Summer has finally arrived. Our days are getting longer, nights warmer, and the sun is shining stronger. Many of us are probably looking forward to holidays, catching up with family, lazing at the beach and backyard BBQs. So it’s easy to forget how quickly those harsh rays can turn a tan to a painful burn and leave lasting damage to our skin. But a love-hate relationship with the summer sunshine doesn’t have to end in the legionnaires’ caps and bright pink zinc of your childhood.
Here are some hats, wraps and sunnies that we’ve rated as “GOOD” in the Good On You app for their impact on people, animals and the planet. So that you can stay protected, chic, and maintain your values this summer.
Threads 4 Thought
Totally Stroked Floppy Hat | Price: Approx. $43 AUD/$45 NZD | Ships internationally
Get beach ready in an instant with this cute floppy sun hat. Threads for Thought’s manufacturers are a combination of Fairtrade certified and WRAP certified. They’re also part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an alliance for sustainable production.
Granate Hat | Price: Approx. $131 AUD/$137 NZD | Free international shipping
According to Reformation, the Granate Hat is for “when you run out of dry shampoo.” Simple, versatile and stylish, this hat will keep you fashionably shaded and fix any bad hair day. By choosing this hat you’ll save about 2 kg of carbon dioxide, 265 litres of water, and half a kilo of general waste, compared to the industry standard!
The Sienna in Indigo | Price: Approx. $75 AUD/$78 NZD | Ships internationally
The Sienna is designed to keep you looking and feeling cool on those sun-soaked days! This hat has been hand-woven by skilled artisans using sustainably harvested palms in the Ecuadorian Andes. It’s durable and flexible enough to be rolled up and placed in your beach bag.
Pachacuti was the world’s first company to be certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation. Founder, Carry Somers, was also one of the creators of Fashion Revolution. They aim to help their local workers retain and improve traditional weaving skills, while emphasising timeless style and slow-fashion into their designs.
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Contrast Brim Sun Hat | Price: $99.95 AUD (approx. $104 NZD) | Ships internationally
Country Road has a wide range of stylish and practical hats available; including caps, bucket hats, and broad brims, so you can stay sun safe for every occasion this summer. The drape of their Contrast Brim Sun Hat is style and practicality rolled into one.
We all know the name, but you might not know that Country Road have some taken steps toward creating a more ethical supply chain in recent years, including strong policies to support its worker’s rights, and environmental codes of practice that limit the use of hazardous dyes.
Dresden Sunglasses | Price: $49 – $99 AUD (approx. $51 – $105 NZD) | Ships internationally
Love a splash of colour in your summer look? Dresden Optics allows you to pick and choose between a wide variety of colours in interchangeable frames and arms. If minimal chic is your thing, simply opt for classic black or clear frost. You can order plain or prescription sunglasses.
Dresden craft most of their glasses out of fully recyclable nylon. They also craft unique designs out of discarded and recycled bottle caps, fishing nets and other marine debris. All of their glasses are made in Australia. Dresden sunnies come in a single flattering and timeless shape, meaning you’ll never be tempted to throw them out.
Capena Unbreakable Sunglasses | Price: Approx. $120 AUD/$126 NZD
Unbreakable sunnies? Sounds appealing because we’ve all sat on a pair of our favourite glasses at least once in our lives. Designed by Antonio Verde, the Capena sunnies are made with eco-friendly paints and are polarized for maximum sun protection.
Komodo is one of the UK’s leading fair trade fashion brands. They’re certified Carbon Neutral, which means their carbon emissions have been reduced to net zero across the entire production and sales process.
Mystic Sunglasses | Price: $179 AUD (approx. $187 NZD) | Ships internationally
The Mystic sunnies have rose gold-toned frames fitted with a brown gradient lense. Mimco has strong policies that support workers’ rights. They were praised in the 2016 Australian Fashion Report for making an effort to pay a living wage to some of their suppliers. All of their sunglasses are made to Australian standards for UV protection, so you can avoid the glare without a care!
Moonflower Sarong | Price: $180 AUD (approx. $188 NZD) |Ships internationally
The Moonflower Sarong is made from 100% organic cotton. The hand-painted print is stunning and vibrant. Mirador, founded by designer Lauren Elise Cassar, provides you with long lasting, high quality garments, locally made and genuinely hand crafted. They’re certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, which means their Australian supply chain is independently audited.
Organic Cotton Coverup in Ginkgo Print | Price: Approx. $171 AUD/$179 NZD | Ships internationally
The quirky Ginkgo Print Coverup with it’s orange pom pom trim, is made using 100% organic cotton from Turkey. It’ll keep you sun safe by the pool during the day and moonlights as a cool summer nightie! Finch Designs also have a range of swimwear crafted from recycled materials.
This classic coverup will keep your temperature and look on-point! The side-splits will keep you cool and breezy and there’s even a pocket for your sunnies. Sunseeker also makes swimsuits, kaftans, singlets, rashvests, hats and board shorts.
Lace Swimsuit Coverup | Price: $119 AUD (approx. $124 NZD) | Ships internationally
Queensland-based brand Alexandria Main specialises in beachwear. They’ve designed their wraps and bags to go straight from poolside to cocktail bar – just what you need for your next summer vacation. Alexandria Main’s chic beach cover-ups are made through Fairsew. This is a Cambodian organisation helping to foster accountability, transparency and fair labour in garment production.
Bamboo Printed Scarf in Ikat Blue | Price: $38 AUD (approx. $40 NZD) | Ships internationally
Don’t go relegating scarves to the back of the closet for the warmer months just yet! Witjuti make their wraps from 100% bamboo, meaning they are light and breathable, perfect for throwing over bare shoulders for protection when the sun gets too strong. Their manufacturing process is certified by Fair for Life, which requires high quality working conditions and the payment of a living wage.
With the help of this guide and these committed brands, we hope you’ll be keeping your skin, and the planet safe as the summer sunshine rolls in.
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Camille is an avid reader, writer, thinker and good-timer. She takes the world seriously but is always searching for a reason to have a laugh. Camille loves clothes and kindness and writes for Good On You about how to combine the two of them.
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