Monday, June 17, 2024

Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020

Ethical Clothing Week a First

Ethical Clothing Australia Week will make its debut in 2020 as the first and only week focused on ethically accredited Australian manufacturers. It will be a celebration of the businesses, designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind your garments made in Australia. It’s all happening both in person and online from 18-24 October.

ECA accredited businesses will be offering a range of events which will be different in each state due to COVID-19. Full of industry insight and providing a peek behind the scenes of ethical producers, Ethical Clothing Week looks like it will be almost as much fun as it will be informative.

Sydney Event

Ethical Clothing Australia member - Citizen Wolf
Images: Citizen Wolf

In Sydney you’ll be able to join Citizen Wolf for an in person morning tea. Learn how technology is creating on-demand, local, ethical and sustainable fashion. Chat with the makers, see how tailored tees are made from scratch and even create your own perfect t-shirt. This factory and store tour takes place on Thursday 22 October at 11am. Register here.

Melbourne Event

Remuse Clothing, known for it's natural dying techniques, will be participating in Ethical Clothing Week
Image: Remuse

In Melbourne Remuse Designs will be hosting an intimate studio tour and workshop series celebrating textile design and natural dyeing. REMUSE designer Tamara Leacock and her team will host you on Thursday October 22. You’ll be able to dye your own fabrics  sheets or drapes for upcycling, using only food based, natural dyes that can be easily found in your local grocery store or cupboard.  Register here.

Virtual Tours

Clothing from Ethical Clothing Australia member Organic Crew
Images: Organic Crew

Melbourne based business Organic Crew will be hosting a tour of their Melbourne factory on their Instagram. You’ll be able to see how Organic Crew garments are made as well as meeting the makers behind the garments.

Clothing by Vege Threads
Images: Vege Threads

Vege Threads and Humphrey Law (socks) will be releasing a Meet The Makers series on their social media channels. There’s so much they’ll be sharing about their businesses and the industry, this one promises to offer personal insights as well as facts.  Watch it during Ethical Clothing Week on Instagram.

Owners of the Great Ocean Road Woollen Mills
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mills Owners Isabel & Nick Renters. Image: Great Ocean Road Woollen Mills

In Victoria, Great Ocean Road Woollen Mills are hosting two virtual tours of their woollen mills. This will be an absolutely exclusive behind the scenes look at a couple of Australia’s greenest mills. The tours will be hosted by the owners Isabel & Nick Renters live on Instagram on 21 October at 10am and 2pm on Facebook.

Bruck Textiles producers of Australian Military clothing will be participating in Ethical Fashion Week
Image: Bruck Textiles

Bruck Textiles will be hosting a digital tour of their Victorian based mill on Facebook.  Their high performance protective wear garments are used by the Australian Military, emergency services, fire fighters and others.  Rare opportunity!

Merino Country Clothing - ECA Members
Images: Merino Country

Queensland based Merino Country will be releasing a video showcasing their entire supply chain! You’ll be able to see so much about their manufacturing of merino garments in Australia as well as meet the talented makers behind these garments.


ECA is also launching a podcast, Quick Unpick. It’ll be all about Australian fashion brands that are manufacturing locally and ethically. The very first podcast will be a live recording on Monday 19 October at 5:30pm AEDT.  Topics will include ethical and local manufacturing, the level of compliance and breaches in the industry and how ECA works to protect the rights of Australian workers. Register here . 

Designs by circular clothing & ethical fashion label A.BCH
Images: A.BCH

As well, followers of circular fashion label A.BCH will be taking over Ethical Clothing Australia’s Instagram page for the week! There’s so much on offer we hardly know where to start!

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