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26 Jun

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)

What is Ethical Clothing Australia?

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) is an accreditation body that collaborates with Australian textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) companies to ensure the transparency and legality of supply chains. It delivers a voluntary accreditation as well as practical and affordable assistance to businesses.

The program maps out a brand’s supply chain in Australia throughout the production process, and helps protect the rights of both local factory-based workers and homeworkers. Homeworkers, who are also called outworkers, are particularly vulnerable in the fashion industry as they often work in isolation and can be unregulated. Look out for Ethical Clothing Australia labels to make sure brands have fair labour practices when renewing your wardrobe.

A brief history of Ethical Clothing Australia

ECA is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Victorian Government.

It is a joint industry and union initiative working towards a more transparent fashion industry.

The standard is also a labelling system, providing consumers and buyers with a way to identify and support ethically made Australian textile, clothing and footwear products.

Examples of brands using Ethical Clothing Australia

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Editor's note

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