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We’ve compiled a list of our favorite sustainable, ethical & eco-friendly swimwear brands for your next summer bathing suit - several of them have very affordable bathing suits & bikinis, too! Warning though - it has been almost impossible to find sustainable swimsuits made without some sort of synthetic fiber (if you are unfamiliar, these fibers are petrochemical-based and do not biodegrade like natural fibers). Micro-plastics are still an issue when it comes to ethical swimwear, BUT there are brands who are working to make sure to not use virgin synthetics. These brands are taking post-consumer waste like plastic bottles and fishing nets, and creating new performance fabrics that work just as well as any other bathing suit you find.
Do Good Swimwear is a women’s surf collective offering eco, affordable & sustainably-made swimsuits. Not only are they accessible, but they give back to the planet, too! All swimsuits are made from recycled ocean waste such as fish nets, plastic bottles, etc. Also, with each purchase, a portion of profits are given to ocean conservation efforts.
I can’t get over how cute Samudra Swimwear’s prints are! Not only are their swimsuits fun and colorful, but they are also reversible. Each swimsuit is ethically made in Spain, and they hold OEKO-TEX & GRS certifications. Plus, leftover fabric is made into scrunchies or donated to fashion schools to avoid waste!
An Australian-made boutique swimwear label, Isla in Bloom is inspired by travel destinations around the world that capture them with their beauty. Their bold, beautiful prints (made with recycled/eco-friendly inks) are designed by artists in Byron Bay, Australia, and every suit is made with regenerated Econyl®, a nylon made from recycled plastic and ocean waste. Plus, everything is ethically-made right in Australia.
I actually own one of their swimsuits, and I love all the colors and fit. I’ve had it for a few years, now, and can say it is still in great condition. Wolven probably has one of the most colorful collections of any swimwear line. Their prints are so vibrant, and perfect for all your under the sun activities. I think it’s great they have many different styles - from one pieces to high-waisted bikini bottoms. Plus, all swimwear is made from recycled plastic bottles!
If you’ve ever wished your bikini could handle a little more than just poolside lounging, Vivida Lifestyle bikinis solve for all kinds of adventurous swim and beach scenarios. Made of recycled, post-consumer plastic bottles, this swimwear will stay on whether you are surfing, jumping in the waves, pool diving and more. Plus, the swimwear fabric offers UPF 50+ protection as well as comfy yet supportive stretch!
This brand is rather special on this list because it is the only one which does not use any synthetics for its swimwear line. Kaylyn Gardner uses only 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton! Not only is it an organic cotton thread, but it is also naturally dyed with avocados. I’ve always loved the color avocados make on fabric! Every swimsuit is made-to-order and they have custom sizing if your size is not shown.
An awesome Black-owned sustainable swimwear brand you need to know, Salomé is creating swimwear that fits beautifully, celebrates bodies and empowers us. All swimsuits are ethically produced by women in the founder’s home country, Dominican Republic. Everything is made in small and limited quantity runs out of regenerated nylon. If you love a pop of color, this swimsuit pictured is for you!
The most size-inclusive of the swimwear brands on this list, Girlfriend is definitely a fan favorite in activewear. I’m so excited to see them come out with a swimwear line! Their bathing suits are very basic, and come in many different colors. They also give back 1% to Healthy Seas.
I am so glad I found this brand because I’ve had several people ask for bathing suit tops for curvier chests. Well, here you go!! Lively has tops for A to DDD, and you can mix-and-match bottoms with ease. They are inspired by a mix of active lifestyle and vintage vibes, and besides their mix-and-match bikinis, they have a few super cute one pieces!
Made Trade is home to several brands who create sustainable swimsuits for every type of body. Many of their brands are woman-owned, and full of different fibers to choose from. The Amni Soul Eco® Thread used by BOLD Swim is so interesting because it’s a biodegradable nylon fabric!
I didn’t want to leave the men out of this list! Outerknown has been a trailblazer in many ways, like being the first brand to be certified by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) without ever shipping a product and being the very first brand to launch swimwear made out of ECONYL.
Plus, they work with Fair Trade USA to ensure that garment workers are paid fairly and work in safe conditions.
From an active standpoint, this brand is probably one of the best to shop through. They create some of the best performance wear on the market, so if you love to surf, hike, boat, etc - you’ll find these swimsuits very practical! From rash guard tops to board shorts, they have you covered. Plus, all swimsuits are Fair Trade sewn, and they have a great collection of men’s swimsuits!
I’m loving the bold color trend so many brands are doing this year. prAna has a ton of beautiful colored swimsuits, and lots of differently styles. From matching sarongs to little shorts, you will be able to pair your beach outfit up nicely! prAna’s Fair Trade Certified™ program has given back $400,000+ to 33,000+ workers around the world!
REI has a great curated collection of sustainable swimsuits from brands like prAna, Nani Swimwear (pictured left) and Patagonia. I am loving this color block one piece from Nani Swimwear, and is also referred to as the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in a swimsuit; the side ruching and wide strap offer support for every body type.
I’m so glad I came across this brand to add into this post because their swimsuits are too cute. They have so many different styles to choose from! Their swimwear is made of a super compressive, luxurious fabric crafted from 78% Recycled Polyamide. This type of fabric is crafted from recycled plastics, post-consumer materials & nylon waste -like old fishing nets- pulled straight from the oceans.
Vitamin A has so many great eco fabrics that I didn’t hear of, yet! EcoLux is made from recycled nylon fibers. The EcoRib is a stretch-ribbed swim fabric made from nylon fiber scraps, otherwise destined for the landfill. The EcoTex emits fewer greenhouse gases and conserves water + energy in the production process, and BioSculpt provides an organic alternative to fossil fuel based nylon fabrics.
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This post is sponsored in part by Do Good Swimwear, Kaylyn Gardner, Vivida, Salomé, Isla in Bloom & Wolven and contains affiliate links. As always, views are genuine and brands are truly loved. Thanks for supporting the brands who are working to make this industry a fairer and cleaner place!
Welcome to the world of sustainable and ethical fashion! I’m sure you’re here because you have read about some the negative impacts of fast fashion, and you want to do your part to make sure the clothes you wear are kind to the planet and people. Lucky for you, there are SO many different brands who take sustainability serious. While no one is perfect, these brands have a lot of great qualities the conventional stores could take a hint from. Also, there are price points for every budget!
ABLE was one of the first fashion brands to actually publish their lowest wages as part of the Lowest Wage Challenge. Their goal is to empower women around the globe—primarily in the US (Nashville) and Ethiopia for now—by investing in their skills and providing them with employment. The leather used in their bags and shoes is vegetable-tanned and everything is handcrafted by artisans. Their apparel is made mostly of natural materials like cotton and silk.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to those conventional sweat- and odor-wicking fabrics, check out Ably. The founders spent 40 years creating Filium®, a technology that makes natural fabrics like cotton repel liquids, stains, and odors without affecting how soft and breathable they are. This means you can rewear your Ably clothes multiple times, drastically reducing the amount of time, energy, CO2 emissions, and resources used doing laundry!
I own a pair of their rainboots, and I haven’t bought a new pair for several years, now. They are my go-tos! I noticed the other day they have a new boot called the Weekend Boot & it comes in 6 different colors. They are vegan, & will keep you dry all-year long.
Allbirds stellar marketing campaigns over the past few years has taken everyone by storm and helped to bring sustainability more mainstream. What started as one pair of unisex sneakers has since expanded into a full line of shoes, socks, & now underwear. Allbirds uses eco-friendly materials like sustainably-sourced wool, TENCEL, sugarcane, natural castor bean oil, and recycled plastic bottles, cardboard, & nylon.
For | Women
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Altar has a range of size-inclusive dresses, rompers, tops, and jumpers that are made ethically in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California, where all workers are paid a living wage. Each piece is made one at a time out of organic, naturally-dyed, and/or deadstock textiles. Plus, when you shop from Altar on Made Trade, all shipping is carbon offset and 1% of all profits go toward environmental non-profit organizations.
A classic favorite in sustainable fashion, Amour Vert makes 97% of their clothing right here in the US. This brand uses a lot of beautiful, sustainable fabrics like TENCEL, Organic Cotton, Certified Silk, Ethical Wool & Hemp. Their t-shirt collection has a wonderful Give Back program where a tree is planted with each purchase. Even their packaging is eco-friendly & compostable!
Their journey started with making the perfect t-shirt back in 2015, and now have expanded into button-downs, pants, jackets and undergarments. ASKET believes in full traceability from the very start to the end. They refer to this as ‘From Farm to Finish Line.” For each garment, you can look up its history.
This brand makes AMAZINGLY comfy recycled sneakers. I’ve worn their Limitless in Taupe & White almost everyday the last month. & not only are they made of recycled plastic bottles, but they donate 10% of profits to Girls in Tech & Oceana. I highly recommend purchasing a pair of these sneakers!!
Baabuk’s wool sneakers and slippers are made ethically in Portugal and Nepal out of 100% Portuguese mulesing-free sheep wool, soft Merino, and TPU rubber soles for durability. As a Certified B Corp, Baabuk seeks to operate as ethically and transparently across their production process: all of their wool is sustainably sourced and all of their employees work in safe conditions and earn a 25% higher salary than the national average.
BAGGU has a really wide variety of bags, from reusable totes and backpacks, to small cross-body bags and pouches, to leather bags and travel necessities. They use partially recycled materials like nylon and cotton, and everything is made in ISO-certified factories in China, which are third-party audited every year to ensure safety and ethical production. Plus, at the end of your bag’s life you can send your BAGGU back to be recycled by the American Textile Recycling Service.
I’m usually not a big fan of showcasing bamboo fabric on my blog. It’s known to have a harsh textile process, but some brands use closed-loop systems and zero-waste initiatives like Boody so I’m behind this!! Honestly, bamboo feels amazing on, & I don’t want to give it up completely. This brand is very comfortable, & I know so many people love wearing their clothing (me too) so they need to be on this list!
A classic look to stay with you for many years, Cariuma uses only ethical manufacturing, recycled packaging & carbon neutral shipping. Their shoes have a lot of awesome reviews, and I just received my first pair & loving them. Plus, for every pair purchased, they plant two trees!
Conscious Step socks come in a variety of really fun colors and patterns, and each pair supports a different cause so that you can choose which one means the most to you — whether it’s LGBTQ+ equality, poverty, rainforest conservation, education, or something else! Everything is GOTS organic, vegan, and Fair Trade Certified. Find out more about why I (and the husband) love Conscious Step here! They are so comfortable, we know you’ll love them, too.
While this brand is mostly known for their bed linens, they do have several clothing pieces made from the same cozy, sustainable materials. This brand is very transparent, and they use many sustainable certifications including GOTS and Fair Trade, and they also donate 1% to the Planet.
I love it when well-known brands begin to focus on sustainability genuinely. Not only does Dr. Scholl's Shoes make sure they are using more sustainable materials, but their team understands sustainability throughout the entire manufacturing process. Every pair of their shoes incorporate eco-friendly materials no matter the price, and many help plant trees!
Eileen Fisher has been a trailblazer for both the sustainable and traditional fashion world. Committed to transparency, you can find out all about the brand’s materials (like regenerative wool and TENCEL), their factories and fair labor initiatives, and their blusign certified dyes right on their website. If you’re looking for timeless pieces that come in a variety of sizes, Eileen Fisher is your go to!
The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light.
This family-run business is working on 5 core values: Be the Best, Deliver on Promises, Be Better Together, Stay Authentic, and Spread Good Vibes. I’ve noticed they have started using more recycled polyesters in their blends, and linen is a popular go-to for them.
Finn + Emma have some of the cutest eco-friendly apparel for babies and small children! Probably one of the most instagrammable onesies - like their ever so popular ‘biggie’ ‘smalls’. Everything is ethically made in India out of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. Also, all employees are paid a living wage while working in safe conditions, helping them build independent lives for themselves and their families. Sizes go from newborn to toddler.
This brand is the best when it comes to size inclusivity. Girlfriend goes up to a size 6X, and has so many different colors and styles to choose from. They use a lot of different fabrics, but all are made from post-consumer waste.
This brand aims to redefine transparency and human responsibility by “supporting family farms, localized manufacturing, living wages, and Monsanto-free post-consumer ingredients”. They use organic cotton in their clothing, as well as eucalyptus, recycled plastic, hemp and recycled cotton, & even natural plant dyes!
Hanna Andersson has a really wide variety of clothing for babies and children, from newborn all the way up to size 16. They have a ton of character clothing and PJs, from Disney princesses to Marvel superheroes, which of course the kids love. Started in Portland back in 1983, Hanna Andersson was perhaps the first sustainability-focused kids’ brand. Made from natural materials like organic cotton, their clothing is made to wear and wash over and over then hand down.
This awesome brand was born out of a need for locally sewn and USA grown organic clothing. They knew there was a better way to make clothing, and they wanted to support USA organic cotton farmers, American heritage mills and their local sewing community. They sew all clothing in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, and everything from garment to packaging is compostable.
This is one of my favorite loungewear brands because they use ultra-comfy Lenzing Modal, and all the tops have built-in bras. I’ve owned a few of their pieces for a couple years, and can tell you the quality is great. I’ve washed them time and time again, and they are just as soft as when they came in the mail!
Knickey’s super soft undies are made out of 95% GOTS certified organic cotton in a Fair Trade certified factory in India, without any harsh chemicals at all. You can find out more about their entire supply chain, including the farmers where the cotton comes from and where the yarn is spun right on their website. Even their packaging is made from FSC-certified and recycled content, with low impact inks. I love wearing my Knickey’s - very comfy!
A virgin nylon brand, but they need to be mentioned because of their inclusive sizing and leak-proof undies. This type of underwear is perfect in helping you have a zero-waste period. They absorb up to 3 tsp of liquid, so they’re perfect for light days or back up on your heavy days - even their swimwewar is leakproof!
This brand is trying to break the cycle of poverty by providing life-changing job opportunities to women in need. Each product is even signed by hand so you know exactly who made it, which enables you to have a deeper connection to the piece of clothing. Plus, they have a page dedicated to all the makers in order for you to learn more about them.
Categories | Activewear, Underwear, and Loungewear
A woman-owned brand, Mary Young carries eco-conscious basics in a variety of styles and sizes. Their super-comfy pieces are made from GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified bamboo and have zero underwires or padding. Based in Canada, everything is designed in Toronto and made in Montreal, where all employees are paid living wages and work in safe environments.
All of No Nasties’ garments are vegan, fair trade, and made out of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. After farmers are paid a premium for their cotton harvest, textiles are then processed, dyed, and sewn in a FLO certified factory, meaning all of the workers are safe and paid a fair wage (and about 90% of their employees are women!). Plus, a tree is planted with every purchase.
I absolutely love my Nordgreen watch — the Scandinavian design is minimalist but gorgeous. Their Chief Designer is inspired by nature and a desire to get a little simplicity back into our lives. Their interchangeable straps come in natural stainless steel mesh or leather. Nordgreen’s entire production is carbon offset and they partner with Danish factories that ensure ethical labor practices. Plus, every purchase gives back to one of three causes.
Oka-B is a women-led company that makes flip flips, sandals, and flats out of a bio-based material that’s completely recyclable. Everything is made in closed-loop process in their Georgia facility. Plus, they’re really durable, washable, and slip-resistant, which definitely sets them apart from most other flip flips I’ve owned!
Organic Basics uses eco-friendly materials like TENCEL and organic cotton to create ethical, comfortable, and design-forward underwear, tees, socks, and activewear. Committed to transparency, you can check out their yearly impact report, which outlines their progress and goals. They now even have a low impact website, which has a lower carbon footprint than a regular website!
Outerknown was the first brand to be certified by the Fair Labor Association without ever shipping a product and being the very first brand to launch swimwear made out of ECONYL. Even their buttons are made from recycled ocean plastic. By 2020, 90% of the material used by the brand is organic, recycled, and/or regenerative—and they’re actively working on getting that number to 100%!
PACT started out with just underwear, but has since expanded their collection to include a wide range of basic apparel for the whole family. Everything is made out of certified GOTS organic cotton in Fair Trade USA certified factories, dyed with non-toxic chemicals, and packaged in recycled and compostable materials. Plus, they have carbon offset shipping and they have a donation program to help circulate your used clothes when you’re finished with them.
Passion Lillie carries cute dresses with fun designs that can easily be dressed up or down. The brand is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which means that everything is made by workers earning a fair wage in a safe environment. They use traditional block printing on organic cotton with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes. If you need a sweet, summer dress, definitely check this brand out!
Patagonia has definitely been a leader in sustainability from the beginning, when it was started back in 1973. They were the first company to commit 1% of their profits to environmental non-profit organizations and they transparently go deep into their footprint — both the areas they’re doing well as well as their goals for improvement — on their website.
Poplinen is a woman and POC-owned brand that makes size-inclusive tops (sizes XS to 3XL) that not only fit more beautifully, but last longer too. Everything is made ethically in small batches in Los Angeles, California out of sustainable fabrics like TENCEL, organic cotton, and linen. On top of that, their packaging, labels, and hangtags are all made out of recycled materials.
Rothy’s sandals, flats, and casual sneakers are made from recycled marine plastic in their own sustainable and ethical facility. Plus, all of their packaging is recycled and their production is carbon offset. I love my Rothy’s — the unique way their shoes are knit together make for a snug and super comfortable fit. They have a lot to choose from too, whether you’re look for a fun color or animal print, or something more subdued and versatile.
Made from sustainable materials, these shoes look good and feel good. The uppers are made from recycled PET and the shoes’ outsoles are made with recycled Algae foam. Saola Shoes has partnered with the team at Bloom Foam who removes harmful algae from the water and puts it through a process that dries, crushes and converts it into powder. This powder is then mixed with EVA to become Algae Foam, used for sole construction.
Symbology partners with artisans in India to create size-inclusive and figure-flattering pieces to elevate your everyday. Their female artisan partners (who are paid fair wages for their work) take eco-friendly fabrics and dyes and then use traditional techniques such as block printing, tie-dye, and embroidery to create truly unique pieces.
If you’re looking for modern loungewear that’s super soft and comfortable but also elegant, you have to check out this women-owned company. Softwear’s sweats are made out of eco-friendly Lenzing Modal material, which is colored with non-toxic dyes and woven into a super-soft fabric in Los Angeles, California. Each piece is then cut and sewn at a sustainable, ethical factory in Brooklyn, New York.
Inspired by art, creativity, and the inner free spirit, TAMGA’s signature hand-drawn prints tap into the vibrancy and expression of a colorful life. Everything is ethically out of sustainably fabrics like Lenzing Modal and TENCEL, and colored with eco, non-toxic dyes. Plus, 1% of their profits go to a non-profit organization that works to protect Indonesia’s endangered rainforests. If you’re looking for fun prints, TAMGA is definitely for you!
So far, Tentree has planted over 43 MILLION trees! Their “earth-first” apparel is made ethically out of eco-conscious fabrics like organic cotton, recycled polyester, TENCEL, and hemp. Not only that, but they try to make their clothing as accessible as possible when it comes to sizing and pricing. In addition to apparel and accessories, you can also buy carbon offsets for your own personal lifestyle right on their site!
Thought carries a variety of clothing, from dresses you can wear to the office to loungewear and comfy socks if you’re chilling (or working) at home. They use mostly eco-conscious materials like organic cotton and use zero plastic in their packaging. Thought does carry some products made from more conventional materials (as of right now!), so just be sure to check before buying!
Threads 4 Thought carries a wide variety of lounge and activewear, as well as basic essentials like tees and tanks. They use sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing modal, and produce in safe and ethical factories. You can check out their Sustainability Report to dive deep into the specifics of their social and environmental initiatives!
This is a favorite of mine! Tonlé is a zero waste, fair trade brand that creates handmade clothing and accessories signed by their Cambodian makers. Their natural and recycled materials are handwoven into fabrics that are then dyed with natural, non-toxic dyes, screen-printed with traditional techniques, and finally shipped to you in recycled packaging.
Tradlands sustainable apparel is meant to be worn and lived in for years. They use high-quality and eco-friendly fabrics like TENCEL, linen, and cotton. Plus, they work with factories around the world that prioritize safe and fair conditions for their workers. Their prices are a bit higher comparatively, but their Cost Per Wear Promise ensures you that you’re going to get just as much bang for your buck that you would if you bought several cheaper shirts.
United By Blue is an outdoor company committed to doing everything they can to steward the environment. For every product purchased, they remove a pound of trash from our waterways. They’re committed to eliminating single use plastics from their entire supply chain (down to the tags!) by the end of 2020. Plus, everything is made ethically in their global factories.
This beautiful brand is on the mission of Lighter Living. They are mothers and daughters with a stake in our future, and stewards of a planet that needs our help. They believe self love and love for the earth are linked, which inspired them to create a fun and flirty clothing line with the smallest footprint possible.
Vitamin A feminine swimwear is made in California out of mostly recycled materials… and they were one of the very first brands to do so! They give back a portion of profits to environmental organizations that help to protect our oceans. Vitamin A also has other types of beachwear like cover-ups and accessories made from eco materials like organic and recycled cotton, linen, and TENCEL.
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On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it has conditionally approved $103.3 million towards three commercial-scale renewable hydrogen projects, as part of its Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.
The three successful projects are:
Engie Renewables Australia Pty Ltd (Engie): ARENA will provide up to $42.5 million towards a 10 MW electrolyser project to produce renewable hydrogen in a consortium with Yara Pilbara Fertilisers at the existing ammonia facility in Karratha, Western Australia.
ATCO Australia Pty Ltd (ATCO): ARENA will provide up to $28.7 million towards a 10 MW electrolyser forgas blending at ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Park (CEIP) in Warradarge, Western Australia.
Australian Gas Networks Limited (AGIG): ARENA will provide up to $32.1 million in funding for a 10 MW electrolyser for gas blending at AGIG’s Murray Valley Hydrogen Park in Wodonga, Victoria.
Engie will use renewable hydrogen to produce ammonia at the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers site, while ATCO and AGIG’s projects will use renewable energy to produce renewable hydrogen for gas blending into existing natural gas pipelines.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller said renewable hydrogen presents an opportunity to help reduce emissions globally and locally, transform our energy system and create a new export industry for Australia.
“We’re excited to have chosen three projects we believe will help kickstart renewable hydrogen production in Australia at a large scale. One of the projects will see clean hydrogen used to make ammonia for export and the other two will blend clean hydrogen into our gas pipelines to help decarbonise our natural gas networks.
“With more than $100 million in funding, we’re hoping to build some of the biggest hydrogen electrolysers in the world, with the ultimate goal of bringing down the cost of hydrogen produced using renewable energy and growing our skills and capacity to meet future global demand for hydrogen,” he said.
ATCO Australia Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Creaghan said this was an exciting step for ATCO, and for Western Australia’s progress towards achieving its hydrogen goals.
“We’ve been investing in hydrogen since 2017 and are strong believers in its value as we strive towards a cleaner energy future,” Creaghan said.
“The development of the CEIP has the dual benefit of not only contributing to the decarbonisation of the gas distribution network, it also allows us to generate the economies of scale required to expand the demand and use of renewable hydrogen as a commercially viable fuel.”
AGIG CEO Ben Wilson also said this was an exciting announcement.
“ATCO and AGIG are already significant players in the Western Australia gas market, providing distribution and transmission services respectively, and the CEIP joint venture brings together our strengths to establish a commercial hydrogen sector in the state. We look forward to working with ATCO, who bring with them extensive energy and hydrogen industry experience locally and internationally,” Wilson said.
Energy Networks Australia (ENA) has welcomed the Morrison government’s funding commitment to the three projects in Western Australia and Victoria.
ENA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Dillon said, “New energy sources such as hydrogen need to be deployed if Australia is to reach net zero emissions, and investing in these technologies is a step towards achieving that goal.”
Dillon said renewable gas had an important role in a zero-emission energy future to ensure the transition was affordable and customers continued to have energy choices.
“Many Australians love cooking with gas, and hydrogen is the pathway for this to continue as we decarbonise,” he said.
HydroChem has announced the acquisition of Cairns-based water treatment company Maxwells H2O Services, a specialist in commercial and industrial water treatment throughout Far North Queensland (FNQ) and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The acquisition is a strategic investment as HydroChem continues to expand its regional footprint. The Maxwells H2O Services deal follows the purchase of Tasmanian service provider DM Chemicals in 2018.
Maxwells H2O Services co-owners Chris Harris and Keith Robinson are popular industry identities with a wealth of experience in the resources and heavy industrial sectors.
“HydroChem has had a reasonable foothold in FNQ for a number of years,” HydroChem Strategic Director Nick Duncan said. “We are a fiercely independent, Australian family-owned business. We understand the value of longstanding relationships and place great emphasis on delivering exceptional service. It is safe to say when we entered into our initial discussion with Keith and Chris, what set HydroChem apart from other suitors was that water treatment is our business, not our sideline.”
HydroChem Strategic Director Nick Duncan
“In joining HydroChem, Maxwells customers will greatly benefit from a widely respected and nationally established Australian-owned water treatment company,” said Maxwell H2O Services retiring owner Keith Robinson. “Maxwells customers can look forward to a wider range of services, more advanced in-house technical support, higher levels of quality assurance, greater backup support and long-term certainty.”
The Maxwells H2O Services brand is set to stay, with HydroChem already announcing its intention to retain the much-respected and recognisable company name in the region. Chris Harris has signalled his intention to stay on and assist HydroChem’s expansion in FNQ.
“Queenslanders identify with and trust the Maxwells name in water treatment circles; we see no reason to change that,” Duncan said.
Are you pregnant and starting to worry about fitting into your current wardrobe? I had that feeling in the beginning, too, but I decided to wait to purchase anything. I don’t like to buy clothing I feel I will only wear for a short amount of time. I felt there had to be a way to get use out of what I already had and work around my growing belly. I’m happy to say I bought absolutely ZERO maternity clothes for my entire pregnancy. I want to follow this up with saying not all of us can do this, and I don’t want anyone feeling pressure to do so, either. I happened to not have to go to a job where I had a certain dress code, which I think helped me out a lot! I was able to wear whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Also, I’m 5’2’’, gained about 20ish pounds when pregnant and carried Elliott a few weeks short of 40. I never felt uncomfortable or too big for what I already had so I was able to work with it. We all have different bodies and comforts, so I will share with you my tips you could hopefully use for most of your pregnancy, if not all, and then list some options of where to purchase maternity clothing - both secondhand and new!
Tips For Your Current Closet
Leggings: These were my go-tos almost every day. I would go to Pure Barre in the mornings, and stay in my leggings the rest of the day. No matter how big I got, the waistbands would always stay below the tummy.
Flow-y Garments: I had a lot of tunics and oversized tees, which had a lot of room in them. Many of my sundresses had lots of room, as well!
Stretch, Jersey Fabrics: For when I wanted to dress up, I would turn to jersey fabrics because they would easily stretch - even during the end of the 3rd trimester!
I really thought about buying a few things only in the very beginning, but I’m glad I never did because I learned to work with a small wardrobe.
Outfit repeating is the name of the game when you’re pregnant - well, it should be in general, but of course, it’s easier to do when you don’t fit into as much as you used to!
I think you’d be surprised to see how much you can still fit into - so my advice, spend some time in your closet first, and wait until you really need to purchase a maternity piece.
Secondhand Maternity Clothing
My first suggestion here would be to ask your mama friends! Chances are, they still have some maternity pieces in their closet collecting dust. I was offered quite a bit when people found out I was pregnant, so don’t feel shy asking. Most people love to get rid of things they don’t need! (I did decline the offers since I felt I had too many clothes, but next time, I may just take them up on it so I don’t have to do as much laundry)
Check out your local thrift and secondhand stores to start with, but if you have no luck, there are two great online shops with maternity sections: ThredUp & SwapSociety
Ethically-Made New Maternity Clothing
Okay, so you don’t have enough in your current closet, and secondhand just isn’t cutting it - or you want to spoil yourself... I get it - pregnancy is exciting and you should be able to treat yourself! Luckily, there are a few brands who are creating sustainable maternity clothing, and there are a lot of cute pieces.
Petit from Poa offers a unique concept: a Little Black Dress Kit for pregnant and nursing moms, so that you can still look and feel stylish throughout your pregnancy and after giving birth. Everything is made in the USA out of sustainable TENCEL and ships completely plastic free!
This brand’s clothing is thoughtfully designed to give you the functionality and style that motherhood deserves. Almost everything is OEKO-TEX® certified, and many of their pieces are made from eco-conscious fabrics like TENCEL and recycled polyester.
I’m also going to link up a few more posts you may want to check out for pieces that look like you could have room to grow - flow-y tops, jersey knits, etc.
Whatever route you go with your maternity wardrobe, I wish you a safe and healthy pregnancy - especially for all the new mamas having to do this during a pandemic. It certainly isn’t easy right now, but your wardrobe should not have to add to the stress. I hope you enjoy these tips, and please feel free to leave yours in the comments below.
Lots of love from one mama to another,
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From comfy briefs to sexy bras, these ethical and sustainable underwear brands are giving us everything we want to see in our underwear drawers. Most brands listed have incredibly fair prices with a few on the luxury side. They also use the best in sustainable and eco-friendly fabrics. After all, we want protection and support that isn’t full of harmful chemicals or made without people & planet in mind. We’ve made sure to highlight what sustainable fabrics they use, their price range, AND who they make styles for.
You may know this brand for their shoes and most recently socks, but now they have a line of underwear for men and women. Their collection comes in many colors, & they have combined eucalyptus fiber and merino to create a soft, moisture-wicking material your private parts will love.
There are so many great underwear brands at this online marketplace. It’s definitely a destination to check out! Azura Bay is a curated collection of cute, comfy and conscious lingerie, pjs, and loungewear from ethical brands, using eco fabrics and production processes as much as possible. I’ve known them for years, and they always have beautiful pieces!
These eco-conscious undies are really unique because they’re infused with zinc oxide, a natural anti-bacterial that aims to keep your huha healthy by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. Not only are these undies from TENCEL derived from sustainably sourced wood pulp, but they also ship plastic-free and plant a tree with each purchase.
If you are looking for ultra-softness! I don’t like to promote too much bamboo fabric, but theirs is wonderful. This brand believes change starts from the ground up. Their collections of women’s underwear is made from sustainably grown bamboo viscose that is easy on the planet, and your body.
Tencel briefs must be the comfiest and I love the look of the Betty Brief fit. hernest project is a line of sleep and lounge basics that are ethically made with one of my favorite fabrics, TENCEL, which is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and offers natural hygiene. They also have sizes up to 4XL!
I have a few pair, and love these underwear! Their certified organic cotton undies are free from toxic chemicals so you and your vagina can breathe easy. The certified organic cotton supply chain uses only Oeko-Tex certified dyes in processing - which means zero toxic chemicals in production - yay!
Another virgin nylon brand, but they need to be mentioned because of their inclusive sizing and leak-proof undies. This type of underwear is perfect in helping you have a zero-waste period. They absorb up to 3 tsp of liquid, so they’re perfect for light days or back up on your heavy days.
I love the color palette this European-based underwear brand uses. For their entire collection, they use GOTS certified organic cotton, which means it’s sustainable from start to finish, from farmers to consumers. They also give back to many organizations helping restore our planet with trees and vegetation.
Created by two brothers, Opok focuses on men’s health, and they donate a percentage of their proceeds to men’s health organizations. As you may know, traditional underwear contains toxic chemicals, but when choosing Opok, you can feel confident knowing your underwear is safe & sustainable for you & the planet.
I’ve been wearing Organic Basics’ bras and undies for a few years now, and I can say they truly make an amazing undergarment. Even after all the washes, my underwear and bras are still in great condition. Soft and comfy as ever!
This is my go-to for underwear for the entire family! They have a pair of underwear with a lace band at the top, and those are my absolute favorite. The boxes for men are also one of Travis’ favorites. Highly recommend!
If you are looking for performance underwear for your active lifestyle, Patagonia is the place to go! The undies pictured are made from moisture-wicking recycled nylon, and - as always - all pairs are Fair Trade sewn.
I own this set and it’s very comfy! This brand has done so many amazing things when it comes to dyeing fabrics, and making sure their garments are sustainable from the notions up. This set is made with 100% organic cotton fabric and trim and natural rubber elastic!
If you are looking for inclusive sizing, look no further. This brand makes all of their undies here in the US, and they have so many different colors. This NYC based brand is creating delicately handmade lingerie in all sizes for all sizes. They use such sweet delicate fabrics, too!
Because of hemp’s moisture wicking properties, these undies are breathable and comfortable. Hemp is also resistant to mold and UV light, and retains color better than cotton. Did you know it requires HALF the amount of water to grow?!
Modal for undies is definitely a comfy choice. It’s made from cellulose reconstituted from beech trees, it’s naturally breathable and 50% more absorbent than cotton. It is ultra-soft, ultra-stretchy, & keeps its shape after washes.
This post is sponsored in part by Sustain by Kat, Hernest Project, Huha & Opok and contains affiliate links. As always, views are genuine and brands are truly loved. Thanks for supporting the brands who are working to make this industry a fairer and cleaner place!
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