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Lois Hazel is an Australian brand to watch. Every one of their collections has not been brought about without complete transparency; transparency on the sourcing of their materials, the production behind each individual element, and the craftsmanship that’s gone into the creation of every piece. Lois Hazel have a stack of cool things on their CV—they’ve been featured on VAMFF’s Off site Runway series and were a 2017 finalist for the National Designer Award—but it’s how they source the fabric they use to create their garments that really makes them shine in our eyes.find out more
If you haven’t yet heard of Outland Denim, we can guarantee that you’re going to be an avid customer by the time you’ve finished reading this. Not only does Outland Denim ethically make stylish, high-quality jeans, but they’re also tackling an industry that may seem quite distant to us: the sex industry. They’re also using their business to properly equip these victims with tools that will serve them for the rest of their lives.find out more
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Why bother with ethical fashion?
Ethical fashion. If you say these two words to someone when you first meet, you’re likely to be given back a blank stare and raised eyebrows. Huh? The average person will think of slaves, child labour, and sweat shop factories they’ve seen glimpses of on the news. These are valid points in the discussion of ethical fashion, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg.READ MORE
Is Op Shopping as good as we think it is?
“You’ll be so proud of me, I just dropped off four bags full of clothes to the op shop!” She says, as she grabs another skirt off the sale rack ‘just coz’. When you gather a pile of unwanted clothes, the usual response these days, is to drop them at the op shop, or shove them in those wide mouthed metal donation bins. Although you may think this is the best option for unwanted items, think again.READ MORE
We talk morning routines, conscious businesses, and vulnerability with Elle Evans.
Elle Evans Swimwear is an environmentally conscious company crafting beautiful, made-to-order creations straight out of a Melbourne studio. Elle Evans is a mother, a small business owner, and a self-confessed introvert, and she's also a complete inspiration to anyone wanting to do a bit of good with their business.READ MORE
How to declutter your home without making your stuff someone else's problem.
Stuff is suffocating. It creeps into our lives unsuspectedly, fills our cupboards, and clouds our minds. The more stuff we have, the more time we spend cleaning, repairing, moving, and maintaining it. Batteries, buttons, laces: they all need to be considered and replaced, and that takes time and mental energy. The more time and energy you spend maintaining stuff, the less time and energy you have for the people you love, and enjoying experiences which create real, long lasting happiness.READ MORE
Meet the man who’s changing the world one pair of jeans at a time: James Bartle.
James saw that something was very wrong, so he created Outland Denim in an attempt to make it right. Not only did James become passionate about cleaning up the messy processof jean production, he also wanted to use this as a tool to rid the world of another dirty industry: the sex slave industry. Now, with a thriving ethically and sustainably made jeanscompany and a circular business model that allows for the employment of women who have been saved from.READ MORE
Meet the woman who's on a mission to make products that do less harm, a better choice for everyone: Frankie Layton.
Frankie “had an income, a squishy chair at the table, and was pretty comfortable.” She had a full-time job, a super busy schedule, and a passion for sustainability. So, she quit.READ MORE
What it’s really like to be a garment worker and run an ethical business in Cambodia.
There are some things in this world that can only be understood when you’re actually in them. Working as a garment worker in Cambodia is one of those. Sure, you can watch The True Cost, read interviews, and indulge in media coverage, but describing what it’s like to work in one of the world’s most polluting and damaging industries, is near impossible.READ MORE
Five steps to a good purchase.
I used to be the type of person to head to the mall each weekend, wallet at the ready with my eyes fixated on all the bargains that were soon to be mine. Now? I avoid the place, I spend my money mindfully and I wait a minimum of two weeks from when I first found an item I ‘want’, before I purchase it.READ MORE
Three ways to break up with fast-fashion.
We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve hit “confirm payment” on an item of clothing we’d just seen on the trusty ‘gram a few minutes before. With all of the “Buy Now, Pay Later” options available to us, it’s become even easier to buy without monitoring how much we’ve actually bought, and without giving any thought to the consequences that come from this extremely easy process.READ MORE
Could you wear six items for six weeks? Gabi did, and here are her lessons.
For my third year in a row, I’m attempting the month-and-a-half of figurative pain that is the Six Items Challenge (exactly what it sounds like. Choose six items of clothing from your wardrobe and wear them, and only them, for six weeks).READ MORE
Staying raw and real with conscious mumma, Abbylee Bonny.
H + H Lifestyle (health and happiness) gives us all the tools we need to live healthily and happily. Daily body movement, raw foods, gratitude, self-care, mindfulness, conscious consumption, connection, and contribution are at the core of the H + H philosophy, and so too is perspective and balance in this crazy world. Abbylee Bonny, the legend behind H + H Lifestyle, is exactly the type of person the world needs more of.READ MORE
3 ways to participate in ethical fashion when you can hardly pay rent.
Let’s not beat around the bush; ethical fashion is more expensive. The cost of ethical fashion represents the true cost of a garment, where no one is exploited in the process of making it. But no matter how much you know about the truth behind the fashion industry, or how passionate you are about workers rights and sustainability, when your weekly routine is adding up every single penny to see what you have left for food after rent is paid, it’s hard to justify paying $70 for a tank top instead of $5. In fact, it’s often impossible.READ MORE
Why we shouldn't be settling for minimum wage: The difference between a living and minimum wage.
The minimum wage for garment factory workers in Bangladesh, was raised by 51% in December 2018. You may read this and consider it a huge win, a giant success, and complete accomplishment for Bangladeshi garment workers. Sure, it’s a huge step in the right direction, but rather than leap for joy, we’re unimpressed.READ MORE
Is ethical fashion really as expensive as we think?
The average woman wears only 33% of her wardrobe. Dwell on this for a second or two. It’s crazy right? Unfortunately, we’ve been trained to think of fashion like a disposable skin that we can oh so easily strip off, and replace when we are bored. Heck, if a shirt is the price of a coffee, why wouldn’t you buy it in 7 different colours, wear only two of them, and then go back to the mall the very next week looking for something different?READ MORE
11 Things I've Learnt Since I Started Ethical Made Easy.
Today, Ethical Made Easy turns two. Truth be told, I can’t quite believe it. I was 21 back then, and like most 21 year olds, I loved to consume. I started Ethical Made Easy as a way to hold myself accountable to my consumer decisions; a platform to document my ‘green’ changes and …READ MORE
Five mainstream fashion brands you didn't know were ethical.
It is our dream for the term ‘ethical fashion’ to cease to exist. Excuse me?! That’s right; ethical fashion should be fashion. No ‘ethical’ needed; treating a person with respect, and protecting our environment, should be explanatory.READ MORE
Giving people jobs is not an excuse to buy fast fashion.
Talking about ethical fashion is hard. When you begin discussing the topic with someone who hasn’t heard of issues in the fashion industry, there’s a point in the conversation when they realise; the problem is them. They are the consumer, they are wearing clothes made by individuals exploited in third world countries, and they are holding the H&M shopping bags.READ MORE
Meet Alexandra Thursfield, the founder of The (absolutely delectable) Daily Bar.
When Alexandra saw a gap in the market for an extremely healthy, extremely delicious snack that could be eaten daily, she decided to fill it with The Daily Bar. With this, she was also very aware that most snack products available on the market are packaged in plastic, and did not want to add to this already out-of-control problem with the common “a minute on the lips, a lifetime (plus 900+ years) in landfill) mentality.READ MORE
Lois McGruer-Fraser is turning scraps into style with her ethically inclined fashion brand, Lois Hazel.
Thanks to interning in both New York and Amsterdam, Lois already had a super impressive CV before starting her business. Lois is ethically driven in her approach to Lois Hazel, and it is because of this that her voice is relied on in panel discussions centred around ethical and sustainable practices. Talk about girl power or what?READ MORE
What is rayon and how does it break down?
One of the challenges in buying fashion a little more mindfully lies in the journey to find clothing made with fairly paid, happy employees, and within the boundaries of safe and sustainable practices. After this, the hurdle is identifying the fabrics these clothes were made of, and considering the impacts both the creation of that fabric had on the environment and its decomposition process.READ MORE
Meet Amy Pierce, the interior designer who turned her passion for colour into Paint Nail Lacquer.
Nail polish is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ethically made and sustainably sourced products, but it was for Amy Pierce. As an interior designer, Amy uses a lot of creative energy in her 9-5, and it was in her love of colour and personal style where a different creative outlet was born.READ MORE
Why do brands burn unsold clothes?
As a consumer, you may well have heard of the common practices that brands participate in when ridding themselves of unwanted stock. Incinerating unsold consumer products is a regular occurrence in France and is executed by the country’s leading fashion brandsREAD MORE
What is fast fashion?
I don’t know who came up with the term ‘Fast Fashion’ first, but whoever did used the genius of alliteration to coin a name fun enough to talk about openly without putting people off. Imagine if it was called ‘child-abuse fashion’, or ‘earth-corrupting fashion’. Not catchy, and people’ll run for the hills as soon as you bring it up.READ MORE
13 terms you didn't know about ethical fashion.
We’ve all had that awkward word moment. You know, the one where someone’s used a word you’ve never heard in your life and you stand there smiling and waving like the penguins from Madagascar told you to because, well, you literally have no idea what that word means. There are a lot of terms within the ethical and sustainable world that are not often discussed or used in the mainstream sphere but are the cause of these awkward word moments. Never fear, Ethical Made Easy is here! Sorry team, we had to.READ MORE
Meet Erica Gadsby and Deborah de Graaf, the co-founders behind the epic clothing brand, ReCreate.
Erica and Deborah are two young mothers who “wanted to do something that would provide opportunity and employment for women, so the clothing brand was simply the best way to sustainably do this on an ongoing basis.” They originally started ReCreate with an emphasis on empowering the women in the Dey Tmey community of Cambodia, but have moved on to fitting men into this equation as well.READ MORE
Meet Hannah Martin, the eco-conscious mumma behind Wild Gypsea Collective.
Mass-production of their beautiful products was never a driving factor behind Wild Gypsea Collective, but crafting an environmentally and socially responsible business was. Hannah hand-crafts her candles with completely safe and biodegradable materials, and she proves that ethically and sustainably minded businesses do not skimp on luxury or quality.READ MORE
Meet John Pritchard, the entrepreneur creating change with Pala Eyewear.
The fact that there are people in our world who are extremely disadvantaged because of their location and their socio-economic background has never sat well with John. When he created Pala Eyewear, he did so not only in order to produce high-quality, ethically made eyewear but also with a mission to use his business as a machine to help generate social change.READ MORE
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