Are you doing your best to be an active and aware consumer but you just can’t seem to find a company that aligns with your own personal values? Have you spent hours sifting through the internet in an attempt to find your new go-to ethical brand but to no avail? Do you want to purchase more consciously but the number next to that dollar sign gets in the way? Yeah, us too, which is why we created Ethical Made Easy.
Being ethical in your fashion choices means you care about who is making your clothes, you’re active in extending the life cycle of these garments, and you’re conscious of the impact their creation had on the environment. Ethical Made Easy is exactly what our name suggests; we make it easier for you to shop that little bit more ethically.
Here you’ll find brands moving the fashion industry towards a more ethical and sustainable future, but that also adhere to our three core values: transparency, freedom, and integrity.
Although it’s impossible for a company to be truly ethical, it is possible to be completely transparent in their processes and supply chain, which is why we only ever feature the ones that are.
We don’t just stop at fashion, though; we’ve also got you covered for all things skincare, accessories, homewares, snacks, and even the odd laundry detergent. When you’re here you’ll learn the stories behind the clothing you wear and the products you use, you’ll hear from an array of incredible Movers & Shakers who are doing absolutely epic things, and you’ll read about all the happenings in the ethical fashion and sustainable living sphere. Most importantly, you’ll be supporting the businesses that are changing their industries for the better.
Like you, we’re still on our own journey, so why don’t we walk together?
You’d think that an upbringing on a flower farm in the North of NZ would lend itself to a wardrobe of floaty summer dresses and a suntan, but the reality was far less whimsical. Jasmine’s daily uniform consisted of gumboots paired with the sort of outfit Bob the Builder might wear if he forgot his helmet and was covered in dirt. So (completely naturally), Jasmine has spent the last three years in the fashion industry, heading up Ethical Made Easy.
How did this happen? In 2016, Jasmine holidayed in Cambodia, engaging in activities such as haggling the cost of handbags down to impossibly low prices in Siem Reap’s marketplaces. It was one evening after achieving the particular bargain of a $9 handbag that she stumbled across ‘The True Cost’ doco. Having been alerted to the human and environmental price of fast fashion, Jasmine was inspired to do something. So, on the day of her final uni exam that year, EME was born.
Pretty soon after, Jasmine left the ‘comforts’ of New Zealand, leapt three thousands kms across the ditch to Melbourne, and spent the next three years acclimatising to a city with the population of her entire homeland. From here, she convinced people via the World Wide Web that ethical fashion doesn’t need ever need to be hard; not for anyone. Whether you’re flush or broke, in-the-know or clueless, we should all be able to partake in conscious fashion.
Through EME, Jasmine has invited everyone to participate in caring about who made the clothes they wear, at all stages of the supply chain. But she doesn’t want people to participate in shame culture. EME is about supporting people to do the best they can with what they have. She’d love you to join.
Meet the team.
Most 10 year olds don't spend weeks teaching English in the Gobi Dessert, or ride horses beside the Russian border, but that's part of Kate's story. Spending two years in Mongolia as a 10 year old, and seeing things most don't see in their lifetime, started her passion for fair wages and worker equality, and the fact Kate's parents composted before it was cool, is the reason she is now a composting wizard. From the age of 8 she's been an entrepreneur, and now runs an in-home childcare company along side copy-writing for 8 businesses around the globe. She's an ambassador for businesses who align with her sustainable and ethical values, and you'll find her writing up a storm at her standing desk, the beach 3 minutes walk away, kombucha in hand, dog at her feet. Kate could research until the cows come home, and brings her wealth of knowledge to you through accessible articles that aim to educate and activate the activist inside you.
Growing up with a fashion designer for a mum had its pitfalls; You had to watch for stray needles that found their way round the house and into places with heavy foot-traffic (or, you know, your pillow). But it had it’s upsides; by the age of ten developing the mundane superpower of spotting a silk cotton blend from ten metres away. It also grew a life-long love of creative sartorial expression in Gabi. Aside from that, she has an interest in arranging words into sentences which pushed her to study creative writing, which she’s currently doing at snail’s pace at UTS. Gabi cares deeply about protecting the Earth we’ve been entrusted with, and treating every human on it with dignity. She combines her passion for all these things to bring you articles focussed on how you can be ethical and sustainable in your fashion choices without exclusively wearing undyed hemp made from your own marijuana plot.
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As the daughter of a man born into the rich Persian culture and a woman who grew up in the heart of Africa, Lola has always been aware of the value of “stuff”. Her exceptional (but totally insane) parents never participated in over consumption, choosing instead to restore second-hand gems, and she has them to thank for her deep-rooted appreciation and respect for this planet we’re all lucky enough to call home.
Despite this, she is a newbie to the ethical fashion world, and is using the skills collected through her Creative and Professional Writing degree to further her knowledge in this area. When she isn’t busy writing for and learning from EME, you’ll find her either whipping up blog posts for a cosmetic clinic or attempting to further ethical-ise her life. Mention Harry Potter and chocolate—preferably in the same sentence—to win her over.
Growing up on the ocean and always holding a deep love of quiet time in nature, Hanna, has journeyed her way through trying to unpack how norms and systems have made such a destructive impact on our planet. Her early career was established through health, community development and business roles in Cambodia, rural Australia, and The USA, leading consistently to her belief in the ability of kind business to create a pathway for community growth.
While establishing her company, Dorsu, she has placed deep focus on slow, fair and safe production to create positive change within the global fashion industry. Building a business is hard enough, but, growing an ethical fashion company in a developing country on limited resources is next-level. Hanna deeply believes that connecting people to the complexities of the truth behind their clothing will empower them immediately and impact the global garment industry for the better, and has joined the EME community to bring you along on that journey.