New Zealand doesn’t quite have the eco-fashion that is available overseas, however there are a growing number of designers, who, being aware of eco-issues are embracing the triple bottom line – profit, environmental sustainability and community involvement.
What follows is a rather meagre list of recycled, organic or sustainable products shopping experiences.
Shop for Locally-made, also Fairtrade Fashion:
The Thread Loop is a shopping hub where you can buy clothes and things that are more than pretty. They’re all created with a consciousness towards people, communities and the planet. Take a look at this fascinating website, it tells you what the big issues are in the fashion industry, as well as representing clothing designers who are responding to these issues. All the products for sale on the Thread Loop are clearly described so you know where it is made, what it is made out of, the processes involved and the labour practises of the company making the items.
1 Teed St Newmarket Auckland Ph: (0)9-524 8872.
Certified organic fairtrade threads
Aims to respect the people who produce the cotton, manufacture the clothing and those wearing it. Micah Clothing is founded on the principals of Micah 6:8 to “Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly”.
100% New Zealand merino apparel certified by Zque for sustainability and animal welfare. The company also participates in Landcare Research's carboNZero programme to mitigate their carbon emissions. 21 Kerry Street, Alexandra 9320, Central Otago. Tel: 021 587 156.
Shop online at the home of New Zealand organic fashion, the first fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability.
20 High Street, Auckland, Tel 09 303 1382, other store locations available
Cnr of Vulcan Lane and High Street, Ph: (0)9 303 3735 Both the mens and women’s straight-legged jeans are made from undyed organic yarn that is bio-washed to give a naturally worn-in feel.
While organic fashion for adults is largely an untapped market in New Zealand, there is Organic clothing available to buy for Children and babies:
Kids Organic Fashion
Dimples organic baby wear is manufactured in New Zealand using only one hundred percent certified organic cotton.
23 Crowhurst Street, Newmarket, Auckland Phone: 09 523 4161
Earthlings New Zealand (NZ)
100% natural organic cotton clothing for babies, toddlers and children.
Green Bean Kids LTD
Green Bean is a manufacturer of Organic cotton and Eco bamboo baby clothing.
Grey Lynn Auckland. Specialising in organic and natural products and clothes for babies. freephone 0800 222 920
Designer organic baby clothes made from 100% certified organic cotton
Organic Island Baby
Quality, fair trade natural products for your family. Designer organic cotton and merino clothes and natural organic cotton reuseable nappies. New Zealand made crafty toys and accessories. Our store: Devonport Wharf, Auckland 10.30 - 5 Tuesday- Saturday.
Wellington:Green Living (currently being rebranded as Organic Baby) is an exciting new eco, baby and maternity store based in Petone. For eco babies to adults! They also have a great selection of pre-loved toys and childrens clothing (up to size 6). Reduce, reuse , recycle!
Ground Floor 115 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt City, Wellington 5012. Phone: (04) 5682194 www.organicbaby.co.nz
Buy recycled fashion
WAS bags: funky satchels, laptop bags and more – made in New Zealand from recycled billboards. For stockists check out www.wasnewzealand.co.nz/stockists.asp
Buy vintage and antique clothes. Buy from second hand designer stores:
Encore, Three lamps Plaza 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby. Tel 09 376 1667
Recycled Boutique, Darby Street Auckland Central. Tel 09 379 8891
Soup, 8 Blair Street, Wellington. Tel 04 385 4722
Classy Two-timers, 84d Riccarton Road Christchurch. Tel 03 348 3724
organic Tee shirts:
Fernbird Eco and Organic Store are stockists of a range of natural and environmentally products including adults and childrens clothing. Tel 04 239 8199
Trade Aid 09 307 0884 and Greenpeace 0800 223 344 both sell organic tees and other ethically sourced merchandise.
Local makers of beauty products are way ahead of the local fashion industry on this one. There are several brands making some of the cleanest, greenest skincare in the world:
Antipodes skincare made in NZ, available from
Naturally Organic, Rosedale Plaza, 215 Rosedale Road, Albany, 09 914 2026.
Regenerate is a range of certified organic cosmetics and skin care products made in New Zealand from 100% natural ingredients.
554 Old Highway, RD6, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, 07 552-4918
sold throughout NZ.
Head office: Level One, The Animates Building
Westminster Street, Thorndon
P.O. BOX 12356 Wellington 6144
Viola Organics for skin, hair and baby products:
57 Memorial Drive, Whangarei 09 438 8789
Eco-products from Online stores
Eco Sandwich wraps and lunch bags. Fantastic & stylish eco friendly ways to wrap your food. www.4myearth.co.nz
Select beautiful environmentally sound products from our sustainable range of eco gifts made by top designers.
On-line shopping bringing sustainable products to your door. GREEN BAZAAR will help you find a variety of sustainable products in one place.