Suns Out | 8 Ethical Summer Staples We Can’t Live Without This Season

By Jess Willemse
23rd Oct 2019

Daylight savings has hit and the season of sun, sand and rooftop bars is officially upon us. But at Urban List, we’re all about living your best summer without costing the earth. Whether it’s swapping out your summer sandals for eco-friendly ones or stocking up on natural bronzer, there are always ways to level up your summer while simultaneously reducing your footprint. 

Here, thanks to Novo Shoes’ new eco-friendly Zaxy shoe range, we’ve curated our go-to summer staples for the season, all you need to do is hit ‘add to cart’.

Zaxy Beats Sandal 

Nothing quite says summer like a cute flatform moment. We’re currently obsessing over Zaxy’s Beats Sandal, which can seamlessly take you from brunch to the beach—and then onto sunset cocktails. With three shades up for grabs—black, nude and iridescent pearl, they practically go with everything. The best part? They’re made using recycled materials and are 100 per cent recyclable and eco-friendly. They’re also part of the jelly-shoe club, so you can take these babies straight into the ocean if needed. Your feet and the planet will thank you.

Shop your pair from Novo Shoes here

Salt Gypsy Swimwear 

Level up your beach day with sustainable threads from Byron Bay-based surfwear label, Salt Gypsy. Boasting playful patterns and flattering fits, their collection is a must-have for any environmentally-conscious beach dweller. And if you’re partial to riding a wave or two over summer, they have you covered with stylish surf leggings and tops made from recycled and regenerated fabrics, handcrafted right here in Australia. Designed by ‘ocean women’ for ‘ocean women’, we can promise you’ll feel both comfortable and stylish when hitting the surf this season. 

Snap up your dream swimsuit here

Fluff Casual Cosmetics Bronzing Powder 

If your skin is more partial to a tomato-shade burn than a beautifully sun-kissed bronze, we’re all about faking it through the summer. Layer up the SPF and get your glow on with Fluff Casual Cosmetics instead. Based in Fitzroy, Melbourne, their offering is simple: a bronzing powder without palm oil, talc and mica with buildable colour and coverage, and a kabuki brush with zero synthetic fibres for application. They’re also all about enhancing and celebrating the skin you’re in—not covering it up with uncomfortable and excessive beauty products. We’re all about the natural glow this summer, so it’s a resounding yes from us.

Get your glow on here.

Yu Mei’s Satsuma Yellow Backpack 

Yu Mei are all about designing purpose-built bags that will carry everything you actually need AND ensure you look good while doing it. Combine this with their high-quality materials and you have a handbag that really stands the test of time. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted over the ditch in their Wellington studio and better yet, it’s 100 per cent traceable. The soft, supple Deer Nappa leather is sourced from accredited New Zealand farmers and assembled in Wellington. Their summer collection is all about colour and we can’t get enough of the bright yellow Satsuma shade taking over their site right now.

Sold? Pick up your portable ray of sunshine here

Feel Good Inc. Sunscreen 

Speaking of SPF, say hello to your new sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun is one of the most sustainable things you can do for yourself and Feel Good Inc.’s range of sunscreens are incredible. Free from nasties like preservatives and parabens, their creams protect against UVA and UVB rays, and they don’t test on animals. To top it off, their bottles are unfussy and made of recyclable plastic from top to bottom.  

Slap on some feel-good sunscreen here

Hej Hej’s Shanghai Summers Collection 

Pronounced ‘hey hey,’ this modern brand is for all the linen lovers out there. They offer a curated selection of timeless, flattering, high-quality pieces at an accessible price point. The team collaborate with talented technicians in a local cottage industry in China for production, ensuring all of their employees sign and follow an ethical code of conduct. We’re so into their latest playful collection inspired by Shanghai Summers, especially the illustrated patterns featuring oodles of noodles. What more could you want? 

Shop your linen look here

Outland Denim Emmy Short 

Fact: Summer is not complete without an essential pair of denim shorts. But this year, we’re all about ethical denim brand Outland Denim and their timeless Emmy Shorts. Featuring a high-rise waist, classic rolled hem and three shades to choose from, slip on a linen shirt and some Zaxy sandals and consider summer sorted. Plus, you can feel good while wearing them knowing they’re made from sustainable cotton. Winning.   

Shop this summer staple here

Will & Bear Harvey Hat 

You might know Will & Bear for their sustainably produced, 100 per cent woollen hats donned by the fashion-forward and eco-conscious throughout winter but lucky for us, the brand has now released a summer range of caps and straw hats that’ll throw you all the right kind of shade. We’ve got our eye on the Harvey boater hat in Amber, made from 100 per cent natural straw and cotton, it’s the perfect beach accessory. Will & Bear has also teamed up with to do their part for the environment, planting ten trees for every hat sold—now that’s a cause we can get around. 

Pick up your go-to hat here

Inspired to sort your summer look? Start by snapping up your favourite pair of Zaxy’s eco-friendly shoes at Novo Shoes—they’ve got you and your feet covered all summer long. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Novo Shoes and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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