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Cait’s Top 10 Ethical Fashion Brands

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[Caitlyn Sharp]

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, have you missed me?

This week I’ll be giving you all, my personal top ten on ethical fashion brands. I did 100% of my research via the Good On You app (please please check it out). Good On You is a fashion app which examines and rates fashion brands across the world that “have a positive impact on people, the planet and animals.” Brands are rated essentially on a scale of 1-5, ‘We Avoid’, ‘Not Good Enough’, ‘It’s a Start’, ‘Good’ and ‘Great’.

When the idea for a ‘top 10 in ethical fashion’ was proposed, I thought “yep too easy can do in an hour.”

I have never been so wrong.

I was so disappointed to find so many of my favourite brands and stores to not even be considered ‘Good’ or rated in ‘We Avoid’. 

I searched for some of my favourite brands and I was just disappointed with the results.

Peter Alexander, ‘Not Good Enough’.

Atmos&Here, ‘Not Good Enough’.

Sass and Bide, ‘Not Good Enough’.

Windsor Smith, ‘We Avoid’

And the list just went on, and on, and on.

However, after maybe an hour and a half of researching I created my top ten. Now, because I couldn’t find really find any of my favourite fashion brands (what a letdown, they have some work to do) I’ve put together brands that I know and have purchased from, along with brands I discovered today and brands my bank account will continue to discover.

Next to the brand names are their rating according to the Good On You app.

So, enjoy, read my top ten, open your internet browser and get your wallets ready… or just add to your cart and leave the items in there for 2+ years.

In conclusion, the fashion industry seriously needs to up its game when it comes to producing ethical products. I was so disappointed to find so many of my favourite brands and stores to not even be considered ‘Good’ or rated in ‘We Avoid’. I’d highly recommend downloading the Good On You app, its definitely changed the way I look at the brands I buy.


1. Adidas (Good)

As majority of you will know, Adidas is a sporting and athletic wear powerhouse, producing everything from football boots, sports bras and sweat bands. Adidas received a ‘good’ labour rating in Good On You analysis from their extremely high score in the Supplier Code of Conducts included in their supplier contracts. They also ensure to track their materials and products through the whole supply chain to make sure it keeps up with a code of standards.


2. Nobody Denim (Good)

Australian made, Nobody Denim is a simple, stylish and staple denim that I’d recommend everyone have in their closet. Nobody Denim has been certified by the Ethical Clothing Australia and rated ‘great’ in terms of their Good On You labour rating for being 100% ethically Australian made. You can grab a pair at any Glue or David Jones store or just find them online.


3. Witchery (Good)

Witchery is predominately a female fashion brand from the Country Road Group, supplying a wide range of clothing, accessories and beauty products. Witchery’s labour score was rated ‘good’ based on the 2018 Ethical Fashion Report and their top score for their Supplier Code of Conduct in supplier contracts. Just like Adidas, Witchery traces their products and materials through the supply chain.


4. Outland Denim (Great)

Outland Denim was one of my new finds when writing up this blog, and in terms of style and simplicity it is very similar to Nobody Denim. Outland Denim is particularly ‘great’ due to their creation purpose, “it is a brand created as a social enterprise, to assist in creating employment opportunities for women who have been trafficked in Cambodia.” As well as creating job opportunities the denim brand follows an incredible Code of Conducts following every single step in the supply chain.


5. Girlfriend Collective (Great)

Another newbie (for the sake of being repetitive, every brand from now on is a Caitlyn newbie), the Girlfriend Collective is a minimal women’s active wear company.  The Girlfriend Collective produces SA8000 certified active wear manufactured in Vietnam and deals with a whole range of social issues. The brand rated as ‘great’ in terms of labour.


6. Know the Origin (Great)

Know the Origin is a London based store that stocks both men and women’s fashion. For style alone I’m giving this brand my personal 10/10 score and thanking god they ship to Australia. But, in terms of a labour rating they are ‘great’. Know the Origin is certified by Fairtrade International – Small Producers Organisations and Global Organic Textile certified organic cotton.


7. A.BCH. (Great)

Melbourne based clothing brand A.BCH is rated ‘great’ for its adoption of the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct and for their in-house production of clothing and for not sourcing from high risk labour abuse countries. A.BCH may be on the pricier side but if you are a sucker for minimalist and ethical clothing like me, it’s worth the $$$. And hey, they’re Melbourne made products so #fashion.


8. The MNML (Good)

I’m starting to think I should have dedicated a whole separate section for Australian made clothing. The MNML is a brand that produces women’s minimalist (you guessed it) shirts and dresses. As well as being incredibly eco-friendly, The MNML rated ‘good’ for being credited by Ethical Clothing Australia.


9. No Nasties (Great)

No Nasties is an Indian based fashion company which is considered to be a leader when it comes to ethical fashion. No Nasties produces clothing of all styles for men, women and children of all ages. All of the products made by No Nasties are Fair Trade Certified and ensures a strict social standard is met through the production and trading line.


10. Tamga Designs (Good)

For those who need some colour in their closet (100% me), there is Tamga Designs. Based in the US, Tamga Designs covers workers’ rights principals in their Code of Conduct, publicly shares their product suppliers and created as an enterprise to assist in creating opportunity for disadvantaged people. Good On You rated Tamga Designs as ‘good’ and it only costs $15 to ship to Australia.


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