TOP SHOP: Super ace ethical online boutiques.

HOORAY! It's that time of the year when you have 87 assignments and 26 presentations due in the space of 3 weeks, and then following that, you have to study for the 19 exams you have coming up straight afterwards. HOW FESTIVE. It's times like these where online shopping is a very welcome escape whereby you don't have to leave your desk, nor do you have to annoy anyone if you're sitting in the silent study area of the library. In the spirit of this beautiful, calm, relaxing, not-hectic-at-all assessment season.. here are some doubly feel-good online boutiques for you to enjoy - equal parts ethical and therapeutic.

Ekoluv

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Remember those awesome vegan fur pieces from the Fashion Hiking series? You know, this guy and this guy? I got them from Ekoluv! And what grand purchases they have been! They also have plenty of other gems that you should snap up before pirates come and raid the treasure.

Their deal: Fair trade, ethically produced, sustainable, recycled, certified/non-certified organic, vintage, vega/cruelty-free, hand/custom made, DIY, upcycled, made in Australia, crafted/artisan.
Shipping: Free shipping in Australia on orders over $100.

ASOS Green Room

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Fact I: Everyone loves ASOS. Fact II: Everyone loves free shipping (on orders of $30+). So, hey - GOOD NEWS! Just because you're choosing to shop ethical, it doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the splendour of ASOS! The Green Room collates all ethical pieces from the ASOS wonderland and puts them all in a row for you to pick from. That is possibly the kindest thing anyone has ever done for anyone.

Their deal: Fair trade, made under fair trade principles, organic, made in Africa, made in the UK, made in the USA.
Shipping: Gloriously free shipping (on orders of $30+).

Ethica

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Oh, man. Ethica is heaven for my eyeballs and daydreams. However, the best part about this site is that each item includes detailed information about why it is ethical. Therefore shopping Ethica is good for your brain, eyeballs and other people's eyeballs. Win, win, win.

Their deal: Handcrafted, made in the USA, trade not aid.
Shipping: $40 shipping to Australia - this is when you get your mates together, order en masse and split the shipping amongst you.

- For our American friends -

Zady

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I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW ANNOYED I AM THAT ZADY DOES NOT OFFER INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. NOW I HAVE ANOTHER REASON TO MOVE STATESIDE. *outburst over*

Zady has been curated with absolute precision. There is something for everyone, and there is EVERYTHING for me.

Their deal: The Bootstrap Project, locally sourced, made in the USA, made by hand, sustainable, high quality.
Shipping: Click on this link - I'm still too sad to say it aloud.