4 SUSTAINABLE FASHION ONLINE STORES

There are so many brilliant sustainable fashion brands available online, but sometimes you just want that shopping centre experience, you know? (Or at least, the online version of it). There’s been so much in the news recently – and I’m glad – about the high cost of unethically made clothing, so I’m excited to present some alternative options. Here are 4 sustainable fashion online stores, where you can get your clicking finger on lots of brands all in one place. Let’s go to the mall!

1. ASOS Green Room*

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ASOS Green Room* – a small segment of the UK-based online fashion behemoth ASOS – is designed to “showcase the hottest labels in sustainable fashion.” ASOS Green Room uses symbols (certified organic, fair-trade, made in Africa, made in the UK, and made in the USA) to help you navigate the items. All ASOS Green Room items are stored in a central warehouse. Some of my favourite brands available include ASOS Africa* (womenswear capsule collections made in a fair-trade arrangement in Kenya), Blue Q* (recycled plastic pouches and totes made in the US),Made* (brass jewellery made in a fair-trade arrangement in Africa), Melissa* (vegan shoes made in Brazil), and People Tree* (men’s and women’s fashion made in fair-trade arrangements in several locations).

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 Prices: From $7.01 AUD for a pair of People Tree recycled sari stud earrings to $525.60 AUD for a pair of Goldsign denim jeans handmade in LA.

Shipping to Australia: Free (or $10 for express shipping)
Returns (on top of statutory rights): Both full-price and sale items can be returned for a refund within 28 days. Customer will not be refunded for original shipping costs and must pay for shipping costs to return items. Find their full policy here.

2. Ethica

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Ethica is a US-based online store, selling sustainable women’s clothing and accessories. Like Indigo Bazaar, Ethica focuses on curating a small selection of items, which they describe as “high-style ethical fashion.” It’s also probably the most expensive store from this list (excepting The Beautiful Think, listed below), but damn, their aesthetic is my jam. I couldn’t not include it. You can filter items by type, brand, or by ‘ethical quality’ (sustainable, trade not aid, handcrafted, made in the USA, and vegan). Once you’ve selected an item, you can also check out the ‘Why it’s ethical’ tab for more information. Some of my favourite brands available include Ace & Jig (handmade womenswear made in a fair-trade arrangement in India), Anton Heunis (handmade jewellery made partially from salvaged materials in Spain), Conditions Apply (womenswear made from some recycled materials in a fair-trade arrangement in India), and Mary Meyer (handmade womenswear made from some recycled materials in a fair-trade arrangement in India).

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Prices: From $50 USD ($55.20 AUD) for a Love Obsessed Peter Pan necklace to $598 USD ($660.20 AUD) for a Zhivago doctor’s bag.
Shipping to Australia: Flat rate of $40 USD ($44.10 AUD)
Returns (on top of statutory rights): No, they do not accept returns from international orders. See their full policy here.

3. Fashion Conscience

Fashion Conscience is a UK-based online store, selling sustainable men’s, women’s and kidswear and accessories. It’s pretty big. All items are marked with symbols (such as fair-trade, carbon offset, non-toxic, certified organic, recycled, and made in the UK) and once you’ve selected an item, you can also click on the ‘My Ethics’ tab to see further information. If you follow Fashion Conscience on Twitter, you’ll see they regularly tweet discount codes – which can take the sting out of the expensive shipping. Some of my favourite brands available include Anna Johnson (jewellery made from ethically produced and recycled materials in the UK), Fair+True (womenswear made from certified organic and otherwise sustainable materials in the UK or in a fair-trade arrangement in Kenya and Malawi), Ethletic (Converse alternatives made of certified organic cotton and FSC-certified rubber in a fair-trade arrangement in Pakistan), and Life’s Not Fair (lingerie made from certified organic cotton in a fair-trade arrangement in India).

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Prices: From £3.90 ($6.50 AUD) for a pair of Manumit fair-trade filigree earrings to £287 ($478.50) for a Minna made-to-order Scottish lace and vintage lace tunic top.
Shipping to Australia: £12 ($20 AUD) for the first item and an addition £6 ($10) for every extra item.
Returns (on top of statutory rights): Full-priced and sale items can be returned for a refund or exchange within 14 days. Customer will not be refunded for original shipping costs and must pay for shipping costs to return items. Find their full policy here.

4. Indigo Bazaar

Indigo Bazaar is an Australian-based sustainable fashion online store currently celebrating their first birthday. It is a smaller store than some of the others on this list, but it has a really well-curated collection of Australian and New Zealand sustainable fashion brands (as well as those from further-flung locales). Each of the brands stocked has its own information page, which outlines the brand’s philosophy and practices. Some of my favourite brands available include ALAS (women’s sleepwear made from certified organic cotton in a fair-trade arrangement in India), A Question Of(men’s and womenswear made from certified organic cotton), Athinaeum (one-of-a-kind accessories made in Guatemala from recycled textiles), and Kowtow (womenswear made from certified organic materials in a fair-trade arrangement in India).

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Prices: From $18 for a set of 3 Spider & Lily beaded bracelets to $369 AUD for an Anthinaeum backpack.
Shipping within Australia: Free (or $10 for express shipping)
Returns (on top of statutory rights): Refunds and exchanges available for full-priced items within 30 days. Sale items are only eligible for a credit note. Customer will not be refunded for original shipping costs and must pay for shipping costs to return items. Find their full policy here.

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