woman of colour wearing pink and white patterned ethical summer tank by No Nasties
09 Oct
woman of colour wearing pink and white patterned ethical summer tank by No Nasties

Stay Cool With These 17 Sustainable Summer Essentials

Summer is just around the corner for those of us in the southern hemisphere, and now that we can safely leave our layers at home, we have the chance to rock some cool sustainable summer essentials that look and feel great to our next BBQ picnic or beach party.

Gone are the days of only being able to find boxy and bland ethical summer clothes—unless that’s your style, we don’t judge. But with everything from flowy dresses to vintage denim shorts to a cute cork backpack from these 15 ethical brands below, there’s something for everyone (and every fashion sense) so you can match your outfit to your values this sunny season, and many in the future.

Tees and tops


Rated: Good

Women’s Crew Neck T-Shirt – Ships internationally from Australia

What’s a summer wardrobe without a basic white tee? Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. This crew neck—like all of its pieces—is ultra-soft and breathable, and can pair with just about any outfit. We stan some reusability. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Rated: Good

Men’s 37.5® Short Sleeve Tee – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories, like this men’s tee that comes in a variety of classic (and not so classic) colourways. It’s the perfect layering top that protects you from harmful rays, warming and cooling as needed. How cool is that? The brand caters to women and children as well, so nab a shirt for the whole family!

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No Nasties @ Made Trade

Rated: Great

Flared Tanktop in Bastora – Ships internationally from the US

Another leader when it comes to ethical fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market. This elegant flowy top is made from 100% organic cotton, and suits everybody, which has our full support!

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Outland Denim

Rated: Great

Annie Shorts – Ships internationally from Australia

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia. Designed to flatter your natural shape, these high-rise ethical denim shorts are a must-have for warmer weather! Find most of the brand’s range in US sizes 22-34.

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Vitamin A

Rated: Good

Thalia Shorts – Ships internationally from the US

Made locally in California, Vitamin A’s collections of swimwear and loungewear use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled nylon. The brand also uses a waterless process to print its designs with, reducing its chemical and water usage! Catch us wearing these mega cute and comfy shorts on the daily.

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Rated: Great
man wearing light shorts by abch

Relaxed Hemp Shorts – Ships internationally from Australia

A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, or customise to fit you.

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Flowy dresses

Christy Dawn

Rated: Great

The Dawn Dress Extended – Ships internationally from the US

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women’s clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The brand rates ‘Great’, making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Breeze through summer events in this gorgeous floral number that is bra-friendly and available in extended sizing. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good

Auraura White Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

There’s just something about wearing white in warm weather (excuse the alliteration), and we can’t get enough of this sustainable white dress. Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Little Emperor (2-8 years)

Rated: Great

Skyward organic cotton dress – Ships internationally from Australia

Little Emperor creates unique, functional, and hard-wearing clothing for children. Its affordable clothing is made from environmentally friendly organic cotton, and every garment is designed in Sydney, and made in a Sedex approved factory ensuring living wages and safe working conditions for factory workers. We love this adorable and playful dress which features a stylish flutter sleeve, perfect for keeping cool in summer.

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Warm weather shoes


Rated: Great

Natural Rubber Thongs – Ships internationally from Australia


person wearing blue and white ethical sneakers by Etiko

Etiko – Vegan Shoes

Vegan shoes made ethically with no harm to animals and no toxic chemicals. 10% off vegan shoes plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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man wearing ethically made black Etiko tshirt with red logo

Etiko – Men’s Clothing

Men's apparel made from sustainable materials and certified Fair Trade. 10% off men's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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woman wearing grey fair trade hoodie by Etiko

Etiko – Women’s Clothing

Clothing that is both comfortable and sustainable. Good for the Earth and your body. 10% off women's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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Etiko is a designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand’s range of unisex natural rubber thongs (or flip-flops, if you prefer) come in a variety of colours that all support a good cause. Classic black matches with anything and supports ocean conservation in partnership with Sea Shepherd!

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Rated: Good

Diana Vegan Leather Strap Sandals – Ships internationally from Germany

Noah creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. Hand-crafted in Italy, which reduces its carbon footprint, the brand uses a small proportion of eco-friendly materials in its high-quality and long-lasting shoes. These graceful sandals with an elasticated ankle-strap are the perfect choice for a hot summer‘s day.

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Rated: Good

Vegan Concept White – Ships internationally from Italy

Fashion and sustainability can go together and Womsh is the footwear brand that proves it. Its sneakers are entirely designed and manufactured in Italy. These gorgeous vegan classic white sneakers are made with appleskin and recyclable rubber, so you can walk the talk in your sustainable shoes with just about any outfit.

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Shop Womsh @ COMOVITA.


Rated: Good

tooTOOS Pure LOVE – Ships internationally from Ethiopia

soleRebels showcases Ethiopian artisan talents with the traditional ‘barabasso’ (Ethiopian recycled tire) shoe. By ethically employing dozens of talented artists, the brand is able to provide medical benefits and education funds for employees and their families, offering wages 3 times the industry average. The range of classic ballet flats made from organic hand-woven cotton are too cute to pass up, and they come in a variety of colours like this gorgeous Coffee Brown. You can also ask for free arch support and have them custom-sized!

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Rated: Good

Gemma Backpack Purse – Ships internationally from the US

Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags, and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork, and Piñatex. We’re drooling over this natural cork backpack-cum-handbag that is biodegradable and effortlessly versatile!

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Shop Svala @ Immaculate Vegan.

SAYA Designs

Rated: Great
sustainable wooden hair sticks by ethical brand Saya Designs

The Tapioca Leaf – Ships internationally from the UK

SAYA Designs creates beautifully unique, handcrafted hair sticks, hair slides, and hair forks from wood salvaged from plantations. The brand includes super helpful tips and guides on using all the different products on their website, even for those of us with curls! The Tapioca Leaf works perfectly for long, thick hair and we absolutely love it—just remember to keep it away from water!

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Lucy & Yak

Rated: Good

Travis Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

Independent, handmade, and ethical, we love Lucy & Yak’s playful take on the bucket hat. With a range for both men and women, this UK brand will brighten up your whole summer!

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Raven + Lily

Rated: Good

Alem Towel – Ships internationally from the US


Top down shot of a few striped natural hued cushions ethically made by Raven + Lily.

Raven + Lily – Home Textiles

Indulge those lazy days with these throws and pillows. Perfect for picnicking outside or lounging inside. Up to 60% off selected home textiles. (Ends: 25 JAN)

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Product shot of salmon pink leather handbags on a beige background, made by Raven + Lily.

Raven + Lily – Bags

Sustainable and versatile handbags, totes, and backpacks that effortlessly flit between smart and casual. Up to 60% off selected bags, backpacks, and accessories. (Ends: 25 JAN)

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Close up of someone wearing a sustainable handcrafted drop earring with precious stone details by Raven + Lily.

Raven + Lily – Jewellery

Eye-catching earrings, bangles, and rings made from ethically crafted materials for a striking and confident look. Up to 60% off selected jewellery. (Ends: 25 JAN)

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Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand's products are eco-friendly and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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Editor's note

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