As more and more Aussie’s begin to understand the impacts of fast fashion on the environment, the need for labels to pave the way for sustainable and ethical clothing in Australia has also taken flight.
As conscious shoppers we now expect more from brands in exchange for our loyalty. Our purchase decision goes beyond just the product, to become more of a reflection of what ‘doing good’ means to us.
As a result, we’re now far more willing to reconsider our buying habits in the face of society, culture and climate change. So if you’re ready to reconsider the brands in your wardrobe, why not play your part for the planet and check out the brands on a mission to produce sustainable and ethical clothing in Australia.
Run by a passionate collective who pride themselves on offering sustainable products, Green Horse is dedicated to making the world a better place.
After overcoming cancer at the tender age of 21, founder Jacinta used her background in fashion to seek out alternate products free of chemicals that aren’t harmful to the environment or human body. Unable to find what she was looking for, Jacinta decided to open her own store and Green Horse was born.
Beginning life as a pop-up in 2012, Green Horse now has a dedicated store in Northcote stocking everything from fair trade clothing and home-wares to children’s toys and beauty products.
Backed by an incredible team of women and a rising consumer movement of thousands, Nimble is an activewear brand that has shifted their focus to impact what they care about most: the planet.
Their signature fabrics are made from post-consumer use recycled plastic bottles. The plastic is broken into flakes, melted into pellets, spun into yarn and knitted into their performance fabrics. Pretty impressive, right? The brand also reduces waste, packaging and transport by knitting their fabrics and manufacturing their activewear within a 80km radius.
Will & Bear
More than just a high-quality hat brand, Will & Bear are committed to pushing the boundaries of sustainable and ethical clothing in Australia.
The brand is proudly fair trade, sustainable and ethically handmade from natural fibres to last the longest of journeys. Every hat purchase contributes to the planting of 10 trees for their Plant a Forest Project, ensuring they can give back to the community and the environment.
Comfortable everyday wear is what you get from the crew behind Veggie Threads. The label uses organic and eco-friendly materials and dyes, to produce ethical clothing in Australia.
Grab an organic tee, pair of hemp pants or denim jeans from the wide collection on offer, with pieces released in block colours for both women and men. Veggie Threads is also proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), an organisation that supports Australian brands to ensure the transparency and legality of their supply chains.
With the realisation of damage the fashion Industry is impacting on the world, with mass waste and land fills, Cleonie Swim is one label winding back the clock on their production line.
Since the beginning, Cleonie has focused on supplying sustainable and all-Australian products to the world. The brand cuts and sews each order as it is placed, lowering the amount of waste in materials, and any excess stock.
Finding a good pair of jeans can be tough. Finding ethical and sustainable denim is near impossible. Thankfully Nobody Denim has you covered. Celebrated for delivering premium women’s denim jeans for over 20 years, this Melbourne institution have been recognised globally for their environmental efforts.
Every piece is hand-made in Melbourne according to ECA production standards. Nobody Denim is also transparent with their production model and continually striving to reduce their carbon footprint while supplying consumers with an incredible range of fashionable denim.
Homelessness Of Melbourne Incorporated Enterprise (HoMie) not only make and sell ethical clothing in Australia, but use 100% of the profits to support young people struggling with homelessness in Melbourne.
Started by three friends looking to reduce the stigma behind homelessness in 2015, HoMie has evolved into a fully-fledged clothing line selling tees, hoodies, headwear and jewellery, with a flagship store based in Fitzroy.
Not only are their products well priced and ethically made, but they also recycle leftover stock to produce REBORN garments and provide retail-training programs for those doing it tough.
Over the past 16 years Elk have become one of Melbourne’s most respect and well-known labels. Committed to working with local manufactures and upholding ethical and environmental practices, Elk’s four stores across Melbourne stock a massive range of clothing and accessories for both women and men.
Elk are open and honest with the running of their business, breaking down their manufacturing process and sustainable contributions online, where you can also check out their impressive collection of products.
Focused on delivering affordable apparel that’s also environmentally friendly, A. BCH has only been around for three years but is already making its mark on the fashion industry.
All clothing is made from renewable, organic and recycled materials and manufactured in Melbourne’s inner north. Producing a range of simple yet elegant staples for both women and men, A. BCH sell directly to customers, with their studio open via appointment for those who want to see their whole collection in person.
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