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5 MINUTES WITH RAINFOREST RESCUE

Meet our most recent 1% For the Planet partner, Rainforest Rescue. Just recently we invested in the organisation’s Rescue Fund to help urgently protect threatened land (some containing species found nowhere on the planet except, sometimes, in fossil records!) now and forever. Here we take 5 to learn a little more about the efforts of this amazing organisation and the mammoth difference just $5 can make.

M+E: In a sentence define the key objective of Rainforest Rescue?

RR: Rainforest Rescue is a DGR-registered not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1999. Our vision is to ‘Protect Rainforests Forever.’ Our Mission is to rescue vulnerable rainforests by buying threatened properties, and in doing so we achieve the below:

  • Restoration of damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation
  • Conservation of the biodiversity and cultural heritage of rainforest
  • Learning from the forest, sharing and raising awareness

For many decades, the globally significant yet unprotected Daintree lowland rainforest of Australia has suffered significant degradation through land clearing (for development and agriculture). Continuously evolving for as many as 180 million years, the Daintree is the most ancient rainforest world-wide by far. It needs to be protected, forever. It is an extremely unique and biodiverse wildlife haven, home to species found nowhere else on the planet except, sometimes, in fossil records.

From threatened cassowaries to primitive flowering plants, the Daintree is an irreplaceable conservation refuge with 395 endemic species listed as either rare or threatened. We have rescued 36 Daintree properties so far and there are some 150 more properties that we intend to buy back, replant and protect by 2040.

Since inception, Rainforest Rescue has planted over 315,000 trees to regenerate damaged rainforests.

M+E: How can even the smallest donation to Rainforest Rescue make a change?

RR: Rainforest Rescue is not government funded and relies on the goodwill of good people, likeminded businesses such as MAURIE + EVE, and philanthropic trusts and donations. Each ensure we can rescue and restore more Daintree properties and plant more and more trees.

For example, for as little as $5, a square metre of unprotected Daintree lowland rainforest can be protected, forever.

M+E: How has MAURIE + EVE’s donation been put to work?

RR: Maurie + Eve has put funds towards our Rainforest Rescue – Rescue Fund! This means that you are helping us increase our ability to buy an urgent and threatened property and save it forever 🙂

For more information on how you can make a difference, visit here.

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RECIPE: POWER-UP VEGGIE BROTH

RECIPE

POWER-UP VEGGIE BROTH

Boost your powers with this nutrient brimming belly warmer for the winter ahead. Provided courtesy of Jana Brunclikova - Founder of The Secret Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 4 quarts filtered water
  • 2 carrots or a bunch of ends
  • 1 onion, or several tops and bottoms
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Parsley stems
  • Cabbage core
  • Cauliflower core
  • Kale or collard stems
  • 1 inch of turmeric root
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Celtic salt, to taste

 Equipment:

  • 6-8 Quart Stock pot with lid
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Fine mesh filter
  • Canning funnel
  • 3-4 quart canning jars with lids

Instructions:

  1. Trim any rotten or old bits off the vegetables, stems and ends. Dispose of these. No rotten or mouldy veggies in the stock!
  2. Chop all the good bits coarsely
  3. Add chopped veggies and spices to your stock pot
  4. Cover with water (about 4 quarts)
  5. Bring to a boil for 20 minutes
  6. Turn down to simmer. Simmer for several hours on low, partially covered
  7. Filter into clean quart mason jars
  8. Cover, label and cool. Refrigerate and store in the refrigerator. Use within 10 days

You can scale the recipe up or down to make as much broth as you want. Change the vegetables with seasonal availability.

How to Use This Healing broth liquid:

  • Drink it straight; warm broth is delicious
  • Use it for any soup
  • Us it to pan-sauté vegetables for added flavour and to cut down on fat
  • Add a cup (as part of the water called for) to boost the flavour when cooking rice, quinoa or kitchari

Follow @thesecret_kitchen | @maurieandeve 

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WELLNESS: CHARGE IMMUNITY + METABOLISM WITH THE SECRET KITCHEN

WELLNESS

JANA BRUNCLIKOVA X THE SECRET KITCHEN

With health and wellness forever front of mind, we chat to Naturopath, Herbalist and Founder of The Secret Kitchen, Jana Brunclikova on top ways to boost immunity and charge metabolism as we hit the pavement a little less come wintertime.

M+E: Share with us your top three food sources/ingredients to fight immunity.

JB:

  • Garlic –Add some fresh garlic to your stir fries, pasta dishes and even salad dressing – not only will it enhance flavour, but it also contains unique immune boosting properties. Garlic has a long history of use as both a food and a medicine, and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties
  • Ginger –Not only does ginger add delicious flavour to many dishes, it is traditionally used to help relieve some symptoms associated with the common cold and it’s warming properties make for a great home remedy during the colder months
  • Mushrooms –Varieties such as shiitake, maitake (‘hen of the woods’) and reishi are packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins B, C and D and bioactive compounds called beta-glucans (known to support immune defence)

THE SECRET KITCHEN COOKBOOK

“One cup of cooked kale provides nearly 90 per cent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient to keep your metabolism (and strong immune system) humming. In fact, research shows that low levels of vitamin C can slow your fat burn by as much as 25 per cent …”

M+E: What are some easy ways we can incorporate these into our daily food routine?

JB: If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, talk to your doctor before increasing your garlic intake. A common way to use garlic is to press a few fresh cloves and mix with extra virgin olive oil plus a pinch of salt. Mix in soups and any food combinations you like.

For the extra-brave/determined to do everything possible (and for those with sensitivity to internal garlic absorption) to avoid getting sick, old traditions recommend crushing a few cloves and putting them in socks to let the garlic absorb through your skin.

Easiest way to increase your ginger intake is to make a tea from fresh root:

Once your water is boiling, add ginger pieces, remove from the heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the ginger and discard. You can also add medicinal honey such as manuka once the water has cooled for extra antimicrobial properties.

Use fresh shiitake mushrooms like you would common mushrooms (such as chestnut or white mushrooms). Stuff, stir-fry, steam, deep-fry, make a soup, make a risotto or blanch and add into your salad.

M+E: And what are some simple ways to boost metabolism as we hit the pavement a little less through the cooler months?

JB: It’s common throughout winter to crave more comfort foods/meals, many of which contain greater carbohydrates than we actually need (cue the winter weight gain!). While there is nothing wrong with adding some rice to your stir fry or quinoa alongside a stew, make sure you are mindful of your portions. ½ cup of cooked grain or other carbohydrate (like potato) is generally all you need. Bulk up the rest of your meal with veggies and remember to always make sure you have something green.

High in fibre and low in calories, kale is a perfect seasonal food to add to your diet. One cup of cooked kale provides nearly 90 per cent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient to keep your metabolism (and strong immune system) humming. In fact, research shows that low levels of vitamin C can slow your fat burn by as much as 25 per cent … Try making your own kale chips for snacks/movies in the cooler months:

Lightly coat chopped kale leaves with olive oil spray and sprinkle with savoury yeast flakes for an extra cheesy flavour (or any herbs and a bit of salt if you like); put on a baking sheet and bake at 350 F (180 C) for about 10 minutes.

M+E: Your top two easy mid-week meals during winter? 

JB: Soup broths as you can add any aforementioned immune boosting ingredients, plus turmeric for antioxidants, lemon for extra C, apple cider vinegar for healthy gut flora and alkalinity, and greens for fibre and nutrients. And don’t be afraid to spice it up!

Herbs and spices are loaded with substances called phytochemicals. These chemicals are non-nutritive, meaning that they don’t add any energy to our diet, but help program our cells to work more efficiently. Specific phytochemicals have specific actions. Some with the most immune boosting actions are found in onions, chili, thyme and rosemary.

M+E: What are some simple ways we can start incorporating more plant based foods into our diet, and what are the benefits?

JB: Nature is made of five elements (ether/space, air, fire, water, and earth) and we, too, have these elements within. It is the expression of these elements that makes each living being unique.

You are what you eat – simply grow your own garden or eat seasonal produce (support your local farmer or regenerative farm). Making conscious nutritional choices based on foods from Mother Earth is a way to tune into your body, build a deeper connection and enhance awareness. Our souls are expansive. When we fuel our body with plant-based nutrition, cleansing of stress and toxicity and creating an inner experience of love, we find our natural essence. Our physical, mental, and emotional bodies are primed to let ourselves play in the earth and express our talents, gifts and abilities without limitation.

M+E: Your very first cookbook and ‘can’t live without’ recipe source today?

JB: The Secret Kitchen Book is designed to help understand how our bodies work together with the power of nature and its cycles. I would like this book to be an inspiration to shift us from rule based eating to intuitive eating. Ancient wisdom, folk remedies and naturopathic insights are weaved into a collection of recipes, film photographs and poetry to share a memory of the fields of wildflowers where I grew up. You can find it, here.

Follow @thesecret_kitchen | @maurieandeve 

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INTERVIEW: ARTIST, TY WILLIAMS

INTERVIEW

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST, TY WILLIAMS

Long-time friend of MAURIE + EVE, Ty Williams is a mixed media artist focused primarily on the sea. It is little wonder then, that the MAURIE + EVE brand makes a well suited subject for his coastal vision to wave its magic. The most recent collaboration, the Setting Sun Oversized Shirt features all our favourite fixtures – the yin yang, precious earth and hands connected each a gentle suggestion for people and planet.

Here, we chat with the Cali-based artist on dream collaborations and random acts of kindness.

M+E: Your art reflects a deep respect for the ocean/coast, what it is about the sea that inspires you – that stirs something in you?

TW: The Ocean is the most reliably constant source of joy in my life (and has been since I was very little). It’s truly everything. I think about it all the time.

M+E: If you could describe your recent M+E print in one word, what would it be?

TW: Light-hearted.

M+E: If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?

TW: Japan (specifically to go to an Onsen).

M+E: Album on repeat?

TW: John Andrews and the Yawns / Cookbook

M+E: Most treasured possession?

TW: My time.

M+E: Your dream collaboration?

TW: I would love to paint some walls at schools … murals in general are my favourite thing to do. It’s always nice to paint outside, and it would be fun to collaborate with young people.

M+E: Last random act of kindness?  

TW: I wash the dishes every morning – but I don’t think that’s really kind or random … but my partner appreciates it, I think.

M+E: Love of your life?

TW: Mashed Potatoes.

 

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EDITORIAL: TIME TRAVELS - MALLORCA, SPAIN


EDITORIAL

TIME TRAVELS - MALLORCA, SPAIN


Travel without moving in relaxed silhouettes and an open agenda. Dresses that double as gowns and longer-style Kimono cuts designed to be worn three-ways. The mood is grounded yet romantic, soft yet sensual.

Take the escape you deserve.

Photography // @angiecouple
HMUP // @juanurenha
Styling + Production // @lucystars
Talent // @laiacosta_ + @valerieaureliaa

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WINTER WELLNESS: VEDIC MEDITATION

WINTER WELLNESS

VEDIC MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS 

As we retreat to the warmth and creature comforts of indoors, we focus on downtime well spent for body and soul. A little less skirting under the sun, a little more time for new methods in mindfulness. We speak to Mind Coach, Vedic Meditation Teacher and Co-Creator of popular Byron retreat, SOMA, on the learning and benefits of Vedic Meditation. The best part? Quite literally ANYONE can become an expert, and no prior experience is required.

M+E: What is Vedic Meditation (VM)?

GG: VM is an ancient technique with wonderful modern application that enables you to access a deep meditative state within minutes. It’s absolutely effortless, anyone can learn and master it, and once you have, the idea is to gift your body and mind this meditative state for 20 minutes twice a day.

M+E: What are the health benefits?

GG: The benefits are vast. Perhaps the most celebrated aspect is its ability to dissolve tension, stress and anxiety from the body and mind. In doing so, the effects on health, vitality, cognitive abilities and emotional well-being are dramatic.

M+E: How does this differ to other techniques?

GG: VM utilises specific sounds or mantras that serve as the medium to deliver the body and mind to the cherished (but often illusive) meditative state. There is no effort, concentration or any form of trying – the whole thing happens automatically as you learn to get out of the way.

SOMA, BYRON BAY

“VM is so easy that no prior meditative experience is required.”

M+E: When will I see the benefits?

GG: It varies person to person. Some people experience positive effects immediately, others within a couple of weeks. It’s guaranteed to enhance your state of mind and overall health.

M+E: What are some easy, entry level techniques to get me started on the VM journey?

GG: VM is so easy that no prior meditative experience is required. Having said that, if people aren’t able to dive into a VM course then I would suggest learning certain breathing techniques as a means to regulate your nervous system. Also, apps seem to be a popular starter for some people. Fish around and see what resonates.

SOMA Byron is host to a series of retreats supporting the ‘Art of Life’ with workshops on meditation (beginners to advanced), creativity, movement and business. For further information visit https://somabyron.com.au/retreats/

TOP IMAGE: Art by Larry Carlson

SOMA images: Romeo Pereira + Monica Buscarino

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EDIT: MAURIE + EVE MATERNITY WEAR


EDIT

MAURIE + EVE MATERNITY WEAR


Forever celebrating the female form, our maternity-suited garments keep the everyday elegant with contemporary cuts, soft statement sleeving and body loving fabrics. Explore workable wardrobe staples suitable for first to third trimester and into the joy of motherhood: Midi to full length linen shirt dresses, relaxed cotton sets and oversized jumpsuits embrace the transition of pregnancy with waistline flexibility and high functionality. Stylish support for the wonder of woman.

Preview the full maternity edit, here.

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HOW TO PROTECT OUR NATIVE LAND

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HOW TO PRESERVE OUR NATIVE LAND

Bush Heritage Australia is a national conservation not-for-profit that buys and manages land around the country to protect forever. The organisation is taking practical action to nourish the health and well-being of our planet, and right now is protecting hundreds of near extinct species integral to our delicate eco-system. In celebration of Earth Day, we chat with CEO Heather Campbell on the importance of working alongside our original scientists, and how our recent donation is making a change.

M+E: In a sentence (or two!) define the key objective of Bush Heritage?

HC: Bush Heritage Australia is a national conservation not-for-profit that buys and manages land around the country to protect forever.

We also work in partnership with Aboriginal people to support the management of their land and help protect 11.3 million hectares (more than half the size of Victoria!) across our 37 nature reserves and partnerships.

Conservation work is often not very sexy. Combatting things like bushfires, feral animals and weeds can be a tough slog but we never lose sight of the reason we do it: the need to protect our native species and our landscapes because once lost they’re gone forever.

M+E: How is what you’re doing integral to the health and well-being of our future planet?

HC: The future of the bush is something I think about a lot. It’s wrapped up in some pretty chunky questions like: how will a changing climate impact wildlife who have evolved to live in specific conditions? How will more extreme bushfires affect the landscapes we work across? How can we sustainably manage the land to keep healthy country, protected forever? And in doing so, keep people healthy too?

By taking practical action. By acquiring land of high conservation value and investing in it long-term, or supporting the empowerment of Aboriginal people to live and work on their country, we’re able to make a tangible difference.

M+E: What are some species currently facing extinction here in Australia and how are you working to protect them?

HC: Unfortunately, Australia’s track record of species extinction is extremely poor. We hold the unenviable title of global capital for mammal extinction, with 34 mammal species lost since colonisation. For context, about the same number of mammal species lost in the rest of the world combined over the past 200 years.

Introduced and deadly predators like feral cats, loss and fragmentation of habitat from land clearing, altered fire regimes, threats like climate change … all these factors combine to make it hard for our native species to thrive.

However, I never give up hope because I see so much incredible work being done in this space.

Take for example one of Australia’s rarest species, the Red-Finned Blue-Eye Fish, which is found only on natural springs at our Edgbaston Reserve on Iningai country in central Queensland. Ten years ago, this critically endangered species was teetering on the brink of extinction as it was slowly pushed out of its habitat by an invasive species known as Gambusia: the ‘cane toad’ of the fish world.

Thanks to an innovative captive breeding program and much love, care and attention from our ecologists, around 30 of the Red-Finned Blue-Eye have recently been re-introduced and juvenile fish have already been spotted!

Or the ultra-adorable Pygmy and Honey possums on Noongar country in south coast Western Australia. Tiny marsupial species like these find safe havens in patches of bush we protect, and our work revegetating the landscape ensures they will be able to thrive long into the future. We’ve also recently begun rolling out one of the largest predator control programs ever in that region which will see us work alongside farmers, Traditional Owners and other landholders to manage the threat of feral cats, foxes and rabbits.

These are just two examples of hundreds.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been managing this land for more than 65,000 years. They were the first astronomers, scientists and innovators and there are no better teachers for learning how to care for country.”

M+E: You work closely with Aboriginal groups to help plan and achieve conservation goals, what have you learnt from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures terms of ultimate conservation practices?

HC: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been managing this land for more than 65,000 years. They were the first astronomers, scientists and innovators and there are no better teachers for learning how to care for country.

Bush Heritage is committed to what we call a ‘right-way science’ approach in all our work. This is based on respect, sharing knowledge, listening and learning, and brings together different ways of thinking (Traditional and Western) for the benefit of people and country.

Our superstar Aboriginal Engagement team is made up in part by three Aboriginal women – Cissy Gore-Birch (a Jaru/Kija women from the East Kimberley region), Sarah Eccles (a Wadawurrung woman from western Victoria) and Chontarle Bellottie (a Wardandi Noongar woman from south coast Western Australia).

I’m lucky enough to learn from them all the time and am continuously grateful for their steady guidance around how Bush Heritage can help care for country the right way.

M+E: How can even the smallest donation to Bush Heritage make a change?

HC: Donors are the backbone to our work. We’re supported by more than 30,000 engaged and passionate people around Australia who recognise that our environment and the species that call it home need our help. This generosity sustains us and gives us hope for the future.

Without the support of this loyal community, we simply couldn’t do what we do. Some people choose to become regular givers and make a monthly gift, others donate when the time is right for them. Every little bit adds up and I’m pleased to say that last year was our most successful fundraising year to date.

For an idea of how this impacts our work: around $50 will help us purchase high-tech drones and essential survey equipment to monitor bird populations like the critically endangered Plains-wanderer, while for around $400 we can plant 63 trees and offset the average annual carbon emissions of one person.

M+E: How has MAURIE + EVE’s donation been put to work?

HC: MAURIE + EVE’s generous donation allows us to take important steps towards improving the health of the bush.

For example, a donation like this can assist with bushfire recovery work at Scottsdale Reserve on Ngunawal country in southern New South Wales which was badly impacted during the Black Summer bushfires. Bush Heritage staff and volunteers have been hard at work de-guarding fire-damaged trees, controlling invasive weeds and propagating new native seedlings at the on-site nursery.

It could also help fund a critical native grass seed harvesting project at Carnarvon Reserve on Bidjara country in central Queensland to restore surrounding land with endangered bluegrass, or support our work with the Wunambal Gaambera people in the Kimberley to carry out right-way fire work to prevent damaging bushfires during the dry season.

From everyone at Bush Heritage, thank you for your generosity and for investing in our magnificent landscapes and precious native species.

Follow @bushheritageaus | @maurieandeve

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INSIDE MAURIE + EVE FABRICATIONS

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INSDIE MAURIE + EVE FABRICATIONS

Here at MAURIE + EVE, we’re committed to total transparency. Trust is the key to any successful relationship, and this is something we truly value in our community. Curious about that cut of cotton and its weight on the world? Here, we define a little bit about our ongoing fabrications, their certificates and cult styles for empowered purchase decisions.

GOTS ORGANIC: THE YOKO DRESS

ORGANIC GOTS COTTON

Cuts: Cotton Crinkle, Cotton Slub, Cotton Poplin, Cotton Crossfire, Cotton Voile, Cotton Dobby

Hero Styles: Yonder, Inari Dress, Yoko Dress, Indus Set, Teach Peace Tee (cream)

How Do I Know it’s Organic? All MAURIE + EVE styles labelled organic cotton are supported by GOTS certification. This guarantees 100% organic cotton fibre traceable back to the farmer (throughout the supply chain). GOTS cotton is grown in an organic agricultural environment free from genetically modified seeds and harmful chemicals and pesticides. To gain GOTS organic certification, the fibre must be at least 95% organic. This is applicable to product production management, environmental protection and social responsibility.

ORGANIC COTTON + HEMP BLEND

Cuts: Cotton Hemp (70% cotton, 30% hemp)

Hero Styles: Nimu Hemp Set

How do I Know it’s Organic? As above, our cotton/hemp blend is GOTS certified. This fabric is beautifully soft on the wearer, allowing for looks elevated in style and fluid in form.

OCS STANDARD COTTON

Cuts: Cotton

Hero Styles: Teach Peace Tee (white), Stay Close Dress (pre-order)

What is OCS Standard Cotton? Short for Organic Content Standard, OCS indicates that the organic fibre percentage is tracked and documented but does not cover processing.

OCS BLENDED COTTON

Cuts: Cotton Hemp Blend

Hero Styles: Little By Little Dress (available June 2021)

What is OCS Blended Cotton? 55% hemp, 45% organic grown cotton. As above, the organic fibre percentage is tracked and documented but does not cover processing (production, environmental protection etc).

BCI COTTON

Cuts: Cotton Crossfire, Loose Weave Cotton, Cotton Flax, Cotton Gauze

Hero Styles: Indus Set (Mushroom and Lemon), Kashmir Pant (Lemon), Make You Wanna Long Sleeve Jumpsuit (White), Higher Love Dress (Apricot and Sand)

What is BCI COTTON: The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for-profit organisation assisting with educating farmers on sustainable farming practices, reducing the environmental impact of cotton production, promoting ethical working conditions and protecting natural habitats. BCI aims to make all cotton more sustainable.

Our journey continues towards bigger, better sustainability goals and while we’re not perfect, know the intention to tread lighter and exist with full circularity is there, and that we’re working on it with a series of experts every day.

For more on our current efforts, please visit here.

GOTS ORGANIC COTTON: YONDER DRESS
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EDITORIAL: A SEAMLESS TRANSITION


EDITORIAL

A SEAMLESS TRANSITION


Smart enough for work, elegant enough for evening. These looks will lead you into autumn and beyond. Featuring Emma Boyd.

Photography // Tim Ashton
Model // Emma Boyd @ Priscillas
HMUP // Mikele Simone
Styling // Josie McManus

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