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The Social Outfit are an independently-accredited, ethical trading social enterprise that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities in clothing production, retail, design and marketing. They make and sell quality products that help financially empower people and provide customers with unique pieces that tell amazing human stories.

These clutches are made from offcuts donated from textile companies that want to avoid textile waste. Fabric compositions vary (linen/cotton/heavy silks, some with embroidered or flocked details). Each clutch features two fabrics spliced on the outside, and a complementary fabric for the lining. Each clutch is one of a kind.



This beautiful 10-litre fermentation crock has been handmade on a potter’s wheel by a master potter at Durand’s Beechmountain workshop in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The fermenting crocks are stoneware and made with certified lead-free glazes. They come with two handmade stone weights and a large water moat to make the fermentation airtight.

Durand have been making high quality ceramics, stoneware and pottery for nearly 30 years—you may already know them for their stoneware gravity water filters and kombucha jars. If you’re into fermenting, this crock will not only give you lots of sauerkraut or kimchi, but tonnes of aesthetic pleasure too.



Grow your own delicious and nutritious oyster mushrooms at home. No specialist equipment needed, this is gourmet food you can produce yourself with a tiny carbon footprint.

Milton Mushrooms is a small mushroom farm run by Marita, a self-confessed organic farming, self-sufficiency and science buff. Milton Mushrooms sell a range of different dried cultures, grain spawn (which is like a mushroom starter), dried mushrooms and supplements and easy to use kits.

Whatever your mushroom growing expertise, there’s something for everyone to make a start delving into the world of delicious homegrown shrooms.

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If you are a lover of dark chocolate, this is the ultimate. With 90% cacao, Alter Eco’s Super Blackout has all the intensity of the darkest dark bar but with a smooth, creamy bite. All Alter Eco products are Australian Certified Organic, Fairtrade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free (excluding Dark Salt & Malt Organic Chocolate).

Alter Eco is all about spreading social justice and environmental regeneration and embodying the four pillars: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing only organic and non-GMO foods, creating minimal waste by working towards 100 % compostable packaging, and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the co-operatives that produce its crops.



This electric cargo bike is perfect for steep hills or long-distance trips and has tonnes of torque and responsive power output – with a drive system capable of serious climbing and unparalleled range. It features a low-rider cargo rack and a 20-inch rear wheel to lower the bike’s center of gravity and provide a stable and safe platform for your payload. Add Yuba accessories like child seats, seat pads, and mini hold-on bars for the ultimate family-friendly bike – and get rid of your second (or first) car!



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