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Your go-to guide to this season’s eco-conscious resort brands

WORDS BY FLORA MACDONALD JOHNSTON

Did you know you can make swimwear out of plastic bottles and fishnets? In fact you can create all kinds of garments from waste and they’re not only sustainable, but high quality and long lasting. Be it fabrics made with biodegradable dyes composed of vegetable extracts, or footwear created with natural rubbers and latex. We highlight a few of our resort brands going the extra eco-mile to do their bit for the planet without compromising substance or style.

WHAT IS IT?

Voluminous and flamboyant swimwear and ready-to-wear in superior fabrics and flattering cuts.

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

You may be thinking ‘surely swimwear that looks this good can’t also be eco-friendly?’ – well, you’re wrong! Coronel’s focus on sustainability is core to its ethos. All manufacturing fabrics are certified under ISO 14001 international standards, meaning its attempts at being kind to the environment are far from superficial. Excess scraps are upcycled throughout production, minimizing waste wherever possible, and the company promotes a seasonless approach to their design. Founded in Cartagena, Columbia, the brand cuts emissions and promotes traditional artisanal culture by using local production houses, as well as supporting Columbian talent with its design and business internship programmes. 

WHAT IS IT?

Easy-to-throw-on midi dresses with a dose of bohemia and hand-embroidered intricate patterns.

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

Drawing inspiration from their global travels and the cultures they have discovered around the world, founders Cecile and Peter D'Ascoli employ traditional ancient methods that have a low carbon footprint. Handweaving, digital-printing and hand-embroidery are not only socially responsible, ethical means of production, but these methods preserve the integrity of artisanal techniques - ensuring collections are made in limited quantities and never mass produced.

WHAT IS IT?

A series of dresses and two-piece sets with playful detailing and even more playful prints, all inspired by 1940s silhouettes.

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

Being an Aussie brand, it’s unsurprising that Oroton is leading the way with its sustainable practices. From transit packaging to swing tags, all Oroton’s packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, which are also chemical-free. If that wasn’t enough, it has also partnered with biotech leaders to discover innovative fabrics for its collections, and pledge to only work with suppliers that are aligned with them ethically.  

WHAT IS IT?

Sleek and minimal bikinis and costumes designed with buckle and belt detailling. 

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

Reimagining and repurposing fisherman nets and waste from landfill, Medina’s swimwear is made entirely from ECONYL, a recycled nylon found in the ocean, and are also UV-proof, sunscreen, chlorine and oil resistant. Can they do more? Yes. Medina donate a portion of sales to charitable organisations that help clean up the oceans. This season it’s partnering with Restore Coral, a Tulum-based initiative that renews local coral reef systems by offering volunteer programs. The outcome? Elevated eco-friendly swimwear with socially responsible production strategies that help regenerate employment for disadvantaged POC communities. Win-win. 

WHAT IS IT?

Architectural stand-out pieces inspired by the decorative arts. 

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

Vanda Jacintho’s measures to be environmentally friendly range from its materials used to the designs she creates. Preaching a multi-dressing approach, the Peggy’s Panneau and Flame sarong [HYPERLINK BOTH HERE] can be worn 4 ways (a dress, a jumpsuit - the possibilities are endless), meaning ready-to-wear has longevity and value. Using natural materials, the company’s silk is Abvtex-certified, which is then dyed with Oeko Tex-certified dyes, ensuring they are biodegradable and water soluble. When using resin and metal for jewellery, the Jacintho team are careful not to use any excess materials, and the little excess resin there is, is then reduced into a powder to be recycled for reuse. Metals are also oxidised naturally and slowly so no toxic fumes are released, and also means each piece is completely unique and made in limited quantities. 

WHAT IS IT?

Swimwear with tropical and floral motifs and cheeky cuts inspired by its Latin American heritage. 

HOW IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY?

Being environmentally conscious is at the heart of Verdelimon’s design and manufacturing processes. In an interview with Forbes, founder Silvia de Brigard explained that in an effort to be more sustainable, the brand uses fabrics made out of recycled PET bottles. “For each swimsuit created, between 8-14 bottles will be used,” she explained. They also have eliminated plastic from all packaging, instead opting for 100% organic cotton for its protective bag. Like with many swimwear labels, Verdelimon is created with a timeless aesthetic, hoping that customers will look after and wear its garments year after year. 

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