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Ethical clothing handpicked by: Yatu Widders Hunt

By | Fashion, Featured, People, Planet

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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fairtrade shirt label

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

Reduce your fashion footprint, not your style footprint!

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ecofashion

Most of us are aware by now of the impact that our clothing can have on the people who make it. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse last year, the spotlight on unfair and unsafe working conditions endured by garmet workers has gotten a lot bigger, and for good reason.

But what about the environment? The kind of clothing you buy can also have a huge impact on the health of the earth. Keeping an eye on your fashion footprint is just as important as choosing fashion from brands that care about labour rights, but it can also be just as confusing! In keeping with our commitment to doing the homework for you, Good On You has put together an eco-fashion primer for people who love the feeling of slipping into a perfect new outfit – but also like living on a healthy, happy planet!

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Handpicked by: Julia McAlpine

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Julia McAlpineJulia McAlpine, 24, a Fashion Copywriter and Good On You volunteer from Orange County in California, likes feminine styles from quirky to classic. She also likes strong labour protections and fair trade. She says,

“As a result of my innate indecisiveness, my style changes regularly, flailing about on a spectrum that extends from possibly-too-girly to wannabe-French-icon. Working in the fashion and beauty industry has taught me that no matter my current style or obsession (cat prints!), I can always find similar items offered by a range of brands. You’d think this realisation would be overwhelming for a fashion shape shifter, but as someone who cares about fair trade and labour rights, this awareness has allowed me to establish common ground between my irresolute style and solid concerns. Knowing I can curate looks I love using products I can trust were made under ethical circumstances results in an easier (and far more meaningful) decision-making process. And since ethical clothing tends to be very well made, my purchases go the distance, meaning my faux leather jacket will be good as new in two years’ time if I’m not feeling the rocker thing today.”

See more at the Good On You Clothing blog!

A personal guide to better fashion choices

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Colourful shirts on hangers

By Kate Halliday

What are the issues?

Decent wages, a safe work environment, time outside of work for family and friends: these are the things I know I want for the people that make my clothes. But what specific issues should I be looking out for when I start examining my choices? Obviously, items manufactured in Australia are going to have different risks linked to them than those made in third world countries.

When you start searching online for labour issues you’re really opening a can of worms. Uzbeki cotton, sandblasting of denim, industry versus NGO multi-stakeholder initiatives – the issues are complex and ever evolving. Read More

Global fashion brands — how do they stack up?

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global fashion brands

Some of the world’s largest “affordable” global fashion brands have opened stores in Australia or are headed our way. What’s their record like on sustainable and ethical production?

Zara and Top Shop have opened stores in Sydney and Melbourne. But this is just the beginning of a deluge, with reports of 15-20 new stores to be opened by both brands, and 25 stores on the way from Japanese mega retailer Uniqlo. Swedish giant H&M has opened in Melbourne and also has plans for Sydney.

How do these mega brands stack up when it comes to fair working conditions and sustainable practices? Read More

Death, taxes and underwear: a guide to better undies

By | Animals, Fashion, Featured, People, Planet

undies

We wear them every day, they don’t last forever, and they’re not something you can easily buy second hand or make yourself.

When it comes to unavoidable purchases, socks and undies are at the top of the list! While it can seem like there are few ethical options out there for basics like socks and undies, a number of local and international companies are working hard to provide fair and green underwear options for lads and ladies alike. As we approach the silly season (where socks and undies are stocking-filler staples), what better time than now to check out a few ethical options?

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Fast fashion – can you keep up with global trends sustainably and ethically?

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sustainable fashion

Last year, Otter published a quick review of the environmental and social sustainability of global fashion retailers. With all these new developments it’s a great time to look again at the performance of the major international clothing brands recently (or soon to be) available in Australia. Of course no one has to shop at these brands, so we’ve also ranked one of the most online sites, ASOS, and thrown in some sustainable fashion alternatives with good rankings.

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The Definitive Guide to Washing Jeans

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The perfect pair of jeans is the holy grail of the modern wardrobe. After countless hours pulling on and peeling off pair after pair, grappling with too-long lengths or sky-high-waists, congratulations! You’ve found them. (Bonus points if they’re a brand that has good animal welfare, labour and environmental practices). Here’s how to get maximum wear out of your new denim friends! Read More