Sustainability in the fashion industry starts at the crop, so considering what goes into your clothing is really important. Organic cotton is a great natural fibre that’s friendly to people and the planet. Because it’s a plant it is carbon neutral, and without the addition of toxic chemicals it is safe to handle and safe to wear. These organic cotton basics make for a solid base to a sustainable wardrobe.
Vege Threads is the OG for organic cotton staples in Australia. The Melbourne-based brand manufactures its garments in Australia using organic and eco-friendly materials and dyes in limited numbers. For transparency, the brand includes extensive information about the fabrics including where they originated, and certifications (ie. GOTS) on the product pages on the website. Vege Threads’ commitment to transparency and an ethical supply chain has gained it accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia. Vege Threads prides itself in working with local knitting mills and dye houses.
A.BCH garments are ethically made in Melbourne from renewable, organic and recycled materials. From its buttons crafted from the seeds of fallen corozo fruit in Panama, to its family owned manufacturer in Melbourne’s inner north, the brand says it works tirelessly to ensure that every step of the journey is as thoughtful and sustainable as possible. A.BCH’s organic cotton is all GOTS-certified. Check the fabric tab of each item on the website to find out more.
Sydney-based brand Citizen Wolf is transforming the custom-fit clothing industry with its custom casual wear. Committed to ethical and sustainable production, the brand uses a mixture of cotton, organic cotton, and organic cotton hemp blends that are grown in Australia and milled in Melbourne. Citizen Wolf exclusively works with mills accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring that there are safe working conditions and fair pay throughout its supply chain.
Brisbane-based basics brand Mosov makes organic luxe lifestyle clothes for the ethically conscious. Each piece is designed and made locally in Australia with GOTS-certified organic cotton. Mosov says that its “organic luxe basics are designed with the mindfulness to be timeless and versatile for everyday wear.” With designs for men, women and children, the whole family can appreciate these soft organic threads.
Kowtow covers the basics with its dedicated Building Block range. The brand is committed to sustainability throughout the supply chain, and for this reason chooses fabrics with minimal impact on people and the planet. The collections are made from organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres. These include organic cotton that is free from harmful chemicals, recycled materials that help to reduce waste, and Tencel – a biodegradable fibre made using wood pulp from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.
Annukka has got all your organic cotton staples covered – from the humble tee to dresses, shorts, jumpers and sleepwear too. The brand is based out of Byron Bay but can be found in over 50 stores around Australia. Its organic cotton casual wear is mostly made in Australia (95%) with a small portion ethically made offshore.
The M|N|ML is an ethical clothing label redefining basics for contemporary women. Made from sustainably sourced materials, predominantly GOTS-certified organic cotton and linen, the majority of the brand’s pieces are manufactured locally by an ECA (Ethical Clothing Australia) accredited factory based in Sydney. The brand says it’s committed to creating positive change, while minimising the impact of the fashion industry on the world around us.
Staples and basics brand Bassike produces all of the comfy clothes – to wear between home, work, shops and social events. The brand says that sustainability for them means treating people and the planet with respect, lightening their environmental impact and constantly evaluating how they do that. Over 90% of Bassike’s products are ethically made in Australia which ensures a high level of supply chain transparency while supporting and helping to preserve the fashion industry in this country. Shop the organic jersey range for organic staples only.
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