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MEN, WE HAVE TO TALK

“Sometimes, how you ingest this idea of masculinity as projected onto you by the world could be the difference of life and death.” – American film director, Barry Jenkins.        Technological breakthroughs and advancements in modern medicine can be looked at to support the stark increase (indicated in the above graph) in the life expectancy of Australian males and females over the last century. Certainly, an approximate 35-year increase of life expectancy from birth is worth celebrating. Perhaps, though, it is worth questioning why the increase pictured above is consistently in favor of the light blue line (females) rather than that of the darker line (males). In particular, how can we relate these figures to modern society?  ...

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23/27 kg of clothes are thrown away in Australia

According to social enterprise, Textile Beat, the average Australian abandons 23 out of the 27 kilograms of textiles we each purchase per year. This amounts to 500,000 tonnes of leather and textiles, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Taking this a step further, the final home of these fabrics takes the form of landfill. “Two-thirds of those discards are manmade synthetic/plastic fibres that may never breakdown.”   Polyester, acrylic, nylon – you don’t have to be a shopaholic for these words to sound familiar. They are stamped on most of the clothes we have been purchasing and proudly wearing throughout our lives. However, seldom do we think about the step subsequent to the ‘wearing’. Moreover, do we...

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To Thailand, from Australia.

Hey Dad,   It’s been a while since I actually wrote a proper letter to you. I’d like to take this Father’s Day as a chance to take us back and share some of my favourite moments with you.   Dad, I loved it when you cooked me omelette in the morning. It is my favourite dish ever. It has the softness and taste that I would not be able to get it from anywhere else. I can never have enough of it. Dad, I loved it when you bought me a notebook so I kept track of my expense. It taught me the value of money and helped me reflect on what I spent on. I became an adult...

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Belinda Loved It When...

Dear Dad On father’s day, we celebrate all that you have achieved in your sixty years of life. Your love for family, your values – and stand for justice, what is right, has taught me so many things and has made me who I am today. I would like to share some of my earliest memories that I love and have influenced my life.  Dad, I loved it when we discussed that a new car is not an investment – thank you for not letting me get a loan for a new car – I still have not indulged but feel it will come one day soon! Dad, I loved it when we talked about happiness, independence and wealth –...

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The story behind why, and where to next?

GENT Underwear was born out of frustration in the lack of choice for ethical men’s underwear. We focussed on this and identified that we needed to differentiate ourselves in more ways than one to make a big enough shift that large multi-nationals will follow. We registered as a Social Enterprise and committed to donating 10% of our profits to a mental health organisation. We thought to ourselves “If this is going to be HUGE, and enact lasting change on a big industry, let’s go for the biggest one in the country”… so we did. Now we are partnered with BeyondBlue. So, we had found a gap in the market, and had a point of difference, it was time to start...

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