The younger generation are urging us to sit up and pay attention to climate change and do something about it. I am not about to ditch my clothes all together or scrap the house and car and go off into the wilderness (although that would probably be a pretty good solution), but I can choose to be responsible with my consuming and where possible and where budget allows it.
Here are some of my favourite Australian ethical, sustainable and/or eco labels:
A champion eco warrior brand with affordable prices based in Byron Bay. Their standard base fabrics have been redeveloped swapping to fabrics derived from renewable wood pulp. They also use organic and BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) certified cotton fibres eliminating the use of toxic chemicals. Any synthetic fibres they use are made from recycled materials and their packaging is ecofriendly. I personally love their swim collection. The togs feel smooth and look sexy as hell and they are in gorgeous boho colours and patterns to make you feel like you are hanging out under a Pandanus Palm at Wategos Beach.
Likewise, Spell use sustainable fibres such as organic cotton, hemp, Econyl (recycled nylon), cellulose fibres (derived from wood pulp), silk and linen. Also found in Byron Bay they are community spirited aligning with a local initiative Zero Emissions Byron. They live their truth by endorsing plastic free office, using keep cups and riding their bicycles to work! With 100% compostable postage satchels – they are clearly leading the way for change. Gypsy boho style (obvs) with some clean and classic pieces included in the range.
Rowie also call Byron Bay home (there seems to be an eco-trend here) since 2013. They are continuing to move towards a more sustainable future with 100% compostable shipping satchels and garment bags, recycled and chlorine free cards, and recycled boxes, tissue, and stickers. Their swim range is now made from recycled-techno fabric and Econyl. Their aim is to design classic versatile styles to be adored for seasons to come.
Committed to ethical and environmental practices their mission is to design and manufacture well-consider products that are made responsibly, with regard for people, animals, and the environment. In 2019 ELK won the Australian Fashion Laureate Award for Sustainable Innovation, recognising brands that are proving leadership in sustainability. I adore their clutches and wallets that last for ages and are functional and fun.