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THE LATEST — Ethical

You can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her handbag, and even more so by the quality of it. A good handbag is like a best friend to a woman, and within its soft leather walls, lives a strong and sturdy refuge for everything she needs on a daily basis.

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Julie Goodwin shares her name with a reality TV cooking star, but her work couldn't be further away from the fast-paced and heated environment of the kitchen. This Julie Goodwin is a couturier, a sustainability lover, and a much-loved Melbourne fashion industry icon. 

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If Simon Lock can raise $75 million for a fashion tech venture and the circular economy is worth $100 billion, why can't we afford the innovative solutions we need to adequately reduce, reuse and recycle in Australia?

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Melinda Tually is Fashion Revolution's Australian and New Zealand Coordinator and a Responsible Sourcing Strategist for Ndless: The New Normal. She's an inspiring woman and she's recently added 'Founder of the LEGACY Responsible Fashion Summit' to her impressive and extensive resume.

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Shopping sustainably is an achievable aspiration with an ECO-TOTE reusable hemp bag, and making the switch has never looked so good. 

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Channelling her love of all things natural and her deep respect for Mother Nature, Melissa creates small batch products by hand, working in line with her sustainable and zero-waste values.

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Sarah Selva is an eye-adorning entrepreneurial boss lady. After spending years searching for the perfect pair of spectacles herself, she took to the challenge of designing her own range, and launched SELVA Eyewear in 2018. 

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A 'good coffee' to me is one that packs a punch and delivers on substance, but it's got to be Fairtrade too.

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Julian Roberts is an avid sustainability advocate, a fashion industry veteran, and the inventor of ‘Subtraction Cutting’ - an experimental approach to fashion design.

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We are excited to share that in collaboration with the other 60 partnering businesses who support i=Change, we have contributed to raising over $1 million to support women and girls around the world. 

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In 2016, I spent $6500 on fashion. In 2017, I bought only Australian-made clothes. In 2018, I spent $9 on a pre-loved outfit, but otherwise, bought no new clothes. Yep, I tried the minimalist thing and bought nothing for 365 days.

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When hundreds of people sit in the same room for the same reason, our differences disappear. We come together to enjoy fashion, to connect, to shape our own fashion futures.

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Presented by The Fashion Advocate, IDENTITY is a culmination of our national design story. Through fashion and design, we advocate for social justice, environmental sustainability, and global equality.

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Jane Milburn's book, Slow Clothing, sits on my desk as a daily reminder. Stacked on top of titles from Clare Press and Lisa Messenger, Jane's book is a sustainability bible, and it comes in handy when I'm looking for new ways to mend or reuse something I've outlived or fallen out of love with.

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Working with sterling silver and rose gold elements to communicate her love of Mother Earth's majesty, Aimee Fairman employs multi-sensory immersive installation, kinetic sculpture and photography to engage with ideas of psycho-geographical landscapes.

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I am Aboriginal. I am also English, Australian and a little Eastern European according to Ancestory.com, but my great, great grandmother was Aboriginal, and she was born in Tasmania.

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When I met Ms Press at the Melbourne launch of her most recent book, Rise & Resist, she was exactly as I thought she’d be. She was beautiful, she was very English, hilarious, honest, and nonchalant about her celebrity status.

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Fast fashion provides jobs for thousands of women who don’t have employment options in disadvantaged countries. When a fast fashion CEO earns a garment workers lifetime wage in just four days, there is a serious problem with the logic of this argument.

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Elena Antoniou is a reformed shopaholic. It takes guts to say that after years of binging on H&M and Topshop, but she’s now a loud and proud ethical underwear advocate.

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If you've been trying to start an ethical fashion label in Australia and you're facing roadblocks, the solution is simple: invest in your knowledge and find the right people to help you piece together your supply chain.

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This entire outfit has made by a woman who I’ve known for more than half a decade. She has children, she is passionate, she is incredibly talented, and she has never swayed from her values, remaining ethical and Australian made. 

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With every online purchase at The Fashion Advocate, we donate to three Australian charities through i=Change, empowering hundreds of women around the country.

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Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth and they pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops.

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Harlow is a fashion label that ticks all the boxes. It is sustainable, Australian owned and made, size-inclusive, ethical and accessible.

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