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Our Impact

Our mission at Ethical by Nature is to make the world a better place through responsible shopping and to support marginalised communities and artisans without harming the planet. 

How do we achieve this?

1.  We offer genuinely ethically made products.

Most of our products or brands are certified under schemes such as:

  • Fair Trade
  • Fairtrade
  • Fair Wear
  • Indigenous Art Code
  • Certified Organic (various schemes)
  • GOTS Organic
  • Certified Vegan
  • Cruelty Free
  • Recycled 

By choosing to purchase ethically, you are making a very real difference to people and the planet - supporting women, traditional artisans and cultures and Indigenous artists and makers - and all done without child labour or slavery, with fair (living) wages and safe working conditions, and premiums paid to communities to help them build essential infrastructure. And without harming the environment.

Most of the items we sell are sourced directly from artisan groups, NGOs, social enterprises or Fair Trade guaranteed suppliers (who work directly with artisan groups). We import a large range of products ourselves from Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and South Africa, and we have partnered with Fair Trade enterprises in Australia, the US and UK.

2.  We believe that all businesses have a duty to give back to the community in a way that makes a genuine difference in people's lives.

Ethical shopping should ultimately be about changing the world for the better and treating all people and other living things with compassion and dignity.

We support important causes

 3.  We are active participants in the global fair trade movement. 

We believe that responsible businesses must take on a leadership role. We are members of the fair trade community in Australia. For example, our CEO and co-owner, Dr Darren Curnoe, is a member of the executive committee of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand. You'll also regularly find us at Fair Trade markets in Sydney and in the seasonal catalogues produced by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.

4.  We are a carbon positive business and soak up a lot more carbon than we produce.

All of our electricity is 100% renewable and 100% carbon offset (through PowerShop).

Our website is 100% carbon offset through TreeNation and our domain web host (Google) is verified as 100% carbon neutral.

The couriers we use for our deliveries - Sendle and Australia Post - provide carbon neutral deliveries for all of our orders. And we use recycled or compostable shipping materials in every delivery we send.

Finally, the hundreds of trees we plant through TreeNation each year have a positive impact on the planet's carbon balance and soak up hundreds of tonnes of CO2.