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    THE CREATURE BLOG

    What a year it's been + now we're on the fast train to Festivus, with many of us looking forward to overdue celebrations with loved ones.  While it's tempting to feel 'we deserve' decadence - it's a good time to remember how much waste can come out of this time of the year, with packaging + decorating.  We share our top tips, for enjoying a more eco conscious 2020 Xmas.  Whether it's getting your craft on through embracing upcycling, foraging for sticks to repurpose into a Xmas tree or wrapping your presents with old fabric - we've pulled some ideas together to offer up a DIY-fabulous experience this festive season.
    A few weeks ago, we threw a notion out into the universe that perhaps all this talk about leather being the 'natural' option when it comes to fashion, was not entirely true.  We said we'd discuss the manufacturing, the environmental impact, the biodegradability, and yes, even the ethics around the industrial level raising of animals on the planet.  We asked our community if they wanted to know more.  The answer was a resounding YES.  Co-authored by Cathryn Wills + Emma Hakansson, with as much research as they could gather to illustrate the point that 'faux' may be a dirty word to many, but modern leather has its own grubby secrets.
    The fashion industry is going through much change + challenge - from sustainability to ethics, to the question of consumption; how is a designer to feel about all of this, after studying for years to join the much admired world of fashion?  Emily Cameron, graduated from RMIT 3 years ago, then headed to London to join the industry in a large retail business.  We're thrilled to now have Emily in our team, and asked her to share some thoughts on how she sees the industry today + what inspires her to continue creating within it.

    Cathryn shares what goes into a Sans Beast bag, what value means to her – and ultimately, why creating pieces without animal products is important to the Sans Beast brand.  Ethics + sustainability often get used in an interchangeable manner - yet, they're different.  The ethics of mass raising + slaughtering animals is questionable at best.  Read on to learn what value + ethics mean to the Sans Beast founder.