It can be overwhelming when we know about the environmental and ethical issues engendered by the fashion industry. It’s even more overwhelming when we don’t know where to start looking for better options. I’m not going to lie- starting out as a conscious consumer and beginning to do your research about where our clothes come from can be really tough when we’re not quite sure where to start. Thankfully, there’s a whole range of useful fashion websites that can help us out:
Just as Tripadvisor is a blessing for your holidays, and Zomato is a heaven-sent app for your dinners, Good On You is your go-to app when you can’t make your decision about whether you want to buy an item of clothing. Before purchasing clothes, you can quickly get an idea of how transparent the brand is, how environmentally friendly it is, and how the brand ensures that its workers’ rights are met. This app gives a rating for brands, which you can quickly check with the press of a button before you buy it.
Instead of purchasing a beautiful dress for a party that you are only going to wear once, why not hire one for cheaper? Glam Corner is an Australian-based website which offers a wide selection of clothes of all different sizes that you can rent for a short period of time. If you’re a bit worried that the dress won’t fit when it arrives, you can book in to try on the dress or order a back-up dress for $15. If the dress doesn’t fit or you’re just not happy with the way it looks on you, you can simply send the dress back with all the tags intact for a new size or a full refund.
I’ve always been a massive fan of thrift shopping, and when I discovered it was possible to thrift shop using Carousell, I couldn’t be happier. Carousell is an online marketplace where you can purchase or sell your clothes. In the past, I have bought a Country Road dress that was only worn once and originally $250 for $25. The vintage red coat that I’m wearing in the photos below was also bought on Carousell for $40. Carousell also gives you the chance to de-clutter your wardrobe and sell your pre-loved items to somebody else.
4. Certified Brands
Each country has it’s own way of providing accreditation for fashion brands, but in Australia, Ethical Clothing Australia ensures that brands provide workers fair wages and decent working conditions. On their website, you can find a list of Australia-made clothing that has had their entire supply chains mapped in order to receive accreditation. Beyond Australia, you can also check out the Global Organic Textile Standards.
The beautiful thing about Project Just is that is tells you just like it is; the pros and the cons. Project Just provides short reports about brands all around the world to give you an idea of how the brand is impacting either positively or negatively on the environment and on its workers.
So what online tools have you used to make eco-fashion shopping easier?
Red coat- Bought on Carousell
Pink Shift Dress- DIY