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ECA’s Guide To Ethical Shopping In Melbourne’s CBD

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ECA’s Melbourne CBD

Ethical Shopping Itinerary

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Heading into Melbourne this weekend for the final shows of Melbourne Fashion Festival or looking for an excuse to support ethically and locally made fashion? We have created our go-to Ethical Shopping guide in Melbourne’s CBD using ECA’s Digital Shopping Map below!

Stop One

If you have hopped off the train or picked up a coffee from Southbank, we are starting our tour out just up the road from Flinders Street station where you will find Remuse Designs. Stocked at Craft Victoria, Watsons Place.

 Stop Two

Take a short stroll up to Bourke Street and head into Myer Melbourne where you will find Cue, Veronika Maine and Anthea Crawford all in one place!

Stop Three

Cross the road to David Jones Melbourne who stock Perri Cutten, Carla Zampatti and Bianca Spender.

Stop Four

To finish your tour, take a stroll a few blocks over to Emporium Melbourne where you will find Viktoria & Woods and Manning Cartell.

Looking for more ECA accredited businesses in and around Melbourne? Check out our Digital Shopping Map here. We recommend heading out to Fitzroy and Brunswick where you can find brands like Denimsmith, Nobody Denim and Arnsdorf!

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Digital Map Leads To Ethical Destination Shopping

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Digital Map Leads To Ethical Destination Shopping

Media Release: The Hon Danny Pearson MP – Assistant Treasurer, Minister For Regulatory Reform, Minister For Government Services, Minister For Creative Industries.

Thursday 11th March 2021

As Melbourne Fashion Festival takes off across the city and beyond, a new digital tool has been launched to help consumers find Australianade, ethically conscious fashion across the nation.

Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today launched Ethical Clothing Australia’s (ECA) new online shopping map of accredited Australian ethical retail destinations.

The map shows shoppers where to find ECA-accredited brands at 120 store locations around Victoria, and more than 300 throughout Australia, from any device.

It features trailblazing Victorian brands including Anthea Crawford, Arnsdorf, Clothing The Gap, Denimsmith, Nobody Denim, Remuse, The Ark Clothing Co, The Social Studio, Vege Threads and Viktoria & Woods.

To be ECA accredited, a business’s manufacturing operations are audited from design to dispatch to ensure that local textile, clothing and footwear workers, including any outworkers, are being paid appropriately, receiving all their legal entitlements and working in safe conditions.

The new consumer-focused tool acknowledges that shoppers are increasingly on the lookout for businesses that commit to ethical and onshore production principles. It builds on ECA’s printed ethical shopping guide to Melbourne which was released in 2019.

A recent survey by Ethical Clothing Australia of Australian textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers, found that 70 percent reported that more customers are asking questions about the labour rights of the people who made their clothes.

Celebrating 21 years in 2021, Ethical Clothing Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports Australian workers in the fashion industry, advocating for ethical, fair, and safe work practices across the sector including fair pay and good working conditions.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson  

We know fashion lovers are becoming more conscious consumers. Ethical Clothing Australia has met the moment with a new digital map, making ethical fashion businesses a destination shopping experience.”

“It’s fantastic to see so many ECA-accredited Victorian brands who are focused on local and ethical manufacturing and protecting the workers across their supply chain.”

“We’re proud to partner with ECA as it works to create a fairer, more sustainable future for Victorian fashion businesses and find innovative new ways to bring shoppers to their stores.”

Quote attributable to Angela Bell Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia  

“People are looking to buy ethical fashion and so we’re pleased to be able to give Victorians and shoppers around the country an easy way to map out their shopping via the brands selling local, ethically-accredited fashion.”

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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment Exhibition

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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment

Have you ever wondered how many hands are involved in the making of an ethical and local garment? As part of Melbourne Fashion Festival 2021 we launched our photographic exhibition Many Hands: The Making of a Garment in collaboration with The Ark Clothing Co and The Social Studio at Collingwood Yards. The exhibition follows the creation of a garment from initial concept to when it lands in store, telling the story of each step in the process and each talented hand that contributes to the garment.

The night was a sold-out success full of insight into the local industry, a discussion on the true cost of a garment and most importantly the many talented hands that are behind the making of our garments. A big thank you to our guest speakers Lyn McPherson – Director, The Ark Clothing Co, Tara Wingate – Production Manager, The Social Studio and Jenny Kruschel – National Secretary, TCF Union for sharing their knowledge on the night.

Our guests also got a behind the scenes tour at The Social Studio’s new space at Collingwood Yards, with a special meet and greet with Dewi Cooke, CEO, The Social Studio. We also collaborated with Denimsmith who kindly provided a denim tote bag for each guest who attended! You can view the digital exhibition below.

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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.

Note: The below masks are for community/personal use only.

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A.BCH

The A.BCH mask is 2 ply 100% organic cotton mask, crafted from a thick, naturally moister repelling rib outer and light jersey inner.

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Arnsdorf

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

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Bluegum

Business Orders Only - 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.

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CGR Sportswear

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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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!

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Merino Country

Since pre COVID-19 Merino Country have been manufacturing face masks for community use. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Monterry/Jem Designs

Monterry/Jem Designs have created a three layer cotton lycra face mask.

https://www.jemdesigns.com.au/product/face-mask/
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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. The masks can be bought individually or in packs, in small kids and adult sizes.

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20 Year Anniversary and ECA Week Launch Event 2020

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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

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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.