Category: Fashion

MATTER: Connecting the Maker to the Wearer to the World

MATTER: Connecting the Maker to the Wearer to the World

A couple of years ago at Eco Fashion Week Australia in Fremantle, Kristen Leo, a popular ethical fashion advocate and YouTube vlogger stepped out in a fantastic pair of black and white printed wrap-style trousers. Her ensemble was striking and naturally she was quizzed about where her pants were from; she responded, “They’re from MATTER.”...

Social Sustainability: Australian Brands Balancing Profit with Purpose

Social Sustainability: Australian Brands Balancing Profit with Purpose

There are layers to sustainability; environmental, political and social factors to consider, and so many different areas within the sustainability ‘umbrella’ where brands can actively create positive change. One environmental initiative we have previously covered that all businesses can become involved in without directly doing the frontline leg work is 1% For The Planet but...

Slow Fashion: Developing Artisanship for a Sustainable Fashion Industry

Slow Fashion: Developing Artisanship for a Sustainable Fashion Industry

Anyone with an interest in fashion, no matter how remote, is familiar with the description label “handmade”. This familiarity increases if you are part of the sustainable fashion community because in this circle, the tag represents more than just a higher price. It additionally stands for care, durability and a commitment to the environment.  Now...

Leading Australian Fashion Brands Country Road Group and David Jones to Phase Out Mulesed Wool

Leading Australian Fashion Brands Country Road Group and David Jones to Phase Out Mulesed Wool

MEDIA RELEASE The announcement by leading Australian fashion group Country Road Group and David Jones, committing to phase out mulesed sheep wool is a significant step in the right direction towards better animal protection in the fashion industry.  The move provides a clear signal to the Australian sheep industry that change needs to happen, a...

G7 Fashion Pact Could Be Key to Tackling Industry’s Climate Pollution

G7 Fashion Pact Could Be Key to Tackling Industry’s Climate Pollution

Companies must now release quantitative details on how they will meet climate change goals in line with UN Paris Agreement. MEDIA RELEASE Traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone Lands (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — Over the weekend, major fashion brands announced a Fashion Pact at the G7 Summit in France, outlining commitments focused on reducing the fashion industry’s contribution to climate...

Build Multiple Swimwear Looks with a Miss Cosmopolita Sustainable Bikini Transformer

Build Multiple Swimwear Looks with a Miss Cosmopolita Sustainable Bikini Transformer

Watching mainstream designers hop on board the sustainable fashion train has made me increasingly frustrated. It’s brilliant when big brands adopt sustainable manufacturing practices, but they consistently forget about considering the way they design, and continue to encourage overconsumption. It’s simply not sustainable for brands to keep producing clothes at the rate that they are....

Igbo Weaving and Akwete Fabric: The Future of Sustainable Fashion Could Be Hidden in Our Past

Igbo Weaving and Akwete Fabric: The Future of Sustainable Fashion Could Be Hidden in Our Past

In the fashion industry, the conversation on sustainability is an ever-evolving one. The principles and concepts that decide what products are ethical or sustainable are ever shifting and expanding. So I read what I could and for my own benefit, I surmised that a fashion brand is ethical and sustainable fashion if the brand “…treats...

10 Ethical Footwear Brands for Men’s Dress Shoes, Boots, Sandals and Sneakers

10 Ethical Footwear Brands for Men’s Dress Shoes, Boots, Sandals and Sneakers

You’re here because you’re above fast fashion and are keen to purchase shoes that ‘do good’ and aren’t f*cking up the planet or people’s lives. Thank you and welcome! You’ve come to the right place as we’ve curated this list of men’s ethical footwear brands just for you. Whatever your requirements, style preferences, tastes and...

Four Corners’ Forced Labour Expose Shows Why You Might Be Wearing Slave-Made Clothes

Four Corners’ Forced Labour Expose Shows Why You Might Be Wearing Slave-Made Clothes

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Yvette Selim, Interim Deputy Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney. With China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, last night’s ABC Four Corners program reported on the Chinese Communist Party’s alleged plans to put up to a million detained...