The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. As more of us become aware of the impact our shopping habits are having on the planet, we’re looking to more sustainable alternatives.
The Australian sustainable fashion industry is growing, and there is a wide variety of brands creating clothes, shoes, and accessories for you to choose from.
All of the brands we’ve recommended in this article are founded or based in Australia, and use eco-friendly, ethical, and sustainable practices. We’re confident you’ll love them.
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Our favourite Australian sustainable fashion brands
Sustainability: Eco-friendly materials, zero-waste manufacturing, OEKO-Tex certified, Eco-Cert certified, Peta-Approved vegan
At a glance: Everyday essentials made from organic bamboo
Based in: Syndey
Boody is one of Australia’s best-known sustainable brands. They create a variety of everyday essentials, from underwear, t-shirts, to activewear, baby clothes, and sleepwear.
All of their clothes are created using organically grown bamboo, that has a variety of sustainability certifications so you can be confident it’s kind to the planet and your skin.
They donate 1% of their annual revenue to non-profits dedicated to protecting the planet, and 10% of their online beanie sales go to The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a charity dedicated to fighting cancer.
The brand is based in Sydney but sells to over 15+ countries around the world.
Sustainability: Vegan cruelty-free footwear, support a variety of charitable and ecological organizations
At a glance: Stylish vegan footwear for women, girls, and boys
Based in: Noosa Beach
If you need a pair of sustainable shoes, holster is for you. Since 2001, the Noosa Beach based-brand has been creating eco-friendly, PETA-approved vegan flats, sustainable sandals, sneakers, slides, and more.
The brand uses natural, biodegradable, and renewable materials, including a yarn made from recycled plastic bottles (certified by the Global Recycled Standard).
They also support a variety of vegan organizations with donations (both shoes, and a percentage of profits).
Sustainability: Certified B Corporation, all vegan materials
At a glance: Stylish, comfortable sneakers and trainers and a perfect alternative to Vans or Converse
Based in: Melbourne
Etiko was the first brand in the Southern Hemisphere to be Fair Trade Certified, and they’re on track to be net-zero carbon emissions by the end of the year.
They offset emissions by replanting trees and purchasing ethical and environmental carbon credits.
Etiko’s sustainable sneakers are the perfect alternative to Converse All Stars or Vans, as they’re made from organic materials, hemp, and free of harmful toxic dyes.
Sustainability: Certified B Corp, resource saving production processes, leather-free, ‘Zero Exploitation’, 94% traceable supply chain.
At a glance: High-quality jeans that will last years
Based in: Tamborine Mountain
Outland Denim create jeans using up to 86% less water, 57% less energy, and 83% less chemicals than in traditional denim making process.
Outland Denim is a Certified B Corp, and their jeans are leather-free.
As the name suggests, they make amazing jeans, but they also create overalls, dresses, and other clothes.
Sustainability: Member of 1% For The Planet, publish an impact report every year, Eco-Cert certified, PETA-approved vegan.
At a glance: Eco-friendly sleepwear and bed linens
Based in: Collingwood, Melbourne
ettitude’s brand is all about helping you get an amazing night’s sleep. The Australian brand creates nightwear, bed linens, and more, from their unique CleanBamboo™ fabrics.
Compared to regular cotton sheets, CleanBamboo™ sheets use 500x less water and 52% less CO2. The brand also reuses 98% of the water used in their production process.
In terms of their nightwear and pajamas, every ettitude item is light, breathable, and silky. The fabric is hypoallergenic and free from all toxic chemicals.
You can choose from a range of styles and most items fit true-to-size.
Sustainability: Ethical production, transparent supply chain, $2 donation to the Tree Project for every purchase
At a glance: Sustainable brand creating a wide range of clothes for women and men
Based in: Melbourne
ELK is an Australian eco-friendly fashion company, founded in 2004. The brand supports sustainable design principles and employs people around the world.
They create a wide range of clothes, from outerwear, to shoes, bags, and even jewellery. They have a women’s and men’s range,
The brand only works with suppliers that meet high social and environmental standards.
ELK donate $2 to TreeProject who plant Indigenous Australian seedlings to help with sustainable revegetation across the country.