Here you'll get a high level look at what I have learnt so far about the different 'good' options out there. I am focusing on household goods, rather than food and drink, to start with. Let me know what you would like to hear more about.
Fairtrade is a system that aims to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships between developed countries and producers and farmers in developing countries by ensuring that farmers and producers in developing countries are given a fair price for their produce. Read more;
Organic, in the context of organically produced goods, means goods which are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Read more;
The Australian Made, Australian Grown and Product of Australia certifications show the consumer how much of the good they are purchasing has been grown or produced in Australia. They are not any indicator in and of themselves of the environmental or ethical credentials of the product.
Unfortunately, although strong labour laws and production standards should ensure that workers have been treated well and not exploited, and that goods and methods of production fit basic health and safety standards, this is not always the case. Read more
Ethical Clothing Australia works in the Australian clothing industry throughout the supply chain to provide transparency and provide support to ensure that suppliers and their sub-contractors are compliant with labour laws. Accredited brands can use the Ethical Clothing Australia logo on their products, providing folks like us with a way of identifying and supporting ethical Australian-made products. Read more.