When faced with complexity, we have a tendency to bury our heads in the sand – an ancient survival mechanism perhaps? Creating a better, fairer world is hard. Fashion Revolution Week is a great way to begin. It isn’t about a quick fix, it’s about starting the journey and sparking the hard yet vital conversations. Read More
When an eight-story building collapsed in Dhaka three years ago, killing 1138 garment workers, we all felt uncomfortable. All of a sudden the clothes we had on took a different form. The soft fabric against our skin became heavy, itchy; suffocating. Because while we watched limp, sooty figures being carried from the rubble, we realised that there were faces, families and stories woven into what we wear. All of a sudden we were asking, who made my clothes? Read More
When it comes to women’s rights and the clothing industry – we want our fashion slow and our gender equality fast! It’s hard not to feel discouraged when you’re faced with disparity, but you can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that are empowering women throughout their supply chain. Read More
From yoga mat to manufacturing, Eleven44 incorporates mindfulness and respect for nature into everything they do. An organic cotton activewear brand inspired by the natural world, Eleven44 bring bold, unapologetic prints to the front of the class. Read More
When Carlie Ballard’s namesake label burst onto the Australian fashion scene almost five years ago, it was like discovering an oasis in the dessert. She was one of the first to put ethics into the heart of her brand and create clothing I would actually love to wear.
A few years ago it struck me – I am complicit with modern-day slavery and serious environmental destruction. I had been campaigning against the insidious crime of sex trafficking when I found myself chatting with two passionate campaigners at a pop-up shop in London. They told me about the children picking my cotton in Uzbekistan and the widespread impact of pesticide runoff in India. Read More
Whenever we buy a piece of clothing, we’re participating in a chain of events with far reaching consequences. Have you ever stopped to wonder who made the clothes you’re wearing? What sort of life are they living? When brands have transparent supply chains, we can clearly trace the journey our fashion has made. And the lives it has touched. Read More
If you’re ever lost in a crowd in nothing but your underwear (although we’d never wish that on you), you’d want to be wearing Thunderpants. They’re bright, bold and comfy, and give back to the local community with every sale. Read More
There’s a certain amount of pride in Nick Savaidis’ voice as I’m talking to him on the phone – and rightly so – his company Etiko has, for the third time in a row, achieved the Australian Fashion Report’s (AFR) highest ranking for ethical production.
In 2009, Australians disposed of 23 million tonnes of waste in landfill. Of this, close to a fifth of the waste was paper, cardboard and plastics – all materials which can be recycled.