The 19 Most Ethical Clothing Brands from Australia and New Zealand
14 Sep

The 20 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from Australia and New Zealand

There’s no denying it: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are arising to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which clothing brands are ethical? First, let’s learn about what makes a brand ethical in the first place.

What makes an ethical brand?

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

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 what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether it is 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 20 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 and Canada

Dorsu

Rated: Great

Everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any conscious wardrobe.

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Shop Dorsu.

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. The clever people who made these socks are working to solve the problem of textile waste in Bangladesh by creating yarns out of recycled cotton, saving water and drastically reducing CO2 emissions in comparison to conventional cotton. NICO’s factories are signatories to The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and are compliant with BSCI and certified with WRAP.

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Shop NICO.

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.

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Shop Maggie Marilyn @ Farfetch.

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.

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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.

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Shop Etiko.

Boody

Rated: Good
group of people wearing boody basics and underwear

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green & ethical.

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Shop Boody.

Outland Denim

Rated: Great

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia.

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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.

Shop ettitude.

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
A woman wears a bright yellow one-piece swimsuit.

Elle Evans produces sustainable swimwear and activewear for women and children, made from post-consumer waste fabrics.

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Shop Elle Evans.

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, and every garment is designed in Sydney, and made in a Sedex approved factory ensuring living wages and safe working conditions for factory 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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Shop Little Emperor.

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 their trendy clothing, they provide employment for women in Dey Tmey, a disadvantaged community in Cambodia.

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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.

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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 meets innovation.

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Shop Elk.

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. They believe lingerie is the match which ignites one’s sensuality and confidence.

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Shop Kat The Label.

D+K

Rated: Good

D+K 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!

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Shop D+K.

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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Shop Untouched World.

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.

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Shop Carlie Ballard.

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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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