Taking ethical consumption mainstream

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“Reducing the impact of our purchases shouldn’t be a niche activity. Everyone should have the opportunity to buy things that make them feel good because they match their values,” says Gordon Renouf of Good On You in this video interview for Pledgecast ASAP. “With Good On You we’re trying to unlock the potential of people’s spending to change the world, by moving ethical consumption into the mainstream where it belongs.”

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Ethical Fashion – A Guide For Independent Labels

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Running a label, or thinking about it? Since the Bangladesh factory disaster in 2013 reignited consumer concern about how clothes are made, showing customers that your supply chain is untainted by the things they oppose isn’t just something that helps you sleep at night – it’s a central and very marketable part of your label, and a new way of locking in with this aspect of your customers’ identity.

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Want cruelty-free beauty products? Start here!

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Photo: Lipstick (Flicrk/1950’s Unlimited)

Lisa Edney gives her take on the why and how of cruelty-free beauty products, with tips on what to buy and where to get them.

Are you wanting to make the switch to cruelty free beauty products but don’t know where to start? Or have you ever bought a product believing it to be cruelty free, then found out the label was misleading? Are you unsure about what labels you can trust?

Whether you’re new to cruelty free cosmetics, or have been on the journey for some time, you can find great beauty products that meet your cruelty free hopes – yes, even in your local supermarket! Read More

Find eco-friendly personal care products

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Good Environmental Choice Australia offers independent certification for personal care products that meet its whole of life environmental and social sustainability standards. 

We’ve all been there — standing in front of a shelf full of products at the supermarket trying to figure out which one to buy. And looking at the packaging or the ingredients can sometimes make it more confusing. A picture of a leaf or the use of the word eco doesn’t ensure that a product is sustainable and can sometimes be misleading. As a consumer, how do you know that the item you want to buy truly considers the environment? How can you be sure its ingredients are safe? How do you differentiate between companies that are really making sustainable products and those who aren’t?

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabel program and is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). GECA’s stamp of approval, which can be found printed on certified sustainably preferable personal care products, is a valuable tool to help you find eco-friendly personal care products.

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What can you find on Good On You?

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We want to make it easier for you to make consumer choices that match your values. We provide you with practical tools that can make it easier to make day to day decisions about what (if anything) to buy.

Our aim is to help you find products that meet all your needs – for quality, good value and style, but also to minimise harm to to people, planet and animals.

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Ethical shopping browser extension

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Ethical shopping just got simple: new browser extension provides one-click brand ratings

Australia’s growing number of conscious consumers can now browse and buy products from thousands of online brands without changing how they shop. Today, non-profit consumer organisation Ethical Consumers Australia announces the launch of the free Good On You ethical shipping browser extension. The extension is an add on for  your browser that makes shoppers instantly aware of products’ impact on people, the planet and animals.

 

 

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Ethical clothing handpicked by: Yatu Widders Hunt

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Yatu Widders-HuntYatu Widders Hunt, 32, is a communications professional and blogger from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She loves classic, minimalist styles with a beachy vibe. She loves to mix and match vintage, handmade and new fashions. Check out her ethical clothing picks below!

“I have always been drawn to very simple, minimal designs. I occasionally splash out on colour but find shapes, textures and cuts more interesting than prints. I love the architecture of fashion.

Working on sustainability and environmental issues for a long time, I discovered just how much of a negative impact ‘fast fashion’ has on the world around us. But I have also become excited by the idea that the fashion industry, which is sometimes seen as frivolous, has an opportunity to be a vehicle for positive, long-term change.

When it comes to my own shopping habits, I try to do a little research before making a new purchase and look for things like the social and environmental record of a company, how they manufacture and what fabrics they use. Having accreditation systems now is amazing as it takes the hard work out of doing all the digging yourself!

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Fairtrade clothes are a fairly good idea

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What is Fairtrade and why should I care?

Fairtrade aims to give small-scale farmers the power to create better livelihoods for themselves and their families. Fairtrade covers better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for the people who grow cotton or other source materials in the developing world.

Conventional trade often discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. Fairtrade requires certified companies to pay sustainable prices regardless of global market fluctuations, so that farmers have a better chance to improve their position and have more control over their lives. This means that when you buy Faitrade, whether coffee or a t-shirt, you can be much more sure that your money isn’t going toward forced, indentured or unfair labour.

Fairtrade requires manufacturers to give farmers a minimum price for their raw materials, plus a ‘Fairtrade’ premium. See more at Fairtrade ANZ. Read More

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The silly season is upon us with gift-hunting, Christmas shopping frenzy and dropping some serious hints to loved ones. But this doesn’t mean your environmental and ethical conscience needs to go out the window. We round up the best eco-friendly and fair trade presents around, for everyone from your nana to your furry friend in this sustainable gift guide.

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Install the Ethical Shopping Assistant

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You’ll be taken to the Chrome Webstore to download our Ethical Shopping Assistant for free.