Planning on going shopping this weekend?

Want to make informed and ethical choices?

Don’t have the time (or motivation) to do all the research?

 

Transparency in the supply chain (the who, what, where, when & how) is an ever increasing issue in the garment industry. People are questioning how their clothes are made. They want to know how ethical and sustainable their favourite fashion brands are. But where exactly does one find the answers? You could Google it, you could read the mountains of sustainability reports or you could even contact the brand yourself and ask the tough questions. But that sounds like a lot of effort, right?

Well lucky for you, there are plenty of crazy people that have done exactly this. They have pushed themselves to the brink of insanity, spending hundreds of hours reading through reports and scouring the internet to gather a tonne of information on your favourite fashion brands (I was one of these crazy researchers and my head almost exploded).

This intense work has resulted in a bunch of websites providing you with concise overviews of many brands, often in the form of a ranking system. I have listed my favourites here for you to check out for yourself. All of these sites also list global brands.

So, all the hard work is done for you! Now you can head out into the big wide world (or your local shopping centre) ready to make informed and ethical decisions.

Good On You App (English and free)

  • search by brand, product or store
  • summary of brand’s sustainability efforts
  • people, environment and animals are considered in the brand ranking
  • brings together all publicly published sources of information
  • option to send the brand a direct message
  • list of closest retailers
  • when shop has multiple brands, brands within are listed along with their rating
  • button with offers from various brands

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Project Just (English)

  • information provided: size & business model, labour conditions, transparency, future intentions, environment, community, management, innovation
  • summary of brand with pros and cons
  • search by brand
  • thoroughly researched information
  • ability to contribute to information
  • all dot pointed- quick and easy to read
  • links leading to sources

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The Australian Fashion Report (contains international labels, but just written by the Australian organisation, Baptist World Aid) (English)

  • gives overall grade from A+ to F (focuses on policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training, & worker rights)
  • 41 questions assess 59 brands, answered with yes, no or partial
  • considers if living wage is paid
  • in depth information provided

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Rank-A-Brand (English and German)

  • specific and targeted questions with sources
  • questions based on: climate change, labour conditions and environmental policy
  • summary of brand’s sustainability efforts
  • online report card grading A-E
  • overall result compared to similar brands

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Ethical Fashion Guide (English) 

(Download PDF)

  • 59 companies and 219 global and Australian brands
  • overall grades given- A, B, C, D, F
  • considers if living wage is paid

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Shopping hints- How you can find ethical and sustainable fashion
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2 thoughts on “Shopping hints- How you can find ethical and sustainable fashion

  • March 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    Hi Project Selvage. Great write up and thanks so much for including Good On You.

    Actually Good On You ratings are derived by bringing together all other public sources into one place. We include certifications like fair trade, scorecards like the Australian Fashion Report and Rank a Brand, info *published* ( not provided) by the brand and investigations by NGOs. Maybe correct that info in the article? See goodonyou.org.au/ How We Rate. Thanks!

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    • March 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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      Thanks for the feedback and correction- I appreciate it! I have updated the post!

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