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26 Jun

How to Pack Ethically for the Beach

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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 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 and clothes


Rated: Good
woman wearing striped underprotection swimsuit

Manon Swimsuit – Ships internationally from Denmark

Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from lower-impact materials like organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible.

You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Loop Swim

Rated: Good
Person wearing a black bikini set by Loop Swim.

Noir Loop Bikini Top – Ships internationally from China

Founded by two women from the US and India and headquartered in Shanghai, Loop Swim is a brand on a mission to close the loop on waste and promote circular design. It transforms post-consumer plastic bottles into phenomenal REPREVE UP50+ sun protective swimwear for men, women, and kids. Its trendless, high-quality designs are developed to retain shape and colour swim after swim.

Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Elle Evans

Rated: Good
ethical one piece swimsuit from elle evans brand

Windsor One Piece – Ships internationally from Australia

For more 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, more responsible 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 blue Outerknown surf trunks.

Apex Trunk by Kelly Slater – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a more responsible 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.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Rated: Great

EveryWear Romper – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories to help keep the whole family sunsafe. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and its entire product range is vegan-friendly.

Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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Rated: Good
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

Balangir Bag – 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 more sustainable staples made in sunny San Francisco, check out Amour Vert. They use only lower-impact 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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Nomadic State of Mind

Rated: Good
vegan 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.

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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.

Editor's note

Feature image via Unsplash. All other photos by the brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. We love to recommend some of the best more sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands.

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