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MADE IN AUS: 5 Aussie labels with ethics we love

posted by Karlicca Culalic January 18, 2018 0 comments

In 2018, our fashion faux pas go beyond our style choices. There is a much darker side beneath fashion’s sparkling façade, where labels mean luxury and more shoes equal more happiness (and it’s not blisters and bank accounts in anguish). It is discovering the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Yikes. That’s why we LOVE uncovering labels with sustainable intentions, especially Australian ones. Here’s five that absolutely need to be on your radar…

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BE GREEN in February

posted by Teagan West January 29, 2015 0 comments

Can you believe it’s almost February already!? Oh how time flies when you’re having fun conquering your new year resolutions.

Traditionally, January is the it-time to concentrate on yourself, set new goals, enjoy “me” time and work to make your dreams come true. So now that it’s February and your January goals are a work in progress, what’s your new micro-mission? Ours is to have a “green February” (don’t panic, we’re not talking about kale and spinach infused juices)!

We’re making February a BE GREEN month in celebration of our fabulous planet. We’ll be living more sustainably next month, starting with a few earth-conscious changes in our daily routine. It doesn’t take much to work towards a more ecofriendly lifestyle that fosters moral and ethical consumption. We hear the karma is also good when you consider the longevity of the earth in your everyday tasks.

Here are our top tips on how to BE GREEN next month…

1. Use a glass water bottle instead of a disposable one. Eco-friendly Brisbane store Biome stocks Australia’s best (and most stylish) range of top quality, long lasting, leak-proof, BPA free water bottles that’ll have you saving money, reducing plastic waste and looking as stylish as ever. We love the Lifefactory glass water bottles.


2. Instead of snapping up a fast fashion bargain this month, purchase an ecofriendly investment pieces from our fashionable favourites flying the eco-loving flag including AnnukkaHarriette Hill, Pure Pod, Sinerji and the sustainability stylish crusaders at Undress Runways.

3. If a stylish, comfortable, functional bra update is on your horizon you must check out Nico Underwear first! Nico is the first Australian underwear brand to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia for their use of sustainably sourced materials and onshore production. And the best part – price points are on par with mass-produced designer lingerie!


4. When your everyday cosmetics and toiletries run out, head to LUSH to replace them. Among many things, LUSH uses ethically sourced quality ingredients on their locally handmade products and they support grassroots charities, reduce landfill and are a key player in the fight against animal testing. AND, their complete range of products always attracts a crowd at the local shopping centre (they’re really that great).


5. BYO everything – whether it be an environmentally friendly shopping bag for your groceries, a travel mug for your morning coffee or a packed lunch full of fresh food and no waste.

6. Ditch the polish’s with nasty chemicals and get your nails in shape with Kester Black’s range of vegan nail polishes in bright colours.

7. Put down your car keys and get behind the wheel of a bike one day a week (or more for bonus karma and health points). 99 Bikes have you covered when it comes to swapping four wheels for two, especially if you’re choosing something from their Pedal range (our favourite is the Pedal Uptown). Check out our collaboration with 99 Bikes here.


8. Shop at your local farmers market when you can. Fresh fruit and veg direct from the producer is often cheaper, tastes better and ensures your produce stays fresh and crisp for longer. Plus, by shopping at a farmers market you’re supporting our local growers and their livelihood. Check out our post on Brisbane’s 17 best markets for some inspiration and direction.

9. Pick up and devour the current issue of Peppermint for all of your sustainability inspo – from DIY projects, slow fashion appreciation, discussions on social issues and informative features to the best in eco accessories, natural beauty, art, film, design, lifestyle and culture. It’s a fashion and lifestyle magazine that is green to it’s core – printed on an FSC-certified printing press, 100% carbon neutral and with editorial integrity, meaning they only support and advertise those whose values are in line with their own. The summer issue “You Are Enough” is out now!


How are you going to make February a little more “green” for yourself, and the world around you? Everything counts!


Sustainability with Harriette Hill

posted by Teagan West April 10, 2014 1 Comment

Harriette Hill Ace of Cards Dress

“The issue of sustainability is becoming increasingly important. With the influx of fast fashion and the turn over of trends, the global scale of waste is pretty alarming,” said Claire Goldsworthy, sustainability crusader and designer of Brisbane-based label Harriette Hill.

Claire dreamed up the vibrant label after developing a keen interest in design, falling in love with vintage style and possessing a desire to create beautiful clothes that are ethical and sustainable to their core.

Claire said Harriette Hill “doesn’t follow trends or seasonal standards, but instead delivers one-off pieces that are individual and unique… and are designed to suit a range of body shapes and sizes.”

We use a  “combination of repurposed, antique, new and natural fabrics to help minimise our carbon footprint in the fashion industry,” Claire said. Additionally, each garment is hand-made here in Brisbane and all off-cuts are donated to Little Mother Creations, another local sustainable business, to achieve zero waste.

Claire said, “I am always on the hunt for vintage and antique fabrics to reuse, so supplies are tricky but I have a spare room filled with treasures so there’s no shortage at the moment.” Are your besotted with Claire yet?

At the end of the day Claire said it’s about making people aware that there is a choice between throw-away and sustainable fashion, a choice that Harriette Hill supports and promotes.

“It’s about being aware of your garments origins, how the fibre’s have been manufactured, what you wash your clothes with, how you dispose of them, how often you buy – its huge,” Claire said.

“It’s so easy to turn a blind eye and ignore it because we’re unsure how to combat the issue or don’t think our individual contribution will change anything. (But) if every single person changed just one thing about his or her wardrobe or buying habits, it would make a massive difference.”

“We can slowly help the issue locally and globally,” starting with our own decisions.

Claire said she understands that it’s hard for consumers to resist the significant price difference of fast fashion in comparison to sustainable labels just like Harriette Hill, but is happy that she can provide a niche label that customers tend to stay loyal to once they find her.

Claire said, “It’s a battle against the mass-produced low cost fashion, because, at the end of the day, it comes down to affordability for a lot of people.”

“Some people don’t understand the cost and time involved in hand-making pieces locally, so the price deters them. You can’t please everyone, but I’m okay with that.”

And okay she is. It seems doing things differently is exactly what has made Harriette Hill a great success in its (so far) short life.

“I was hounded at university to define my customer but I’ve always been strongly against defining who I think my customer should be…. I’ve never abided by the fashion rules of trends and season and there are a lot of things I do differently with my label.”

As a result, Claire said each Harriette Hill girl is different and is just as unique as the bright print and free-flowing structure of the Harriette Hill garment they fall in love with.

“She’s whoever she wants to be. There’s only one thing that defines a Harriette Hill woman and that’s her love of a unique find,” Claire said.


Harriette Hill Flurry Ruffle Dress

What’s her inspiration? Anything and everything of course – it could be a single piece of vintage fabric that builds a whole range, or something that she is surrounded that ignites the creative process.

“When I’m designing, I think about what I would like, what’s missing from my wardrobe or how to make something that doesn’t exist yet. I think creating something different that you don’t see on someone else is very important. It makes you feel individual and special.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of person I want designing my weekend wares!

You can shop Harriette Hill at the online boutique here and at a number of market events, so be sure to follow Claire’s sustainable fashion endeavours on Facebook to stay up to date with locations and new designs. She also does private fittings, so get in touch with her and get your hands on something truly unique.

Claire’s top links to help you be more informed about sustainable fashion and the industry’s impact on the environment and global warming are:





Harriette Hill Floral Drape Kimono Jacket