The 40 Most Ethical Clothing Brands from Australia and New Zealand
01 Jul

The 43 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?

And if you live in Australia or New Zealand, you might be wondering which clothing brands are eco-friendly and conscious. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of ethical clothing brands from Australia and New Zealand. These 43 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

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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.

Our favourite sustainable and ethical clothing brands from Australia and New Zealand

Outland Denim

Rated: Great

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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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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Sorella Organics

Rated: Great

Sorella’s certified organic sleepwear range includes tops, pants, wraps, nighties, as well as maternity wear. The label’s founder Anna McGregor has a background in international human rights work. This is obvious with her use of Fairtrade certified cotton, and it ensures strict social standards are met in production and trading. Best of all, purchasing the clothing won’t make you cry over your bank balance! Find the range in sizes S-XL.

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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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Shop Dorsu.

Bhumi

Rated: Great
A woman in a yoga pose wears a dark grey tank.

Bhumi makes 100% Fairtrade, organic, and vegan basics and bedding. The brand believes in sustainable luxury, paving the way for a new era in the textile industry by choosing fairtrade organic cotton for all of its products. Find the clothes in sizes XS-XL.

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Afends

Rated: Good

Afends is an Australia-based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. You can find the full range in sizes XS-XL.

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The Common Good Company

Rated: Great

The Common Good Company produces clothing using recycled materials, proving that there is not only a better way to produce but a better way to consume. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-14.

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Shop The Common Good Company.

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 @ SlowCo.

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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All the Wild Roses

Rated: Good

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All the Wild Roses offers bohemian fashion for the dreamers and change-makers. This Australian brand uses up to 50% deadstock fabric to create high quality and long-lasting products. Find most items in sizes XS to 2 XL.

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Pure Pod

Rated: Good

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

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A_C

Rated: Good

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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Bon Label

Rated: Great

Born from brand owner Linda Smyth’s search for the perfect white tee, Bon Label’s products emulate that timeless French simplicity and elegance. They make their t-shirts from 100% organic cotton to perfectly match with your favourite denim on the weekend or a classic pin skirt in the office. Bon Label uses no animal products in their manufacturing and has a strong focus on ethical labour practice, everything we like to hear.

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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.

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Dharma Bums

Rated: Great
A woman with dark curl hair wear a white yoga crop top.

Dharma Bums is an ethical yoga and activewear brand providing beautiful, high performance activewear that performs flawlessly. Its all-Australian-made items are certified by Ethical Clothing Australia and it doesn't use any animal products! Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Dharma Bums @ Curate.

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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.

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Dimples

Rated: Good

Dimples is a New Zealand based brand that offers a large range of specialist baby and mother care products. The brand uses the highest-quality soft, warm New Zealand merino and pure organic cotton to make a wide range of baby clothing, blankets, and accessories.

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Shop Dimples Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

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Etiko

Rated: Great

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Etiko – Men’s Clothing

Men's apparel made from sustainable materials and certified Fair Trade. 10% off men's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 3 NOV)

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woman wearing grey fair trade hoodie by Etiko

Etiko – Women’s Clothing

Clothing that is both comfortable and sustainable. Good for the Earth and your body. 10% off women's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 3 NOV)

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Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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Boody

Rated: Good

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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Citizen Wolf

Rated: Great

Citizen Wolf uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. It's so confident in its t-shirts that it guarantees they’ll be the best you’ve ever worn! After capturing your customisations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified sustainable fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.

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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. This Australian brand reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste, and reduces its water use by using a closed-loop system in its supply chain!

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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. Find most of the jeans in sizes 23-32.

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Shop Nobody Denim @ Farfetch.

Oobi

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 children, the brand makes sure it uses low-impact non-toxic dyes throughout its range. It also uses no animal products and opts for sea freight to transport products to reduce its climate impact.

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Shop Oobi pre loved @ Retykle.

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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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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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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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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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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Vege Threads

Rated: Great

Vege Threads is ECA certified and makes all of its clothing in Australia. Its range is sustainable and eco-friendly, and includes men's and women's basics, as well as women's activewear and swimwear. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Monsoon Blooms

Rated: Great
man wearing yellow monsoon blooms t-shirt

Following the wisdom of Ayurveda, Monsoon Blooms creates Fairtrade International-certified organic cotton underwear and basics, naturally dyed with plants. It does not use any animal products and makes its product by hand to reduce its climate impact.

Kalaurie

Rated: Great

Stunning designs, beautifully made, to the highest ethical standards—Kalaurie is one of those labels that gives you a rush of excitement when you first find it. This is a Melbourne brand that makes capsule collections, with an emphasis on signature shirt tailoring. There are so many reasons to love Kalaurie, and it rates highly in all three categories! The pieces are available in 2XS-2XL.

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Luna + Sun

Rated: Good
woman wearing ethical yellow dress by Luna + Sun brand

Luna + Sun is an Australian, cruelty-free fashion line creating gorgeous feminine designs. Its factory is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and its products are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-18.

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Nisa

Rated: Great
Nisa sustainable lounge and sleep shorts

The ethical option for your underwear drawer. Nisa is an underwear and loungewear label that employs women from refugee backgrounds in its Wellington studio. For the brand, success is not just providing a first job in New Zealand, but in providing a first step in a long career. Nisa is also good for the planet, using GOTS certified organic cotton for its briefs, bralettes, and pants.

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Arnsdorf

Rated: Good
A woman with a cream blouse with puffy sleeves and black buttons.

Arnsdorf is a Melbourne and New York-based label by designer Jade Sarita Arnott, who brings a background in sculpture to her sharp but feminine designs. Arnsdorf uses some eco-friendly textiles such as organic cotton, Tencel and hemp, and minimises waste by producing only small runs of each line. Its clothes are all made in-house in Melbourne and it traces most of its supply chain. Find the garments in sizes S-L.

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BAYTHE

Rated: Good
BAYTHE clay active sustainable bikini bra top

BAYTHE is a premium swimwear-meets-activewear label designed in Bondi Beach, providing women of all shapes and sizes the confidence, comfort and understated sexiness they've always wanted in a swimsuit. This active bikini crop is an easy summer staple made to be multi-functional and move with you throughout your day. Despite being designed without wires, this bra top still provides full bust support and is quick-drying, so you can wear it as a bra for yoga, pilates, barre and walking!

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In the Soulshine

Rated: Good

In the Soulshine is a brand that loves fashion, but doesn't want to exploit people or destroy our planet in the process.

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HoMie

Rated: Good

HoMie is a streetwear clothing social enterprise that donates 100% of its profits to support people experiencing homelessness or hardship. These classic, thin gold hoops are affordable and made sustainably with gold-plated sterling silver. Neat!

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Editor's note

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