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. BOLD Swim Ava Swim Set — $145
This BOLD Swim Ava Swim 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. Even better, these pieces are made from biodegradable Amni Soul Eco® yarn and provide UV protection.
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
6. Nipomo Backpack Canasta — $92
This versatile tote-meets-backpack from Nipomo can be filled with sustainably-sourced foods for your next outdoor picnic, fairly-made beach accessories for a swim at the beach, or fresh produce at your local farmer’s market.
Each bag is handwoven by artisans in Mexico from palm leaves and features vegetable-tanned leather straps, perfect for taking on your next sustainability-minded warm-weather adventure.
7. Tiradia Cork Brunch Pack Backpack — $88
Tiradia Cork’s backpack is an accessory you won’t want to miss out on. Made with natural cork and dyed using natural vegetable dyes, this cute mini-sized backpack can be mixed and matched to fit any outfit. While the backpack may be small, the assortment of pockets built into it ensure room for all your everyday essentials in organized compartments.
This backpack is certified-PETA vegan, waterproof, durable, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, biodegradable and made from recyclable cork. Tiradia Cork produces their cork using an eco friendly and sustainable method by having skilled tradespeople carefully strip the bark of the cork tree by hand instead of chopping the whole tree down. Each backpack is handcrafted in Aveiro, Portugal.
8. Salt + Umber Bamboo Handle Wicker Tote — $119
Whether you’re spending the day sightseeing and shopping or lazing around on the beach, this generously sized tote bag will stylishly fit all of your essentials. These sturdy bags are handwoven from all natural straw, then finished off with solid bamboo handles.
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.
10. 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.
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. Poplinen Jane Cuffed Hemp Tee in Golden — $48
This Poplinen Jane Cuffed Hemp Tee is the perfect summer staple to add to your wardrobe. Made with 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton, this tee is lightweight and incredibly comfortable.
Poplinen is a POC and woman-owned company who pays living wages to all their workers. They produce clothes that are size inclusive and only use eco friendly and sustainably harvested materials like certified organic cotton, hemp, organic linen and bamboo.
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. Mata Traders Winnie Ikat Dress in Cherry — $124
Mata Trader’s hand-dyed and hand-woven ikat Winnie Ikat Dress is a great casual dress for any occasion. Handmade by artisans in India and Nepal, Mata Traders makes their dresses with heritage techniques to create their bold, vibrant, elegant, and colorful prints stand out. Mata Traders is a women-owned and women-run company who’s verified by the Fair Trade Federation and pays fair livable wages to their artisans.
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.