“Hi, my name’s Mardi…It’s French for Tuesday”. This was my standard icebreaker introduction to the older generation as I grew up. Now I welcome you to French for Tuesday – my blog and Australian online shop.

The concept of sustainable living is how I grew up. My core growing up time was in the eighties. An era of mass commercialisation, big clothes, big hair and …Glad Wrap. Sitting in the quadrangle at school, how I wished for the plastic film that clung to my friends’ white bread vegemite sandwich. At the time I felt tainted that my lunch was packed in tupperware containers and paper wrap. Yet this has become a part of my being.

On family excursions, my Mum and Dad always premade our food and drink, carrying it to any big event. Paddle pop icecreams were a real treat. I wondered why other family’s said their day out was expensive?

I’ve always had a love of reusing things before tossing them out. When I was a little one, my yellow globite school case was filled with shiny, brightly coloured chocolate wrappers. Ready to create with the Perkins paste and paper.

School holidays were enjoyed at our beachside holiday house on the Central Coast, NSW. This was a house built by my grandfather in the 1950’s and extended upon in the 1980’s so we could all enjoy staying there at the same time. A lot of the house decor, kitchenware and furniture was from the 1950’s – a time when the holiday house was new. By the eighties, it was starting to look a bit old hat. The adage of “but there’s nothing wrong with it” lived on with everything.

From my growing up in the ‘burbs of Sydney, I’ve learned:
– there is something truly unique about following your own trend
– my personal style is dictated by the things I really love.
– the importance of creating connections between the past and the present to build a proper, sustainable future
– to minimise new-ness and maximise the lifespan of things in the world already.

I’ve learned that knowing the provenance of vintage fashion, household items and furnishings develops rich and meaningful connections to sustainability. Everything old has a story that keeps on telling through the generations! When that story is told and shared, the interconnection between people, places and things becomes stronger.

I would love you to share and embrace this love of simple, everyday sustainable living.

Mardi Lee

slow, simpler & more sustainable