OK so it’s that time of year already. Crazy, I know. But my five-year-old is actually begging me to put the tree up so I’ve been thinking, as I do every year, even though it’s only November, if I don’t get my butt into gear early, I will miss the online shopping window. And it’s a legitimate fear of everyone who is striving to be a more ethical, sustainable consumer am I right? If we don’t plan ahead and put some thought into our Christmas shopping we may end up caught in the chaos of buying whatever pointless, meaningless, piece of junk we can get our hands on the week before Christmas at a soulless shopping centre where everyone is walking (read: running) around like highly anxious maniacs at one of those ridiculous all-nighter pre-Christmas shopping events. Or maybe this is just my nightmare????Read More
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In just a few weeks time the Wanderlust People family will grow again! I am getting ready to welcome baby boy #3 to the WP tribe so it goes without saying that I've got a million things to do, no time and do it and a list as long as my arm. I mean I should know what I'm doing (having done it twice before) but there still seems to be a significant amount of selective memory, missing crucial items (I probably donated a whole bunch of nursery items in one of my ruthless clean outs) and just plain EEEEEEEEKKKKK-what-am-I-doing-I'm-about-to-have-a-third-child?!?! factor. Actually, if I am completely honest, it's probably mostly from line item 3.Read More
I love giving gifts! Picking out that perfect gift and then seeing the joy and excitement on someone's face when they unwrap it? Priceless! But I also know finding that elusive, "perfect" gift can be incredibly difficult.
So we're here to help! We have inspiration for everyone in your world and if you've got a list in your hand of gifts to buy and no ideas, we have got you covered. Orders placed by midday AEST on Tuesday the 19th of December will automatically be upgraded to express postage.Read More
We talk a lot about fair trade and what it means to be ethical and sustainable but I know this concept can be hard to grasp at the root level. We know being ethical is important, but how important is it? And what does it really mean for the supply chain? How does it impact the artisan or the manufacturer right at the beginning of the supply chain, on the other side of the world? And is it ok to do the occasional purchase at Kmart? I get it! I've asked all the same questions myself and the journey of becoming a more ethical consumer is exactly that - it's a journey!Read More
You know the great thing about living in a small town? The stuff you do makes a difference. And you know the downside of living in a small town? The stuff you do makes a difference.
Here’s one example. Here in Port Vila, recycling is still in the nascent stages. It’s hard for us Aussies to get our heads around the realities of the situation. We know this not only from personal experience, but because everyone of the gazillion of Australians who have come to visit us here has tried at some point to recycle a wine bottle – and it’s not possible here. Really. You can recycle beer bottles, as long as they are the green, locally brewed variety, by taking them back to the brewery. You can recycle aluminium and steel cans, by taking them to a one of the designated drop off points at a government department more or less near you. You can recycle batteries, by taking them to one of their (totally different) designated drop off points. As of last week, now you can even recycle plastic water bottles – by taking them back to the plastic water bottle factory.Read More
If you live in Queensland like me, or the South Pacific like Elissa currently does, winter is a bit of a novelty. It seems to make a brief but dramatic appearance. You know, the kind - insanely overhyped and strangely dealt with in this confused, eclectic mix of - oh my goodness we must bust out the fires and the beanies and the winter jackets and extra blankets but we could still totally walk in the beach in a singlet if we felt so inclined? If you're from a place with a legitimate winter like Alaska or America or heck, even Melbourne, you probably won't get it, what with your heated flooring arctic winter winds, but here on the coast we do everything "casually".
So when you catch even the glimpse of a winter day, you make the most of you. You definitely bust out your winter woolies and crank the fire to enjoy the cosy vibes for the fleeting time they appear. At the moment we have had a few (I mean very few) hints of dropping temperatures. So to make the occasion, I thought I would share some of my favourite winter warmers from our store. So snuggle by the fire, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy browsing through some of these beauties - all fairtrade, handmade and sourced from around the world Wanderlust People style.Read More
Natalie Kay is not your regular fashionista. A fashion major in college, she learned some of the industry's dark secrets, and she found she couldn't turn a blind eye to the impact of fast fashion. Instead she decided to make a difference in the industry she loved! And that's why we love her! Believing fashion can and should exist responsibly Natalie founded Sustainably Chic - a blog and guide to a more ethical wardrobe. Aimée caught up with her to find out what ethical style is all about. to a more ethical wardrobe. Aimée caught up with her to find out what ethical style is all about.Read More
Every year Baptist World Australia releases their annual Ethical Fashion Report to shed light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Along with their report they provide FOR FREE an accompanying Fashion Guide that grades 106 companies (330 brands) based on their ethical performance. As consumers we should absolutely be grabbing hold of this valuable information and using it to help us make informed purchasing choices.Read More
One of the things we love most about who we are and what we do, is that we get to partner with some amazing producer groups around the world who are the creative genius behind our product range. Sasha is a not-for-profit organisation working with more than a hundred artisans and craft communities all over India. Since its inception in 1978, Sasha has worked towards developing craft communities so their skills and creativity find expression, recognition and fulfillment.Read More