This new online directory lists ethical clothing stores in Australia
From sustainable agriculture and supply chain transparency to leather and pesticide issues, the fashion industry is increasingly under scrutiny. More and more people are wondering where their clothes come from and the impact they have on the environment, workers and society.
And as more brands engage in ethical and sustainable practices, it remains the responsibility of customers to research and find businesses that are worth supporting.
A new online directory makes things a little easier. The nonprofit Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) has launched a digital shopping card, with pins for more than 300 accredited clothing stores across Australia (and 120 in Victoria alone).
“People are looking to buy ethical fashion and so we are excited to be able to offer Victorians and shoppers across the country an easy way to plan their purchases through brands selling local and ethically accredited fashion,” said the director Angela Bell in a statement.
Organization accredits each brand independently, auditing its operations from design and manufacture to shipping. Its main focus is work: brands must demonstrate that textile, clothing and footwear workers are paid fairly, receive all of their legal rights and have safe working conditions.
A recent ECA survey of manufacturers in the fashion industry (including textiles, clothing and footwear) shows that 70 percent of respondents are asked by their customers about work practices.
Accredited companies include Melbourne-based fashion brand Arnsdorf, Clothing the Gap, a native owned and operated company, artisanal operation Nobody Denim, basics-focused brand Vege Threads, designer of womenswear Bianca Spender, The Social Studio social enterprise and more.