It’s the summer, and that means going to the beach. Finding ethical choices that look good may be difficult, but purchasing ethical clothing is also a highly important act in the war on poverty. So gentlemen, here’s a guide to styling summer clothes for your next day of fun in the sun.
Warby Parker Sunglasses: Abbot Jet Silver
Warby Parker’s Abbot Sunglasses have a rounded shape and metallic glow which encapsulates the aesthetic of the rock stars of old while still feeling fresh and new. With their great style, these sunglasses are a must in any activist’s summer wardrobe.
Along with looking great, Warby Parker trains nonprofit partners to sell glasses at affordable prices in the developing world for every pair sold. And with company that engages in social enterprise and looks great, these are truly some sweet shades.
Wear if you like: John Lennon, long discussions about philosophy, talking to friends about how awesome Woodstock would have been.
Riz Boardshorts-Burgh-Endangered Garden/Bolt
Sustainability is a major element in the war on global poverty, since so much of global poverty is based on a lack of resources, and with climate change being a major contributor to conditions of global hunger.
English swimwear brand Riz engages in a clothing recycling program in which customers are rewarded 25% off their next purchase after returning bathing suits to the site. In addition, Riz boardshorts are made from fully recycled and recylable fabrics.
These colorful shorts are a great and sustainable way to enjoy the ocean while keeping things sustainable. Between the exciting floral print and the oceanic blue background, these are a must wear for any surfing activist.
Wear if you like: The ocean, quoting “Pulp Fiction,” calling people “dude.”
soleRebels Sandals: Sushi Cross
soleRebels is a fair trade, non-GMO, vegan footwear brand.
Made in Addis Abba, the brand is bringing jobs to Ethiopia through the sustainable production of shoes. soleRebels pays its workers triple the industry average, embraces traditionally zero carbon methods of production and uses recycled car tires to make soles for its shoes. The result is a brand which is environmentally sustainable and economically working toward breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
The Sushi Cross sandals are themselves well-designed, replicating the image of sushi above the soles while the soles have an attractive, mat-based design.
Wear if you like: Traveling one mile or one million, sleeping under the stars, knowing that the journey is more important than the destination.
– Andrew Michaels