Clothing: alternatives


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The table below shows alternative retailers and brands with positive features. Note, some positive features have been grouped together. Please note that the table signifies some items have the particular feature (not necessarily all). Check the label and make enquires yourself to ensure you know the specifics of particular claims.


Note: Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brands/businesses are listed here if they have a brand and are available either in shops, online or both. For a full list of accredited brands/businesses including manufacturers please see the Ethical Clothing Australia website.

To sort the table according to the Features (see all listings for a particular feature at the top), double-click on Feature headings (ie. FT).
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A Plus Schoolwearschool/workOnline storeVIC
Akubra Hatsfashion, footwear, outdoor/sportsHats, clothing, shoesNSW
Buxwearschool/workAustralian made school & sport uniformsDandenong, VIC
Compuknit Hosiery Australia basicssocksMelbourne, VIC
Cue, Veronika MainefashionOnline storeNSW
Humphrey Law basics, footwearOnline storeVIC
NobodyfashionMade in Melbourne, available in David Jones. Online storeVIC
Otto & Spikefashion, footwearOnline storeVIC
Perry CuttenfashionFashionVIC
Puma outdoor/sportsOnline storeVIC
Qualitops basics, outdoor/sportsSportswear, t-shirtsCollingwood, VIC
Redback BootsfootwearBoots, 100% Australian madeWaterloo, NSW
Sisley Clothing Australiaschool/workWorkwearNewcastle, NSW
Smart Stuffschool/workArt smocks for kidsVIC
Sphinx AustraliabasicsUniforms, workwearNSW
Stewart & HeatonworkwearUniforms, workwearWA
The ArkfashionOnline storeVIC
The Social StudiofashionSocial enterprise; upcycling waste; online storeMelbourne, VIC
Wilderness Wearoutdoor/sportsOnline storeVIC
Yakkaoutdoor/sports, school/workWorkwearVIC
All Seasons ComfortfashionHemp clothingHahndorf, SA
Apple & BeefashionBags; organic, sustainable fibresSydney, NSW
Artwear DirectfashionCuston t-shirts. Organic clothing, reduced carbon footprintMidland, WA
ASOS - The Green Room fashionCollections with ethical/eco features; online storeAUS/UK
Aster & OakbasicsCertified organic baby clothing. Australian ownedVIC
Audrey BluefashionFairtrade certifiedCook, ACT
BhalofashionWomens clothing made from hand woven & naturally dyed cottons & silks; from a local fair trade producers in Bangladesh
Bird TextilesfashionOrganic, water-based dyes, solar powered studioByron Bay, NSW
BishopstontradingfashionFocus on fairtrade, online storeUK
Blessed EarthfashionCertified organic clothing and beddingMaleny, QLD
Blue CaravanfashionEthical design market, online storeAUS
Braintree HempfashionHemp clothingSilverwater, NSW
Brothers FootwearfootwearHandmade leather shoes. Australian made. Online store.Albion, QLD
Chrome BagsfashionNon-leather messenger, laptop & DJ bags. Online store.US
Colours in youfashionFairtrade, organic; most from cooperative in Rajasthan, IndiaNSW
DakshafashionFashion from alternative fabricsQLD
DragstarfashionManufactured in SydneySydney, NSW
Eco pekofashionOrganic clothing label for babies, kids & adultsWA
Eileen FisherfashionUS clothing label - best practice supply-chain transparencyUS
Emobi SwimwearfashionSwimwear made in Australia, using water based dyesSydney, NSW
Etiko footwear, basicsShoes, t-shirts, clothing; fairtrade, organicFerntreegully, VIC
Fashion-ConsciousfashionWomen's clothing; Online storeUK
Gaye AbandonfashionHandmade in Melbourne, from second-hand/ remnant materials wherever possible.Melbourne VIC
GormanfashionMainly uses renewable textiles; organic range
Green Collective fashionSocial enterprise; fair-trade, pre-loved clothing, own Upcycled range made in MelbourneYarraville, VIC
Green Living Organicsbasicsfairtrade & organic baby wear and bedding. Online store.Northcote, VIC
Harvest TextilesbasicsScreen-printed clothing; organic, recycled or locally produced fabrics; run workshopsBrunswick, VIC
HerbivorefashionVegan shoes & clothes; online storeUS
Honest byfashionEuropean online retailer, best practice in supply-chain transparency.Belgium, EU
Howiesoutdoor/sportsClothing for biking, running and outdoors; organic cottonUK
HumaniteesfashionFairtrade certified & organic cotton t-shirts. Carbon offset, charitable giving.AUS
Jeans4menandwomenfashionOnline storeUK
KashifashionHemp, silk, linen and cotton clothing
KuyichifashionJeans and tops; organic, fairtrade, recycled materialsDUTCH
Life ThreadsfashionT-shirts, clothing; fairtrade, organicVIC
Made In HempfashionHemp clothingBlue Haven, NSW
Made itfashionHandmade online marketNSW
Margaret River Hemp CompanyfashionHemp clothing & productsMargaret River, WA
Merino CompanybasicsNonmulesed wool products under brands: nué, Balanced ZeroC02 Wool, Tasmanian Merino, and Great Cape Merino.VIC
Moo ShoesfootwearShoes, belts, bags; online storeUS
Moral Fibre fashionFairtrade certifiedMullumbimby, NSW
MuckefashionAll products from reclaimed clothingMelbourne, VIC
My Little LambbasicsAustralian made underwear for children, made with organic cotton and wool.AUS
Nudie JeansfashionAll products use organic cotton, some fairtrade certifiedSWEDEN
OCC Apparelfashion, basicsT-Shirts, clothing, bags; brands Certton, Earth Positive, Continental Clothing, Drover; all sweatshop free, 100% organic cottonCurrumbin, QLD
One ColourfashionFairtrade, organic, from Africa, Australian owned company.QLD
Organic EmbracefashionFair-trade, organic cotton products, certified by ACOQLD
PangeafootwearBags, wallets made from recycled rubber. Online storeUS
Pants for povety basicsUnderpants supporting over 5000 farmers in IndiaUK
Patagoniaoutdoor/sportsOutdoor clothing; sustainability focus, best practice in supply-chain transparency
People TreefashionFair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashionUK
Plevna DownsbasicsNonmulesed and organic woolEromanga, QLD
Pure BabybasicsOrganic clothing for babies and childrenAUS
Pure PodfashionSome products from Bamboo, Silk, Cotton, Linen and Soy; some hand-made, sweatshop free in Brisbane; some made in India from fair-trade certified cottonQLD
Rana Clothingfashion, school/workSocial enterprise, sweatshop freeWA
Round She GoesfashionPre-loved fashion market in Melbourne, Sydney, AdelaideAUS
RREPPfashionFairtrade certifiedDee Why, NSW
Running Bareoutdoor/sportsAustralian-made womens sportswearRosebery, NSW
Sarah VictoriafashionOrganic fibres, made in AustraliaBondi junction, NSW
Sativa SutrafashionOrganic clothing, Hemp clothing
Shift To NaturebasicsBed linen. 100% GOTS Certified Cotton. Fairtrade certified. Made in Europe.Adelaide Hills, SA
SinerjifashionFair trade and sweat-shop free, hand loomed organic cotton, thread is dyed using natural dyes, and loomed into fabric, no pesticides are used in the process of growing, dyeing and looming this fabric.QLD
SistahoodfashionAll 100% organic cotton, custom-dyed with GOTS approved inks, printed and manufactured in New Zealand.NZ
Small To Tallfashiononline children's clothing retailer; some organic cotton brandsNSW
SosumefashionSustainabilty focus label, manufacturing in MelbourneMelbourne, VIC
Terra PlanabasicsShoes; low-impact & recycled materials, minimal glue constructionsCrows Nest, NSW
The Beautiful ThinkfashionSome fairtrade
The Clothing ExchangefashionClothes Swap eventsMelbourne, VIC
The Little White T-ShirtfashionFairtrade certifiedKinross, WA
Thread HarvestfashionSocial enterprise; upcycling; organic; employing the disadvantaged; online storeAUS
Uma OrganicsfashionFairtrade certifiedArmadale, VIC
Used Rubber USAfootwearVegan shoes, boots, belts; online storeUS
VeganlinefootwearVegan shoes, boots, belts, jackets, t-shirts; online storeUK
VerydebrafashionWomens clothing , some from reclaimed fabric such as bed sheets QLD
WahinebasicsAustralian made swimwearRosebery, NSW