For the socially conscious shopper, Perth City is home to a number of ethical shopping hotspots. You can be an ethical shopper in Perth by favouring goods that minimise damage to society and the environment. By purchasing ethical products, services and brands, there’s no reason why shopping can’t leave a positive impact on the world, as well as being fun!
Lee-Ann is a Perth based professional writer, blogger and musician and entrepreneur.
So let’s take an ethical shopping trip through Perth City.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend, family member or yourself, the Oxfam Shop is a great place to start. Just head up Hay Street towards Shafto Lane.
Inside the cosy shop is a beautiful range of homewares, clothing and accessories, toys, books and cards from all around the world. From jewellery made with recycled bombshells to dolls woven by war widows and orphans, you never know what treasures you might stumble across when browsing the store.
Most of these products are handmade in developing countries using recycled or recyclable materials.
The Oxfam Shop is also the place to go for delicious Fairtrade Certified tea, coffee, chocolate and cocoa.
Location: 872 Hay Street, Perth
Phone: (08) 9321 3784
From the Oxfam Shop, you can walk through Shafto Lane and down Murray Street, where you’ll find Good Sammy.
Good Sammy stocks a big selection of second-hand clothes in great condition, as well as books, linen and household items.
They also provide employment for people with disabilities, so you can be sure your purchase is helping the community.
Location: 116 Murray Street, Perth
Phone: (08) 9421 1960
A short walk from Good Sammy is another op-shop, (or thrift shop if you’re a Macklemore fan), the Salvos on Barrack Street.
You’ll find discounted clothes, accessories and toys here, but it’s a great place to discover and maybe snag a bargain on books and kitchenware.
The donation bins out the front also make it super easy to drop off your pre-loved items and help someone else.
Location: 119 Barrack Street, Perth
Phone: (08) 9225 7912
Is vintage fashion more your style? Or maybe you’re getting ready for a fancy dress party? Then head up William Street and step into Vinnies Retro Boutique.
Vinnies mainly stocks clothing and accessories for women and men, covering fashions influenced by the jazz age, rock ‘n’ roll era, disco era, flower power, punk and glam rock.
At the back of the shop, you’ll also find vinyl records and miscellaneous bric-a-brac.
Location: 267B William Street, Northbridge
Phone: (08) 9228 4877
Venture further up on William Street and you’ll get to GENERICS, an intimate little shop on the corner of Aberdeen Street.
The light scent of soy vegan candles – which you can burn in your home – greet you as you walk in.
Since earning a cult following among local style lovers, GENERICS has expanded its range to include organic, vegan, cruelty-free skincare and beauty products.
You can also ask about booking makeup artists and hairstylists for your next event at the in-store GENERICS Pamper Corner.
Location: 282 William Street, Northbridge
Phone: 1300 361 519
After all that shopping, you might need a coffee break! Where better to go than 1905 Coffee on Newcastle?
This friendly café on Newcastle Street trains and employs people with disabilities and mental illness, giving them the skills and experience they need to work in hospitality. So not only are you getting a great coffee and snack, you’re changing people’s lives.
Location: 231 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Phone: (08) 9445 6566
It can be hard to look good while also being confident that you’re making a positive difference in the world. That’s where Good On You comes in.
Developed by Ethical Consumers Australia, Good On You is an iPhone and Android app that lets you make the right fashion choices based on your values. The app lists thousands of clothing, footwear and accessory brands and rates them according to their impact on the environment, labour rights, and animal protection.
Good On You lets you search for brands, products or stores to see how they rate and feature current promotions from retailers who sell ethical brands. You can also edit your personal style and ethical preferences so that the app can recommend brands that suit you.