Although there’s still debate as to whether fashion is, as it’s often proclaimed, the second most polluting industry, there’s no question that the clothes we buy can have a negative or positive impact on our environment and fellow humans; depending on how we choose to shop.
From bags made from recycled fishing nets to natural linen staples, our vendors are leading the way in ethical fashion: using sustainable practices, ethically sourced materials and sustainable, durable designs. An ethical approach is a given for our vendors, so we’ve highlighted the out-of-the-box steps these inspiring brands are taking to give back to planet and people.
One P Design
One P Design – Australian workwear brand One P Design incorporates sustainability into every element of their business: from the timeless, easy-to-wear staples (designed to make dressing effortless, and combat the disposable nature of fast fashion) to the way they deliver them (in entirely compostable packaging). Their mission might be to save women time, but their execution achieves so much more.
The Other Bag – Bondi locals Abi and Claire take inspiration from their buzzy beachside neighbourhood to create stylish, durable bags from recycled fabrics: an innovative nylon made from discarded fishing nets and CyclePet: a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
Ricepaper The Label – Entirely Australian designed and made, Ricepaper creates ethical elegant designs through a transparent production process. What sets Ricepaper apart from other ethically-minded labels is their strict no-tolerence policy to plastic: completely eradicating plastic from their business, Ricepaper uses natural, sustainably sourced fibres and online deliveries are sent out in compostable mail satchels.
The Rushing Hour – Jacalin Ding and her Sydney based team are entirely transparent with their processes; making timeless, durable womenswear from recycled fabric or repurposed materials in ethically run, socially and environmentally responsible factories. The Rushing Hour will be showcasing their new, 100% biodegradable collection (made from Australian eucalyptus) at The Conscious Space, along with other collections. With an entirely holistic approach, The Rushing Hour has partnered with social impact charity One Girl, and funds a month of education for one girl per garment sold.
Parafina Co – Parafina is a zero waste, sustainable eyewear brand which makes simple, beautiful sunglasses and reading glasses from recycled materials. As well as using 100% recycled materials for their designer eyewear, Parafina donates 5% of profits towards their own social impact project, which gives children in Paraguay access to stable, quality education.
High Tea with Mrs Woo – A family affair (run by three sisters), High Tea with Mrs Woo uses traditional tailoring methods and small-scale production to create inspiring designs which can be worn throughout the seasons. To extend the lifespan of their designs, High Tea With Mrs Woo have created a Facebook group for customers to sell and trade Mrs Woo garments, gifting sellers with $10 store credit per garment they sell on the site.
Other ethical fashion brands exhibiting at The Conscious Space include Australian-designed, Bali-made womenswear brand Fauve Hughes, ocean-inspired, ethereal designers House of Lacuna and minimalist all-Australian brand Raw Luxury. More vendors to be announced soon. Limited tickets to The Conscious Space are still available here.