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September 11, 2019

Why ethical fashion just isn’t good enough

  For more than a decade we have described our brand as an ethical fashion label. Even our name is derived from the Greek word, ethiko, from which the English word, ethical, is derived. Ethics have been our motivator from...

- Niko

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June 19, 2019

How to make a difference

Author: Nicole Lutze Each and every one of us has the power to help the planet, the people and the animals who inhabit it. While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of changing the world, it’s not difficult to become a changemaker and simultaneously...

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June 05, 2019

Did your political party use sweatshop labour?

With the ballots now counted and winners of the federal election declared, the campaign cleanup begins. Campaign placards and posters are torn down, and promotional t-shirts worn by campaigners are tucked into the back of wardrobes or thrown in the bin. Throughout the entire election campaign I watched...

- Niko

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May 03, 2019

Let's talk about our A+

For the sixth year, Etiko has received an A+ ranking in the Australian Ethical Fashion Guide. Each company who submits an application to the report is assessed on 33 criteria mainly relating to wage payment within supply chains, policies, worker empowerment, transparency and traceability. - Niko

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April 03, 2019

For the benefit of the planet, we want your old shoes!

  Fashion is the second largest polluting industry in the world after oil. For an industry infatuated with beauty and style, it’s an undoubtedly ugly statistic. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little bit of organisation and...

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February 27, 2019

Stuff ups and engaging with our digital community

By Nick Savaidis Communicating in a digital world is an act to be taken with caution. A typo here, awkward cadency there; and the whole thing can be misinterpreted. Then suddenly, the scent of the bandwagon draws a crowd and rotten tomatoes are being hurled through the cyber-air....

- Niko

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February 01, 2019

Students, take action!

There’s an adage which says, “Youth is wasted on the young”. I tend to disagree and think that while hindsight is a gift received only through ageing, the power of youth is even greater. Untainted by the disappointments that come with age and experience, the young are optimistic and hopeful,...

- Niko

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January 09, 2019

Destined to use Hemp

You could say I was destined to work with hemp. I grew up hearing about times when my grandparents farmed this hardy crop back in Greece and Turkey. Though sustainability wasn’t a topic on the public radar in those days, people recognised the common-sense logic of growing a...

- Niko

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December 03, 2018

Australia needs a farming revolution

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, - Niko

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November 21, 2018

Consumer Holidays

Consumer-driven holidays and shopping promotions cause something of an ethical headache for us at Etiko headquarters. Our business decisions are always made with the intention of doing good to others and the environment, yet we are dependent on consumer dollars. Without sales, we can’t create social change. Without sales,...

- Niko

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November 02, 2018

Representing gender

Written by: Nicole Lutze Once intrinsically linked in Western society, sex and gender have in more recent years become very separate issues. While scientists have scrambled to deal with the chemical and physical components of sexual identification, society has tackled the cultural side of the equation and...

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October 10, 2018

Isn’t it time we started paying a sweatshop tax?

Written by: Nick Savaidis, Founder of Etiko Consider for a moment, the price you pay for fashion. And then consider the price your parents, and your grandparents paid for fashion. Fashion is cheaper today than it ever was before, and that’s part of the reason why Australians have more clothing...

- Niko

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September 07, 2018

Eye-opening entertainment

Author: Nicole Lutze Some documentary films and books are so powerful they have the power to change your life. They generate discussions, aim to change consumer habits and once seen should be shared with friends. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the team at Etiko have watched or...

- Niko

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August 10, 2018

Does Your Bank Help Support Our Society & Environment?

We used to bank with one of the Big Four. Joining with more than half of Australia’s population, we helped contribute to the $2.86 trillion in assets belonging to Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ, and NAB. But five years ago, we started to consider whether...

- Niko

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July 13, 2018

“Red card for Nike and Adidas”

“Red card for Nike and Adidas”Written by Najah Onn – fashionfidelity.com   FOUL PLAY IN GARMENT FACTORIES: You think Nike doesn’t exploit workers anymore? Think again. Germany may be repeat World Cup champions in football history, but shunning responsibility for your supply chain (again) can’t...

- Niko

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June 08, 2018

Fabric Salvation

It’s no secret that waste is a huge problem for the global fashion industry. The global fashion industry is the second biggest polluting industry in the world behind fossil fuels, and in Australia alone more than 500,000 tons of fabric ends up in landfill each year. That amount is made...

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May 08, 2018

How Etiko customers are helping fund seriously needed medical care in Pakistan

Sialkot is an industrial city of around a million people in north-east Pakistan and home to the two factories that make Etiko’s sneakers and sportsballs. One of the most powerful things about ethical clothing is that the Fairtrade premium you pay when...

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April 03, 2018

Rize Up - An interview about ethical consumerism with Nattali Rize

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nattali Rize made a name for herself as the front woman of Melbourne-based urban roots band, Blue King Brown. Now days, ask her where she comes from and she’ll tell you “All Directions”. With no fixed address, Nattali is now based where the music takes her, whether...

- Niko

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March 16, 2018

What is a Fair Price? (or why we’ve decided to start increasing our prices)

When we started Etiko in 2005, we were determined to do things right from the start. In 2006 we became the first non-food brand in Australia and New Zealand to be Fairtrade certified. In 2007 we became the first fashion brand in the country to become FSC (Forest...

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February 10, 2018

One Low-Carbon Future, Thanks

Big business, small businesses, households, and government at all levels – we all have a role to play in protecting and preserving the environment.  In reducing carbon emissions, everyone has a role. Here at Etiko, we are conscious of the impact of our decisions and actions on our planet. Since...

- Niko

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