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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...

- 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...

- 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...

- 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...

- Niko

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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...

- Niko

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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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January 18, 2018

A Fair Go for Fair Shopping

Way back in 2006, Etiko was the FIRST non-food brand to gain Fairtrade certification in Australia and New Zealand.  People who know a little about Fairtrade may associate tea, coffee and chocolate with the brand when they see the familiar blue, green and black circular logo.  Thankfully these products...

- Niko

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December 07, 2017

(Saint) Niko's Tips for Conscientious Christmas Consumption

We are in the middle of the silly season and Christmas Consumerism Craziness has possessed some people. Does it need to be this way? Who said we need to go cray-cray, spend copious amounts of money and buy tonnes of gifts….just to...

- Niko

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November 15, 2017

Value for Money: At What (whose) Expense?

Are you getting ‘value’ for money when shopping? Every day we are surrounded by signs proclaiming: Bargain, SALE, 50% off.  Prices are Down, Down! When someone is gleeful about buying a t-shirt for a few dollars from Company X, [Etiko readers, feel free to insert pretty much any major store...

- Niko

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October 05, 2017

Dump the Wasteful Attitude

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia in the 1960s, families took part in the weekly ritual of placing their rubbish bin on the grassed nature strip, at the edge of the road. Late in the afternoon or early evening, suburban Dads* lugged small-to-medium metal containers - complete with...

- Niko

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September 13, 2017

Virtue Signalling: How much do you really care?

We don't mean for this question to be an insult, but we want people to reflect on their values. With the lack of thought that goes into these events we are starting to believe it’s less about fighting...

- Niko

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July 05, 2017

Fairtrade Should Never Be Free

Each week we at Etiko get an email or phone from some well-meaning people from NGOs, Churches, Eco-Events, Film Festivals, Social Justice, School, Sports club and Vegan groups asking us to donate some of our products or to sponsor their event. In the past, we’ve generally agreed to these request...

- Niko

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April 19, 2017

Etiko Becomes B Corp Certified

  At Etiko, we’re totally committed to ensuring all our products are ethical throughout every step of their lifecycles. Ensuring responsible production of our products is obviously important to us – our business was founded on the principles of aspiring to do good in...

- Niko

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February 07, 2017

When “best” shouldn’t just mean “cheapest”

Forget the cheapest supermarket. Which one is the most ethical?   Every so often, on the nightly current affairs TV shows or in magazines and newspapers, I see stories discussing which Aussie supermarket is the “cheapest” offering the best deals for customers.   They’ll pit the big two players...

- Niko

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