The 25 Most Ethical Clothing Brands from Australia and New Zealand
22 Oct

The 25 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from Australia and New Zealand

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and more and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet. As a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are starting to emerge to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But what makes an ethical brand? And which clothing brands are ethical?

What makes an ethical brand?

Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.

To start with, an ethical brand ensures its workers are treated fairly across the supply chain. This includes policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, the right to join a union, and payment of a living wage.

An ethical brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, as well as using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, an ethical brand uses no or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!

Now that you know how to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might choose to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether you want to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.

So if you live in Australia or New Zealand, you might be wondering which clothing brands are ethical. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of eco-friendly and conscious fashion brands from Australia and New Zealand. These 25 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

Not from Australia or New Zealand? Check out our favourite brands from Germany, the UKEurope, LAthe USA, Canada, France and the Netherlands.

Dorsu

Rated: Great

Based in Cambodia, Dorsu creates everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any conscious wardrobe. You can find the full range in XS to XL.

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NICO

Rated: Good
3 pack of sustainable socks

Established in 2012 by Lis Harvey, NICO celebrates minimalism and understated luxury. The brand brings high quality basics and underwear to the Australian fashion landscape, featuring clean lines, luxe fabrics, and the styles and colours needed for everyday. NICO’s factories are signatories to The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and are compliant with BSCI and certified with WRAP. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop NICO.

A.BCH

Rated: Great
A woman with black hair and grey t-shirt looks at camera

A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, or customise to fit you!

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Pure Pod

Rated: Good

An ethical lifestyle fashion label based in Australia using organic and fairtrade accredited materials. The brand is creating a cleaner fashion industry, by protecting the people working in it and using their passion for design to create beautiful products that have a strong identity and story behind them.

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A_C

Rated: Great
ahimsa collective black vegan bag

Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C's design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless bags and accessories. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production.

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Shop A_C.

nat’v basics

Rated: Good
woman wearing natv basics top and bottom

nat'v basics is an Australian eco-friendly underwear label designed for the everyday woman. Made from recycled and sustainable materials, nat'v basics pieces are designed to be the most comfortable basics you’ll ever wear. No frills or trims or awkward bits—so you can put them on and forget you’re wearing them! Find most items in sizes 8 to 16.

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Maggie Marilyn

Rated: Good

Need-to-know designer Maggie Marilyn’s clothes are defined by her strong sense of luxury and fresh point of view. Inspired to create collections that are sustainable as well as beautiful, the New Zealand-based label utilizes organic cottons and ethically produced silks to craft effortlessly glamorous designs. Sizes available are XS-L.

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Shop Maggie Marilyn @ Farfetch.

Shop Maggie Marilyn Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Maggie Marilyn.

Kowtow

Rated: Great

Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Kowtow @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Kowtow.

Etiko

Rated: Great

Etiko is a designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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Shop Etiko.

Boody

Rated: Good
group of people wearing boody basics and underwear

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Outland Denim

Rated: Great
three happy people wearing sustainable denim by Outland Denim

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and clothes, and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia. This Australian brand was founded as an avenue for the training and employment of women who have experienced sex trafficking. Find most of the brand's range in US sizes 22-34.

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Shop Outland Denim.

ettitude

Rated: Good
ethical bedding and sleepwear brand ettitude woman in charcoal bamboo sleep shirt

Sleepwear and bedding made with innovative CleanBamboo™ fabric, engineered for comfort.

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Shop ettitude @ ourCommonPlace.

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Nobody Denim

Rated: Good

Nobody Denim has a longstanding commitment to ethical manufacturing principles and offers a unique vision of responsible design. It traces its supply chain, ensures a living wage for workers, and is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.

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Shop Nobody Denim @ Farfetch.

Elle Evans

Rated: Great

Founded in 2013, Elle Evans Swimwear creates beautiful, sustainable, swimwear and activewear for people who care about fashion and the future. The brand uses post-consumer waste fabrics and traces all of its supply chain. The range is stocked in sizes XS-3XL.

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Little Emperor (2-8 years)

Rated: Great
girl wearing pink little emperor t-shirt

Little Emperor creates unique, functional, and hard-wearing clothing for children. Its affordable clothing is made from environmentally friendly organic cotton, with every garment designed in Sydney, Australia and made in a Sedex-approved factory ensuring living wages and safe working conditions for workers. From the materials and packaging, right down to the energy supplier and banking, Little Emperor is dedicated to environmentally friendly practice. Named in honour of the adorable Emperor Penguin, Little Emperor is a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning 1% of sales are donated to environmental non-profits, helping protect the penguins’ home.

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Oobi (0-13 years)

Rated: Great
little girl wearing blue and pink flower dress by oobi

Oobi is an Australian girl’s fashion, swimwear, homewares and lifestyle brand. In addition to creating stylish clothes for our children, the brand makes sure it uses low-impact non-toxic dyes throughout its range. It also used no animal products and uses sea freight to transport products to reduce its climate impact.

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Shop Oobi.

ReCreate

Rated: Great
woman wearing sustainable dress by ReCreate brand

New Zealand based label ReCreate receives the highest rating from Good On You. As well as using Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton and recycled materials to make trendy clothing, the brand provides employment for women in Dey Tmey, a disadvantaged community in Cambodia. Find clothes in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop ReCreate.

Tasi Travels

Rated: Good

For travelwear designed for adventures, look no further than Australian brand Tasi Travels. Boasting a stunning collection of handmade garments in eco-friendly materials that are made-to-order, you can feel good out in the world knowing you are leaving a light footprint behind. Garments come in sizes XS/S, S/M, and M/L.

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Shop Tasi Travels.

Elk

Rated: Good
light pink sneakers by elk

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation.

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Kat the Label

Rated: Good

Fiercely feminine designs, with the option to be exposed or hidden, each Kat The Label garment is designed to lace you with confidence. The brand believes lingerie is the match which ignites one’s sensuality and confidence.

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Team Timbuktu

Rated: Good

Team Timbuktu creates high-performance waterproof raincoats and sweat-wicking activewear, made from recycled plastic bottles. Sizes available are 2XS-XL.

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dk active

Rated: Good

dk active is an Australian high-performance brand supporting everybody seeking an authentic edge in life. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and reuses all of its offcuts to minimise textile waste. It is also a PETA approved 100% vegan brand! Find the products in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop dk active.

Graine

Rated: Good
Ethical Graine tote in green

Sometimes you just need a tote that fits everything. Graine is a family operated leather label based in Melbourne, Australia. The brand features beautiful everyday totes in a range of colours such as the Little Lonsdale Street bag. This bag was made with care in Graine’s Brunswick East workshop from high quality, full grain, vegetable tanned, Australian bovine leather, which is sourced from a gold-rated tannery certified by the Leather Working Group within Australia. Love that!

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Shop Graine.

Untouched World

Rated: Good

New Zealand luxury lifestyle brand Untouched World creates sustainable and organic fashion for men and women.

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Carlie Ballard

Rated: Good
A woman in a red jumpsuit closes her eyes while sitting on a chair. A navy scarf blows in the background.

Carlie Ballard is a pioneering Australian fashion brand advocating for ethical and sustainable practices, and quality, independent design. Find the garments in AU sizes 6-16.

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Editor's note

Feature image by Kowtow and all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. Use our Directory to search more than 2,500 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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