What we’re talking about: A real dirt bag


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A real dirt bag

A Canberra-based fashion designer has upped the ante in her bid to ensure future generations have a cleaner and greener world to live in. Creative director and founder of Pure Pod, Kelli Donovan is also an ethical clothing advocate who uses Fairtrade knits that are 100% organic in all of her designs. Now Pure Pod has taken another significant step when it mailed a special order to a client – because it was packaged in a compostable bag. It’s Pure Pod’s way of reducing one-time plastic usage and Donovan is hoping more companies will follow her lead. “We want to educate and encourage all of our customers, stockists and the industry’s future creative designers to really think about the source of their purchases and who has made them, what impact they have had and how they can improve their consumer choices for a cleaner and healthier planet,” says Donovan. Pure Pod creates specialised woven garments using high-quality organic, sustainable and natural woven fabrics like wool, hemp, organic denim, silk blends and organic cottons.

See purepod.com.au for more.

Coming soon to Canberra brides

Wedding photographers Amy Farrell and Andi O’Day have launched a wedding dress pop-up for Canberra brides, a new destination for bridal style called Mrs Fray. Sponsored by Ovolo Nishi Hotel and the Molonglo Group, the first pop-up will be held at the Nishi Gallery, 11-14 October, and open to the public for browsing and private fittings. It will feature Australian bridal designers Karen Willis Holmes, L’eto Bridal and Prea James as well as adornments from Australian designers. Over the course of the four days, brides will be able to browse the collection of wares within the Nishi Gallery and book private appointments.

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Women’s health survey

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health surveyed more than 15,000 women across Australia this year to find out their greatest health concerns, habits and needs. The survey reveals that almost half of women surveyed had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist and two-thirds reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the last four weeks. “Anecdotally we hear more and more about the ‘sandwich generation’ of women, who are trying to juggle busy careers with kids and ageing parents,” says Chris Enright, Head of Education & Knowledge Exchange at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. “Our survey reflects that women worry about their health, particularly their weight, and getting enough time to themselves just to unwind, and 9.5% of women drink alcohol every day.” But there is also good news. “Hardly any of the 15,000 women that we surveyed are regular smokers – 90% hadn’t smoked in the past year. And half of women describe their health as very good or excellent,” says Enright.

For further information, visit womenshealthweek.com.au

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