If you’ve ever wished you could shop your favourite sustainable brands in one place, pine no longer – The Green Hub Online has made your dreams come true.
Tired of scouring the Internet for new brands just to find a single blouse or dress that matched her style and ethics, Kira Simpson decided to simplify the ethical shopping process. She quit her job in sales and poured all her time into creating The Green Hub, an online marketplace with everything from ethically produced clothing, beauty products and homewares.
Kira Simpson – founder of The Green Hub
“This business idea, like many others, came about from seeing a need and looking for a solution,” Kira says. “I don’t have a background in fashion or retail; I’m just a normal person who loves to shop.”
With a background in science, Kira had a natural interest in the impact we’re having on the planet. “I started doing research into the clothes that I buy and this whole world opened up,” she says. “My research led me to the Good On You app, which has been instrumental in helping me navigate the world of ethical fashion.”
The Green Hub has only recently launched, but so far dozens of ethical and sustainable brands have been signing up. And there’s been no shortage of ethical fashion lovers flocking to the site either.
The thing we love about The Green Hub is that Kira is adamant about avoiding greenwashing. She selects brands that tick two or more boxes in her nine points of criteria: ethical, cruelty-free, fair trade, organic, natural, recycled, Australian-made, eco-friendly and handmade. “I came up with this method because I don’t want to exclude small brands that can’t afford certification,” she says.
“I used to love Myer and David Jones,” she says, “because you can shop for everything in one place. That’s what I’m trying to do with The Green Hub, only everything is ethical and much of it is Australian made.”
“I’m investing absolutely everything I have to make this work and I truly believe it will,” she says. “There seems to no concept of competition in the ethical fashion community. We’re all here to support each other and work together.”
Visit The Green Hub to browse stylish, ethical essentials curated by Kira herself.
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