Moonbird Tribe Blog

Today's big question is 'Do You Love Yourself'? February 08 2017

We recently watched the Embrace documentary and apart from needing a box of tissues afterwards, we've realised that loving ourselves should be a number one priority this year and forever! So this Valentine's Day, don't wait for someone else to buy you a pair of Moonbird's, Buy a set for yourself!! 

Here at Moonbird we're always thinking of ways we can support all of us to feel better about our bodies. This year we'll be supporting new projects and bringing your attention to things, that we all do and say, which are not helping us to accept our bodies or ourselves (by the way this is not just for the ladies! Men are suffering much more than they were 10 years ago, with eating disorders and poor body image on the rise). We're going to start with a promise to use a variety of body shapes and sizes, while continuing to use models from different cultures in our photo shoots. We firmly believe that in order to change the beliefs we currently have about ourselves, we first need to reset our perception of normal. We are committing to be a part of the solution and not the problem.


A pair of pyjama's is not just for Christmas.... December 18 2016

 

This Christmas, why not buy something that's made to last. We want all our garments to last as long as possible. That's our aim.

Our kids long PJ bottoms have a special cuff that turns down when they grow. They're colour fast so you can wash them and not worry. They're satin finish organic cotton with no added polyester so they won't pill and will keep feeling softer for longer.

Our Tshirts have been blended with lycra to give them longevity, so they wont lose their shape.

We work hard to bring you a product that you won't get tired of, and you'll want to treasure...

 


International Express post for Christmas December 13 2016

Christmas is coming fast...

We're offering international express post as standard in our flat rate international post charge of $20 between now and Christmas if you spend over $170, just choose the international express post option at checkout.

Merry Christmas XX


Don’t hide. December 03 2016

Don’t hide.
Being you is being unique!

 

Recently, you may have seen a lot of media attention surrounding an image of a young and beautiful model Madeline Stuart who has Down syndrome but she doesn’t let that stop her from achieving her dreams, gracing the covers of magazines by landing not 1 but 2 professional modeling contracts!

 

We find her and her story extremely inspiring as a role model for younger women. Being December 3rd it is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) we wanted to channel her message.

 

The United Nations wanted this day to celebrate progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors and realizing an inclusive society for all. Madeline’s positive image is about bringing awareness to our society and how businesses can be more inclusive by recognizing peoples abilities and focusing on their skills not by what they cannot do.
Places like Ability Links NSW goal is to connect their client’s community with services. Such as people with ageing disability to age care services. Their support is all about visibility on disabled people and they work with local communities to become more welcoming.
 
Remembering that disabilities come in different individual forms will help everyone embrace the idea that talented people like Madeline are capable in bringing new skills, diversity, inner beauty and inspiration to your local community or workforce.
Post by Melissa

Dressing Gowns or Robes? November 25 2016

Following on from our recent post about the different spellings of pyjamas. We noticed that there are also lots of different words used to describe dressing gowns.                                                    

                                                         

Bathrobe, dressing gown, morning gown, housecoat or robe. They were first worn during the 18th Century when Japanese style and design was first imitated by western countries.

Here at Moonbird we're fascinated by language and how it changes over time. Words come in and out of fashion and in Australia we don't seem to hear the word bathrobe too often any more. Nor morning gown or housecoat which seems to conjure up images of the 50's.

Originating from the UK, we wore robes all winter long and they were needed.  These days, living in a sunnier climate, it's a choice rather than a requirement and our choices are based on having a dressing gown that looks lovely, because we usually only put it on when we have guests come to stay. 

 


You say pajama, I say pyjama..... November 21 2016

Do you know where pajama's or pyjama's come from? Do you call them PJ's or jammies or jimjams? 

Today we look at the origin of the word and why it fits in exactly with where we get our beautiful sleepwear made.

The term pyjama or pajama comes originally from Bengal in India and was the common kind of dress for both men and women for sleeping. From 1800 it was adopted by the Europeans in India as a comfortable form of sleeping attire. I'm sure it would have been seen as highly irregular in England at that time, but i'm very thankful that they went out on a limb and brought them home.

                                                            

It seems that as with a few other words in the English language the word pyjama is spelt differently depending on which side of the world you sleep. In England it's pyjama, in the USA it's pajama and in Australia it's both (as always we've got a foot in both camps ;) )

So next time you snuggle down in your comfy Moonbird PJ's remember we have them made where they were originally from, with nearly the same process (apart from the sewing machines are now electric) and definitely the same highly trained artisans who have been passing down their skills from generation to generation. 


Please recycle me! November 15 2016

Look at these awesome labels that Nikki did for us this week. To let our lovely customers know that they can recycle our postbags at Woolies and Coles through the REDcycle program. All you do is save up all your scrunchable plastic like bread bags and these postbags and take them down to the plastic bag recycling bins opposite the checkouts. easy as! We would love to send out our garments in something better, and as soon as we find an alternative we'll be the first to jump on it. You know we're the changemakers but sadly we're not there yet. So this is us doing our best and helping you to do your best too. 


Why Unisex Kids Sleepwear? November 04 2016

That's a good question and one we've thought a lot about. There is a growing awareness about the limited paths that gender stereotyping has forced children and parents down in the past 20 years. We want to avoid pushing our children in this direction. Girls can climb trees and boys can play with dolls, but by making dolls all pink we exclude boys from the game and by putting girls in nighties we're telling them they shouldn't swing upside down. We want Moonbird kids to be able to break free from strict gender conventions because we believe that it's one way to help women achieve more in their careers and men be less prone to suicide. Every little helps to create a level playing field.

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There's also practical reasons we make a lot of our design decisions. We thought about those families that want to be able to hand down clothes but have siblings of different sexes. Bright colours mean clothes stay looking better for longer, so the life expectancy of a pair of Moonbird Kids PJ's should be at least 2 kids worth. Although it depends how many trees they climb in them.....

                                   


Our NEW Carbon Neutral Couriers are called Sendle November 01 2016

 

We're thrilled to announce that we are moving to a new shipping service. 

From now on we'll be using Sendle as our domestic courier because we love their business philosophy.

          

Sendle are carbon neutral which warms our heart, and they are a certified B Corporation, which makes us sing out loud because we know how hard it is to become one. To find out why being a B Corp matters click here. To find out more about how to be in business and be carbon neutral click here

Sendle delivers within Australia to all physical addresses (meaning not PO boxes). Delivery times will vary depending on your location. It can be as little as 2 days to Sydney/Melbourne, but can take as long as 12 days to Darwin. Click here for a list of estimated delivery times.

Even though some locations may take longer for your parcel to arrive we embrace the slow fashion journey. As they say 'if it's worth it, it's worth waiting for' and we want to be able to say that we've thought about the journey from cotton seed to arriving at your door all the way down the line. If you need your new Moonbird's desperately we will still offer express post shipping.

Parcels addressed to a Post Office box will be delivered in the old way by Australia Post’s parcel post service. Until we can find a way to improve on this too......


Plastic Bag Recycling September 09 2016 1 Comment

Did you know that over 7000 plastic bags go into landfill EVERY MINUTE in Australia alone…? It’s a terrifying thought.
However, we have good news, it seems that it is now possible to recycle almost EVERYTHING!
How exciting!!!!
So, we’ve been composting & using our standard recycling bins for a long while now and finding out that we can recycle soft plastics has made us feel so much better.
Redcycle has collection bins at most Coles & Woolworths (even if you go there for no other reason, it’s worth the trip).
 
Redcycle is the collection program, that is then delivered to Replas who recycle the plastic into durable & usable products like kids play area furniture, thus helping to close the loop. Hooray!
Which plastics does Recycle collect?
Here’s the general rule:
If the plastic can be scrunched up into a ball, put it in a REDcycle collection bin.
Acceptable examples:
  • Bread, pasta and rice bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Biscuit packets
  • Frozen food bags
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Squeeze pouches
  • Plastic sachets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cling wrap
  • Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
  • Silver-lined chip and cracker packets
  • Confectionery bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Netting citrus bags
  • Polypropylene bags
  • Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper
  • Courier satchels
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Sturdy pet food bags
  • Plastic bags from boutique/department stores
  • Old Green reusable shopping bags
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)
 
Where can I find them?
At most Coles & Woolworths Supermarkets
For more info on collection go to: www.redcycle.net.au
For more info on the recycling process go to: www.replas.com.au
 
This is WONDERFUL but it doesn’t take away our responsibility to purchase less & less plastic to start with… Just consider that every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever owned is still floating around the planet somewhere, it makes you think – it’s time for us all to stand up & make better choices for our planet. It’s not always easy though given we live in this fast paced world of convenience, so for the pesky bits of plastic we’ve not yet managed to avoid in our lives, there is now a better solution.
How fantastic it is that more & more people are working together to make a difference & helping each other to make it easier to do so. If you don’t feel you’ve yet played a part, there’s no time like the present… It’s all of our small, individual choices that will make the biggest long term impact.

Re-Usuable Tidy Dish Cloths September 28 2015

Now there is no need to throw away your dish cloths, if you buy reusable you can help reduce your weekly shopping cost and buy re-usable? 
Our Moonbird team is always on the look out for new environmentally friendly and thoughtful products to use around our home or our office. 
We found that Full Circle has a range of environmentally friendly cleaning cloths and we love these Tidy Dish Cloths that you can buy online form Biome.
Made from 100% organic cotton making it a sustainable-biodegradable product with one side having cleverly woven loops in different yarn colours that provide texture for scrubbing.

(Front)
When I tested them out they really are as absorbent and durable as they say they are, you can see it in the pictures.
Packaging is made from recycled and FSC certified paper.
Love how it says on the back of the packaging:
We can’t promise you’ll enjoy washing dishes,
but we can promise it will be an earth-friendly experience
Produced in China under ethical labour conditions and environmentally responsible standards.
Post by Melissa

Neat Nut September 23 2015

Walnuts are not only known for their health benefits but did you know DIY home-hackers job of rubbing a walnut on wooden surfaces can help remove scratches on your tables and furniture?
This is because they are rich in natural oils.
Now I’ve found out even the Walnut shell is useful!
Full Circle has a range of Neat Nut Walnut Scour Pads to help you with your kitchen and surface cleaning.
 In case you were thinking, it is safe for those with Walnut allergies or sensitivities.
It’s made from Walnut Shells and recycled plastic so it’s great for the environment.
Water seems to run through the Scour thoroughly as well...
I tried folding it and feels malleable.
Dishwasher Safe
Bought in a Pack of 3
Dimensions: 14 x 7.5cm

Re-Usable Glad Wrap September 21 2015

Cannot wait to share this amazing product with you!

 

 

The HoneyBee Wrap is handmade in Byron Bay NSW so it’s good to know when you buy these you are supporting a local business! It is a piece of 100% Organic cotton that has been infused with a special blend of organic beeswax, tree resin and certified organic coconut oil.
It’s a great alternative to boring plastic glad wrap and you can re-use them to help reduce landfill! Look at the beautiful fun prints instead!
I tried the product over some bowls at home and you just use the warmth of your hands to mould over the shape of your food dishes.
They come in different sizes within packet including S, M, L and XL. 
Use this eco-friendly wrap to keep your veggies, lunches, cheeses and fermented foods fresh!
We purchased ours online from Biome
 
Post by Melissa

Celebrating Women August 26 2015

Woman’s Equality Day

I was recently looking out for international days in the year that celebrated women. As I was researching, I came across Woman’s Equality Day and found out on this day in 1920 a significant turn around in history occurred in America. It marks an amazing day where women finally had the right to vote!


Before this day, women suffered an inferior status by not having the rights to be employed, if employed there was no rights to equal pay, unequal opportunities in education, not having the right to vote, no rights to land ownership and discrimination or even violence against women was tolerated.

Women around the world needed a voice.

It was after years of campaigning by huge civil rights movement for women including feminism that finally gave equal rights to women in society. This helped to shape society globally and aided in the quality of women’s lives.


As a young woman, living in Sydney in Australia today, this makes me feel extremely grateful because I can’t imagine not having equal rights as men just because I am a woman. At Moonbird we work with companies such as Freeset who empowers women’s lives by giving them opportunities out of poverty and shame. Women who have experience unimaginable circumstances can finally feel involved in their communities and better their living conditions.

This day celebrates women are capable of high achievements if we are given an equal opportunity. So today let the men do the dishes and lets work on our own DIY projects. We are not separate beings with separate roles; we do need to start treating people as equals.



Post by Melissa

World Humanitarian Day August 19 2015

 

 


Hi Everyone, today is World Humanitarian Day!


At Moonbird, we like to work in an environment where we can be really passionate in celebrating humanity and always approaching design with the Earth in mind.

After all, we all share Earth's habitat as a common living space. Looking at the definition of humanity and if you search online it is defined as all humans collectively. The words we are passionate about include sharing, helping and working together to overcome any situation!

 

The day was actually designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Bagdad, Iraq.


It was significant because many humanitarian personnel who worked relentlessly lost their lives, including one man named Sérgio Vieira de Mello who dedicated his life in giving a voice to help victims effected by armed conflict, these innocent people who faced danger and adversities that couldn't speak up for themselves. 


Humanitarian acts are all about teamwork and respecting each other.


For example it may mean being more inclusive in your local community, volunteering your time to raise funds for struggling families, orphanages, schools and local shelters.


Or it can mean being apart of larger-scale relief efforts in countries suffering from poverty and joining peace corps.


Included are a few images of world famous Humanitarian Leaders and Activists of our time including Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. We celebrate their hard work in paving new pathways and creating opportunities for their people.

Post by Melissa

Melbourne AGHA, August 2015. July 30 2015

The 2015 Sydney AGHA has been done and dusted.

We established some good leads and a lot of interest in Sydney. It really is an amazing feeling when you get an order and you get to see the opportunities that present themselves at these large-scale events. I was lucky enough to experience the buzz talking with other stallholders and potential buyers earlier this year in Sydney. That was my first trade show ever! There is a lot of planning involved at these shows and the stall displays were really beautifully finished.

(Here is a picture from our Sydney Stand in the Fair Trade Zone).

Now Melbourne's Home and Giving Fair event is just around the corner!

It starts from the 1st -5th August. Click on the link to learn more about this event http://agha.com.au/hagf/. The venue will be at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Showgrounds.

We have new exciting samples to show you and we will be located at stand AF26. So if you are a shop or business owner you can register and check out our new Moonbird pyjama fabric colours and prints.

Look forward to another productive season with our stockists and hoping to meet new ones!

Come and say hi.

 

Post by Melissa


Peace Lilies July 27 2015

 

We love celebrating quirky days and today is:

“Take Your House Plant Out For A Walk Day”

Here at the Moonbird studio we have Peace Lilies.

AKA Spathiphyllum is a flowering plant that purifies the surrounding air by removing harmful toxins such as acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene.

These are evergreen perennial plants with large broad leaves and the flowers are produced in a spadix. When it blooms the flowers are commonly white in colour.

Ideal plant for indoors spaces around your home or office!
Don't forget to carry your house plant with you on your walk today.

Post by Melissa


New Release: Moonbird Whole Year Pyjama’s Set. July 23 2015

Need a present for a friend or a present for yourself? We’ve got you covered because this package is the perfect fit for all seasons!

Mix and match each of our items to feel the right temperature for any time of the year and save $50 on the recommended retail price!

The whole set comes to you in a rucksack style Moonbird organic cotton bag, which is printed and made by Freeset in Kolkata, a cooperative that assists women out of the sex trade, and have access to training and healthcare. Click here to see our previous blog on Freeset to read more about their work.

The Whole Year Set is available in 2 of our favourite colour ways:

Option 1: Sea Leaf & Royal Maquis set consists of sleeveless loose top with hidden bra support in Aqua, a short sleeved t-shirt in Aqua/Green, a pair of shorts in Sea Leaf print, a pair of long Sea Leaf print and a classic long sleeve with long pants winter set in Royal Maquis print.

 

Option 2: Sylvie and Dahlia set consists of sleeveless loose top with hidden support in Peach, a short sleeved tshirt in Peach, a pair of shorts in Sylvie print, a pair of long pants in Sylvie print and a classic long sleeved with long pants winter set in Dahlia print. 

*If you would prefer to receive the Tunic style winter set and/or the strappy top please write this in the notes on your order or email us at birdy@moonbird.com.au

 

Post by Melissa


International Plastic Bag Free Day July 3rd July 03 2015

 

On average a plastic bag is used only for 25 minutes!
It is mind blowing considering how many plastic bags are produced every year.

Depending on the plastic it can take anywhere between 100 - 500 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate and if it blows its way to the ocean they become a risk to endangered marine life.

It just adds to the fact 80% of marine litter is plastic. Endangered species including turtles may eat the plastic bag which can block their digestive system or get caught inside a plastic bag and eventually die from stress.

Plastic shopping bags are ugly. We can do our best to avoid destroying our beautiful oceans by using re-usable shopping bags or bringing our own carry totes to the shops. 

Post by Melissa


Green Smoothie June 15 2015

We love a fresh Green Smoothie!
The fastest way to down your vegetables!

It’s the most refreshing and nutritious way to start our day at the Moonbird HQ!

A green smoothie is packed with fresh nutrients such as magnesium, Vitamin C and non-dairy calcium. This is easily absorbed in liquid form and still has enough fibre that gives you exceptional health benefits.

What lots of people don’t know is how to produce the perfect well-balanced smoothie, for optimal colour and nutritional base. So what we have found is a great ‘cheat’ chart for the exact measurements for the perfect green smoothie.

If you would like a creamy texture without dairy, try using avocado as a substitute!

 

To save time, the best thing to do is divide the chopped veges into portion packs for the freezer so that even if you are in a rush, you still receive the correct amount of vegetables a day.

No excuses to stay healthy!

Post by Melissa 


Moonbird & Freeset. May 25 2015

If you have recently bought a pair of Moonbird Pyjama’s then you would have received them in a Moonbird cotton drawstring gift bag. It’s totally ok if you haven’t noticed yet, however we thought you may like to know that there is a great cause and countless stories behind what may only seem like a basic cotton drawstring gift bag.
Our Moonbird bags are made in conjunction with a company called Freeset.
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped or forced into Kolkata’s sex trade. Through Freeset, women are now being offered a real choice to break the cycle with a salary and health care so they can re-build their lives that have been damaged by the trauma and abuse. The women make good quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts but their main focus is on freedom.
Freeset is not just about the transformation of individual lives; it’s also about transformation of the wider community. It means Moonbird cotton drawstring bags are more than just a few pieces of fabric stitched together. Our packaging is supporting the transformation of communities and the transformation of women who deserve to be free!.
Post by Melissa

Meat Free Mondays April 02 2015

Have you heard about Meat Free Mondays? It's a food campaign launched by Sir Paul McCartney and his daughters Mary and Stella. This campaign was started to help encourage people to slow down the effects of climate change by having one meat-free day a week. Reducing our meat intake will ultimately reduce our carbon emissions and improve the planet. It's estimated that livestock production is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Besides the fact that you can save money on your weekly shop! eating less meat is a compassionate step for our planet and good for your health. We at Moonbird are all too aware of the mistreatment of animals that's why all of our products are vegan but we understand that it's a big leap for most people make, but one day a week with no meat is achievable even for the hardiest carnivore and it's the first step to a healthier life. If you are stuck for recipes for your Meat Free Monday, there are heaps on the foundations website all contributed by chefs and celebrities from across the globe! http://www.meatfreemondays.com/
Post by Melissa

Sustainable Wooden Clothes Pegs December 18 2014

We thought we should do a blog that goes hand- in- hand with caring for your Moonbird Pyjamas and the environment.

Go Bamboo clothes pegs are a great start towards moving away from plastic. They're made from sustainable, biodegradable bamboo with a degradable steel spring, packaged in a recycled cardboard box. Some of the reasons why we choose alternatives to plastic pegs such as Go Bamboo is that they are incredibly strong, have very few tannins and can withstand harsh Australian and New Zealand’s UV conditions.

Our oceans suffer when plastic pegs degrade and fall off the line and get flushed down drains into storm water, which eventually leads to the sea and washed up on our pristine beaches. Let’s help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans and our landfill.

We like how they don’t have teeth so they don’t bite and leave grooves in your soft organic cotton Moonbird pyjamas. We like how it saves on energy bills by not using a tumble dryer. So why not try taking small steps and see alternative choices to plastic? Every little thing counts, right down to the type of clothing pegs you choose.

Non GM BPA Free Each box contains 20 x Pegs. Go Bamboo pegs are available from Shop Naturally online $6.95

Post by Melissa


Australian Home & Giving Fair, Melbourne | Moonbird ethical, organic sleepwear August 31 2014

We took part in our first ever trade show in August in Melbourne.

The Australian Home & Giving Fair is the first trade to recognize Fair Trade and dedicate an area to wholesalers committed to ethical production.