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Did you know that fashion accounts for 8 per cent of global greenhouse gases, or that the cosmetics industry contributes to the loss of 18 million acres of forest annually?

But fashion and beauty don’t have to cost the planet anymore – and they definitely don’t have to cost you a tonne of money. These are some of the brands we’re loving right now.

Girlfriend Collective
Move your body knowing you’re reducing plastic waste in one of the chic looks from Girlfriend Collective. Turning old water bottles into the softest, most stylish activewear – yep, you read that right! – Girlfriend Collective comes in a wide range of sizes, so everyone can feel good about getting fit and doing their bit.
www.girlfriend.com

SKIN by ecostore
Founded on New Zealand’s north coast, ecostore endeavours to bring a clean and green lifestyle into every home. But ecostore aren’t just class leaders in eco-friendly cleaning supplies – their skincare range, SKIN by ecostore – is made from plant-derived, New Zealand-grown, vegan ingredients that your skin will love as much as the environment does.
www.ecostore.com

The Real Real
Most of us would love a designer handbag, but we don’t want to go out and splash a tonne of cash on one – what’s more, buying new products, especially leather ones, is seriously damaging for the environment. The Real Real is an online consignment store that makes it sustainable to buy luxury goods, but also a LOT cheaper.
www.therealreal.com

We Are Feel Good Inc.
The Gorillaz may have made ‘Feel Good Inc.’ an international hit, but this Western Australian-based sunscreen brand has turned it into a sustainable movement. It’s free from all of the nasties that regular sunscreen is jam packed with, not tested on animals and gentle on your skin and the environment – because we don’t even want to think about where all of the toxins go when they wash off our skin.
www.wearefeelgoodinc.com.au 

Good Studios
Covering everything from tops and trousers to bedsheets and swimwear, Good Studios is your one-stop-shop to sustainable style. Their collections are 100% Australian designed and made, and explore sustainable, recycled and biodegradable fabrics. The best part? They offer free worldwide shipping.
www.goodstudios.com.au 

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