Earth-Friendly Fabrics. Ethical Apparel Production. Sustainable Fashion.

Earth-Friendly Fabrics. Ethical Apparel Production. Sustainable Fashion.

Chemical-Free Sun Protection

Earth-Friendly Fabrics

We have a passion for the planet and people, which dictates the way we run our business. We source the most light-weight, durable, and fun-to-wear fabrics with superior sun protection, but they must also be planet-friendly. Our imported fabrics are held to the highest production standards and must be bluesign® and/or OEKO-TEX® certified. Sun50 fabrics are sourced responsibly, aligned with our values, and made for conscious customers seeking high-quality, made to last, eco-friendly fashion.

Recycled Polyester PET

This durable, versatile and sun protective woven fabric gives new life to plastic water bottles which would otherwise fill our landfills and oceans. Recycled polyester is also known as RPET, with the “R” standing for recycled and the ”PET” for polyethylene terephthalate. Diverting plastic water bottles for this purpose reduces landfill, thus creating less soil contamination and reduces air and water pollution. Although traditional polyester and RPET share the same silky texture, RPET actually requires less energy and water to produce and reduces CO2 emissions by 30% by comparison to regular polyester. High in quality and designed to worn again and again, investing in this fabric is helping reduce your carbon footprint in support of sustainable fashion.  

GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton, a natural fiber, is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown. Feels better, looks better, is better for you and the plant.

 The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard setters to define world-wide recognized requirements for organic textiles. From the harvesting of the raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, textiles certified by GOTS provide a credible assurance to the consumer.

Tencel™ Lyocell

This fiber is originated in natural eucalyptus trees. It is made into fibers through a closed-loop system and the fiber is biodegradable.

Tencel™ Modal™

This fiber is derived from nature; beechwood trees. It is free of pesticides and biodegradable.

Sun50 Team & Factory Partners

At Sun50, we pride ourselves in designing our sun protective apparel in Minneapolis, MN and producing our garments domestically with partner factories throughout the United States. Domestic apparel production elevates our garments and decreases our carbon footprint.

Proudly Made in the USA

Minnesota Factory

We have weekly on-site meetings with our Minnesota factory team. Working together allows us to review our apparel production for superior quality, fit, and efficiency. We selected this production house because they provide a safe and ethical production environment, good living wages for their seamstresses, and awesome apparel quality. We have a core group of dedicated Sun50 sewers at this production house who have been working with us for many collections. They know and understand our fabrics, designs, and high-quality expectations. They are neighbors, but we consider them family.

California Factory

This team is specialized in American-made manufacturing and has been proudly using the “Made in USA” label for decades. At Sun50 we create our own custom prints and we work with this expert team of digital printing engineers to produce our prints.  Keeping in step with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, digital printing reduces water use, reduces waste and provides premium quality. We selected this production house because they provide a safe and ethical production environment, good living wages and awesome quality. We are in communication with our California production team weekly and try to visit them in-person at least quarterly.      

Social injustice and environmental damage are the hidden costs behind the fast-fashion approach. We invest in sustainable apparel production and ethical workplace environments because it’s good for people and the planet.

Slow Fashion

Expert Fit

Small Batch Production

High Quality Craftsmanship

Digital Printing Practices

Sun50 Packaging

We take our corporate responsibility seriously. When it comes to safely packing your order, which is done by our in-house Minnesota team, we use eco-friendly, sustainable shipping and packing materials. Like many businesses we may not be perfect, but we want you to know when it comes to respecting our planet and humankind, you’ve made the right choice.