Classic, cool and essential, Arnsdorf’s
aesthetic is noticeable from a mile away. Setting a new benchmark for sustainable fashion, Arnsdorf
is widely admired within the industry for its best practice pillars. Founded by Jade Sarita Arnott in 2006, the female-led company is centred around transparency, ethical manufacturing and sustainability. Accredited by B Corporation and Ethical Clothing Australia, Arnsdorf
operate their own Melbourne-based factory, meaning they have visibility over their supply chain. The brand favours organic and natural fibres that can be recycled or composted and aims to keep clothing in circulation for as long as possible (seen through a partnership with SwapChain). Marking bold heights in consumer transparency, Arnsdorf also publicises the cost breakdown behind each piece, as well as the people who have made the garment.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Impact Measurement, Impact Reduction, Recycled Materials, Innovation, Certification
With a background as a speech pathologist, Sophia McMahon pivoted career paths to launch her own label in 2016. Acting as an antidote to fast fashion, Autark is centred around longevity, quality and waste reduction. All of the small and considered collections are made locally between Melbourne and the brand’s hometown Adelaide. For Sophia, end-of-life strategy is mapped out before a garment is even designed. Natural fibres – like GOTS certified organic cotton, European flax linen, silk and deadstock fabric – are used to ensure that garments will decompose without leaving any traces of synthetic microfibres behind. Offcuts from production are recycled or donated to local schools. The limited edition runs aim to reduce the issue of excess stock, while the timeless rather than trend-driven aesthetic ensures Autark’s pieces will be worn on high-rotation for many years to come. The brand also donates 5% of its online profits to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Using light and airy environmentally-friendly fabrics, Autark’s collections are characterised by feminine gathering details, minimal silhouettes and the brand’s signature shell buttons.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction,
The future looks bright with Childe Eyewear
. Designed in Byron Bay and made in Italy, Childe’s
handcrafted frames offer an elevated, sophisticated take on environmentally-friendly eyewear. Inspired by artists, musicians and activists, the bold and fashion-forward aesthetic is matched with a circular design philosophy, reflected in the brand’s logo of the Ouroboros (a serpent eating its own tail, representing an infinite loop). The Childe
range is made up of two collections: Wilde, featuring plant-based frames made from 61% renewable resources; and Acetate, featuring frames made from a biodegradable acetate composed of naturally organic compounds wood and cotton pulp. Childe
was launched in 2019 by Jon Laurenson, whose experience in fashion spans over two decades. Sleek, covetable and beautifully made, Childe Eyewear
’s streamline silhouettes tie together any outfit.
Climate Credentials: Future Goals, Impact Reduction, Innovation
Cloth & Co was founded by mother-and-daughter duo Caroline and Daisy Poiner. After travelling through India in 2007 and working with local women through a social initiative, they spent the next seven years forging relationships with women’s cooperatives throughout India. Amazed at the positive change they witnessed after seeing these individuals become empowered through training and employment opportunities, Caroline and Daisy decided to launch a fashion brand grounded in the idea of empowering Indian women via fair working conditions while also recognising their artisanal skills. As such, all of Cloth & Co’s garments are ethically produced and they have transparency over their supply chain. The pieces are either hand spun, hand loomed and hand dyed, or produced by a small-scale stitching unit in Delhi. With quality in mind, Cloth & Co only use natural fibres across the range, such as linen, silk and GOTS certified organic cotton, as well as OEKO Tex dyes. The label is on a pathway to achieving net zero emissions, net zero water output and zero waste. Designed to have a positive impact on people and the planet, Cloth & Co’s everyday wardrobe staples are crafted in 100% natural materials that are made to last.
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Over the course of a decade of working with global fashion brands, designer Charlotte Hicks became disheartened about the industry’s waste and cyclical nature. Her response was to launch Esse Studios, a ready-to-wear womenswear brand unbound by the pressures of creating collections aligned to the traditional seasonal calendar. Instead, Esse Studios releases ‘edits’ of small batch capsule collections that share a dialogue with the last. The intention here is not just to foster a unified aesthetic, but to facilitate a more considered way of dressing where Esse Studios garments are seen as foundational wardrobe pieces upon which multiple outfits can be built regardless of current trends. You’ll find timeless trench coats, contemporary tailoring and versatile dresses. The brand is also dedicated to more sustainable methods of production, with all pieces made in Australia. Esse Studios’ limited edition and locally-made silhouettes are effortlessly easy to style and a joy to wear.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Future Goals, Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Recycled Materials, Certification
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There is a common misconception that ‘sustainable’ automatically equates to neutral colour palettes and subdued hues. Plastic-free beauty brand Flavedo & Albedo
is here to change that. Their eyeshadows, eyeliners, highlighters, and cheek and lip tints come in a range of vibrant, optimistic and positively cheering colours built for wearability. Making makeup work harder, the highlighters and tints also incorporate skin-loving ingredients that nourish as much as they adorn. As such, Flavedo & Albedo
has gone to great lengths to remove plastic from each step of their supply chain, instead opting for infinitely recyclable aluminium alongside glass and sustainable timber. Flavedo & Albedo
is showing that clean beauty can be playful and doesn’t have to take itself too seriously. Shimmery, buttery, velvety and long-wearing, Flavedo & Albedo
is the pop of colour clean beauty was crying out for.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Plastic Free, Circular Solutions
Sydney-based brand Foile’s
range of clean and cruelty-free skincare products has been created to not only harmoniously coexist with the skin you’re in, but be kind to the planet in the process. Marking a move towards a more circular beauty economy, the range is completely refillable. The signature sculptural glass Foile
bottles are designed to be displayed on your topshelf and topped-up forever with refill pouches that are 100% commercially recyclable. The simple yet efficacious formulations (often using just single-ingredients) demystify the complex world of skincare. They’re manufactured locally in Melbourne using Australian-grown ingredients where possible. Purposefully gender-neutral and non-binary in nature, Foile is fostering an inclusive and diverse community of customers. Founded by wellness aficionados Alexandra Grima and Su Tuttle, the brains behind the Nimbus infrared sauna studios (so you know it’s good). These fuss-free and results-focussed formulations will find themselves on high-rotation in your daily skincare routine.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Innovation
With a youthful and feminine spirit, Fredric’s
pieces are helping to change the face of ethical fashion. Founder Anna Friedrich, who has worked as a designer in the Australian fashion industry for over a decade, is passionate about fostering a slow approach to fashion; one that favours timelessness over trend, and wearability over obsessing with the new. This attitude is reflected in Fredric
: dynamic and playful garments released in small-scale runs to minimise waste and excess stock. All materials are certified and approved organic or recyclable (such as recycled viscose yarns and GOTS certified organic cotton).
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Recycled Materials, Certification
Founded in 2019 by Melbourne’s Kat Narelle, Gracious Minds is an A-beauty brand harnessing potent plant-based extracts to nourish and nurture. Disappointed by the lack of options for those with sensitive skin who also wanted results-driven formulations, Kat worked closely with a team of compounding chemists to develop her own. The resultant Gracious Minds range uses innovative natural actives such as red algae, Totarol bark and sea buckthorn across a range of cleansers, toners, serums and creams, which are suitable for all skin types including those with even the most sensitive skin. Each product is vegan, made in Australia, and free from GMOs, sulphates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and colours, glycols, silicones, PEGs and phthalates. To minimise plastic across its packaging, the brand uses recyclable glass vessels and biodegradable cotton outer cartons. They’ll also responsibly dispose of labels and pumps for you – just mail back to them. Gracious Minds contributes a percentage of their profit to the Australian Conservation Foundation and also supports social enterprise Sisterworks. Celebrating naturally active ingredients, Gracious Minds is an Australian-made skincare brand that treads a little lighter on the earth.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, End Of Life Strategy,
Embedding care for people and planet into their business model, Jillian Boustred is a Sydney-based fashion label focussed on being responsible, transparent and inclusive. All of their garments are made in Australia by suppliers that the brand shares long standing relationships with. In order to lift a lid on fashion’s often-hidden supply chain processes, each garment includes an overview of its origin – from who made it to where the trims were sourced. The use of deadstock fabric, certified organic cotton and linen make up a repertoire of environmentally-friendly fibres used throughout collections. There’s even a lifetime repair and takeback program in place to extend the life cycle of the pieces. Jillian Boustred founded the eponymous label in 2015 after studying a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Technology Sydney and gaining industry experience working with Ellery. “I have always loved exploring shape and silhouette and designing styles that compliment women's curves,” she says. Marrying quality and comfort, Jillian Boustred’s collections are feminine, effortless and underpinned by transparency.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Future Goals,
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Bespoke, sculptural and completely one-of-a-kind, each of Kelly’s pieces have a story to tell. Working out of her home studio in Currumbin, Queensland, Kelly Bignell
is a self-taught ceramicist creating exquisitely beautiful ceramics. Made entirely by hand using either the wheel and/or coiling method, the small selection of vases, cups, bowls and plates are glazed in delightful neutral, pastel and iridescent hues. Drawing inspiration from feminine lines as well as shells, coral and other natural objects found in the ocean, Kelly’s handmade vessels look perfectly at home in a variety of interior settings.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Plastic Free
Founded by New Zealand’s Lucy Edmonds, Le Studio is a made-to-order fashion brand that promotes a slow fashion model. Their limited edition pieces are created by family-run tailors who they consider to be part of their community. With the belief that clothing should be well-fitted and that no two bodies are exactly alike, all the garments are tailor made and bespoke. The Le Studio range features a few different signature styles, which are created in deadstock fabrics from breezy cottons to lavish silks. Epitomising effortless cool, find an array of gender-neutral two-piece sets, jumpsuits and statement bomber jackets. Lucy is the head of artistic direction and sales at skincare brand Aotea, also stocked on RIISE Shop. Taking a custom-made approach, Le Studio’s pieces promise longevity, wearability and quality.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction,
Founded by Lois McGruer-Fraser in 2015 with a focus on transparency, Lois Hazel aims to incorporate ethical and environmentally-friendly practises into all aspects of the brand. Based in Melbourne, all pieces are made either in-house or by trusted manufacturing partners in Melbourne. The label openly shares details about the suppliers and third parties they work with, which is a radical diversion from the industry’s tight-lipped standard. Materials are chosen based on their impact, seen through the exclusive use of deadstock, organic, natural, certified and traceable fibres. The brand has a set of additional sustainability goals in place, such as switching to certified thread and ensuring all trims are made from recycled or certified materials. Lois Hazel is looking to change fashion’s current landscape through unprecedented transparency backed by sustainable manufacturing processes.
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is an ethical swimwear label which turns ocean waste into summer-ready one pieces and classic bikinis. Created by French model Marine Muller, the Miami-based brand brings together a love for fashion, the ocean and the environment through its use of Econyl. This innovative material is a form of nylon made entirely from marine debris. Fishing nets, synthetic debris and plastics are taken from the ocean and regenerated into a new fabric. While it’s the same quality as virgin nylon, Econyl not only repurposes ocean waste but the production process also uses less resources than that of the original, making it a sustainable swimwear option. All Manillema
pieces are made responsibly within the US.
Climate Credentials: Recycled Materials, Impact Reduction, Innovation
Kiwi model Ella Drake had always been drawn to jewellery, its beauty and sentimentality. It was during a shoot for Vogue Gioiello (Vogue Jewellery edition) that she decided to take her interest a step further and pivot career paths. This led her to study the craft at the renowned Florence campus of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and, soon after, launch Monarc Jewellery
out of her new home base in London. Underpinned by the idea of timelessness, Monarc
’s pieces are intended as future heirlooms to be passed onto subsequent generations. Designed by Ella and created by master goldsmiths, the pieces are luxurious enough to feel special but functional enough for daily wear. Monarc
uses ethically-sourced aboveground diamonds. Anatomically identical to mined diamonds, aboveground diamonds are lab-grown and therefore 100% traceable and cartel-free, as well as being carbon-neutral. Meanwhile, all metals are repurposed from materials already in circulation. The contemporary styles are backed by sustainability, designed to be worn alone as statements or mixed in with your other jewellery for an eclectic look.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Future Goals, Impact Measurement, Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Recycled Materials, Plastic Free, End of Life Strategy, Innovation,Certification
Hydrating, lightweight, fast-absorbing and nutrient-rich, Mother SPF
is your new favourite skincare staple. The brand, based out of Perth, has focussed their efforts on perfecting just one product, the Organic Mineral Sunscreen SPF30. Along with being sustainably sourced, certified organic and reef-safe, the brand’s sole product is made in Australia using 100% solar power and packaged in recycled plastic tubes. Tandia Walsh was inspired to launch the business after she couldn’t find a non-toxic mineral sunscreen on the market for her mother who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. She joined forces with co-founder Elle Peter to bring Mother SPF
to life – and we’re so glad they did. Sunscreen is no longer a chore with Mother SPF
; the addition of skin-loving ingredients will make applying it every morning something to genuinely look forward to.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Recycled Materials
Designed with luxury and wearability front of mind, NICO’s
garments will become your new favourite essentials. Approaching their ten-year anniversary, NICO
is an ethical intimates brand creating underwear and loungewear pieces that elevate the everyday. These not-so-basic basics take a fabric-first approach, meaning founder Lis Harvey often begins by selecting a sustainable material and designing specifically with it in mind. Fabrics are selected based on quality, comfort and low environmental impact. As such, NICO
collections currently favour GOTS certified organic cotton, plant-based tencel modal and recycled cotton. Marrying comfort, style and sustainability, NICO
proves that it’s what’s inside, or underneath, that counts.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Impact Reduction, Recycled Materials, Certification
This Melbourne-based label is moving the needle on sustainable fashion. Van Der Kooij’s romantic, elegant and feminine designs are paving a new path in environmentally-friendly luxury. All of the label’s garments are created in small quantities; you’ll even find the garment number inscribed on your tag. It’s important to founder Natasha Veenhuizen that she is deeply involved at each step of the process. The pieces are made in Australia (with the exception of knitwear) and finished by hand at Van Der Kooij’s studio. There’s a focus on the quality and impact of fabrics, so organic fibres like silk and cotton, as well as deadstock materials, are used. This concern for the planet carries through to the brand’s packaging, which is plastic-free and compostable. They’ve also partnered with Carbon Neutral Australia to reduce carbon emissions by planting a tree for every garment created. With their voluminous silhouettes, billowing sleeves and delicate details, Van Der Kooij’s designs are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also helping to shift the fashion industry’s linear narrative.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Innovation,
Handcrafted by a small team of highly-skilled artisans, Released From Love
jewellery blurs the boundaries between statement and classic. Founded by partners in life and business, Hannah Roche and Lachlan Malone, Released From Love
pieces are made to last. The label’s own ‘anti-kosmímata’ technique brings together a combination of traditional, fine and contemporary jewellery methods to ensure each Released From Love
piece will stand the test of time in both quality and aesthetic. The brand’s luxurious recycled precious metals – sterling silver and 24ct gold vermeil – are sourced from Australian suppliers who are certified with the Responsible Jewellery Council.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Recycled Materials, Future Goals, Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Certification
Roemy is a contemporary fragrance house reimagining olfactory luxury. Anchored in the belief that scent can transcend time and place, Roemy’s evocative blends are inspired by the natural world: the fading light of autumn, Sirius under a January night sky, a culmination of Blue Mountain sun after a rain downpour. The Melbourne-based brand selects ingredients based not just on what they can add to a perfume’s accord, but how they impact the planet. There’s a strong focus on using a combination of safe synthetic and natural ingredients, all of which are ethically sourced from suppliers that are in alignment with Roemy’s own vision of human and environmental health. Each product in the range is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free. They’re also free from potentially harmful ingredients that are commonly used in other fragrances such as parabens, phthalates, petroleum and PEG silicones. This high level thinking extends to the brand’s packaging. You won’t find any plastics, except in the bottle’s cap and atomiser hose, which they are in the process of eliminating. Tapping into imagination, nostalgia and escapism, Roemy translates poetic moments into complex, covetable fragrances.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Recycled Materials, Certification,
unique, one-of-a-kind styles are designed with respect for people and planet, making them instant-hits to any wardrobe. Oscillating between various fields including modeling, music and art, creative chameleon Rachel Rutt’s latest project is grounded in slow fashion. Launched in 2020, RUTT
is a handmade knitwear brand that draws on traditional artisanal methods to result in bespoke pieces that forge a new connection between maker and wearer. Hats, bags, apparel and accessories take inspiration from the people that make up Rachel’s world, and as such are created with real-life wear and longevity in mind. Integral to RUTT
is the desire to release a minimum waste product, so most pieces are made-to-order or small-batch. A consideration for sustainable materials is also paramount; deadstock, recycled and local yarns make up the backbone of RUTT’s
roster of materials.
Climate Credentials: Transparency, Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, Recycled Materials, End of Life Strategy
Antipodean brand Sphaera
have elevated the humble bar of soap into an artform. The signature cube-shaped bars, inspired by Plato’s ideas on elemental forms and coloured by fine natural clays, look decidedly chic in any shower recess. Marking a movement towards zero-plastic personal care, Sphaera’s
bars are delicately wrapped in plastic-free, home compostable packaging. The new haircare collection provides the promise of premium salon-grade shampoo and conditioner, sans plastic bottles. Created in small batches in New Zealand using plant-based ingredients and custom essential oil blends, many of which are sourced locally, Sphaera’s
artisanal approach lightens the brand’s environmental load. A manifestation of founder Ali Johnson’s background working in both visual artist and complementary health, Sphaera’s
sculptural soap forms are kind to both body and planet. These gorgeously scented soaps feel wonderfully nourishing on the skin, turning bathing into a moment for pause and ritual.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions, End of Life Strategy
Plastic-free and plant-based, Sun Juju is a new sunscreen brand born in Byron Bay. Their debut product is a hydrating SPF50 for face and body. Formulated with Kakadu Plum (the world’s most abundant source of vitamin C), it nurtures the skin while simultaneously protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays. The non-greasy texture has been designed to sit well under makeup and be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. It’s also reef safe – meaning it’s free from chemical sunscreen filters that can cause coral bleaching – and packaged in an environmentally-friendly aluminium tin. Founded by sustainability writer Ella Liascos, Sun Juju donates 5% of profits to the Climate Foundation’s marine permaculture project to plant kelp, which helps to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Merging skincare with sun protection, Sun Juju’s reef safe SPF shields UVA and UVB rays while leaving the skin dewy and glowing.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Plastic Free, Circular Solutions,
Created by sisters Mia and Hana Taninaka, the eponymous Taninaka
homewares brand pivots around certified organic cotton muslin. Crafted from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and dyed using either natural plant dyes or OEKO-TEX standard dyes, Taninaka’s
multi-purpose muslin wraps merge low-impact manufacturing with ultimate comfort. Perfect for around the home or out in the world, Taninaka’s
versatile wraps will find plenty of use.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Certification
makes wardrobe staples designed to be loved for a lifetime. A fluid approach to fashion means that they release small capsules outside of traditional seasonal drops, allowing for both less wastage and a more timeless aesthetic. Designed in Australia and handmade by makers in both Sydney and Bali, the classic garments centre around environmentally friendly fabrics such as flax linen and hemp. With versatility front of mind, many garments can be styled in multiple ways to ensure constant wardrobe rotation. The trio of founders – friends Elin Marcic, Luci Hassen and Camilla La Fleur – brought together their backgrounds in retail to devise a brand that fulfilled their genuine love of clothing with a deep appreciation for the environment. Understated, timeless and wearable,
pieces will be treasured well into the future.
Climate Credentials: Impact Reduction, Circular Solutions