How to Pack Ethically for the Beach - Good On You
26 Jun

How to Pack Ethically for the Beach

For those in the northern hemisphere, summer is in full swing, and that means beach weather! If you count yourself among the rapidly expanding conscious consumers or are on your way to giving your wardrobe an eco-friendly update, think of this as your go-to ethical beach kit.
From swimmers to sunglasses, we’ve got you (semi) covered—just don’t forget your sunscreen! Here’s how to pack ethically for the beach.

Swimwear & Clothes


Rated: Good
woman wearing striped underprotection swimsuit

Manon Swimsuit – Ships internationally from Denmark


woman wearing patterned gold and white loungewear set by ethical brand underprotection

Underprotection – Loungewear

Slip into something comfortable and chic: loungewear you want to wear all week. Extra 20% off on discounted loungewear with code goodsale. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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woman wearing sustainable blue frilled swimwear by brand Underprotection

Underprotection – Swimwear

Combining ethics with aesthetics, this Danish brand makes glamorous swimwear for all women. Extra 20% off on discounted swimwear with code goodsale. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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woman wearing sustainable pink shell lingerie by brand Underprotection

Underprotection – Lingerie

Feminine. Sexy. Fun. Bras, bralettes and briefs made from sustainable materials like recycled Italian lace. Extra 20% off on discounted lingerie with code goodsale. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear and swimwear from sustainable materials. Underprotection limits the amount of water used in production and has adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to address the risk of labour abuse in its manufacturing countries.

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Elle Evans

Rated: Great
ethical one piece swimsuit from elle evans brand

Windsor One Piece – Ships internationally from Australia

For sustainable swimwear that stays on trend, look no further than Australian brand Elle Evans. Made from post-consumer waste material Econyl lycra by a two-person team in their studio in Melbourne, this gorgeous brand deserves to be flaunted.

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Rated: Good
asymmetrical sustainable bikini tops by all sisters

Kapoor – White Top + Black Top – Ships internationally from Spain

Barcelona based allSisters is a sexy, sustainable swimwear brand that cares about the earth. The brand uses the highest quality recycled fabrics to create high-end swimsuits and raises money for biodiversity protection non-profit Surfers Against Sewage, tackling plastic pollution. Rock these thoughtful, innovative designs with pride and prepare to ride the wave of compliments headed your way!

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Rated: Good
kelly slater wearing outerknown trunks

Apex Trunk by Kelly Slater – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association.

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Rated: Good

EveryWear Romper – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories.

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Rated: Great
organic towel from ethical brand Bhumi

Striped Towel – Ships internationally from Australia

For beautiful towels made from 100% GOTS organic cotton, Bhumi is your best bet. Boasting a Fairtrade, organic and vegan collection, this Australian brand is a forerunner in ethical fashion and deserves your support. Plus, their towels are super soft and comfy!

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Seek Collective

Rated: Good
beach quilt by seek collective

Gudri Quilt – Ships internationally from the US

Made entirely from post-production scraps, Seek Collective’s Gudri quilts are 100% zero-waste works of art AND will be great for your next picnic on the beach. Seek Collective is a line of elevated essentials inspired by the global woman.

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Rated: Good
beach woven bag by kayu

We Are The Change Straw Tote – Ships internationally from the US

Handcrafted bags, hats, and accessories. KAYU commits to using natural materials such as straw, wood, and shells. It also partners with local artisans in the Philippines to produce its products.

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good
sustainable beach bag by Jyoti

Sedam Bag in Oceanblue – Ships Europe-wide from Germany

For those living in Europe, you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on the beautiful 100% GOTS cotton products created by Jyoti. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India, uses only organic cotton in production, and no animal products! This large, handwoven drawstring bag is perfect to chuck in everything you need for a day at the beach.

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Amour Vert

Rated: Good
sustainable tortoiseshell sunglasses from Amour Vert

Barton Cat Eye Sunglasses – Ships to US and Canada from the US

For sustainable staples made in sunny San Francisco, check out Amour Vert. They use only eco-friendly materials and promote a zero-waste strategy. These fashion forward cat eye glasses come in a range of colours, and they don’t just look good – their ZYL acetate frames originate from wood pulp and cotton fibres, both renewable sources. They also provide 100% UVA + UVB protection, so you can rock them knowing you are looking after the environment and yourself!

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Rated: Good
sustainable white slides by ethical fashion brand indosole

ESSNTLS Women’s Cross Slides – Ships internationally from the US

On a mission to become the most responsible footwear company in the world, Indosole is a B Corporation that delivers high-quality handcrafted shoes with soles made from repurposed tires. These machine washable slip-ons will go with anything and take you anywhere in comfort and style – these soles with soul are well worth your investment.

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Nomadic State of Mind

Rated: Good
rope sandals by nomadic state of mind

Romano Sandals – Ships internationally from the US

Nomadic State of Mind hand-crafts vegan sandals made of rope, up-cycled sailcloth, hemp, and recycled plastic bottles. The brand also provides jobs for workers from disadvantaged communities in Nicaragua. It ensures payment of a living wage in the final stage of production.

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So there you have it! All your beach fashion needs from top to toe from Good On You ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ rated ethical brands you can trust.

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