If you’re dreaming of sunny skies and crystal clear waters for your next responsible travel destination — like we are — this guide is just for you. With recycled eco-friendly swimwear, chic fair trade sandals, and multifunctional accessories, we’ve curated the ultimate warm-weather travel guide so you can travel consciously in style.
ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE SWIMWEAR
1. Sensi Graves Olivia One-Piece — $95
Kiteboarder-tested and fashionista-approved, Sensi Grave’s Olivia One-Piece checks off all the boxes — from durability and comfort to style and coverage. Each piece exceeds standards for sustainability and is made from ECONYL™ (regenerated nylon) or REPREVE (a recycled material made from plastic bottles). Check out this article to learn more about ECONYL™ and REPREVE.
2. Sensi Graves Issy Top and Jennifer Bikini Bottom in Ruby — $52 to $58
If a two-piece is more your style, look no further than these eco-bikinis. The Issy Top is one of our favorite sustainable swim pieces with its strappy back and sturdy-yet-comfy underbust elastic. This set is seriously the ultimate swimsuit for spending all day at the beach — whether you’re into watersports or just lounging by the water with a good book.
3. Saturday Swimwear Isla Top and Layla Bottom in Rain — $55 to $60
Saturday Swimwear proves a stylish swim set doesn’t have to come at the expense of comfort, support, or our planet. Each swimsuit is designed for adventure and crafted with ECONYL™, a regenerated nylon made from discarded fishing nets and other plastic waste. And as if we needed more reasons to love this label, Saturday Swimwear also uses 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging, and produces their pieces locally in the United States.
SUSTAINABLE SANDALS AND SLIDES
4. Darzah Tatreez Cross Sandal in Blue — $189
It’s always a challenge to narrow down shoe selections when packing for a trip, but we’d always make room for this hand-embroidered pair! Darzah’s Tatreez Cross Sandals are a contemporary take on a traditional Palestinian art form and are handmade by refugee and low-income women artisans in Palestine’s West Bank.
5. Nisolo Ecuador Huarache in Burnt Sienna — $118
When it’s too cool for flip-flops, but too warm for sneakers, Nisolo’s huarache sandals are your goldilocks pair of warm-weather shoes. Each pair of huaraches are handmade by artisans in an ethical factory that Nisolo owns and operates. Fun fact: The huarache actually dates all the way back to pre-Columbian Mexico and is still a staple across many cultures and countries.
EARTH-FIRST TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
6. Nisolo Black Weekender Bag — $198
Nisolo’s sustainable canvas travel bag is spacious without being bulky, making it a go-to bag for any weekend getaway. The interior zipper pocket and stow pocket are useful for storing essentials like your wallet, and the removable crossbody strap is a game-changer when it comes to convenience. Nisolo’s weekender bags are all handmade in an ethical factory in León, Mexico.
Rattan handbags are the sustainable statement piece we can’t get enough of! They have a unique texture and give us the feeling of summer year-round. Hathorway has truly mastered the woven rattan bag aesthetic with this rectangular crossbody accented with ethically sourced buffalo horn.
9. AnatoliCo Brooklyn Turkish Towel — $55
AnatoliCo’s cotton-linen towel can be used as a beach blanket, shawl, or bath towel, making it a multifunctional must-have for warm-weather getaways. The handwoven piece is also lightweight, ensuring you can pack it in your weekender bag with ease. Each towel was crafted by local artisans in Turkey earning fair wages.
10. Lumafina Forma Earrings — $60
Luggage on vacation is a lot like a pair of earrings — the lighter the better! These wood earrings from Lumafina look large and in charge, but they are actually oh so very, very light. Choose the natural wood pair to go with pretty much any outfit, or pick a color that matches your eco-bikini or sarong. Each pair of Lumafina earrings are made by owner Hilary Alexander in small batches in Portland, Oregon.
SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CLOTHING
11. AnatoliCo Karia Kaftan Tan on Petrol — $98
It might be warm during the day, but it sure can get chilly at night. Good thing this kaftan from AnatoliCo is there to warm you up. Easily worn over a swimsuit, used as a cover-up, or wrapped around you by the fire, this piece is as versatile as it is beautiful. And every kaftan is hand loomed by local artisans in Turkey using heritage weaving techniques.
Dushyant Asthana’s handmade short-sleeve shirt is a fresh, elevated take on a casual summer button-down. It’s a genderless piece that can be worn untucked with jeans or tied up with a pair of high-waisted shorts. The fabric is printed completely by hand using traditional screen-printing techniques, and the well-tailored pieces are crafted in small batches across communities in India.
Getaways call for effortlessly stylish pieces like this soft, slightly oversized shift dress from Soluna Collective. Pair it with a brimmed straw hat and tan mules by day, or strap on a pair of heeled sandals to easily transform the dress to an evening-ready look by night. Soluna Collective’s ethical shift dresses are made with Tencel and low-impact, AZO-free dyes.
A summer shirtdress will be your new go-to wardrobe staple. With a classic midi hemline, side slits for easy movement, and pockets, it’s perfect for work, happy hour, and everything in between. Symbology is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices and paying livable wages to the artisans.
15. Tonlé Srey Long Vest in Ocean — $168
Inspired by the movement and vibrant hues of the sea, we can’t think of a better piece to rock as a cover-up to the beach than this zero-waste long vest from tonlé. This flowy, handwoven piece looks just as great with a dress as with a tee and jeans, making it a versatile vacation essential.
16. Softwear Women’s Modal Hoodie and Modal Jogger in Dune — $78 to $88
Face it — You’re probably going to have to take a plane to that warm-weather getaway. When you do, make sure you’re ready to brave those cold airplane cabin temperatures with this buttery soft modal hoodie and jogger set. Super sustainable and super snuggly, this track suit will turn heads and ensure that napping on the plane is a cinch. Plus each jogger is super stretchy, comfortable for any body type, and was made completely in the USA.