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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment

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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment

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Come along and follow the journey of a garment – from creation through to the final product when it’s ready for the runway – or delivery to you! From fabric artists and printers, to patternmakers and machinists, this will be a visually compelling story of the many hands that make our clothes. Join us for the launch of Many Hands: The Making of a Garment which will include a discussion about the importance of highlighting the people and the skills behind Australia’s local industry. Expect to meet some other ethical makers at the event, learn more about brands that are made in Melbourne and about the importance of protecting the rights garment workers. The launch event will include a discussion about the importance of highlighting the people and the skills behind Australia’s local industry. This is a great chance for you to network with other ethical makers at the event and celebrate your fellow garment workers and business owners. The installation is delivered in partnership with The Ark Clothing Co and the launch event is also delivered in partnership and The Social Studio.

Anyone can view the installation for free throughout the festival (11 – 20 March 2021) from 8am- 6pm daily.
Launch Event: March 16th, 6pm
This event is owned and operated by Ethical Clothing Australia and proudly promoted by Melbourne Fashion Festival as part of the Independent Program. Please contact the organiser directly for further information and to review their COVID safe plan.
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ECA’s Guide To MFF 2021

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ECA's Guide To MFF 2021

Melbourne Fashion Festival 2021 is here! Although it may look a little different we can assure you that this year’s program still packs a punch and we are proud to see ECA accredited businesses in the line-up! Oh, did we mention that we are also hosting our own event in collaboration with The Ark Clothing Co? Check out our guide to MFF 2021 below.

Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment 

Come along and follow the journey of a garment – from creation through to the final product when it’s ready for the runway – or delivery to you! From fabric artists and printers to patternmakers and machinists, this will be a visually compelling story of the many hands that make our clothes. Join us for the launch of Many Hands: The Making of a Garment which will include a discussion about the importance of highlighting the people and the skills behind Australia’s local industry. Expect to meet some other ethical makers at the event, learn more about brands that are made in Melbourne and about the importance of protecting the rights of garment workers. This exhibition is delivered in partnership with The Ark Clothing Co, which has been accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) since 2012. The Ark design and make all their products in Melbourne with their in-house team and their network of valued and trusted longstanding makers.

Get Your Tickets Here

REBORN By HoMie X Nobody Denim Pop-Up

Gathered from the corners of Nobody Denim’s factory and design studio, pre and post-consumer denim ‘seconds’ have been re-routed to HoMie to create a collection of up-cycled, one-off denim pieces, bringing new beginnings to otherwise discarded garments destined for landfill. The collection will be available for purchase on both nobodydenim.com and homie.com.au with all proceeds going towards HoMie to achieve its mission, to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship to equip them with the skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future. To bring this to life and further provoke conversation, HoMie and Nobody Denim will be hosting an in-store activation showcasing key pieces.


The pop-up be open daily from 10am-5pm daily, 11-20 March 2021 @ Nobody Denim, 396-398 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia.

Find Out More Here

Nobody Denim Laundry Tour

Back for another year, Nobody Denim is inviting all local fashion enthusiasts to participate in their intimate Laundry Tour, the site where denim is washed, dyed, and distressed.

Hosted by Co-Founder John Condilis and Senior Wash Developer, Sara Fletcher, this 45-minute tour explores the themes of sustainable and local manufacture, though an immersive hands-on denim experience.

When?

Nobody Denim Factory71 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia

This is a free event. Each tour is 45 minutes. Registrations are required, sign-up for tickets via the link below.

Register Here

Runway 1

Runway 1 presents a line-up of quintessentially Melbourne designers who each emphasise quality production and a customised approach to tailored design. This runway features ECA accredited A.BCH and will be an online event.

When?

Register Here

Runway 2

A refined display of cutting edge fashion collections will grace the runway within the majestic surrounds of the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria to create an atmosphere of chic luxury. Featuring ECA accredited Bianca Spender and Carla Zampatti.

When?

National Gallery of Victoria, 180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank, VIC, 3006, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

Runway 4

Presenting a contemporary line-up of some of Australia’s most prestigious designers, including ECA accredited Arnsdorf and Viktoria & Woods. Runway 4 honours exceptional quality of style and is set amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the State Library Victoria.

When?

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

Art Talk: Stanislava Pinchuk + The Social Studio

Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk is one of the most intriguing contemporary artists working today. Pinchuk’s upcoming exhibition Terra Data at Heide Museum of Modern Art will showcase powerful drawings that capture the changing topographies of war through data mapping as well as terrazzo sculptures containing the detritus left behind by conflict—fragments of tiles, shotgun shells, SIM cards, plastics and tar. Pinchuk has collaborated with the The Social Studio to create three elegant scarves based on terrazzo works featured in Terra Data. In celebration of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, join Stanislava Pinchuk and CEO of ECA accredited The Social Studio, Dewi Cooke, for a private preview of the exhibition and a casual conversation around textiles, design, inspirations and collaborations.

When?

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC, 3105, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

Runway 6

Come along for an epic evening of fun and frivolity as we celebrate the final runway of 2021. Taking over the Timber Yard, Runway 6 is styled by leading celebrity stylist and Creative Director Lana Wilkinson and will come alive with a dynamic display of leading designers whose collections exude extraordinary confidence and style. With a focus on innovation and wearability, the runway will come alive with fashion that celebrates boldness, creativity and everlasting spirit. Runway 6 features ECA accredited Manning Cartell.

When?

The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207, Australia.

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

The Social Studio presents: Atong Atem x Romance Was Born

The Social Studio will utilise a number of spaces across the Collingwood Yards precinct, transforming its retail shop into an exhibition space featuring Atong’s work. The outdoor and public spaces of the Yards will be used to present the Romance Was Born pieces as well as take the audience into elements of the natural world that Atong drew from in her work.

When?

Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

Micilogia Runway

Naarm (Melbourne) based label REMUSE returns to present the third installment of their annual mycology inspired series, MICOLOGIA; an ongoing journey into the realm of fungi communicated through a multisensory experience incorporating audio-visual, light art, music, and movement artists, connecting in symbiosis, marking the release of their collection MICOLOGIA III. Taking place on the Autumnal Equinox, ushering in the fungi season, this show will both entertain and educate through the collective exploration of the themes of connectivity, the cycle of life, death and renewal.

When?

Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, VIC, 3011, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

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Where To Buy Face Masks Made Ethically & Locally In Australia

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Where To Buy Face Masks Made Ethically & Locally In Australia

The ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 health pandemic has meant that face masks have become mandatory or highly recommended for use in the community across Australia. ECA accredited businesses have transformed their manufacturing capabilities over the pandemic to produce face masks and we have created a go-to guide on where to shop. Supporting ethical businesses and most importantly Australian garment workers.

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A.BCH

The A.BCH Dust Mask was developed after they recognised a need for masks in the community and to preserve medical grade PPE for health workers. A.BCH originally made more than 350 masks for their customers and the design has been refined over the past three months. The final result is a 2 ply 100% organic cotton mask, crafted from a thick, naturally moister repelling rib outer and light jersey inner.

Shop Here
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Arnsdorf

Arnsdorf are manufacturing organic cotton face masks for community use. The masks feature three-layer protection for personal use which are machine washable.

Shop Here
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Bluegum

Bluegum are manufacturing 3ply masks in line with DHHS guidelines that are customisable with your businesses brand or logo. The reusable masks feature three layers including a 100% cotton lining.

Shop Here
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Aquaterro

Aquaterro reusable face masks are made with three layers. The outward facing layer is 100% polyester and the inner 2 layers are 100% cotton.
The machine washable masks are available in sizes small, medium, large and XL (beard).
For further information call 03 9754 2922 or email sales@aquaterro.com

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CGR Sportswear

CGR Face Masks are Made In Australia, For Australia, By Australia. constructed with 3 ply fabric. Layer 1 is made up entirely of polyester / polypropylene which not only allows it to be breathable but ensures the mask will shape itself comfortably around your face, minimising access to your mouth and nose. Layer 2 is a non-woven fusing which actively filters the air you breathe and is essential to creating the effectiveness of CGR’s Face Mask. Layer 3 is also made up entirely of polyester micro mesh to ensure that the mask will keep its shape, is quick drying and anti wicking.

Shop Here
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Engage Athletic

Engage Athletic’s masks feature a three layer design with a breathable, water repellant outer layer. You can also add a custom logo to your mask.

Shop Here
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Fashion Clubwear

Fashion Clubwear are producing reusable protective face masks which are three ply and feature an elastic string. They are available in multiple colours in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.

Shop Here
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Fella Hamilton

Fella Hamilton have created a 3 Ply Mask, made from a lightweight fabric. It is lined with a layer of 100% cotton voile and backed with a 100% cotton lining. The three pleats can be extended to give full coverage from nose to chin. This mask can be hot machine washed and dried. They recommend washing mask after wearing.

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ILKA

ILKA The Label

ILKA The Label’s face masks are made from their 3D Zorb Organic Cotton fabrication, (this is a super absorbent organic cotton fabric, infused with SILVADUR™ antimicrobial silver ions to inhibit bacterial growth) and feature an elastic ear band.

Shop Here
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Interknit

Interknit’s face masks are made from a machine washable blend of poly-cotton, these face masks are a seamless single layer in an interlock stitch construction. The thick single layer face mask allows you to breathe while being able to filter droplets (coughing/sneezing).

Shop Here
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Iole Lingerie

Iole Lingerie’s multi-layer masks come in three sizes and are made from 100% cotton. They also feature an adjustable elastic strap and nose wire for comfort.

Shop Here
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LUX Design Group

Lux Design Group are manufacturing the reusable, breathable and washable V Mask locally in Melbourne. The masks feature inner soft poly cotton lining and a triple layer protection with an outer plash guard. They are available in a range of colours and sizes upon request.
TO PURCHASE PLEASE CONTACT justin.davenport@lux-designgroup.com.au

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Jem Designs

Jem Designs have created a nylon or cotton lycra face cover in adults, junior and kids sizing for the whole family. These masks are designed to keep you from touching your face and are reusable with a simple wash.

Shop Here
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Jobskin

Jobskin masks are made using 100% breathable woven fabric and feature pockets for the addition of a filter if required. The masks are reusable and machine washable.

Shop Here
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The Mask Project

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The Social Studio have redirected their manufacturing efforts towards producing DHHS compliant reusable cloth face masks for the community – at cost price. Restocking at 9am each day the masks are 100% cotton and come in two sizes.

Shop Here
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LMB Knitwear / Otto & Spike

Otto and Spike has developed a 100% Cotton knitted breathable, reusable and washable face mask designed to discourage you from touching your face!

Shop Here
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Merino Country

Since pre COVID-19 Merino Country have been manufacturing face masks for community use. They have recently been working with the University of Queensland and Dr John Fraser from Prince Charles Hospital to have their masks tested. The masks are made from three layers of 100% Merino and wick the moisture away, are breathable, machine washable & reusable.

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Next State

In conjunction with local Textile Designers we have created a limited edition run of three-layer Art Masks. Printed by Next State and made in Melbourne.

Shop Here
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Nobody Denim

Nobody Denim have created reversible denim face masks and three-layer cloth face masks for community use. The cloth face masks are designed for comfort and ease of wear without sacrificing on coverage nor breathability. With one single elastic strap around the head, this mask can be put on effortlessly and securely when needed. You can purchase denim masks individually and cloth masks in a pack of two. They are also available in small and medium sizes.

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Nobody Denim

Nobody Denim have created reversible denim face masks and three-layer cloth face masks for community use. The cloth face masks are designed for comfort and ease of wear without sacrificing on coverage nor breathability. With one single elastic strap around the head, this mask can be put on effortlessly and securely when needed. You can purchase denim masks individually and cloth masks in a pack of two. They are also available in small and medium sizes.

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Nya

Nya have created masks using off cuts and fabric scraps from their current collections. The masks are made from a hemp/cotton blend and are washable and reusable.

Shop Here
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Qualitops

Qualitops are manufacturing Australian made, three layer face masks in various colours. The masks are designed to contour the face and are available for purchase in a pack of five.

Shop Here
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Remuse

Remuse have created the Shibori Face mask crafted form 100% organic cotton and made to order. Featuring a pocket for the addition of a filter if required.

Shop Here
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Style Print

The Styleprint Face Mask is made from 2 layers, the outer layer is 100% Polyester with IP treatment and the inner layer is 100% cotton. Can be custom-printed with your businesses design and logo. Styleprint face masks are available for bulk purchase.

Shop Here
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The Ark/Thread Group

The Ark is selling breathable, reusable, 100% cotton double and three-layered layer masks for women and men made by THREAD Group Australia. For every five pack purchased online, The Ark will donate one mask to Impact for Women to benefit women experiencing domestic violence.

Shop Here
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The Social Studio

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The Social Studio have redirected their manufacturing efforts towards producing DHHS compliant reusable cloth face masks for the community – at cost price. Restocking at 9am each day the masks are 100% cotton and come in two sizes.

Shop Here
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The Mask Project

The Face Mask Project aims to protect your loved ones and the less fortunate. They have teamed up with amazing not-for-profits so you can help. For every 10 masks sold they aredonating 1 mask to those in our community who cannot afford to purchase one.

Shop Here
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The Sample Room

The Sample Room face masks are made with three layers to WHO guidelines. This means they are 3-layer, with the outer 2 layers utilising a close weave hydrophobic fabric (either 2 x layers of close weave polyester, or 1 layer of close weave polyester fused with a layer of polypropylene) and an inner layer of soft, hydrophilic, cotton. The masks can be bought individually or in packs, in small kids and adult sizes.

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Undercover Apparel

Undercovers Apparel have created unisex face masks as per DHHS guidelines from three layers of high-quality stretch fabric and featuring a built-in nose wire. To purchase please email: liz@undercovers.com.au

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Vince Clothing

Vince Clothing are manufacturing three layer 100% cotton fabric masks featuring a pocket for filter inserts. You can find out more and shop via contacting Vince at vince@vinceclothing.com.au

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The Sample Room face masks are made with three layers to WHO guidelines. This means they are 3-layer, with the outer 2 layers utilising a close weave hydrophobic fabric (either 2 x layers of close weave polyester, or 1 layer of close weave polyester fused with a layer of polypropylene) and an inner layer of soft, hydrophilic, cotton. The masks can be bought individually or in packs, in small kids and adult sizes.

Shop Here
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Push For Protective Gear Made In Australia

By ECA In The Media

Government urged to manufacture protective workwear in Australia to guarantee supply and safety.

The national body for ethical textile, clothing and footwear manufacturing will today urge the Federal Government to ensure all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is made onshore by ethically-accredited businesses to prevent potential safety and security risks, and to protect workers from exploitation.

Angela Bell, the National Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), and ECA committee representatives, will appear at an Inquiry of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to recommend that the same rules applied to the ADF’s standard combat uniform be applied to all PPE sold in Australia.

“We want to see the same commonwealth procurement rules that are in place for the standard combat uniform worn by Australian Defence Force members for PPE in the future to protect essential workers and secure local supply chains,” Ms Bell said.

Ms Bell will also urge the Committee to view ethical supply chains as non-negotiable now and post COVID-19.

“The government should put in place parameters to ensure it is not working with businesses that exploit workers or engage in modern slavery,” said Ms Bell.

“Having these products made locally and by an ECA-accredited manufacturer would minimise any such risks for the government.”

“When the pandemic hit, there were significant shortages of PPE, and we saw products that were not fit for purpose being produced and imported,” Ms Bell said.

“Had the production of these items already been procured onshore by our governments, then the crisis and concern about the supply of PPE would have been a relative non-issue.”

“The fact that Australia was heavily reliant on overseas supply chains to respond to PPE needs presented a significant risk and it will do so in the future if we don’t bring manufacturing of a minimum number of PPE items onshore.”

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The Age: From Fashion to Face Masks, How COVID-19 is Creating Rag Trade Jobs

By ECA In The Media

The demand for locally-made face masks has bolstered Australian clothing manufacturers enabling many to keep their doors open and employ more workers during COVID-19.

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), the national accreditation body for the textiles, clothing, and footwear industry, reports that about a quarter of its 100 accredited businesses have changed their manufacturing to include face mask production, to meet local demand.

In a sign of the popularity for local, ethically made face masks, ECA’s website crashed last week due to the high volume of people searching for options. And many local manufacturers have experienced similar scenarios since the Victorian Government announced its mandatory face masks requirement.

ECA-accredited businesses have reported that they’re hiring more people than ever to keep up with orders and demand for locally-made, ethically produced face masks.

“Since the pandemic hit ECA has witnessed how our local industry and its workers have responded with great speed and capability. They have adapted, created new designs and made the products that are been required to protect frontline workers, and now everyday citizens, against COVID-19,” said Angela Bell, National Manager, Ethical Clothing Australia.

“It has shone a spotlight on the need to have these skills and capabilities here – that our local industry is alive and extremely valuable and they want to contribute in the response to the pandemic. It is fortunate that this is leading to greater volumes of work for our local businesses and their workers.”

Ethical Clothing Australia says it is important that workers’ rights are not forgotten during the pandemic, particularly given that the Textiles Clothing and Footwear industry has complex supply chains

“The response from the public that we have seen in the past week shows that consumers want to buy Australian, but they also want to know that the mask was made by workers who are not being exploited or working in unsafe conditions,” said Ms Bell.

You can read the full article here: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/from-fashion-to-face-masks-how-covid-19-is-creating-rag-trade-jobs-20200729-p55gks.html

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20 Year Anniversary and ECA Week Launch Event 2020

By Live Recording, Projects, Resources, Events

Strong commitment to local manufacturing and retaining jobs as industry marks first Ethical Clothing Australia Week

Textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers remain committed to local manufacturing and retaining jobs in the industry post-COVID-19 according to a survey by Ethical Clothing Australia. The survey of 34 Australian textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers was conducted in the lead up to Ethical Clothing Australia Week which runs from18-24 October.

One hundred percent of businesses surveyed say they are committed to local manufacturing and retaining local jobs, and more than 70% reported that more customers are asking questions about the labor rights of the people who made their clothes.

And in a rare upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, local garment manufacturers have seen an increase in both new customers and online sales. Almost 60% of survey respondents reported an increase in new customers and 49% have seen an increase in online sales.

Despite the promising responses, the local textile, clothing and footwear industry has felt the effect of COVID-19. While many manufacturers changed operations in a pandemic-inspired pivot to supply vital protective garments and face-masks, many more have needed to suspend operations and close their stores and the survey results revealed that some are uncertain about their future.

Ethical Clothing Australia Manager Angela Bell said the results supported the view that despite these extraordinarily difficult times, there is a rising interest in local and ethical manufacturing.

“There are definite signs of hope such as these are worth celebrating,” said Angela Bell.

“We have received almost double the number of applications for accreditation and we have almost doubled the number of accreditations when compared to this time last year.”

“This means business sees value in being transparent about their supply chains and they see value in the ethical treatment of workers,” she said.

“The ultimate beneficiaries of this work is the workers in the industry as the audits and compliance work undertaken by the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union (TCF Union) as part of this program commonly find breaches across pay, entitlements, and safety that must be rectified”.

“The Union has completed more than 525 compliance checks this year and they have had more than 262 out worker contacts – again exceeding the volume of work undertaken when compared to this time last year.”

This year Ethical Clothing is celebrating 20 years since its beginnings. The organisation was created in response to rising concerns about the exploitation of Australian garment workers, particularly of out workers (otherwise known as homeworkers) in local supply chains.  Businesses that were doing the right thing were being tarnished by the poor practices of other operators and local retailers and manufacturers were seeking a solution to recognise those that were adopting ethical practices. The organisation is a business, employer and union collaboration. To celebrate the 20 years, ECA is launching the first-ever Ethical Clothing Australia Week.

Ethical Clothing Australia Week will be launched by the Hon. Martin Pakula Minister for Industry Support and Recovery at 12 noon today. Ethical Clothing Australia operates with the support of the Victorian Government.
#ECAWeek2020 is the first and only Australian week-long event focused on locally-made, ethically-manufactured clothing, textiles, and footwear. The week will celebrate the brands, the designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments that fashion consumers buy, through events and online activities.

Quote attributable to the Hon. Martin Pakula, Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery

“The success of Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program is a testament to what can happen when business, unions and government collaborate for the good of the industry and the people who work in it.

“I commend the textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers who have voluntarily sought accreditation for adopting ethical employment practices, and I would like to see more manufacturers get on board.”

Quote attributable to Jenny Kruschel, TCF Sector National Secretary of the Manufacturing Division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union:

“By ensuring Australian textile, clothing and footwear supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant, Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program gives consumers confidence the garments they buy are made by workers that are being paid Award wages and entitlements.”

Quote attributable to Gary Campbell, Operations Manager, Nobody Denim:

“It is incredibly important to have a level playing field in this industry and for local businesses who are doing the right thing by their workers to get the information and advice that they need to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations – that’s what Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program provides.”

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The Quick Unpick Podcast Launch Event

By Live Recording, Projects, Resources, Events

The Quick Unpick is a podcast series collaboration between Britt’s List & Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), released to celebrate ECA’s twenty-year anniversary and the launch of the inaugural Ethical Clothing Australia Week (18-24 October 2020).

Over nine episodes, Brisbane based Britt’s List editor Brittanie Dreghorn talks to eight ECA-accredited Australian businesses who are manufacturing locally – helping to support the Australian Textile Clothing & Footwear (TCF) Industry through protecting garment worker rights and safety, and ensuring their garments are made with ethical values.

Labels featured in The Quick Unpick podcast are ABCH, Citizen Wolf, Clothing the Gap, Cue, Jackfruit The Label, Lois Hazel, Nobody Denim, and The Social Studio. The podcast also features an interview with ECA representatives and the stories of two out workers in the local industry.

“Ethical Clothing Australia is excited to partner with Britt’s List to produce this podcast. Despite the extraordinarily difficult times, we find ourselves in because of COVID-19, there is a rising interest in local and ethical manufacturing and this series is going to help spread the word for shoppers and others in the industry wanting to learn more. The businesses featured in the podcast series vary from emerging, smaller labels to household names and it provides a great opportunity to learn more about their values, their makers, and what else goes on behind the scenes.  It is another celebration of ECA accredited brands, designers, and importantly the skilled workers who make up our local, ethically accredited industry because as the podcast reveals there are benefits and challenges that come from making onshore,”

said Angela Bell, National Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia.

For Britt’s List founder and editor Brittanie Dreghorn, the podcast series was a chance for an in-depth look at ethical garment making in Australia as well as the chance to hear directly from the business owners, founders, and representatives.

“Britt’s List strives to educate Australians about the brands that are driving change and leading their industry in environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of people and animals. Listeners of the Quick Unpick podcast will hear from garment workers, the TCF union and Ethical Clothing Australia, as well as fashion businesses who have ECA accreditation. We literally unpick the manufacturing process to give consumers and others in the industry a well-rounded view of how their clothes are made and the importance of making sure that the people who make our clothes are not exploited,”

said Brittanie Dreghorn.

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Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020

By Events

Strong commitment to local manufacturing and retaining jobs as industry marks first Ethical Clothing Australia Week.

Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020 Media Release.

Textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers remain committed to local manufacturing and retaining jobs in the industry post COVID-19 according to a survey by Ethical Clothing Australia. The survey of 34 Australian textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers was conducted in the lead up to Ethical Clothing Australia Week which runs from18-24 October.

One hundred per cent of businesses surveyed say they are committed to local manufacturing and retaining local jobs, and more than 70% reported that more customers are asking questions about the labour rights of the people who made their clothes.

In a rare upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, local garment manufacturers have seen an increase in both new customers and online sales. Almost 60% of survey respondents reported an increase in new customers and 49% have seen an increase in online sales.

Despite the promising responses, the local textile, clothing and footwear industry has felt the effect of COVID-19. While many manufacturers changed operations in a pandemic-inspired pivot to supply vital protective garments and face-masks, many more have needed to suspend operations and close their stores and the survey results revealed that some are uncertain about their future.

Ethical Clothing Australia Manager Angela Bell said the results supported the view that despite these extraordinarily difficult times, there is a rising interest in local and ethical manufacturing.

“There are definite signs of hope such as these are worth celebrating,” said Angela Bell.

“We have received almost double the number of applications for accreditation and we have almost doubled the number of accreditations, when compared to this time last year.”

“This means business sees value in being transparent about their supply chains and they see value in ethical treatment of workers,” she said.

The ultimate beneficiaries of this work is the workers in the industry as the audits and compliance work undertaken by the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union (TCF Union) as part of this program commonly find breaches across pay, entitlements and safety that must be rectified.

“The Union have completed more than 525 compliance checks this year and they have had more than 262 outworker contacts – again exceeding the volume of work undertaken when compared to this time last year.”

This year Ethical Clothing is celebrating 20 years since its beginnings. The organisation was created in response to rising concern about the exploitation of Australian garment workers, particularly of outworkers (otherwise known as homeworkers) in local supply chains.  Businesses that were doing the right thing were being tarnished by the poor practices of other operators and local retailers and manufacturers were seeking a solution to recognise those that were adopting ethical practices. The organisation is a business, employer and union collaboration. To celebrate the 20 years, ECA is launching the first-ever Ethical Clothing Australia Week.

Ethical Clothing Australia Week was launched by the Hon. Martin Pakula Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. Ethical Clothing Australia operates with the support of the Victorian Government.
#ECAWeek2020 is the first and only Australian week-long event focused on locally-made, ethically-manufactured clothing, textiles and footwear. The week will celebrate the brands, the designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments that fashion consumers buy, through events and online activities.

Quote attributable to the Hon. Martin Pakula, Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery

“The success of Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program is a testament to what can happen when business, unions and government collaborate for the good of the industry and the people who work in it.

I commend the textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers who have voluntarily sought accreditation for adopting ethical employment practices, and I would like to see more manufacturers get on board.”

Quote attributable to Jenny Kruschel, TCF Sector National Secretary of the Manufacturing Division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union:

“By ensuring Australian textile, clothing and footwear supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant, Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program gives consumers confidence the garments they buy are made by workers that are being paid Award wages and entitlements.”

Quote attributable to Gary Campbell, Operations Manager, Nobody Denim:

“It is incredibly important to have a level playing field in this industry and for local businesses who are doing the right thing by their workers to get the information and advice that they need to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations – that’s what Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program provides.”