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November 06, 2020

Shouldn't ALL school uniforms be both ethically made & eco friendly?

Do schools have an obligation to provide school uniforms made from biodegradable natural fibres, without the use of slave labour? Etiko’s resident writer, Nicole Lutze, explores the topic.

- Etiko Staff

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October 28, 2020

Etiko and the COVID Fashion Report

In a year unlike any other, the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report has, like the rest of us, adapted. This year, the report focused on COVID-19 and has been temporarily renamed: The COVID Fashion Report. For this special report, fashion brands were not graded on the usual A+ to F...

- Niko

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October 02, 2020

Compassion in the time of Covid-19

Compassion in the time of Covid: How are people behind the Etiko supply chain going? By Sally Cunningham Compassion is critical in 2020, countless people around the world have been impacted economically, socially and personally by the long reaching arm of Covid-19. People employed by Etiko in our factories in...

- Etiko Staff

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September 04, 2020

Greenwashing and how to recognise it

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that many companies and institutions will resort to deceitful messaging if they can make money from it. Dirty tactics like green or ethical washing can cause confusion for consumers who want to make better purchasing decisions, but with a bit of critical...

- Niko

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July 31, 2020

Are your clothes made by slaves? Why Fair trade is so critical.

It's a hard question but it's highly likely that some of your clothes were made by slaves. Modern slavery is rife in the production of clothes, food and technology. No one willingly engages in the cycle of slavery, which is why Fairtrade is more important than ever. Etiko founder, Nick...

- Niko

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June 04, 2020

World Environment Day 2020

This Friday 5 June is World Environment Day, an annual event that spotlights a different environmental issue each year while focusing on positive and inspiring change. To celebrate the 46th World Environment Day, we wanted to share with you some of the ways Etiko is dedicated to protecting the environment....

- Etiko Staff

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June 03, 2020

Surely we can all agree on some simple truths....

There is no such thing as a dumb question, and, you can’t please everyone. These are two of my favourite adages that help me through some surprising comments and queries. Those words hum like a low-frequency mantra in the back of my brain, giving me patience, and keeping my mind open....

- Niko

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May 29, 2020

Etiko is now Social Traders Accredited.

Etiko is proud to be accredited as a social enterprise by Australia’s leading Social Enterprise auxiliary organisation, Social Traders. The newly appointed approval of our application has cemented something we’ve believed for a long time and that is forging a business that improves communities in a commercial and sustainable way is...

- sally cunningham

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May 05, 2020

How pure are natural fibres? We put cotton, hemp and bamboo to the test.

Did you know, two-thirds of the clothes and textiles purchased by Australians are made of synthetic fibres derived from petroleum? These fabrics will never biodegrade and instead shed tiny plastic particles that pollute our waterways and enter food-streams.

- Etiko Staff

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April 02, 2020

How has COVID-19 Impacted Etiko

The COVID-19 crisis is having a devasting impact on many Australian industries and small businesses, and Etiko is exception. As Australians suffer from job insecurity, are stood down or have their incomes severely lessened, our product sales swiftly dropped. And this is understandable. We all need to prioritise our spending...

- Niko

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March 17, 2020

Meet Ran: The Vegan Tattoo Artist Behind Our T-Shirt 'Frenchie'

 Nicole Lutze, talks to Ran MacLurkin about his design for Etiko’s latest T-shirt. Etiko is all about ethics, and we are committed to not only minimising our impact on the planet and its people, but also supporting like-minded not-for-profits and creatives. That’s why Etiko’s Thongs for Change program exists, and...

- Etiko Staff

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February 17, 2020

The Truth About Cotton- By Bridie English

We are all familiar with the term green washing, and we have all seen examples of this in the media, politics and commercial ads. It can be very difficult to know what is truth and what is beat up, so we have compiled a report about something we know a lot about-...

- Etiko Staff

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February 06, 2020

Etiko becomes the canvas of advocacy art by Nicole Lutze

Vicki Rosenthal is an artist who uses her talents to advocate for important causes, and Etiko Sneakers are her canvas of choice.  "Originally I was using other brands until I looked at the Good On You ethical fashion app. Etiko had a perfect rating and everything I read about them aligned with my...

- Etiko Staff

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January 24, 2020

Veganuary and being a supervegan

Being vegan is easy for some and for others it’s a complete overhaul of their lifestyle, consequently for the month of January many people can ‘dip their toe in’ and be vegan as Veganuary movements spread across the first world.  Starting in the United Kingdom in 2014 by husband and...

- Etiko Staff

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January 10, 2020

Could your clothing make you sick? by Nick Savaidis and Nicole Lutze

As a committed eco-ethical fashion brand, we are always on the lookout for ways to improve the sustainability of our products. Over recent years, we have noticed many fashion labels using textiles made from recycled plastics, such as old fishing nets or water bottles.  Most of us probably know by...

- Etiko Staff

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December 02, 2019

The real Naughty and Nice list by Nicole Lutz

 Christmas is just around the corner, and Oxfam has released their annual Naughty or Nice List. Established in 2013, after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Oxfam  directs consumers towards brands whom, according to their own media release, “have made a real commitment to paying a living wage.” As a...

- Etiko Staff

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November 20, 2019

What's Wrong with Flash Sales?

It's that time of the year again. Sales are ramping up, & spending is rising too. But it's not all good for people and the planet. So what's the issue with sales? At Etiko, we believe in the power of our shopping dollars. We believe in the human & labour...

- Niko

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October 30, 2019

Creating Social Impact - The Etiko Way

Ehsan works at one of the factories where Etiko’s products are manufactured, and because it is a Fairtrade factory, and Etiko pays a 15% Fairtrade Premium on top of their manufacturing costs (as all Fairtrade companies do), Ehsan and the other employees there have access to medical insurance.

- Niko

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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 the beginning, providing surety in tough times we were fighting...

- 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 influence others. For those...

- Niko

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