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Sara is a journalist by trade and spent many happy years editing magazines until people stopped buying them and she was forced to transfer her talents to a brave new digital world. Sara lives in the inner city with two small kids, a dog and a cat, and tries her darndest to live an ethical life.

Sara’s background as a journalist and editor includes lengthy stints on titles such as inside out, donna hay magazine and the Sunday Telegraph (no judgement!). She has freelanced for a plethora of brands including Body + Soul, Marie Claire, GQ and Qantas Insider. She has also worked client side in property, retail, fashion, beauty and food.

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5 Simple Steps To A More Sustainable Wardrobe

The goal of having a totally ethical, sustainable wardrobe may seem like a lofty ideal, but what is life without a challenge? As the fashion industry wakes up to its responsibilities, it’s time to look a little closer to home and make some simple changes that can make a real difference in the long run. […]

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It’s Time To Invest In Vegan Silk Pillowcases

So there’s been a bit said recently about how silk pillowcases are the answer to every girl’s morning beauty issues. Yep, you wake up with a perfectly crease-free face and your hair looks just like it did when you climbed in between the sheets eight hours (or less!) earlier. This not-so well kept secret is […]

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Are Vegan Dating Agencies The Next Big Thing?

Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. But if you’re vegan, dating can be a tad tricky because much of dating revolves around food. And with that, all too often, comes having to explain why, when and how. Sitting opposite one another at a dinner table and staring into each other’s eyes is […]

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The Golden Globes Goes Vegan

The Hollywood Reporter – the ‘bible’ of the Hollywood film, television, and entertainment industries, has broken the news that this year’s Golden Globes will have an all-vegan menu, making it the first major awards show to go vegan. That should be popular with the majority of LA based celebs for whom a plant based diet […]

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Call To Ban Fur in NSW and Victoria Getting Louder

You probably saw the recent media reports about garments trimmed with real fur being mis-sold as ‘faux’ fur in Melbourne markets. The joint investigation by global animal protection organisation FOUR PAWS and MP for Western Victoria Andy Meddick uncovered a raft of items including beanies and jackets that contained fur from raccoon dogs. Raccoon dogs […]

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How Pleather Went From Woe To Wow

Not so long ago, synthetic leather had a bad rap. It was shiny, sweaty and squeaky –basically what you’d buy if you couldn’t afford the real thing. How things have changed. What was once variously labelled as imitation, artificial, faux or fake, pleather now has a new moniker – vegan leather. And with that comes […]

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Vegan, Organic, Biodynamic… What Does It All Mean When It Comes To Wine?

Ten years ago, it was a little voice in the wilderness. Today it’s a roar. Organic and biodynamically produced chardonnays and cabernets are the fastest growing wine market across the world, fuelled by claims that they are better for your health and better for the planet. In a report released late last year, wine and […]

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Interview: Sans Beast Creator Cathryn Wills

Cathryn Wills has been working in the Australian fashion biz for nearly 30 years – more than a decade of that in the world of leather handbags. Her 100 per cent vegan brand Sans Beast launched in March 2018. When I finished school, I worked in an office, before Benetton beckoned. I loved the materials, […]

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Be Vegan, Smell Sweet! Deodorants To Use (And Avoid)

FACT: Most mainstream deodorants are tested on animals. FACT: Beeswax is commonly found in natural deodorants. FACT: There is no excuse for poor hygiene! Everyone sweats, but how do you make sure you keep odour at bay while staying true to your cruelty-free ethos? Well there are some natural, cruelty-free, vegan deodorants out there folks! […]

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How I Survived (And LOVED) Meat Free Week

I’ve always skirted on the edge of vegetarianism – once, I didn’t eat meat for 13 years – and ‘vegan-curious’ is a word I’ve actually used in conversation. Then two small kids come along and, well, to be honest it all seemed a bit too hard. Which is why, when I decided to sign up […]

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Is Your Toothpaste A Vegan Toothpaste?

Not so very long ago, toothpastes contained glycerine, also known as animal fat. Glycerin is a humectant – it holds onto water and stops the toothpaste from drying out in the tube. It also prevents dryness in the mouth during brushing. These days glycerin can be made either synthetically or from plant sources, and that’s […]

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Wash Some (Vegan) Summer Into Your Hair

There’s a whiff of summer in the air and a girl’s thoughts naturally turn to… shampoo. Well, OK, among other things. But soft, sweet-smelling hair on bronzed shoulders is the stuff advertising is made of, and the dream comes one step closer with naturally fragranced and guaranteed vegan haircare. Summer Stories is a boutique new shower […]

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Can You Have A Big Fat Vegan Wedding?

Your wedding day is supposed to be right up there among the best days of your life so what if you want to do the whole thing on a vegan ticket? Organising a wedding can be pretty stressful so add another set of must-haves into the mix and it might just push you over the […]

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Tesla Joins Luxury Car Market With Fully Vegan Interiors

Eight out of 10 vegans prefer electric cars. Well, that’s not actually a stat, more of a guess. Isn’t it a no-brainer though, that people who care about the planet should be more inclined to ditch the gas guzzler and get around in a clean green vehicle? Of course unlike other Western countries, the Aussie […]

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New Movie About Vegan Athletes Blows Up The Protein Myth

Oscar-winning director James Cameron and Formula One racing star Lewis Hamilton have teamed up to make a documentary about plant-based vegan diets in sports. The film, The Game Changers, which has been described as “dramatic, powerful and amazing” also lists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan as co producers, and will feature several other elite-level athletes, including […]

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Celebrate World Plant Milk Day – August 22 And Every Day!

Did you know that a plant-based diet can put an extra 10 years on your lifespan? Yep, if you lead a healthy lifestyle, eating plants is proven to improve your overall wellbeing. So for this reason and others (read on), World Plant Milk Day seems a good time take a closer look. World Plant Milk […]

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Revealed: Internet Users’ Fave Vegan Beauty Brands

Voters on have chosen their favourite cruelty-free beauty brands. Anyone who visits the site regularly will know that things can change pretty fast depending on how many votes have come in, so here are the edited highlights, in no particular order: Paul Mitchell In 1980, this California-based hair care brand claims it became the […]

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Why Big Brands Are Ditching Cashmere

When Aussie brands One Teaspoon and Australian Fashion Labels (Finders Keepers, C/MEO Collective, Keepsake, The Fifth Label, Jaggar) announced they were stopping their use of cashmere last week, they put cashmere back under the vegan spotlight. Cashmere has had its fair share of publicity this year. Back in January, online retail juggernaut ASOS announced it […]

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Vegan Hotel Opens For Business In Scotland

The world’s (arguably) first vegan hotel has opened in Scotland. Saorsa 1875 flung wide its doors last month in Pitlochry, a Highlands village that’s a popular stop for travellers on their way to the famous Loch Ness. The 11-room boutique hotel caters to eco-conscious vegans (or those interested in in being so). “The vegan philosophy […]

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Vegan Fashion Museum

Vegan Fashion Museum Opens In LA

Step aside Heather Locklear, Melrose Place has a new hero. The first vegan fashion museum has opened on Melrose Place, in the centre of Los Angeles. The intimate space opened in June for the purpose of promoting vegan fashion. It’s the brainchild of animal rights activist Jonathan Ohayon, who kick-started the FAKE (Fashion for Animal Kingdom […]

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How To Fly The Vegan Flag (Literally)

Looking for something to jazz up your street frontage? The vegan flag was officially adopted by the international vegan community in June two years ago. You may have come across it before but if not, here’s a little recent history lesson. The vegan flag is what’s known as a civil flag, one that is flown […]

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How To Get Eyelash Extensions Without Doing Harm

Want to wake up with dark and voluminous lashes (and no, forgetting take off last night’s make-up doesn’t count). Eyelash extensions have gone from fringe to mainstream in the past decade or so, allowing wearers the freedom of ‘naturally’ long and luxe lashes without the bother of applying falsies or burning through multiple tubes of […]

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Don’t Miss Sascha Camilli’s New Vegan Style Bible

There’s no shortage of vegan cookbooks on the market but when it comes to vegan style, you have to do a little more legwork to find all the information you need. Until now that is! Sascha Camilli is a journalist, fashion editor and dedicated vegan who’s put together the ultimate guide to vegan style. Over […]

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Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit, The More You Eat, The More You Toot

The most common discussion topics for new vegans are (in no particular order) animal rights, mushroom risotto, vegan wine… and flatulence. Actually we just made this up, based on a straw poll around the office. So guess which one we’re going to discuss here? Last week, my five year old brought home a book from […]

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Vegan Care For Down There

Sometimes it’s hard to be a vegan woman. While there’s an increasing range of vegan foods on offer if you go to the right restaurants, and guidance available from various sources in the world of fashion, there are always going to be those more personal products, about which you don’t feel quite so comfortable making […]

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The Iconic Launches PETA Approved Vegan Footwear Collection

When The Iconic launched in Australia back in 2011, the novelty of having something delivered to your desk in time for that pesky after-work function was reward enough. Now, our fastest growing online fashion retailer has given us even more reason to log on, with its exclusive Atmos&Here vegan footwear collection. The capsule collection is […]

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At Last! Vegan Friendly Bandaids Now In A Store Near You

The Americans call them bandages, the British call them plasters and we call them bandaids, which is a bit silly really as it’s a trademarked name and we don’t want to get into trouble. So, let’s call them ‘wound coverings’ from now on. The point here is of course that none of the mainstream brands […]

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Beyond Beyond Meat… Aussie Alternative Enters The Supermarket Showdown

So we’ve all heard heaps about Beyond Meat… and we’ve all heard a fair bit about Impossible Meat. And now there’s a true blue Aussie company that’s making a big difference in the vegan space, too. The Alternative Meat Co. products are 100 per cent Australian made and 100 per cent plant based, and not […]

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We Speak With Tattoo Artist, Nerida Nicolson, About Vegan Tatts

Tattoo artist Nerida Nicolson grew up on an orchard in the bush, about an hour and a half out of Sydney. She has been tattooing for the past six years from her studio base in Surry Hills. At around the time she was starting out, she switched to a vegan lifestyle, and now she walks the […]

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Vegan Tuna ‘Too Much Like the Real Thing’

There’s a new tuna in town and it’s ruffling feathers (or should that be fins?). Vegan tuna. It’s plant-based which means it’s seafood-free, mercury-free and gluten-free, yet packed with nutritious omega 3s and features the light, flaky texture of the real thing. Created in collaboration with seafood industry experts to help address the growing crisis […]

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We’ve Tracked Down The Best Vegan Fashion Tours Around The Globe

Type ‘vegan tour’ into Google and you’re rewarded with options to experience the vegan cuisine of countless cities across the globe. Add the word ‘fashion’ into the mix and… not so productive. But there is light at the end of the stylish tunnel. What do you mean? In London, named last year as the world’s […]

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A Totally Ethical T Shirt Tailored To Fit You? Not Dreaming…

Have you ever found a T shirt that fitted you so perfectly you wanted to wear it forever? Maybe you did; more likely you’re still searching. But hey, T shirts are pretty disposable. They’re generally inexpensive so if you buy one and it doesn’t fill you with joy, then no worries, move on.Or not. Citizen […]

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Game Of Thrones Stars: Protectors Of The Vegan Realm

This coming weekend (that’s Monday morning here in Oz), the final episode of the final season ever of fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be screened on Fox, and fans everywhere are heading for the hills in a desperate bid to avoid spoilers. So it seems an opportune moment to celebrate the fact that there […]

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Why Coconuts Are A Girl’s (And A Boy’s) Best Friend

The coconut is known as the Swiss Army penknife of the plant kingdom because, in one tidy package, it provides food, water, fibre that can be spun, and a shell that can be burned to keep you warm. Oh, and it floats. Just what you need on a desert island, where, handily enough, you might […]

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Something For Him: Ethical Menswear For Boys Who Care

Did you know that the world over, female vegans outnumber their male counterparts by about two to one? Some surveys have it showing even more of a divide in some countries (hello USA), at up to four to one. Despite – or perhaps because of – its low base, the sustainable men’s fashion industry is […]

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Why Vegan Make Up Artist Steffanie Strazzere Likes To Go Big Or Go Home!

Fact: When asked what is the one makeup item you can’t function without, the majority of women say mascara. And if you’re looking for a compassionate choice that doesn’t short change on bold, beautiful pigment and everlasting wear, then read on. Vegan makeup artist Steffanie Strazzere, part of the Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective, […]

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There’s Lots of Myths Around Vegan Fashion. Let’s Break Them Down

The world of vegan fashion is clad in assumptions that are outdated, misguided or downright wrong. Here’s where we dust them off and send them on their way. MYTH It’s not stylish BUSTED This is not only untrue, it’s actually the complete opposite of what’s happening on Planet Fashion right now. In 2019 it’s one […]

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How Should Vegans Vote?

With the general election looming, many of us are wondering how to cast our votes in a way that reflects and benefits our lifestyles. So does being vegan affect who you will choose to elect? Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s not that easy to find out where the major parties stand on animal rights. But we’ve had […]

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The Ultimate Winter Wardrobe Without Wool

Who Says Vegans Can’t Knit? As an identifying Vegan-Curious, the issue of wool is one of those ‘eh?’ moments. I mean, animals aren’t hurt when you shave their fleece, right? Wrong, apparently. Even a cursory amount of Googling shows that in fact, the wool industry is one of the most barbaric. The way sheep are […]

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Are You Vegan Because You Mean it, Or Just Because It’s Trendy?

There’s no getting around the fact that ‘vegan’ is suddenly a buzzword. Those who live a vegan lifestyle are growing in numbers faster than we can count. Anecdotal evidence is backed by market research firm Euromonitor International, which named Australia was the third fastest growing vegan market in the world (after the United Arab Emirates […]

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Vegan Sneakers – How The Big Brands Measure Up

Big sports brands didn’t get to be big sports brands by staying on the back foot. These days, the main players are keen to show off some ethical cred and scoop up some of those vegan dollars to boot. Of course there are heaps of leather free sports shoes out there, but we’re interested in […]

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