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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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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 those campaigners...

- 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. After years of asking for the...

- 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 a good dose of moral...

- Niko

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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. It’s fair...

- 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 crop that...

- 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, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land for me… Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When,...

- 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, we...

- 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 flipped traditional concepts...

- Niko

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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 read their fair share of eye-opening...

- 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 banking with the Big Four was the...

- 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 be a record you can be...

- 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...

- Niko

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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 buying clothes is invested back into helping the...

- Niko

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