This week is Fashion Revolution week.
This year is the 5th anniversary of Fashion Revolution, which started after the collapse of Rana Plaza factory.
Fashion Revolution grew out of this tragic incident and ignited the world’s biggest fashion activism movement for a fairer, safer fashion industry.
At FIRST BASE we stand with the Fashion Revolution movement and have made sure our company and supply chain is completely transparent.
Our garments are manufactured in China and are proudly ethically produced.
It means that we have all our factories independently audited by a third party to make sure that they are WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBLE ACCREDITED PRODUCTION (WRAP) compliant.
If you are interested in reading about what WRAP is, please click here.
At FIRST BASE we believe in the importance of basic human rights within the working environments of our factories.
Therefore, we also visit our factories annually so we can physically see how business is being done and say thanks to the people who tirelessly make our garments.
Our supply chain is completely transparent – you can check out our supply chain on our Ethical Page on our website.
So, what can you do as an individual? Firstly, you can start by asking any of your favourite brands #WHOMADEMYCLOTHES? A simple comment, email or tweet will work and you can join in on the movement by following any of the links below.
Earth Day started with hundreds of people taking to the streets back in 1970 on the 22nd of April to protest 150 years of industrial pollution and the effect that pollution was having on the biodiversity of the planet.
Since then it has become a global event with an estimated 1 billion people participating in 192 countries worldwide.
This year Earth Day’s main focus is to end plastic pollution, which we at FIRST BASE are totally on board with.
Plastic is poisoning our land and oceans, injuring marine life and affecting our health…AHH!
8.3 BILLIONS TONS of virgin plastic has been produced on our planet, to date.
12% has been incinerated creating toxic chemicals within our environment AND only 9% has been recycled.
Most people are aware of the impact that plastic pollution, including plastic bags, can have on our marine wildlife.
However, it is not only our animals that are affected by the number of plastics within the environment.
Did you know that 83% of tested water samples in major metropolitan areas were contaminated with plastic fibres? How do you feel about drinking plastic?
It’s not that crash hot if you ask us, and I doubt our marine life like it either.
At FIRST BASE, we have always been keen on reducing the number of plastics we produce.
We noticed how problematic plastic was from the get-go, as originally all our individual products were coming in individual plastic poly bags.
Ultimately, this meant that hundreds of plastic bags each year were being thrown away and added to that ridiculous amount of plastic already in the environment.
After doing a bit of research into recycled plastic and finding that it uses a significant amount of water and produces quite a few harmful chemicals (mmm… NOT TO GREAT), we decided to invest in the most sustainable option, BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC.
You can now rest assured that if you buy any products from FIRST BASE, you would receive your products in D2W BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC.
This plastic will degrade completely within 3 – 5 years without leaving any harmful chemicals in the environment and without adding to the number of plastics that are already making it into our waterways.
If you want to see what you can do as an individual to help end plastic pollution for the Earth Day movement, click here.
SO, HAPPY EARTH DAY, and we at FIRST BASE hope today, and every day, you take a little time to think about what you can do to make a positive impact on the environment.
To read up on the history of Earth Day, click here.
SO, OLD MATE LEO CERTAINLY ISN’T JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE (CIRCA 95’).
IN 1998 HE STARTED THE LEONARDO DI CAPRIO FOUNDATION.
A FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO THE LONG-TERM HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF ALL EARTH’S INHABITANTS. NO EASY FEAT.
THE FOUNDATION ALONE HAS AWARDED OVER US$80 MILLION IN GRANTS SINCE 2010, IN ORDER TO COMBAT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ACROSS ALL FIVE OCEANS. NOT A BAD PAYBACK SEEING AS LEO STATES THAT NATURE FREELY SUPPLIES US WITH AN ESTIMATED $100 TRILLION IN ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PER YEAR. NATURAL SYSTEMS LIKE FORESTS, WETLANDS, AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS GIVE US CLEAN WATER, FRESH AIR, AND ABUNDANT FOOD, WHILE ENSURING A BALANCED CLIMATE SYSTEM.
LEO, HAS ALSO USED HIS PUBLIC PERSONA AND INFLUENCE TO REACH OUT ACROSS THE WORLD TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE ISSUES HIS FOUNDATION COMBATS. IN 2016, HE PRODUCED A DOCUMENTARY, CALLED BEFORE THE FLOOD, WITH FISHER STEVENS, ABOUT THE IMPACTS AND EFFECTS OF
CLIMATE CHANGE ON TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT.
WE TOTALLY JUST GAVE YOU ANOTHER REASON TO SWOON OVER HIM HEY?
WE COULDN’T REALLY COMPILE THIS LIST WITHOUT OUR VERY OWN BOSS LADY, ALI COTTON.
PIONEERING THE WAY FOR OTHERS IN IMPLEMENTING ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES WITHIN HER COMPANY, ALI HAS BEEN A GAME CHANGER
IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND SOMEONE WHO WE ADMIRE BECAUSE OF IT.
AT FIRST BASE WE AIM TO CONSISTENTLY REDUCE AND HOPEFULLY ONE DAY, ELIMINATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST THAT COMES WITH RUNNING A BUSINESS. THERE ARE MANY WAYS WE CAN REDUCE THIS COST. STARTING IN OUR STUDIO, WE RECYCLE OUR INK CARTRIDGES, USE ONLY RECYCLED PAPER PRODUCTS, USE ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS AND LIMIT THE USE OF OUR APPLIANCES.
IN OUR PRODUCTION WE HAVE INTRODUCED ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICATIONS SUCH AS ORGANIC COTTON, SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO, AND RECYCLED NYLON.
WE ARE ALSO STOKED TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT ALL OUR POLY BAGS ARE MADE FROM D2W BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC, WHICH WILL DEGRADE COMPLETELY WITHIN 3-5 YEARS AND LEAVE NO HARMFUL TRACES IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
ALI IS CONSTANTLY THINKING OF NEW WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN LIMIT OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT TOO,
WE TEAMED UP WITH CARBON NEUTRAL AUSTRALIA TO BRING OUR PLANT -A- TREE PROGRAM TO LIFE.
EVERY TIME YOU SHOP WITH US ONLINE YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS PLANTING A TREE
TO ASSIST IN OUR EFFORTS TO HELP COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING.
THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER REASONS WHY WE LOVE OUR GIRL ALI TOO, BUSINESS ASIDE.
SHE CAN MAKE A PRETTY MEAN VEGAN RAINBOW CAKE AND SHE CAN THROW DOWN A DANCE MOVE OR TWO AFTER A FEW GINS.
AS ONE OF SURFING’S MOST PROLIFIC AND RESPECTED WATERMAN, IT’S NO SECRET DAVE “RASTA” RASTOVICH SEES THE WORLD THROUGH A UNIQUE LENS.
ONE FILLED WITH HUMILITY AND POSITIVITY.
DAVE RASTOVICH IS AN AUSSIE RAISED FREE SURFER WHO IN 2004 TEAMED UP WITH OCEAN ARTIST/ACTIVIST,
HOWIE COOKE, TO CREATE THE NON FOR PROFIT VOLUNTEER GROUP, SURFERS FOR CETACEANS.
THE GROUP AIMS TO MOBILISE SURFERS AND OCEAN CREW WORLDWIDE AGAINST THE HARASSMENT, CAPTURE, AND KILLING OF WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND OTHER MARINE MAMMALS.
NOT ONLY DID HE START S4C HIS EFFORTS WITH SEA SHEPHARD, THE OCEANIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY, THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE,
AND MANY MORE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AREN’T GOING UNNOTICED. HE WAS AWARDED ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR IN 09’.
BORN IN SYDNEY’S NORTHERN BEACHES, HENRY EDWARD STRETEN, KNOWN AS FLUME TO ALL OF US, IS AN AUSTRALIAN RECORD PRODUCER, MUSICIAN AND DJ.
HE’S A PRETTY COOL DUDE, AND THE GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST HAS JUST TEAMED UP WITH GREENPEACE TO TRY AND MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT
ON ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD, OUR OWN GREAT BARRIER REEF.
LATE IN 2017 FLUME AND GREENPEACE RELEASED A MUSIC VIDEO THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE MAJOR IMPACT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND
FOSSIL FUELS HAVE HAD ON AUSTRALIA’S GREAT BARRIER REEF. FLUME IS USING HIS MASSIVE SOCIAL
FOLLOWING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE AND TO TRY AND EDUCATE AS MANY PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AS ONE TO SAVE THIS NATURAL AUSTRALIAN ICON.
WATCH THE EPIC VID HERE.
YOU CAN SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT OUR REEF HERE.
I wanted to be a pro surfer. But I always drew, painted, crafted… and I loved fashion. Really, it’s my second love next to being in the water. When my dreams of being a pro surfer were dashed – not enough talent and an injury that kept me out of the water for 5 years – I turned to fashion. I love that I’m building something bigger than myself and working with an amazing team of girls every day. It’s powerful.
My mum used it and bought me a bottle as my first moisturiser. I felt so grown up. My biggest beauty faux pas was overdoing the fake tan. I went through a phase in my early 20s where I clearly had lost perspective of how brown I was getting, not only from being in the sun but then fake tanning over the top. I see those photos now and wonder why none of my friends told me I was literally orange!
… that is apparently going to change my life! My process isn’t super complicated and the older I get the more I find myself simplifying things. I’d just rather be at the beach or hanging out with friends than labouring over my bronzer. I typically don’t have much time in the morning as I’m always rushing back from yoga or training and have 30 minutes to go from sweaty to sexy – I have to keep it relatively minimal. I do use Palmers Coconut Oil because I love everything oil and it isn’t much fuss with the pump. I mix this up with the other body oils I use for my legs. I also love Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes for when I need a bit of a colour – they don’t streak and they leave me with a super natural glow.
That’s really my answer for everything! I do a fair bit of yoga and I attempt meditation but that’s a work in progress. My husband is a yoga teacher so I practice his classes at Body Mind Life in Bondi twice a week. I mix that up with three sessions of weight training a week at Base Gym with the Base Body Babes. I love these girls. They’re great trainers and their style of weight training has really helped shape and redefine my body, while the yoga helps keep things long and lean. I also love to put on some music, pour myself a gin and just cook – I find that super relaxing, and when you’re done you have an amazing meal.