EARTH AND ETHICS

THE ARLO AND OLIVE MINDSET

Slow fashion. For the groovers.
We are a community focussed on lessening our impact on the planet, one garment at a time.

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Protecting the planet and it’s people.

Style and sustainability go hand in hand. That's why we're proud to share how we reduce our impact and pave the way for a more eco-friendly and ethical industry.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. That means ethical manufacturing, eco-friendly fabrics, compostable packaging and partnerships that give back to our planet and community.

our fabrics

We carefully select our fabrics to ensure we are creating as little impact to our beloved earth as possible.

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Our cotton is certified organic, meaning it passes a rigorous global standard of sustainability. This cotton is not only good for you, but great for the planet, reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption and water use. Certified Organic farming is also safer for the workers who grow the materials we needed to curate Arlo & Olive’s collections, diminishing their exposure to harmful chemicals on cotton farms.

Linen is easy to grow and demands little to no chemicals or pesticides, using minimal resources to form fibre. Every part of the flax plant is used when producing linen fabric, so nothing is wasted!
Linen is also fully biodegradable when left untreated, and feels lush against your skin on a summer’s arvo, post-swim or pre-dinner.

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are extracted from sustainably grown wood using a unique closed loop system which recovers and reuses the solvents used, minimizing the environmental impact of production. Unique physical properties lead to their high tenacity profile, efficient moisture management and gentleness to skin.

EcoVero by Lenzing uses only responsibly sourced wood from PEFC or FSC certified tree plantations. It also replaces the chemical process with the NMMO process. This solution is much less harmful, and is used in a closed-loop solvent system, meaning almost no solvent is dumped into the ecosystem, instead it is recycled and reused many times over.

EcoVero has up to a 50% lower water impact, and up to 50% lower carbon emissions than generic viscose.

PLASTIC FREE BUTTONS

We choose to avoid all plastic buttons. Instead we use shell, wooden and metal buttons on all our garments.

JUTE RIBBON

Our swing ticket ribbon is made from jute, a natural fibre, rather than attached with plastic kimbles. Jute is 100% natural and bio-degradable.

COTTON LABELS

Our care labels and brand labels are made from cotton, rather than traditional polyester. The ink may fade after a while, but we think that is a small price to pay!

MANUFACTURING

We care about the people who make our clothes, just as much as the people who wear them.

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Which is why we have chosen our beautiful, Australian owned manufacturer in Bali, Indonesia.
The factory has a very high standard of operation, ensuring that employees are safe in their working environment.

Employees:
- Are paid above award wages, and voluntary overtime.
- Work Monday - Friday, with a voluntary working day on Saturdays.
- Receive a bonus around their religious holiday.
- Are entitled to 27 paid days of leave a year.
- Are entitled to paid maternity leave.
- Receive health insurance and workplace insurance.
- Are employed without religious bias.

CLOSED LOOP PRINTING

Our printers use a closed loop system, translating to a recycling of wastewater that can be reused again and again.

NON-TOXIC DYE

Our tint and dye bases are Japanese brand called Dye-Star. They use an extra-special seaweed-based gel, made cleverly to be non-toxic to our beloved environment.

REPURPOSED OFF-CUTS

Our offcuts are re-purposed and used to create beautiful tapestries for another local brand. 

PACKAGING & SHIPPING

We believe that packaging is an integral part of a sustainable business model.

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We use recycled cardboard boxes / mailers that are both compostable AND recyclable, giving you the option depending on what is available to you.
If your order does not fit in a box, it will be sent out in a compostable satchel.
We finish off the parcel with compostable shipping labels and stickers, FSC certified tissue paper and post-consumer recycled thankyou notes.
Lastly your order is sealed up with water activated paper tape that is also recyclable and compostable.

All our orders are shipped out using Australia Post.
Australia Post is committed to carbon-neutral parcel delivery, which is why we have chosen to send all our parcels with Aus Post.
They calculate how much carbon is used when they process, ship and deliver their parcels using trains, planes and trucks. They then offset that amount and invest in projects that have a positive impact on the environment in Australia and overseas.

GIVING BACK

We believe it's important to give back to the planet and the community who make our clothes.

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DONATING $1 TO THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

We are donating $1 from every order to The Bali Childrens Project. The Bali Childrens Project helps to provide education for children living in Bali.

"Escaping poverty through education"
With each order placed on our website we are helping provide the necessary means to help children in poverty become educated.

Giving back to the wonderful community who make our clothes.

You can read more about what the wonderful team at The Bali Childrens Project do here.

During Covid-19 we were able to donate 4 food relief packages to families (pictured) to ease the burden of the cost of living with your help.

PLANTING TREES WITH ECOLOGI

We have partnered up with Ecologi to plant 1 tree with every order.

Planting trees is one of the best tools to tackle the climate crisis and keep our temperatures from rising above 1.5C.

They are also crucial in preventing ecological collapse.

Ecologi have pledged to plant 1.7 BILLION trees by 2030 - how incredible is that!

You can check out our interactive tree forest here.

So far with your help we have planted 260+ trees!