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Make a splash in these sustainable and ethical swimmers
It’s school holidays, you’re armed with your natural sunscreen and ready to hit the beach, but have you given any thought to your children’s swimwear? Sure, it’s often easy to go for the cheap option, especially when they grow so quickly, but many bargain cozzies and rashies are made using synthetic materials and under unethical labour conditions, so somewhere in the supply chain, someone is paying for your budget bathers. The good news is there’s an increasing number of brands taking kids swimwear seriously, producing garments that are made well, look good and are ethically and sustainably made. Recycled ocean plastics are being spun into the coolest little boardies and one-pieces, so not only can your little ones splash in style, it’s also addressing ocean waste. Here’s our pick of brands creating great ethical and sustainable kids swimmers.
Ethically produced in Bali and made from recycled nylon made from ghost fishing nets and plastic bottles, these rashies and swimmers for boys and girls not only stand up to the style test, they’re super long-lasting. They provide UPF 50+ protection and can even be worn as thermals during winter! Their beach shorts are also made from 100 per cent organic cotton and they use compostable and biodegradable bags for postage.
Sustainably made in Melbourne, what began with women’s swimsuits, now includes options for minis too. Like Cosmo Crew, swimmers and rashies are made from Econyl, and water-based non-toxic ink. They create sizes for teens, as well as a Pride capsule collection supporting ACON; Australia’s largest community-based LGBTQI+ health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
Believe it or not, this mainstream Aussie label gets a “good” rating from Good On You, so if you’re looking for a mainstream brand that’s ethically made, this one gets a tick of approval. They always have a great selection for boys and girls and the customisable towels are great too.
With a focus on hand screen printing, Oobi has been creating ethical kids gear for 15 years. Their sizes range from babies to tweens and their sun hats are also a great addition for extra sun protection.
Created by two midwives and mums who believe in teaching their kids about nurturing the planet, Ina Swim, for 0-5 year old boys and girls offers one pieces and twin sets, mini boardies and rashies in pastel and earthy tones. They use fabric made from pre and post-consumer waste like fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpet flooring that’s SPF 50 and their packaging is 100 per cent recyclable. We only wish they’d make some for us too!
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