The festive season is right around the corner and this year, more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of what we put our money towards, especially when buying physical gifts. With so much of the world’s manufacturing industry shrouded in mystery, it can be difficult to know exactly where our purchases are coming from. Fortunately, there are plenty of ethical brands emerging from Australia that are making it a priority to source their materials in a sustainable way. Here’s a look at some of the best Aussie brands for ethical shopping this December.
ettitude – ettitude is a lifestyle brand that makes the world’s softest and most sustainable proprietary material, CleanBamboo™. They specialise in bedding, towels and loungewear, all featuring CleanBamboo™ materials, making for a durable, soft and eco-conscious gift. Their sheets are better for the planet, as well as your sleep, as their manufacturing uses 99% less water and 38% less carbon than regular cotton.
Kester Black – Kester Black is a Melbourne-based cosmetics company that specialises in vegan and cruelty-free nail polish, nail tools and makeup. All their products are certified carbon neutral, vegan, cruelty-free and they use natural, low-impact ingredients whenever possible. They also believe in being a 100% transparent company, and strive to make their business model as transparent as they can.
Seed & Sprout – Seed & Sprout produces reusable food containers made from BPA-free plastic that looks great in any kitchen setting and helps reduce your environmental footprint by eliminating single-use plastics from your life. They also offer reusable produce bags for your grocery trips, helping you cut down on unnecessary packaging waste while shopping for dinner ingredients or fun snacks for your holiday parties!
Biome – Biome is an Aussie business based in Brisbane that provides eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products such as household items, makeup, skincare, cleaning products, kitchen tools and more. All their products are organic, sustainable or ethically made and they even have a special Green Christmas section on their website that has a diverse range of gifts to give your loved ones this festive season. If you prefer a bricks-and-mortar shopping experience, you can visit one of their five physical stores in Brisbane or Melbourne, to browse their range in-person
As we shop this holiday season, and look to purchase products for loved ones, let’s make sure that we invest our money into ethical Aussie who care about making sure their production processes are as sustainable as possible—for our planet’s sake! Doing so not only supports these amazing businesses but also sets an example of conscious consumption that will hopefully be followed by other companies around the world too!
By Sarah Panther