Sustainability is so much more than just a buzzword. It’s the key to the future of the fashion industry and to a better planet. If like us, you’re constantly on the lookout to find more Australian labels that are delivering sustainable fashion, then you’ll want to read on.
With ASOS recently adding a ‘responsible’ checkbox filter that directs shoppers to brands using sustainable materials, it’s clear that even the mega-giants in fashion are starting to get the message. Consumers are taking a more considered approach to shopping. Many are becoming aware of fashion’s heavy toll on the pollution of our planet and are looking for labels with greater ecological integrity. That is, sustainable fashion labels.
For those of you looking for more sustainable brands to shop, here are 9 of the coolest sustainable fashion labels from Australia and beyond.
One of the early champions of sustainable and ethical fashion, Arnsdorf is a brand that wears its heart on its ethical sleeve. At the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival held this year, Arnsdorf received the Sustainability Award. The award recognises excellence in sustainable practices, ethical manufacture, use of recycled products and impact on workers. This brand has sustainable fashion DNA to its core.
A.BCH is a Melbourne based independent fashion label that with a commitment to ethics and sustainability. If you’re into clean, cool basics without the guilty conscience, this is a label for you. See more about the designer behind this committed label in our Revolutionary of the Month series.
Bringing great design and sustainability together, Melbourne based label ELK continues to rise. Honesty and transparency are the fundamental values of the label, and underpins its bi-annual collections.
Ginger & Smart
A leading Aussie label since 2002, Ginger & Smart aims to be as responsible as possible. An ethical supply chain is vital to the brand’s social responsibility, as is minimising the use of harmful chemicals and excessive water wastage.
KITX is one of Australia’s ethical clothing champions. Using only certified organic, renewable and recycled ‘manmade’ fibres from fair trade suppliers, this label is fusing sustainability with high fashion appeal.
This well-established label serves Byron Bay bohemian style with a conscience. Sustainable fibres, supply chain transparency and responsible water use are at the core of Spell’s production process.
Vege Threads’ collections are manufactured entirely in Australia using organic and eco-friendly materials and dyes. The label’s commitment to transparency and an ethical supply chain has led to their accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia and a dedicated following of sustainable fashion enthusiasts.
Creating their collections from their own factory in Los Angeles, Reformation puts an emphasis on total transparency during the production process. The label openly shares its sustainability framework and future goals, as well as offering a glimpse into their factory through live streams.
House of Sunny
By producing small runs of collections, British label House of Sunny are acting against fast fashion. Across two seasonal collections a year, their design team has the time to better improve their sustainability practices and create lasting, quality pieces. The label has a no fur, leather, skins or silk policy.
Want to know how to do your part against fast fashion? Check out our guide here.