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. Saturday Swimwear Isla Recycled Swim Top in Clay and Nina Recycled Swim Bottom in Clay — $60 and $55
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 sews their pieces locally in the United States.
Beach-ready and fashionista-approved, Wolven’s Recycled One-Piece checks off all the boxes — from durability and comfort to style and coverage. Made with anti-microbial fabric and post-consumer recycled plastic, you can enjoy your swim in the ocean with no worries. Plus, Wolven removes one pound of waste from the ocean with each purchase.
3. Sensi Graves Alexa Recycled Bikini Top in Flower Power and Lindsy Recycled Bikini Bottom — $70 and $65
Look and feel amazing at the pool or beach with Sensi Graves’ Recycled bikini. Each piece is made with Econyl or Repreve recycled fabrics which consist of plastic water bottles, plastic waste found in the ocean, and reclaimed fishing nets.
Sustainable Sandals and Slides
4. Nisolo Isla Slide Sandal in Bone — $81
It’s always a challenge to narrow down shoe selections when packing for a trip, but we’d always make room for this minimalistic, perfect-with-every-outfit pair! Nisolo’s Isla Slide Sandals are handmade in ethical factories in Mexico, and the vegetable tanned leather used in making these shoes are ethically sourced and come from tanneries who implement eco friendly waste disposal systems and are committed high environmental standards.
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
Effortlessly and stylishly carry around everything you need while out and about with this Rattan Day Tote Bag. Made in small batches, each bag is handcrafted with Borneo rattan by artisans in Bali using traditional heritage techniques that were passed down for generations. The attention to detail and premium craftsmanship put into every bag make it ideal for withstanding everyday wear and tear for years to come.
All your toiletries and skin care must-haves are safe and sound in this Adventurer Cork Cosmetics Bag. It’s not only naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant, but it’s also 100% vegan. The interior features a waterproof, waxed canvas lining, so this bag is prepared for any accidental spills or messes that may come your way while traveling.
This lightweight and ultra-absorbent beach towel handmade in Kenya will be the ultimate warm weather staple for all your vacations. Made with 100% cotton kikoy cloth and featuring polyester microfiber terry lining, this towel is extra absorbent and quick drying. Plus, it features a hidden velcro pocket to discreetly hide your keys or phone.
9. Nisolo Canvas Weekender in Amber — $200
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.
If you’re looking for a minimalist piece of jewelry that still evokes summertime vibes, this Deep Pearl Recycled Gold Ring is for you. Made with ethically sourced Mother of Pearl and featuring recycled 14k gold filling, this beautiful ring is made to last a lifetime. Consider checking out these matching earrings to complete the look!
Earrings on vacation are a lot like luggage — the lighter the better! These minimal drop earrings are super lightweight and versatile, fitting in with any of your travel outfits while adding a pop of color an intrigue. Each pair is handmade using upcycled plastic from recovered plastic water bottles, then finished off with recycled metal hardware.
Sustainable Travel Clothing
12. WVN Wildflower Sita Dress — $218
Bold, colorful, and airy, this flowing Wildflower Sita Dress is the perfect piece to wear when enjoying outdoor summer dinners, reading by the beach, or exploring a new city in style. Handmade with 100% organic cotton eco twill and featuring hand block printed designs, this dress will keep you looking your best and last for years to come.
13. Mata Traders Dakota Ikat Dress — $92
Enjoy some fun in the sun with this stunning dress. Made with 100% handwoven ikat cotton for breathability and hand-dyed by a co-op of women artisans in India and Nepal, the beauty of the heritage artform used to create this dress shines through every day. And the best part — it has hidden pockets!
Mata Traders is a woman-run company who’s Fair Trade verified by the Fair Trade Federation. All their garments are thoughtfully designed, slowly produced to minimize their environmental impact and all their women artisans and partners are paid fair living wages.
14. WVN Bailey Top — $108
WVN’s Bailey Top is a timeless, minimalist-inspired top that can easily be styled up for whatever vacation activities you’re up to. It’s made with hand-spun GOTS certified organic cotton khadi, a heritage textile in India, and includes shell buttons for a subtle and elegant touch.
15. Coyuchi Solstice Romper in Rosehip — $68
Coyuchi’s Solstice Romper is made of GOTS certified 100% organic cotton that ensures earth-friendly breathability. Irresistibly soft and ultra-comfy, this romper is a perfect summer staple for strolling down the beach or just lounging on the couch for a nice night in. Coyuchi designs each of their pieces with environmental and social sustainability in mind by exclusively working with fair trade manufacturers who implement earth-first techniques like reducing waste, water recycling, and renewable energy.