A single cotton T-shirt takes 2,700 litres to make and just last year, The New Daily found a woman in Bangladesh who was paid 35 cents an hour to manufacture clothes for Target and H&M. Investing in sustainable brands that prioritise fair trade and sustainable practices is a way to stand against low paid workers who sleep on dirt floors, toxic dyes in our clothes and unsustainable practices that tax the environment.
These seven ethical brands are mindful about their practices and encourage you to purchase less, but purchase better quality items that you'll love and live in for years to come.
Named in recognition of his father who was a practicing Buddhist, Arthur continually produce divine collections of minimalistic clothing, cut from linen and cotton. Suited for every day living, Arthur do a great easy culotte and feminine but casual jumpsuits that you'll never want to take off (I live in mine).
Using ocean plastics to create some of their clothes and biodegradable natural materials like Tencel (made from wood pulp), Arnhem ethically audit their factories to make sure their workers are treated fairly. The result is a dreamy range of bright vintage floral prints, throw-on dresses, as well as edgy and classic bohemian threads that'll put you in a floaty and carefree holiday mindset like nothing else.
The Hemp Temple
The three conscious and creative minds behind The Hemp Temple produce their feminine range of easy wardrobe staples entirely out of hemp. It’s the fastest growing and most sustainable fibre in the world, needing little water to grow and being naturally organic and mould resistant, it's both kind on your skin and the environment.
Rowie The Label
Yet another incredible label from the crystal shores of Byron Bay; Rowie is synonymous with simplistic on-trend clothing that’s easy to wear and made with top quality fabric. Everything from their silk to their cotton knits feels sturdy and like it’ll last a lifetime in your wardrobe. Rowie posts all their online deliveries in compostable bags and also works closely with Riza the manager of their small factory in Bali, to make sure the workers are always looked after and treated fairly.
With a vision to create simple luxurious pieces that reflect the beauty and freedom of the Australian lifestyle, Byron Bay based label St Agni have done just that. Their stunning range of clean and easy to wear shoes and clothing is all ethically produced in a small factory in Java.
Yoli & Otis
For lovers of linen and creamy palettes, Yoli & Otis ethically design and manufacture the loveliest wardrobe essentials, that will never date. Their earthy range also extends to clothing for bubs and children’s wear. Using natural-dyed fabric, they avoid the 8000 chemicals ordinarily present in most artificially dyed clothing — making it a particularly safe option for little one's to wear.
With the hashtag #slowfashion bannered across their website, Harly Jae are a Vancouver based and produced fashion label. Inspired by vintage pieces that have remained popular for years, Harly Jae delivers their reliable wardrobe staples in ethical packaging.