Journal

Our journal is the place you’ll read ethical and sustainable focused thought pieces, meet the founders behind the epic companies featured in our Ethical Brand Directory, and hear from the Movers & Shakers who are shaking their industries up for the better.

Oh, and did we mention the best things about this journal are you can read it without stealing it from your sister’s bedroom, and there’s actually some useful stuff inside?  

Have a flick through. You’re actually allowed to.

Getting transparent with Ricepaper The Label founder, Eve Walton-Healey.

Interviews

Getting transparent with Ricepaper The Label founder, Eve Walton-Healey.

Eve was so set on crafting a clothing brand with transparency at its very core that she chose a name to reflect this mission. Ricepaper The Label was born from Eve’s own struggle to find ethically made, timeless pieces, and her belief that “a garment should really last a lifetime”. Oh, and from coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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What is a clothing supply chain, and why is it that so many fast fashion companies can’t trace where their products are made?

Fashion

What is a clothing supply chain, and why is it that so many fast fashion companies can’t trace where their products are made?

If you’re relatively new to the ethical fashion space (or not at all new), you’ll have noticed this term popping up a lot. At Ethical Made Easy, we really harp on about it. If you google ‘supply chain’, you’ll get a bunch of information about economics. Not an entirely irrelevant topic, but you’re not going to get the information you’re looking for. Whether you’ve been confused about the term, or you’re just soaking up as much information as you can, may I present to you: Your Guide to Understanding...

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What does growing up off-grid in rural Australia and ethical fashion have in common? Jodi Gibbs, founder of Bird + Kite. That’s what.

Interviews

What does growing up off-grid in rural Australia and ethical fashion have in common? Jodi Gibbs, founder of Bird + Kite. That’s what.

An air of powerful femininity, floaty silhouettes, a palette inspired by native landscapes, 1970s nostalgia that leaves you with butterflies. ​ ​These were just a few things we fell in love with when we first laid eyes on at Bird and Kite’s collection of conscious designs. ​ ​But when we were lucky enough to speak to founder, Jodi Gibbs we realised the foundations of her label date back to her off-grid childhood in remote Australian bushland (don’t worry, we’re jealous too). Read on to learn all...

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Four things you should do instead of feeding into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy.

Fashion

Four things you should do instead of feeding into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy.

You know us, we’re all for a great deal (vintage Levi’s at an op shop, for one). In saying this, we believe there’s a fine line between shopping with intent and purpose and shopping for the sake of it, and we think Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have crossed it.

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Why a higher price point does not mean it’s ethically made.

Fashion

Why a higher price point does not mean it’s ethically made.

There are many questions a lot of us ponder, though we know in our heart of hearts we’ll never fully know the answer to. What’s really used in hot dogs? What is the meaning of life? Why did the chicken actually cross the road? Sorry to disappoint, but no, we are no closer to finding out the answers to these questions than you are. However, there is one question we can answer for you; a question that all of us have either been asked or have given some thought...

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What is linen made from, and why do so many people love wearing it?

Fabrics

What is linen made from, and why do so many people love wearing it?

Let’s talk about linen. You may only be acquainted with this wonder fabric through your favourite Zingara Collection piece, or because that linen tablecloth your grandma gave you when you moved out of home five years ago is still going strong (regardless of the copious amounts of spilled wine). Despite your constant interaction with this fabric, what you may not know about is its origins and the way in which it was utilised before modern technology. So, we’re here to tell you a bit more about this beautiful, enduring...

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How to have a Greener Christmas.

Lifestyle

How to have a Greener Christmas.

It’s Christmas Day… The table is set- there’s plastic red and green straws. The tree is lit- there’s tinsel all around it. The presents are wrapped- there are 89 of them. The rubbish bin is full- it’s not even midday yet.

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The Ethical Fashion Report – Helpful or harmful?

Fashion

The Ethical Fashion Report – Helpful or harmful?

For the last six years Baptist World Aid (BWA) has released its annual Ethical Fashion Report with the express purpose of providing “... a picture of ethical sourcing practices in the fashion industry as a resource for consumers, corporations, investors, and policymakers.” The report grades 130 fashion companies from A+ to F based on responses to a survey that focuses on labour rights and more recently environmental management. Theoretically, these grades are supposed to empower consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions. But how useful is the report really?

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We chat with the beautiful Kitty Scott about her swimwear brand, Cleonie.

Interviews

We chat with the beautiful Kitty Scott about her swimwear brand, Cleonie.

Warning: if you read beyond this point you will be put under Kitty's spell (she is, after all, a self-confessed mermaid). She's kind, she cares about this planet, and she's put these passions into an environmentally and socially conscious business.

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Is hemp the most sustainable fabric?

Fabrics

Is hemp the most sustainable fabric?

Of all of the plants available for cultivation and utilisation by human beings, hemp has got to be up there as one of the most handy. Hemp is a strain of the cannabis species so it has long been utilised for its medicinal purposes, but it’s super versatile; it can be used to make paper, art supplies, skincare products, food products, biomass fuels and, because the fibers have immense strength and durability, it is even used to form an insulating building block similar to concrete. So basically, hemp is...

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We had A Very Good chat with A Very Good Bra founder, Steph Devine.

Interviews

We had A Very Good chat with A Very Good Bra founder, Steph Devine.

Stephanie Devine, aka the fabulous founder of The Very Good Bra, had her heart set on “creating the world’s first zero-waste bra”. After starting a wire-free bra brand through which she learned about everything from natural materials to sizes that fit all body types, she decided to make her dream become a reality, and the environment (and our girls) could not be happier about it.

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Learn from the woman who’s cup is always half full and always reusable: Laura Cope.

Interviews

Learn from the woman who’s cup is always half full and always reusable: Laura Cope.

Sometimes the world feels like it's falling down around us, but there are always those silent super heroes, spreading love, kindness, and instigating action, who put it all back together. Meet Laura Cope. Laura is one of those people. What would the world be like without her? Not as great; that's for sure.

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