With Christmas just around the corner, responsible gift giving is at the forefront of our minds.
We totally understand what it’s like to be swept up by holiday hype and advertised bargains when shopping, but don’t forget to also consider the following before you shop:
• Product origin. Locally made products have an inherently lower carbon footprint than those required to travel many miles to reach you! Sukin products are made in Melbourne and the company is 100% carbon neutral.
• Life cycle. Ask yourself, how long will this product last, and where will it end up when I’m finished with it?
• Materials. Look for products made from organic, natural, biodegradable and compostable materials that won’t eventually become landfill. In this summer edit, we’ve highlighted bags, footwear and accessories made from organic cotton, cork, straw and raffia, as well as those made from recycled plastic, and even ocean waste.
• Packaging. Consider what a product’s packaging is made from, and if being sent from an online store, what shipping materials will be used to transport it.
• Liveable wages. Research the labour conditions and wages of the companies you buy from.
To get you through the Christmas period and beyond, we’ve curated this lineup of our favourite sustainably-minded products for summer. From fashion accessories to beach games, footwear to skincare, we’ve got you covered!
Like what you see? One lucky reader will win *almost* everything in this lineup – scroll to the bottom of this post for all details on how to enter!
The Sustainable Summer Edit
Patagonia Recycled Frisbee, $24.95 – this fun frisbee is made from 15% recycled ocean plastic… and it’s from the Patagonia, a global brand that leads the way on sustainability, with a mission statement to ‘build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.’
Country Road Swim Ruffle One Piece, $159 – This stunning one piece swimsuit from Country Road is created using fabric composed of recycled nylon sourced from fishing nets and factory off-cuts. Country Road are offering a AU$100 voucher for our lucky winner.
George Woven Bag, $290 – These handwoven linen and cotton bags are made in Canberra, from one continuous hand loomed piece of fabric – a process that takes around eight hours. Picking up the top prize for Textile Design in our recent TDF Design Awards, category judge Lisa Gorman described these bags as ‘environmentally excellent’ noting that ‘consumers need to think about this purchase, and wait for it to be made’.
Kester Black Miracle Treatment Base Coat, $24 – Kester Black is a non-toxic, locally made nail polish with a “ten-free formula”, meaning they don’t use toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor.
Biome Stainless Steel Nesting Containers Orange Lids (set of 5), $49.95 – BYO snacks to the beach this summer to avoid fast food and unnecessary packaging! These stainless steel containers are plastic free, with leak-proof silicone lids.
Købn towel, $79.95 – Kobn towels are Australian designed, and crafted by a family-owned mill in Denizli, Turkey, from BCI cotton. Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world, which exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment, and better for the sector’s future.
Seed & Sprout Insulated Lunch Bag, $39 – This robust, re-usable lunch bag is a great reminder to say NO to unnecessary food packaging and waste this summer.
Bhava Studio Porto Cork Pool Slide by from Vegan Style, $125 – BHAVA is an innovative women’s footwear brand which uses only organic, recycled and cruelty free components. All their footwear is vegan (no leather!), and the company’s founder Francisca Pineda is a thought leader in ethical fashion and sustainable design.
Will & Bear Yorke Sand Hat, $99 – This fedora is a lightweight and breathable hat made from 100% recycled paper straw, trimmed with natural white cotton.
Good Citizens sunglasses – Good Citizen are Australia’s newest sunglasses brand, who make 100% recycled plastic sunglasses frames! 1 plastic bottle = 1 pair of Good Citizen recycled plastic sunglasses. Not only that, buying a pair of these sunnies also pays for 1kg of plastic to be pulled out of the ocean – win, win, win!
Memobottle Slim & Tall (450ml) from Upcycle Studio, $47 – Bringing your own water to the beach or park this summer, instead of buying disposable water bottles is a no-brainer… we love Memobottle’s sleek, distinctive design.
Dinosaur Designs, Resin Spiral Bowl – Sand, $150 – Did you know that all Dinosaur Designs resin products are created using a by-product of the oil industry? Dinosaur Designs hand make all their resin homewares and accessories in Sydney from this BPA-free waste material.
Cancun Dune Outdoor Rug from Fab Habitat, (150 cm x 238 cm), $79.90 – this outdoor rug is the perfect picnic mat for the beach, park or backyard, and is made from 100% recycled plastic.
Pampa handwoven bags and baskets – The ‘Litoral Collection’ of bags and baskets from Pampa is created by indigenous communities in Argentina, using fibres extracted from the chaguar, a native plant similar to aloe vera. The durable, textured threads are coloured with natural dyes extracted from roots, seeds and fruits. Handmade by skilled artisans, these bags, clutches and baskets are fair trade and support indigenous social enterprise. Pampa are offering a AU$100 voucher for our lucky winner.
Sukin Essentials – Our favourite Sukin essentials for summer include their new, all natural SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen and refreshing Original Hydrating Mist Toner! Our lucky winner will win a pack of these, as well as a the limited edition Arkie Hand Wash & Hand Cream Duo Gift Pack.
Australian skincare company Sukin do everything they can to ensure our environment is protected. From partnering with Reef Aid to ensure the Great Barrier Reef has a future, to fully offsetting their carbon footprint. Discover the world of natural, and read more about their sustainability efforts at the Sukin Journal.