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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 .