15 Stylish Summer Staples You Won't Believe Are Sustainable

Need a swimsuit? How about a beach towel? Shop these stylish finds that just so happen to be eco-friendly.

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March 27, 2019

Retro-Inspired One Piece

When we heard that major retailer Madewell was releasing a sustainable swimwear collection, we may or may not have squealed with excitement. Called Second Wave, the line boasts 32 bikinis and one-pieces, including this striped number made from eight water bottles. TBH, that's the only kind of plastic we want to see on the beach.

Buy It: Madewell, $75

Reversible Bikini Top

Instead of purchasing two swimsuits for summer, consider investing in something reversible. You'll not only cut your consumption in half, but you'll also get more wear out of your wardrobe. This bikini top switches from navy to violet and is made from recycled nylon.

Buy It: Patagonia, $65

Striped Swim Trunks

Your swim trunks look so much better when they're positively impacting our planet. Made from 92-percent recycled polyester (which contains PET, the same material used in plastic water bottles), these striped shorts will prevent even more waste from ending up in our oceans.

Buy It: Nordstrom Rack, $19.97 (Originally $40)

Bold Beach Towel

Claim your spot on the sand with this bold, citrus-yellow beach towel. Not only is the fabric super soft, but it's also made from 100-percent organic cotton, a material that isn't treated with pesticides and conserves more natural resources like water.

Buy It: West Elm, $31 (Originally $39)

Glass Water Bottle

Why sweat over whether or not your plastic water bottle will end up in a landfill when you could switch to a container that's cute and reusable? This glass bottle even has a loop strap for your wrist or bag, so you'll never leave home without it.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $16

Cooling Cap

Keep your cool with a cap that has a wide bill and an open-mesh back. This piece from Patagonia is specifically designed for running in the summer heat and is made from recycled nylon.

Buy It: Patagonia, $29

Polarized Sunglasses

If you're going to purchase new shades for the summer, do your part and get a pair made from 100-percent recycled fishing nets. We're big fans of these polarized sunglasses from Costa Del Mar, which will protect your eyes from harsh glares and help protect our oceans.

Buy It: Amazon, $153.28

Simple Sundress

We love a simple sundress, especially when it's made from materials grown on sustainable farms. With its spaghetti straps, racer back and 100-percent TENCEL lyocell fabric, this little number will keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Buy It: Patagonia, $129

High-Waisted Jeans

Now that it's finally crop-top season, you might be on the lookout for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans, and we've found just the thing. Dyed using shrimp shells, this denim requires 65-percent fewer chemicals and 75-percent less water than conventional fabric. Wear these and you'll step into summer with a much smaller carbon footprint.

Buy It: Madewell, $89.99 (Originally $110.00)

Soft Floral Top

Just looking at this adorable top, you might not guess that it was made from textile scraps in Guatemala. Dress it up with a pair of dark jeans for work, or combine it with cut-offs for a light and airy weekend look.

Buy It: Madewell, $78

Patchwork Wallet

While you're at it, you may as well shop the matching wallet. We love how the multi-patterned design not only makes use of old textile scraps but also gives the piece the charm of a patchwork quilt. You can even use it as a cute clutch.

Buy It: Madewell, $35

Trusty Market Tote

A trustworthy tote bag is hard to find — until now. If you need something for the farmers' market or beach, pick this sturdy piece. It's made from a process that reduces scrap fabric, it has comfortable shoulder straps and it's deep enough to hold all of your essentials.

Buy It: Patagonia, $29

Green ShedRain Umbrella

While we hope that your summer is filled with blue skies and sunshine, it doesn't hurt to prepare for some scattered showers. Instead of a flimsy $5 umbrella that you'll have to replace, invest in a durable ShedRain Ecoverse. The umbrella's canopy is made from soda bottles and has a recycled aluminum shaft, so it's green all around.

Buy It: Amazon, $32

Floral + Striped Scarf

Though small, a bandana can change your outfit and the planet for the better. If you're looking for something to wear or tie around a tote, shop this floral and striped scarf, which is made from 100-percent recycled polyester.

Buy It: Target, $9.99

Gold Hug-Hoop Earrings

Complete your look with a pair of responsibly recycled gold earrings. You'll notice that they contain a little touch of peridot, which just so happens to be the official gemstone of August.

Buy It: Nordstrom, $290