Eco Dancers is an environmentally sustainable dancewear brand which partners with leading dance schools and ballet academies co-operatively to offer environmentally friendly dance apparel for everyday classes, performances, competition and examinations.
Our dancewear is eco-friendly, sustainable and economically attainable for all with no reduction in beauty or quality.
Fast fashion and luxury companies are burning millions of dollars’ worth of clothes they can’t sell. Often in dancewear, elaborate and expensive but environmentally damaging costumes are used briefly and then left in cupboards and eventually thrown away.
By working directly with dance studios and parents to make dancewear to order (the opposite of fast fashion) Eco Dancers promotes environmental sustainability - the manufacturing and recycling system reduces textile waste, is eco-friendly and helps everyone in the community.
It is addressing these challenges that is driving the two strong Aboriginal women Koby Elliott and Ella Havelka to co-found the company, Eco Dancers. Ella - the first Aboriginal ballerina selected for the Australian Ballet Company is the brand ambassador and artistic director. She brings years of design and dance experience. Koby is the CEO and environmentalist.
Introducing our co-founders
Ella Havelka - Artistic Director
Koby Elliott - CEO
Key Impact Measurements Koby and Ella have established for their business:
Charity - Supporting the following charities Ballet Wings, as well as funding an Ella Havelka dance scholarship
Eco technology advancement - pushing for technological improvements and using existing recycled textiles to replace unsustainable dance fabrics. Our current sustainable fabrics include:
- rPET - is made from post-consumer recycled plastic such as water bottles, containers, and second-hand polyester garments cutting out the need for virgin polyester.
- Tencel - made from the pulp of the eucalyptus tree - produced with minimal impact on the environment
Employing The Marginalised – focus on employing Aboriginal artists, low income single parents and unemployed youth in regional NSW
Empowering Women in business – owned and managed by Aboriginal women
Fair Trade - Our manufacturers have no forced labour, no child labour, and a firm belief in working transparently.
Living Wage - Our manufactures pride themselves on ethically-verified manufacturing practices, providing healthy and safe working environments for workers and living wages to help reduce poverty - creating sustainable communities.
Sustainable – share, swap, re-sell and recycle second hand clothes
Our multi-facetted approach to addressing the economic and environmental challenges include:
- Working with our A+ environmentally approved manufacturers to create dancewear just as beautiful, and competition approved but made using recycled and biodegradable environmentally sustainable materials at the same price as buying from our competitors.
- Building the first global dancewear marketplace, making it easy for dance schools and individuals to donate, sell, buy or swap quality second hand dancewear which is out grown not worn out.
- Working directly with dance studios to design personalised but eco-friendly studio dancewear which we manufacture.
- Educating parents and dance teachers on the environmental impact of current suppliers and practices.