Guest Editor Picks: Malorie Bertrand of EF Magazine
Malorie Bertrand of EF Magazine is a Jane of all trades. She is a full-time science writer, a part-time blogger, freelance writer and stylist, and some-time event coordinator and host. You can read her most recent writing in The Guardian and Ottawa Magazine, and see her styling work on krop.com. She has been writing about ethical and sustainable fashion since 2007 to raise consumer awareness and promote emerging designers. In her ongoing efforts to highlight sustainable style, Malorie consults her clients on how to build a minimalist wardrobe and hosts workshops in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.
Describe your style in one sentence.
Dependent on my mood: cozy, youthful or neutral utilitarian à la Scandinavian.
What’s at the top of your lust list and why?
I love these black silk trousers from Ala Mairi. They are high-wasted, which is great for accentuating what is usually the narrowest part of a woman’s body, and they are tailored nicely, making them great for work and going out.
How do you lead a conscious lifestyle?
It certainly isn’t easy. There are so many temptations each and every day. I try to reduce my consumption of things in general. I don’t pack my home full of useless things that just take up room and will eventually end up in a landfill. When I buy clothing, it’s classic in style, made of quality materials and it matches with a lot of other items in my wardrobe. Instead of throwing clothing out, I donate it or go to a swap.
For home decor and supplies, I buy second-hand or buy things that are made to last. Food packaging takes up a large part of my garbage and I’ve been meaning to focus my grocery shopping efforts on avoiding packaging. The packaging that I do buy always gets recycled. I also do small things such as composting food waste, using biodegradable garbage bags, avoiding buying water bottles, buying second-hand or sustainable and ethical products when available and planning my purchases in advance so that I don’t make cheap impulse buys that end up being wasteful.
The key is to realize that everything we buy was made out of something originally extracted from the earth, and once we throw it away, it sits on the earth in a landfill for hundreds if not thousands of years. This shouldn’t be the norm. We should produce fewer things, produce quality things, and figure out a way to manufacture products that are either biodegradable or recyclable.7