Better Business(es) - B Corp Month 2021

Wohooo - we can’t believe how much has happened since last B Corp Month - our community is growing!

After what has been a tough and unprecedented year, we are excited to celebrate this years’ B Corp Month by sharing just some of our fellow Aussie B Corp biz’s with you! 

As a proudly Certified B Corp™, we can tell you that getting to this stage involves a look into every nook and cranny of the business to ensure you are constantly striving to become a better business. The certification process is undertaken every 3 years and measures a business’ performance and improvement in 5 different categories: governance, workers, customers, community, and environment. This bitta tough lovin’ makes sure no stone is left unturned and that we are all meeting the highest standards of transparency and legal accountability.

But what does that mean for you? Basically, when you choose a B Corp, you can be confident that you’re investing in a business that acts as a force for good.

Wear Your B's

It’s no secret we’re big fans of Citizen Wolf

Using their amaaazing Magic Fit® technology, Citizen Wolf makes t-shirts that are custom fit to every body. They are Ethical Clothing Australia accredited, only make what they sell at their factory in Sydney, and offer free repairs for life! Fabric scraps are upcycled into their Zero Waste accessories collection, meaning nothing ends up in landfill.

We could go on and on about why we love Citizen Wolf, but you might not believe us… it’s best to see it with your own eyes - we promise it’s worth it. 

You'll probably be familiar with KOCO... after all, we've worked with founder Danielle Chiel and her wonderful team of women in India for the past few seasons to make your gorgeous knits! 

KOCO - which stands for Knit One (garment) Change One (life) - was established by Danielle in response to the problematic practices involved in producing garments offshore. Flipping it on its head, Danielle collaborated with women living in rural villages of Tamil Nadu to start a business that has, at its heart, the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

What resulted is a sisterhood of artisans that provide employment and education to women in rural villages, empowering them to gain financial independence for themselves and their families.

All knits are handmade without any machine intervention, meaning no waste and no carbon footprint in the production process!

We’re preeettty sure you’re going to love UPPAREL (formerly Manrags) as much as we do. 

If you’ve ever been cleaning out your wardrobe, you’ve probably come across an odd sock, a t-shirt that those pesky clothes moths have gotten to (I mean seriously, where did they come from), or other old rags that you don’t know what to do with. You can’t donate them to your local op-shop… but surely there’s somewhere better for them to go than the bin? 

Hellloooo UPPAREL!

What began as a sock subscription model, UPPAREL has evolved into the world’s first digital textile recycling company that works to extend the life cycle of textiles through their reuse, repurpose, and recycle model. They’ve made is super easy and rewarding for you to get involved in the upcycling biz through their “Clothing Recycling Program”. 

From $25 (which you’ll get back in credit for the first collection), you can order a collection of the unwanted textiles we mentioned earlier. Give everything a wash and pack ‘em up into an old box, and they’ll collect it from you! 

It really is that easy.

After that, UPPAREL will sort through your stuff and make sure they get to where they need to go. Approximately 65% of items are in new or fit-to-wear condition, and can be passed onto UPPAREL’s charity partners (including Save The Children, Ready Set Australia and Sacred Heart Mission, just to name a few). Remaining items are then assessed to see whether they can be upcycled into new items, or recycled into new materials. 

Founded by James Bartle as an avenue to create training and employment paths for women who have experienced human trafficking and exploitation, Outland Denim is a socially minded label that produces premium sustainable denim pieces. 

Outland Denim has chosen organic cotton to produce their denim, which uses less water and is agrochemical free, ultimately limiting their environmental impact.

Workers are paid a living wage and participate in education and personal enrichment programs that enable them to support themselves and their families.

If you’ve been looking for a one-stop shop for all your ethical and sustainable fashion needs, we’ve got good news in the form of two words: Thread Harvest

Founded in 2014 by Davyn De Bruyn and Neridah Morris, Thread Harvest aims to bring customers a rewarding and informative shopping experience by using a system of “Impact Badges” that makes it easy for you to shop according to your own values and in line with what you care about

All the Wild Roses was founded in 2015 by Hang Osment-Le, with a vision of using fashion as a tool to empower women through design, opportunity, and connection with each other and the spirit inside us all. Born and raised in Australia by refugee parents, Hang was inspired to start All the Wild Roses after visiting her extended family in Vietnam. Here, in partnership with her cousins, she launched a workshop in her uncle’s home.

Hang says, “When we started, All The Wild Roses, our vision was very clear, that we would create fashion that was going to be done differently. One that would empower the makers, use eco-friendly materials, limit wastage and giving back to underserved communities that need it most.

All the Wild Roses uses deadstock and surplus fabrics and partners with artisans in Vietnam.

Through their Dare to Dream project, and in partnership with Opportunity International Australia, each purchase from All the Wild Roses helps to provide micro-loans to empower women in need.

“I don’t have anything to wear” is something we’ve all thought or said at some point, especially when it comes to occasions in which you know you’ll probably only wear that dress once.

This is where GlamCorner comes in!  

Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Dean Jones and Audrey Khaing-Jones, GlamCorner is an online fashion rental business that lets you wear designer pieces, without the worry or guilt of knowing you’ll only wear it once before it finds its way to the back of your wardrobe (or the bin). It’s better for your purse and the environment and is helping to pave the way toward a more circular fashion economy.

Using only high-quality sustainably produced fabrics, BONDI BORN creates elegant swimwear and apparel. A majority female-owned and operated business, BONDI BORN aims to empower and inspire women without compromising on quality, people, or planet.

BONDI BORN is committed to ethically and sustainably made pieces, with each garment crafted locally in Sydney by family-owned makers, who are paid a fair wage. They minimise waste by eliminating the use of plastic in packaging, as well as repurposing deadstock fabrics, buying fabrics to order and only making in small production runs. As a member of 1% for the Planet, BONDI BORN also donates 1% of sales revenue to a selection of non-profit organisations that work to respond to pressing environmental issues.

Etiko is a producer apparel, footwear and sports ball, which began as a small family-owned business in 2006. From its inception, Etiko has been committed to supporting the human rights and labour rights of everyone working within their supply chain - from cotton growers and rubber tappers, to the makers of apparel, shoes, and sports balls, as well as their family and communities in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. 

Etiko uses a fair trade purchasing model, meaning you can be confident that the products you buy from Etiko have a positive impact on communities and the environment. As of 2020, Etiko became a carbon-neutral brand, purchasing carbon credits from Carbon Social to offset their emissions, and planting a tree for each Etiko product sold.

Bellroy was born in 2010 with the idea of re-engineering the standard wallet and the goal of inspiring better business practices. 

Inspired by the Cradle-to-Cradle principles, Bellroy is guided by 5 environmental goals:

  1. Making products that are used and loved for as long as possible;
  2. Eliminating serious toxins throughout products and packaging;
  3. Seeking biodegradable or recyclable materials and products where they make sense;
  4. Reducing waste and energy consumption throughout the entire process; and
  5. Actively pursuing a better understanding of their impact and how to reduce it.

In 2019, Bellroy released their first collection of products made out of recycled plastic bottles.

And just last year, they launched their first plant-based products.

Seriously cool stuff.

… And that’s not all. Bellroy also donates a percentage of sales to charities working to improve the lives of humans and animals.

Established in 2006 by Jade Sarita Arnott, Arnsdorf is a modern womenswear label that is completely transparent with its production processes and pricing. 

Arnsdorf operates nearly every aspect of their business in-house, with garments designed, cut, sewn and finished at their atelier in Collingwood. If you’re a local, you can even visit them in store, where their personal stylists will tailor pieces to fit your body just right! 

Arnsdorf is Ethical Clothing Australia accredited and offers lifetime repairs, meaning you can be confident that pieces you buy are of exceptional quality and ethically sound. 

Olli Ella recently became a B Corp™ - woohoo and congratulations to Chloe and Olivia, the 2 sisters behind the biz.

Founded in 2010, Olli Ella creates an array of toys, homewares and clothing. Committed to using business as a force for good, Olli Ella prioritises the use of natural and mindfully sourced materials, uplifting the communities they work with, and creating products that have interwoven a thread of diversity and inclusion.

Eat & Drink Your B's

Just around the corner from our mates at Citizen Wolf, you’ll find Sample Coffee (they also have a coffee bar in Surry Hills and cafe in Chippendale). They’re committed to finding the best new coffee beans from around the world responsibly by considering social and environmental impacts, while continuing to learn and develop their practices to ensure they are the best they can be.

We highly recommend trying their peanut butter and miso cookie for the perfect balance of crunchy and chewy, salty and sweet. Sooooo good.

If you’re after more coffee (the limit does not exist), check out the good folk at Pablo & Rusty’s over in the Sydney CBD and Brisbane CBD. Pablo & Rusty’s run their factory on solar power and partner with farms to make sure their coffee beans are considered for ecological care and community development.

Not a coffee person? No worries - T2 Tea has got your back. 

This year, T2 is on track to making all of their packaging either recyclable, reusable or compostable. Teabags are made from plant-based sources, meaning no plastic adhesives - hurray! If you’re more of a loose-leaf kinda person, you’ll also be pleased to know that the bags that the tea leaves come in aren’t actually plastic - they’re plant-based poly bags that will break down within 12 weeks in water or home compost.

In 2020, 72% of T2’s tea ingredients came from sustainably certified sources, with the aim of reaching 100% this year.

4 Pines Brewing Company is on a mission to make great beer without compromising the environment. One of their main objectives is to save more water to make more beer by measuring their water usage and finding ways to reuse water where possible. They are also seeking to achieve a zero waste system and working to eliminate as much plastic from their supply chain as possible. Cheers to that! 

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood Brewing Company is an independent brewery who believes beer can be a force for good. For these guys, “giving back to the community, working with purpose and the love of beer” is what gets them out of bed in the morning.

Emma & Tom's is guided by their philosophy of “Look After Yourself”. With a range of delicious drinks and snacks, Emma & Toms use natural ingredients and minimal processing techniques to make sure quality isn’t compromised for convenience and “what you see is what you get”. They work closely with their producers and suppliers to support Aussie farmers and their families, and are an official partner of Foodbank Victoria.

If you’re after affordable organic certified food or natural food products, look no further than Honest to Goodness. The team at Honest to Goodness work closely with farmers and suppliers that share their values to provide us with products that are good for people and planet! They make it easy to eat good.

We’re big fans of anything chutney or pickle related… so it follows that we’re huge fans of Eat Me Chutneys. Rescuing excess produce from small Aussie farms that have strong environmental and sustainable policies and processes, Eat Me Chutneys have saved more than 6 tonnes of produce and converted them into a loottttt of delicious goodness.

At Home With Your B's

If we could bring our dream house to life, it would definitely be decked out in designs from Koskela. Founded by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky in 2000, Koskela brings to life beautiful and innovative furniture with strong social conscience. It also offers a range of sustainable and Australian-made homewares, art, rugs, and gifts.

Oh yes, we’re all familiar with the delightful and recognisable scent of Aesop products. All their products - skin, body and hair care, as well as fragrance, accessories and home decor - are vegan and have never been tested on animals! Aesop launched their Aesop Foundation in 2017, partnering with charities with a focus on supporting story-telling and literacy development.

We like painting our nails but love it even more when we know it’s vegan, cruelty free and palm oil free… Thanks Kester Black! Founded in 2014 by Anna Ross, Kester Black makes non-toxic products for your nails, as well as a gorgeous range of classic nude and red lipsticks.

Founded by Aimee Marks in 2009, The TOM Co encompasses TOM Organic & tooshies by TOM. TOM Organic has a range of products, including chemical-free organic cotton pads, tampons and liners, period cups and undies, and maternity pads. If you’re after something for your little one, tooshies by TOM offers nappies and biodegradable baby wipes.

In a year of toilet paper wars, we have been extremely grateful for Who Gives A Crap. Who Gives A Crap offers a range of TP, tissues, paper towels and dream cloths (a cloth/sponge hybrid that is a reusable alternative to paper towels - it really is a dream). You can choose from recycled or responsibly sourced products that are free from chemicals, dyes, and plastic so you can wipe guilt-free. Who Gives A Crap also donates 50% of their profits to build toilets and provide proper sanitation for people who need it. 



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