Ethical, Sustainable, Slow Fashion
"Our aim is to present quality, slow fashion pieces to the conscious Australian consumer. We use all natural, sustainable fibres, low impact dyes and employ marginalized workers in our ethical clothing pursuit" ... Mel and Yo, owners Surya
Our Little BIG Story
We are Yo and Mel from Surya. So glad you dropped by!
We're an Australian based couple with a passion for ethical fashion, slow fashion, and sustainable fashion.
We create a range of ethical clothing that will stand the test of time in both style and quality, offers pieces that you actually want to wear, and is affordable.
Our philosophy is that you shouldn't need to compromise merely because you have a strong social conscience and expect more from your pieces, designers and companies.
In the Beginning
We began Surya after travelling throughout Nepal during an extended stay in 2008. Drawing on backgrounds in eco tourism and hand crafted design, we were hugely impressed by all the amazing fibres we were seeing on the streets of Kathmandu; hemp, stinging nettle, banana silk, beautiful organic and brushed cottons ... and we wondered why nobody was crafting pieces from them yet in Australia. So we dove in and did it ourselves.
We began our collection with a just a few simple designs and focused on unique fibres and our eco dying options. We may have only had one great seller, but you could get it in 20 different colours!
Making A Difference Through Trade
We place our orders in small batches, more frequently. This means that our makers have year round work and income, and are never overwhelmed to produce more than they are able to.
When people have regular, well paid employment they have the ability to not only affect their own lives and well being, but are able to contribute to the economy of the entire local community.
Ethical trade benefits the entire community through the empowerment of cottage industry producers.
Eco Friendly Dyes
All our pieces are coloured using either natural dyes (plant based directly from the earth), or low impact dyes.
Low impact dyes are far less harmful to the environment (and your body!) than the regular synthetic dyes used in the fashion industry.
Our dyes do not contain the harmful 'azo' chemical and, among other benefits, absorb more readily into the fabric, thereby reducing grey water runoff into the environment.
No Waste Initiative
We are committed to our no-waste journey and are proud to be 'real dirt bags'! We have teamed up with Better Packaging Co and now ship all online orders using their fantastic compostable satchels.
Made from corn starch and other plant based waste materials, simply pop your satchel in the compost bin when you are finished with it. Just brilliant!