FOUR EXCELLENT RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SHOP ETHICALLY
What we buy has a big impact on people, animals and the environment but it can be quite difficult to be sure if what you’re buying is ethical. How are you supposed to know if a product has been tested on animals or a garment has been made by a person who hasn’t received a fair wage? Luckily there are some great organisations doing all the hard and important work for us.
Being an ethical and mindful consumer is just a click away.
Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is a non-profit organisation for Australian consumers. It’s purpose is to end animal testing of cosmetics, toiletries and other household products. CCF does this through actively campaigning different animal rights issues and accrediting brands who meet a strict criteria with cruelty free status. The CCF accreditation is the cute bunny logo you sometimes see on products. This is very helpful if you want to be 100% certain what you are purchasing hasn’t been tested on animals. CCF’s website lists all accredited brands and they have a handy app for when you’re out and about.
The gang at Good On You developed a rating system to rate brands in the categories of labor, environment and animals to help you shop for ethical and sustainable fashion. They then crammed all this helpful information into an easy to use app. The app makes it easy for you to search your favourite brands to find out how well they rate or discover new brands when you’re out and about. They team up with brands to offer app users a discounts too!
Project JUST’s mission “is to transform the fashion industry into a transparent, accountable and sustainable system that celebrates the stories, the people and the resources behind the clothing”. The website enables you to search brands that have been researched by the Project JUST team on categories like: transparency, labor conditions, innovation, intention and community. This website is truly a wealth of information and should be your first stop before you even set foot in a store (virtually or in RL!).
As the name suggest, this is truly a hub for all things green! The website has a directory that lists many sustainable and ethical brands from interiors, beauty and fashion. The Green Hub’s aim is to take the confusion out living sustainably by sharing the latest brands, research, tips and guides to help empower you to make lifestyle choices which are kinder to people and the planet. The blog is has a wealth of information so you a bound to learn something new and find your new favourite ethical brand.