Summer has arrived in true British style (a few rays of sunshine, but also a bit grey and a bit drizzly), which also means it's about time for your summer getaway. Whether it's a staycation or a trip to the tropics, here are some of our favourite, sustainable brands for our summer holiday essentials.
Producing swimwear with a purpose, Stay Wild is an inclusive brand and a certified B-Corp, focusing on slow-fashion and sustainably sourced fabrics. Their pieces are designed with every body shape in mind, made in London using materials made from regenerated ocean plastic.
Shade™ All-Natural Sunscreen
This solid, natural sunscreen offers SPF 25 and is made from only 4 ingredients; organic Shea Butter, organic Coconut Oil, non-Nano Zinc Oxide and sustainable Beeswax. Retailing at just £3.75 for a 15ml tub on Not the Norm, this natural sunscreen is an absolute essential for your sunny getaway.
Peep is a family run business that sells vintage or preloved, sustainable sunglasses (as well as regular glasses frames!). They restore the frames and fit them with new optical grade lenses that provide 100% UV protection.
Thinking of treating yourself to a new summery set? Look no further than Nette Rose. They are a gorgeous, South African based lingerie company that puts ethical production at the top of their list. They ship worldwide, producing limited numbers of pieces which are ethically made in house. The thread they use is from a South African company that has a zero landfill policy, and honestly, to say we’re obsessed with their pieces is an understatement.
SANDQVIST is a completely transparent brand, making sustainable bags that are built to last. They use recycled and organic materials, whilst focusing on four environmental areas where they can make a positive impact: climate change, chemicals, biodiversity and water issues. Their Milton bag is the absolute perfect size for a weekend away, and you’ll know it will last for many more weekends to come.
AKT London produce a premium, natural deodorant balm that works. It’s made, hand poured and packaged in the UK, using aluminium tubes that can be recycled forever. Developed by two West End performers who were tired of mainstream deodorants not living up to expectations, we swear by this natural deodorant and is a must if you’re heading somewhere where things might get a bit heated.
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Know the Origin
When you suddenly remember you need something last minute for your holiday, and don’t want to be forced to your nearest shopping centre (that’s full of quick, easy fast fashion and mountains of single use plastic), Know the Origin is exactly where you need to turn. An online home for a huge selection of certified, sustainable brands, you can discover all things ethical from your new favourite clothing line, to toothpaste, to make up. They also have a pop-up in Angel, London, Know the Origin make it very easy to shop consciously, no matter the occasion.