With so many Australian labels committed to helping the earth, it's becoming easier than ever to shop sustainably.
And if we’ve learnt anything, it’s that being sustainable doesn’t always mean you have to compromise style.
First World Clothing Company
Consider the clothes you always reach for in your wardrobe. Our favourite pieces are comfortable, simple and now, sustainable. First World is a menswear company producing 100 per cent Australian-made basics. Founder David Manderson's mission is to create ethical, quality garments from locally-sourced organic fibres. Passionate about reinvigorating clothing manufacturing in Australia, First World’s pieces are all made where we live. It’s about helping to create jobs, while offering sustainable everyday clothing at a fair price – think easy tees and polos. Yep, you can finally own good quality, sustainable clothes, without destroying your budget.
Good On You
Meet the app that gives you the power to feel good about your shopping. Good On You looks into the big issues (think the people, the planet and the animals), so you can decide where to spend your dollars. It includes ethical ratings of brands from Adidas to Zara and gives you access to special offers and latest brand news. You can also send a message directly to a brand from the app, congratulating them or urging them to do a little better. You can download Good On You from the App Store or Google Play. And then give yourself a pat on the back.
Nanna Woo Handmade
Nanna Woo is everything you want in a jewellery label. The brand handcrafts wearable works of art, all completely sustainable and kind to the earth. Made in her Tasmanian home, with the help of her Melbourne- based sister, designer Hanna Woolley employs ethical practices from start to finish. She is the first in Australia to use Entropy bio-resin in her production, as well as recycled materials throughout the collections. The latest range, Metanical, is made from thoughtfully harvested local lichens, mosses and Australian wildflowers. So you can be sure the planet (and each Nanna Woo piece) has been given plenty of TLC.
The Darley Store
With increasing demand for ethical goods in fashion, one store is keeping pace. The Darley Store is one of few Sydney retailers that specialise in local, sustainable and transparent brands. Celebrating the future of good design in Australia, The Darley Store encourages consumers to be more mindful about their wardrobes.The aim is to reconnect buyers with the manufacturing processes involved in their purchases. Between their two Sydney stores, you’ll find a curated selection of garments, accessories and homewares from the likes of Carlie Ballard, Linda Tahija Jewellery, SO/FO, Kowtow and more. Love.
Shop 40 Sydney Road, Manly NSW and 133 King Street, Newtown NSW.
You may think you don’t need to update your bed linen but Ettitude has some pretty good reasons why you should. All Ettitude products are ethically made from certified organic bamboo, which means they’re good for the planet and your dreams. Their 300 bamboo thread count is equivalent to 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, meaning they’re also super comfy. Still not convinced? No worries. Ettitude will give you a free 100-night trial to help you fall in love with their sheets.
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Elle Evans is a swim and activewear label with fashion and the future as its double focus. All pieces are created from recycled lycra or post-consumer waste fabric (remnants discarded by bigger companies that would otherwise go to landfill). The label aims for the most sustainable practice possible, in every step of the production process. For example, they don’t use fastenings that can't be recycled and washing labels are sewn onto all garments to help the wearer reduce unnecessary energy consumption through washing and drying. Pieces are bright, fun and available for both children and adults, in a range of styles. Everything is made in Melbourne, so now you can look good at the gym and by the pool with a clear conscience.