Shoppers in Melbourne will be able to support the welfare of textile, clothing and footwear workers thanks to a new Guide to Ethical Shopping in Melbourne, supported by the Andrews Labor Government…
Shoppers in Melbourne will be able to support the welfare of textile, clothing and footwear workers thanks to a new Guide to Ethical Shopping in Melbourne, supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
To coincide with the start of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley launched the guide on Monday 4th March at Cue, Australia’s largest local manufacturer of fashion.
“This guide has been created because the increased interest in ethical fashion means that we need to make it as easy as possible for people to be able to purchase the right way.” Ethical Clothing Australia National Manager Angela Bell
The free guide maps out 35 brands across Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs that have received accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia – a process requiring brands to show their commitment to ethical practice and giving workers a fair go.
Brands listed in the guide include AFC Members A.BCH, Arnsdorf, Nobody Denim, Viktoria & Woods and Allora and Ivi Made at the AFC Curated pop-up at Emporium Melbourne.
“This fantastic new map of Melbourne’s most ethical brands will make it easier for us all to make better choices, know more about where our clothes are coming from and rest assured that workers are being given a fair go.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
Ethical Clothing Australia is at the forefront of protecting Australian workers in the fashion industry, advocating for ethical, fair and safe work practices across the sector. The accreditation system audits each step of the supply chain every year to ensure all workers receive their full entitlements – particularly homeworkers or outworkers, who are among the most vulnerable.
“The work of Ethical Clothing Australia is critically important in ensuring that workers are treated fairly, reputable employers can be recognised and consumers can have confidence in their ethical choices.” ACTU President Michele O’Neil
The Guide to Ethical Shopping in Melbourne can be found at selected VAMFF events, in select stores and from City of Melbourne visitor centres, as well via the link below!
All imagery via Ethical Clothing Australia.