Cactus Meets Cork: Eco Luxe Australia

Image source: Photographer Katja Anton

The fabric of sustainable fashion is changing – quite literally! Slow fashion super fan Carlie Wacker finds out what one Noosa eco label is doing to lead the way.

Fashion buying habits are changing with conscious consumers making more educated and mindful purchases. Smart designers are making the most of this swing towards slow fashion and expanding their offer, like Noosa’s Eco Luxe Australia.

Noosa fashion designer Michelle Tait has been creating a range of luxury handbags using cork fabric for many years now. The brand has garnered a cult following as fashionistas seek out eco-friendly, Australian fashion and accessories. But why stop at one vegan alternative to leather when there is another player on the market – cactus!

Michelle said it was “an eco-dream come true” to find another vegan, PETA -Approved alternative to complement her much-loved cork fabric.

“This amazing fabric has the same ultra-impressive credentials as our cork fabric: highly sustainable, vegan, durable, water resistant, feels and looks like leather” Michelle said.

The new cactus fabric offer was launched at a debut event in Noosa: Create your Own Limited-Edition Cork Handbag Soirée. These workshop style events are another way Michelle has pivoted her business to succeed in a changing retail environment.

“Our clients have the opportunity to create a truly unique handbag that suits their style and personality from limited edition cork fabrics and now cactus” Michelle said.

“Our clients can connect and celebrate with friends and loved ones while creating their very own handbag.”

To book a cork and cactus soiree head to


• Vegan

• Durable

• Highly sustainbale

• Water resistant

• Feels and looks like leather

About the Author /

Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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