As consumers grow more aware of the harm caused by fast fashion, it’s been refreshing to see sustainability rise as a trend. But wait, what exactly is sustainable fashion?

Sustainable fashion uses materials that are carefully sourced and produced with the environment in mind. It’s also known as ethical fashion as it ensures safe and fair working conditions for their employees. In some cases, sustainable fashion can also refer to thrifting and repurposing – this involves upcycling old clothes and turning them into completely new pieces of clothing!

We’ve been seeing more and more local brands commit to making a difference, and they look good while they’re at it. Here are 6 local sustainable fashion brands you can support:

  1. Terrae

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Wind down and take a deep breath. You deserve it.

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Terrae, which means ‘Earth’ in Latin and Italian, is a sustainable activewear brand that focuses on being both durable and timeless. 

Their clothes are made from a material called ECONYL, which is regenerated nylon derived from discarded fishing nets, and fabric scraps that would otherwise end up in landfills. This virgin nylon alternative has great recovery power, so you don’t need to sweat about its performance! Even their packaging is produced from recyclable and biodegradable materials.

2. Ozero Swimwear

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Holly @thekittyluxe looks amazing in Vida Top & Bottom #ozeromuses #vidaozero #ozeroswimwear #ozerobrand • • • • • #lemon #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #sustainableswimwear #swimwearmalaysia #swimwearkl #swimwearkualalumpur #swimwearsg #swimwearsingapore #swimwearhongkong #swimwearhk #swimwearshanghai #swimweargeneva #swimwearlondon #swimwearparis #zalora #zaloramy #zalorasg #zalorataiwan

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Inspired by the Russian word ‘озеро’, which means ‘lake’ in English, Ozero stays true to its creative name with each swimwear design being named after lakes.

By using ECONYL, their fabulous pieces are made from rescued plastic waste, such as fishing nets and industrial plastic, and offer everything you look for in good swimwear – like great shape retention, chlorine and suntan cream resistance, and excellent UV protection!

  1. Dona Plant Base

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✨TROPICAL AFFAIR 20✨ @ithinkimsarah in Dona’s Back To Classic Up-cycle Vintage Batik Choker Top. We will be restocking up to 200 new back to classic up-cycle batik series pieces on the 24th of august Monday!!

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Batik lovers, this one’s for you.

Dona Plant Base is a sustainable brand that strongly believes in ethical practices and giving back to the community. Their beautiful batik pieces are made by artisans in Bali and therefore, each piece is completely unique and made in limited quantities – like a work of art.

They use natural dyes from locally grown plants, upcycled textiles, organic sustainable materials, as well as plastic-free packaging. Dona Plant Base offers the most gorgeous tops, dresses, bags, face masks and more!

  1. Ghostboy Club

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Cutie @inez_nggg decked in Suckerpunch 🏹 Rocket Top and Blondie Skirt

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Fast fingers are needed to get a Ghostboy piece since their tops are always sold out within minutes!

Founded by David and Cyii Cheng, Ghostboy Club is known for its distinctive one-of-a-kind pieces that can be spotted from a mile away. Each item is uniquely designed and handmade with used clothing sourced from thrift stores and donations. The end product is an eccentric piece of art that’s attracted their cult following.

  1. Lazii Vintage

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Rare vintage rework sweatshirt sets. |RM90 Note: There is some holes spotted so price is reduced.

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Lazii Vintage is a sustainable brand that turns the oversized ‘dad shirt’ into all-the-rage goodness!

They rework and upcycle vintage sweatshirts and other clothing to increase the lifespan of each item. Their pieces are carefully curated and uniquely reworked by hand with no two pieces alike. Lazii also extends its sustainability efforts to the packaging by using eco-friendly and recycled materials.

  1. Lemon by ACK

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Dyed w/ lemon skin & avocado pits n skin 💛

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Lemon by ACK is a slow fashion label that uses ethically sourced fabrics and materials such as 100% organic cotton to create eye-catching apparel and accessories.

Their beautiful tops, bags and swimwear are manufactured at a local sewing facility run by the non-profit organization, Life 2 Life El Shaddai, which focuses on fostering life-long skills and knowledge to displaced individuals. 

Feed two birds with one seed and shop from these sustainable brands – you’ll be saving the Earth, ensuring fair practices and supporting small businesses!







It has been mandatory to wear a mask in public places, but with the ongoing spike in Coronavirus cases – we’re all left fearing another nationwide lockdown that poses a major threat to our economy, social well-being and mental health. Although it is more likely that they will continue with regional lockdowns and strict travel restrictions, marginalized groups like lower-income workers, along with women, youth and minorities, will still be deeply affected.

Social enterprises have helped out with the crisis from feeding the underprivileged to even providing them with jobs. Many have seen the increasing demand for washable, more environmentally-friendly face masks as an opportunity to supply B40 women, Orang Asli mothers, the OKU Group and refugee communities with an income.

Here’s where you can buy a reusable face mask that contributes to these charitable causes:

  1. Cuci Ceria Project

Posted by Cuci Ceria Project on Thursday, October 1, 2020


The Cuci Ceria Project uses recycled cotton fabrics for their face masks, which are made by refugee and B40 women. With every adult mask purchased, they will donate two masks to those who are unable to afford it.

  1. Changgih Designs

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Rm15 REUSABLE FACE MASK (Adult Size) 3 colors available🌈 . . Changgih Face Mask Key Features: 1. 3 LAYERS – High Quality quilting fabric, interfacing material between 2 100% cotton pieces. 2. TRIPLE PLEATED -Perfectly measured out and handstitched by our Changgih artisans. These pleats allow for a nice structure that makes it comfortable for the wearer. 3. NOSE WIRE – to keep the mask in place better by moulding to the bridge of your nose. . . ✔️ A better alternative to disposable face masks. Better for you, better for Mother Earth. . . Available at: Or whatsapp us at 0178906443 . . Every purchase you make directly impacts the livelihood of the artisans that makes your Changgih Products. 10% of our proceeds go directly into the Give10toSabah Program where we invest in the community through out Give Back Programs. #fashiondiaries #facemask #changgihfabric #reusable #newitems #handmade #artisanmade #socialdistancing2020 #covid_19 #newnorm #besafe #wecandothis #socialenterprise #malaysiaartisans #malaysianbatik #sabahmotif #adultmasks #onlinenow #kitajagakita #givebacktothecommunity

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Made in Sabah, Changgih Designs hires local moms and artisans to produce their products from handbags and wallets to face masks. Their #Give10ToSabah program sees 10% of their profits being used to help other Sabahans and the community.

  1. Earth Heir

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✨FAIR TRADE FACE MASKS ON SALE NOW✨ A good philosophy is to buy less, and buy well, things made to last – and artisan-made products are exactly that. Each of our refugee made, fair trade reusable face masks serve two purposes – to keep you safe and to provide sustainable livelihoods to those who made it. In this crucial time, you can stay safe while still making an impact. Get any masks of your choice, and get a discount when you buy in sets of 3! Just head to our website: ○ 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝟑 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬* 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 "𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐘𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐄" 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐑𝐌𝟓 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐭. OR ○ 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 "𝐊𝐈𝐃𝐒𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐊" 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝟕𝟎% 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝟏 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝟐 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬* 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝! *Excludes all #EarthHeirxCelcom MeReka Merdeka masks

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Earth Heir is a luxury brand that is fair trade certified with the World Fair Trade Organisation. They engage in ethical partnerships by supporting ethnic and refugee artisans with income opportunities and career development.

  1. INKAA Clothing

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Matching Monday ❤️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Feel free to visit our website to shop a range of batik and mengkuang products. We are currently offering free delivery throughout Malaysia for purchase(s) above RM49!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #socialenterprise #handmade #empowerment #batik #terengganu #kualalumpur #reusablefacemask #shopwithpurpose #buyforimpact #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocal

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A collaboration between grassroots organisations and local artisans, INKAA partners with marginalised communities to produce their products and ensure fair wages. Each purchase supports the livelihood of these communities.

5. Komuniti Tukang Jahit

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Comeback Series! Back by popular demand! Limited stocks, limited time. Comment down below of you're interested in this batch! Comes with 5 strikingly beautiful colors! Turquoise, Jade Green, Bright Pink, Deep Red and Blue. #ComebackSeries #OMGOctober #KTJwithLove #RakyatJagaRakyat

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Komuniti Tukang Jahit provides women who are home-based tailors with job opportunities. This enables housewives, single women and single mothers to earn a sustainable income from home.

6. Mangosteen

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Our reusable face masks come in a multitude of designs to keep you stylish and safe for every outing. They are designed for comfort with adjustable straps and extra protection with a filter pocket.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They were made by mothers from B40 and Refugee communities to support their children’s education. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get some for your family today. Available exclusively on via the link in the bio.

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Mangosteen uses 100% of their profits to help empower the lives of women and children in Southeast Asia. Their hand sanitisers are made by Orang Asli mothers, and their reusable face masks are made by mothers from the B40 and refugee communities

7. Sew x Dignity

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Brand NEW exciting patterned adult face masks to freshen your look and style! Now with both Fitted (curve) and Flat (rectangle) design for you to choose from. Only RM 15 per piece. #supportlocal To order: (link in bio!) . . *Kindly take note that shipping is within Malaysia only For bulk orders (above 40), kindly send us a message and we will be in touch!

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A transformational enterprise, Sew x Dignity empowers youth and women from refugee communities. All profits are put back into the Foundation to train more students on how to start their own enterprise.

8. Surya Bags


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Surya Bags are handmade in Malaysia by refugees from Myanmar. They help those who fled their homeland to escape dangerous situations and forced labour.

9. The Asli Co

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{MASKS} HAVE, MUST HAVE Launching our latest product.. hand sewn fabric masks by Orang Asli mothers! Under the intensive sewing training led by our community champion @JixFoo, we were able to upskill 10 OA mothers who were struggling to make ends meet to provide for their families during MCO. Each mask purchase will be supporting the livelihoods of OA mothers and their subsequent families. Keep you and your loved ones safe while helping the OA community. Link in bio to support our cause! #empowerment #orangasli #socialenterprise #handmademask #reusablemask #makersmalaysia #kitajagakita #madeinmalaysia #buylocal #empoweringwomen #shopwithimpact

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The Asli Co works with Orang Asli women to support their children’s education. By employing women from marginalised communities, they are also able to help keep indigenous kids in school.

10. The Batik Boutique

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This is why you are loving our New KL collection mask:⁠ > beautiful colors of the iconic KL skyline⁠ > 3 layers (polyester outer and cotton inner layer) ⁠ > nose bridge⁠ > adjustable ear straps⁠ > reusable carrying pouch⁠ > machine washable⁠ Don’t miss it! > LINK IN BIO. ⁠ ⁠ FREE shipping within Malaysia with above RM200 purchase. ⁠ FREE shipping Internationally with minimum $100 purchase.⁠ ⁠ #batikboutique #shopwithpurpose #shoplocal #malaysianmade #artisanmade #malaysianbatik #batikgifts #batikapparel #batikaccessories

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By hiring local artisans to produce their batik products, The Batik Boutique is able to provide them with a fair, sustainable income, as well as marketable skills. Their vision is to empower hundreds of women with the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

11. The Y Shop

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The Young Women’s Christian Association started a sewing workshop for young women in the B40 community. This grew into an online store with bags being made by these women, providing them with an income.






Do you remember how exciting it was to find a tin of Danish butter cookies at grandma’s house? Our little fingers would struggle to pry open the shiny blue Royal Dansk container, but once we finally managed to get the lid off – our hopes and dreams of stuffing our faces with crispy cookies were shattered by the presence of a sewing kit.

That’s probably where our trust issues stemmed from (along with the other unpleasant surprises we’d find in different food containers), but it was also, most likely, our first introduction to sustainability.

According to the United Nations Brundtland Commission (1987), sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. So when grandma needed a place to store her raw seasoned chicken – reusing a Neapolitan ice cream tub was her way of reducing waste and protecting the environment.

We might have laughed and even rolled our eyes as they hoarded plastic items, but now their methods of reusing and recycling are considered admirable and are highly encouraged. This makes them the true pioneers of the low waste movement. Here are a few familiar throwbacks to their sustainable living:

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter might be the name of a margarine brand, but it’s exactly how we felt every time we opened a tub of butter to find last night’s leftovers instead of a spread for our toast. We did not enjoy that guessing game!

These were more enjoyable to do – we’d help fold plastic bags into triangles after grocery shopping and then store them in another plastic bag for future use. Plastic bags aren’t biodegradable, so this helped prevent them from ending up in landfills, waterways or the ocean.

There was always that one drawer filled with, what seemed to be, the most random things from McDonald’s sauces and Domino’s chili flakes to plastic cutlery, straws and bread ties that were ready to be reused. Maybe hoarding had some points.

It has become our responsibility to protect the planet from further harm. Take a page from grandma’s book and reduce your waste by reusing single-use items (if you can). Through waste prevention and simple waste management, you’ll be able to reduce your negative environmental impact and help conserve the earth’s resources!

We’ve done a great job of replacing plastic straws with reusable alternatives, but what about the multiple cotton pads we dispose of everyday? Whether used for removing makeup or applying toner, it produces a lot of unnecessary waste that, fortunately, we can now cut back on. Here are six sustainable beauty products to make our everyday habits less wasteful (and more economical):

  1. Cotton Rounds

These super soft alternatives from The Mine Raw come in a set of five – just toss them into the washing machine before reuse.

  1. Cotton Swabs

Made with bamboo sticks and natural cotton, these compost-friendly swabs from The Hive are 100% biodegradable.

  1. Menstrual Cup

The size might be intimidating at first, but menstrual cups aren’t just greener – they’re also easier and healthier, according to the award-winning, OrganiCup.

  1. Reusable Pads

If you’re still not convinced by menstrual cups, The Hive has a few eco-friendly pad options which are washable.

  1. Cloth Wipes

Antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, these bamboo cloth wipes are a brilliant alternative to makeup remover wipes, especially for sensitive skin.

  1. Silicone Masks

Swap out sheet masks for a single silicone mask cover from Daiso – place it over a hydrating mask or essence to lock in the moisture.

Not only are these options more sustainable, but they simplify your life too! You won’t have to make as many trips to the store as these products last-longer – that’s a win for your time, money and the earth! Reduce consumption, reduce waste.