Bonus: Local op shops and vintage stores
While this recommendation isn’t a specific brand or store, how could a list of ethical shopping ideas not include an op shop mention? Second-hand stores are jam-packed with vintage treasures — the trick is to be patient and thorough while you browse through the overcrowded isles, piles and racks.
Some of the items you happen across may be unique and perfect as they are. Others may require some creative thought as to how they can be upcycled or repurposed; tins and mugs can make great planters, as an example, and scarves make great dual-purpose presents doubling as gift wrapping paper.
Australia is one of the highest consumers of textiles per person in the world, and each year, we throw out nearly just as much as we consume. Scoring great pre-owned pieces is one of the most planet-friendly ways to shop, over the festive season and throughout the year.