While countless labels offer crisp white tops, not all are as good for the environment as they are for your wardrobe. Here are five high-quality, fashion-forward options from Australian labels that come with feel-good factor guaranteed.
This Oz brand prides itself on creating ethically produced, sustainable basics. First Base has gone so far as to assign a third party to ensure the company’s practices meet the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production criteria, which promotes lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world. Think health and safety requirements and no forced labour, along with really wearable wardrobe staples.
First Base, Crew Neck Tee, $69. SHOP NOW
In short, The Road offers Fairtrade-certified threads, like plain and printed tees, dress and bodysuits, that won’t play on your conscience. The shirts are made out of the Mila Fairtrade Clothing Factory in India, which is Global Organic Textile Standard-certified.
The Road, Women’s Dust Jacket Tee, $39. SHOP NOW
The name pretty much sums it up: organic, Fairtrade and eco-friendly tees. In a nutshell, this means hazardous chemicals are banned from use in the manufacturing of the T-shirts, plus less energy and water is used. And while you’re helping to stop dodgy production practices, you won’t have to spend a pretty penny. These sweet tees retail at $22.
Fairtees, Sofia White Classic Ladies’ Tee, $22. SHOP NOW
While this tee could double as a PJ top as it’s just so comfy, but it’s also fabulous if you want to clock up some eco brownie points. All Kowtow garments are 100 percent Fairtrade certified, as well as ethically and sustainably made.
Kowtow, Building Block Scoop Tee, $79. SHOP NOW
In 2008, this Australian label joined the Ethical Trading Initiative, adopting the ETI’s base code, which include independent ethical audits to make sure a strict code of manufacturing conduct is always met. Boden Clothing is so for the eco-cause, it has partnered with TAOS – a non-government organisation that pushes for humane production workplaces. For this, the brand has established ethical trade workshops for suppliers around the world.
Boden Clothing, Supersoft Swing Tee, $44.50. SHOP NOW