing up I’ve always cared about the environment, but felt a bit helpless about the state of the world. Becoming a mum to a beautiful boy in 2015 was life-changing for me in so many positive ways, but one thing that shook me was the anxiety and fear I experienced that I never had before. I constantly felt helpless, powerless and anxious about the future…


DOIN’ THE DOOP Made by hand in the Byron Bay hinterland, Doops is a sustainable clothing range that features bold and cheery prints across a plethora of responsibly sourced cottons, silks and linens. With every original screen-printed item drawn by hand using eco-friendly, solvent-free water-based inks, the range includes tops, skirts and dresses alongside little loveliness for small humans, and even rainbowbright fabric scraps and yardage. doopsdesigns.com WIN YOUR CHOICE OF AN ORGANIC COTTON DRESS FROM DOOPS! EMAIL US WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO YESPLEASE@PEPPERMINTMAG.COM BY 5 AUGUST 2018 WITH ‘DOOPS’ IN THE SUBJECT LINE. A STITCH IN TIME Designed in Sydney and sewn by female artisans in the foothills of the Himalayas, Aneau’s range of quilts are hand-stitched using a lightweight cotton poplin, and come packed in their own cotton pillowcase – ideal…

artist spotlight: the sewloist

Why do you do what you do? I started The Sewloist with the intention of connecting with people, fostering community and providing an alternative to fast fashion and fast consumption. I make most of my designs to order, using only vintage, remnant and designer end fabrics. What drew you to sustainable fashion? I completed my fashion studies in 2005 and there were no sustainability and ethics subjects on the curriculum, so I did my own research. It didn’t take long to gain a true insight into the negative impacts of the industry. I also worked in higher-end fashion retail, so was exposed to excessive consumption habits. The more you know about something, the harder it is to ignore the reality – I decided whichever way I was to work within fashion, I was…

changemaker: alice forrest

Tell us about your work… Jane Goodall said, “You can’t get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” For me, this meant pursuing degrees in conservation and marine biology, running workshops and talks and trying to live as sustainably as possible. I’ve travelled across the South Pacific and around Australia with schools, organisations and other groups to understand plastic pollution and work together to make a difference. What got you started? After falling in love with scuba-diving in my early twenties, I joined a diving conservation group. We did underwater cleanups and I was shocked to find a never-ending mass of plastic. How can we tackle the plastic problem? The…

peel back the layers

“We’re all buying or consuming our identity – it’s just a function of living in a capitalist model and participating in fashion” Tell us about this project… Soft Shells is a photo portrait series that catalogues an individual with all of their clothing. The images are meant to play with ideas of what’s revealed or concealed through someone’s fashion choices. What was the inspiration behind it? Why clothing? The project arose out of my interest in ‘things’ – I think a lot about how we use objects to identify ourselves and ground us to the world. We learn to relate to others through the tangibility of ‘stuff ’. An object becomes meaningful and significant because of the value we (as individuals and in a social sense) place on it. To what extent is Soft Shells…