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 40 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.
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.