Tees and tanks

The Road Clothing is sewn by people for a living wage, using materials that reduce negative impacts on the planet. Then there's Just Be Apparel, a mindful lifestyle-inspired label which will have you hooked on its non-toxic fabric choices (, and Bandsome, made ethically in Australia from high quality organic materials (


Underwear with nothing to hide

Nico Underwear ( is Ethical Clothing Australia-certified, committed to transparency, and uses sustainable fabrics. Or try Tuffys and Tuffetts (, which has the whole family sorted for 100% Australian-grown cotton boxers and briefs, and Mighty Good Undies (, sourced from an ethical and sustainable supply chain with carbon offsets.


Pull your eco socks up

Fashion fave Sinerji ( also stock affordable and cosy ethical bamboo socks. Or, check out the colourful socks at Conscious Step ( from Fairtrade nonprofits selected for their contribution to the UN's sustainable development goals, and Aussie-made Sustainable Fashion socks (


Flip-flops to fall for

Etiko ( has produced the Fairtrade 'unwrong thong': made from natural and recycled rubber, these support the charity Animals Australia. Barefoot bee enthusiasts might prefer HoneyBees ( recycled rubber sandals, as $2.00 from each purchase goes to research into protecting bees from Varroa mites. And then there's Amazona (, who make on-trend thongs that boast zero waste production, water recycling, and charity affiliations.

Two minutes with …
Faye DeLanty, op shopping queen
A sustainably-produced tee is an absolute wardrobe fave of mine, so here are three tips:
*Op shops and thrift stores have many preloved tees, some still with their tags on! Look for quality natural fibres like 100% cotton.
*Don't restrict yourself - I have found some incredible tees in the men's department. I love the oversized fit, sleeves rolled up, and relaxed look.
*Want to buy new? Try Kusaga Athletic: it has the greenest tee on the planet for under $50.00 created with ECOLITE fabric, which is biodegradable, sustainable, even compostable and uses less than 1% water in its production. Big fan!

Photo credit: Cybele Malinowski

Katie Roberts is an environmental scientist focused on sustainability education in the fashion industry.