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Posted Wednesday 21st September 2016

What does pink & green make Mummy? The new black darling.

What does pink & green make Mummy?  The new black darling.

Clarity (my daughter ; age 3)  is super into visual art.  Specifically (at the moment), mixing colours to get 'new' colours.

These images are of some paint work on paperbark (from our garden) that we 'collaborated' on.

When she asked me the other day … What does pink & green make Mummy?  I thought … Ahhh, a GOLD title to lead a lifestyle based post about a fashion gal becoming an 'eco' gal.

So here we go.

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I've got a great pal in our new 2484 hometown.  We totally get each other.

Everytime we see each other we talk about plastic.  

Thrilling right!?  

But truly, we are both as equally 'wigged' out about it (plastic) as each other.

Now I'm 36 and until about a year ago I've lived a radically commercial life.

With extra plastic.

I'm not proud of it.  And truly, I can't understand how I was never aware of it!?

I think it's come around to bite me on my button.

As now ...  All I see EVERYWHERE is plastic.

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I don't know what has happened to me.  But what ever happened.  I'm glad it happened.

Because the world needs more people choosing 'green' choices.

This beautiful world is literally choking!  With fashion being a major contributor (and me being an ex-fast fashion retailer) I've had to put my life into eco overdrive in an attempt to eco neutralise my previous life choices.

Today I thought I'd share 3 (really easy) life style habits that I've stopped & started.

Helping this (very) pink girl … turn green.  And gosh … if I can do it … anyone can.

STOP (as much as possible)

* Using plastic carry bags & bin bags.  Totally inconvenient at first (oh our first world problems!) but once you get into the swing of choosing a recycled box or remembering your jute tote, this is a super easy way to stop adding (really) unnecessary plastic to our world.  I think back about the amount of plastic bags I would be given in a day ~ at least one? Often more … ~ that's at least 7 in a week … 365 plastic bags to land fill.  And then to think I would buy bin liners, 'scented' plastic bags for nappies, grab new plastic pick up bags for dog poo … what was I ever thinking?  Clearly, it wasn't eco.  It's so easy just to say 'no thank you' to plastic and to re use what is already going to waste.  And taking recycling more seriously … I just can't believe how much we're 'not' throwing out now.  And I'd still like to get better.  =) 

* Eating food & drinking from packaged sources.  OOoooo.  Totally tricky too.  But important and beneficial not just for our environment but our health too.  A) Food that is packaged in plastic is probably so low in nutrition there's no point consuming it anyway.  B) The waste is huge!  Printed, plastic covered cardboard boxes with plastic container inserts … Crazy!  It's so easy (and often much more affordable) to grab a fresh snack of fruit/veg or to carry some nuts/dried fruit/crackers in a container.  And voila!  No waste.  =)

* Buying cheap fashion and lifestyle products.  There's no nice way to say it.  Cheap things … be they fashion, homewares, food …. whatever … are cheap because they are mass produced and costs are cut along the way.  Cheap choices have a cost to our world ~ be it to people, to our environment ~ mostly both.  Mostly we don't need these 'things' that we buy.  So why not save our money?  Walk away and think carefully about what we want to purchase.  And when we do consciously decide to invest, purchase something that is made well.

START (why not NOW!?)

* Burying your scraps.  Did you know that food scraps are one of the biggest world contributors to negative green house gasses?  Alongside oil mining & fashion.  Hmmmm.  Who was to know food trapped in plastic piled underneath tons of other plastic doesn't break down naturally?  I didn't.  Interestingly though, handled properly our food scraps can add (as they were meant too) beautiful nutrition and a bountiful food supply in your garden.  It's as simple as popping those fruit and vege cuttings & left overs in a bowl, digging a little hole every morning and popping them in.  Or go on, get fancy and start a compost or get some chooks.  Instant soil nutrition. #peaceloveandcompost

* Taking recycling seriously.  So much of what gets thrown out can be recycled.  A) If you can avoid buying packaging, do.  Ask yourself … What can you refill, or buy in an alternate (bulk) way?  B) What can you reuse?  Jars, boxes, bags … Many things ready for the bin can be reused (at least once) with some imagination. C) Put your waste in the right compartments.  Cardboard and glass together.  Scrunchy plastics together.  Hard plastics together.  

* Questioning the materials used in your purchases and learn how they are put together.  A) This is about making good financial and eco choices.  Choosing natural materials is good for us and our environment.  Choosing to support crafts that have longevity just makes sense.  Buy once, buy well.  Quality over quantity.  Can I think of any more catchy sayings?  B) This is about encouraging retailers to be aware of what they are selling and creating.  The fashion revolution starts with US as consumers!

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So that's my muse for today.

No rocket science.

Just easy lifestyle choices.

That I feel so good about making every day now.

And I hope that YOU do too!

You beautiful green thing.

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The Fluro Junkie is a creative fashion & lifestyle space inspired about big, beautiful lives.

My aesthetic is feminine, colourful, textural & print heavy … with a focus on sustainable creations.  

Based at Studio 5/13 Wharf St, Murwillumbah, I style by appointment (online or instore) for personal wardrobe, home spaces and events.

I'd love to connect.  Call me on 0404033850 or email creativeteam@flurojunkie.com.au to book in.

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With love, Mary. 

"Style is knowing who you are and what you stand for". SHOP the latest NOW. 

PINK AND GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

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