Every week, we deliver DROP EVERYTHING – a first-class round-up of the most urgent, sustainable, progressive and forward-thinking releases that need to go straight into your wardrobe.
Resortwear brands appear to be all sunshine and smiles, glowing with an enviable, effervescent radiance usually reserved for the rich and shameless. Without throwing shade, though, a lot of these labels are built on the kind of plastic that gets fish – and, rightly, the eco-aware among us – in a right tangle.
Fifteen percent of all marine litter washes up on our beaches each year, taking dynastic lifetimes to decompose (plastic bottles, say, take up to a thousand years to break down). Scarier, still, is that a third of plastic waste in oceans comes from microfibres: plastic particles from synthetic clothes shed while you’re doing your laundry.
While it’s a little unlikely that you’ll end up whipping off an item of clothing and leaving it on the beach (lucky you), we think it makes sense to wear to the coast clothes that are kind to it, too. Otherwise, it’s a little like wearing an alligator jacket to a crocodile sanctuary. Let’s go.
It’s no wonder that swimwear brand Rielli is facing a slight wait for delivery due to sheer demand right now: it’s a breath of fresh, sea-kissed air. Started by Haitian-American designer Arielle Claudine Baril in 2019, it’s sustainable and inclusive, with pieces, made by hand in Arielle’s living room, running up to a UK 18. You’ll get your brightly coloured crinkle set in totally compostable packaging, too, meaning the seabirds will be singing your praises when you hit the beach.
Drop everything and get…the SAHARA // OCHRE swimsuit, finished with a scoop neck, low or high rise bottoms and solar-energised with seventies vibes.
Palladium has partnered again with eco-conscious outdoors brand Finisterre for a waterproof, durable footwear capsule. Made from five repurposed plastic bottles and recycled rubber soles to boot, the low and high ankle variants are rock-solid, sturdy kicks made for gliding through wet, sludgy beaches. No grain of sand is needed when it comes to Finisterre’s credentials, either: rated ‘good’ by tough cookie sustainable fashion aggregators Good On You, its plastic-free packaging and stringent limits on water usage means its kind to our oceans.
Drop everything and get…the PALLAFIN PAMPA OXFORD, a new low ankle variation with branded taping and a lower neon orange tab.
While Bondi-born sunglasses brand Le Specs still features main collections with old-school polymers, its new-ish Le Sustain diffusion is right up our seaside street. Wildly, twenty three percent of each pair of glasses derives from cellulose fibres obtained from meadow grass (like, literal grass), with the rest being lifted from recycled plastics. Swinging your way in zero-waste packaging and a chic recycled jersey pouch, it’s summer-ready eyewear imagined through green-tinted lenses.
Drop everything and get…the RESUMPTION | STONE, a killer pair of cat-eye shades with gold-coloured hardware and a diaphanous beige frame.
Beach towels, those things tourists like to fling down onto resort loungers to try to claim, are usually made with water-guzzling cotton, but Anaskela have turned the tide with their sustainable options. Compact and lightweight, they’re made with one-hundred-percent recycled PET and designed to be quick-drying, meaning more time swimming and less time shivering. Expect pastel, geometric patterns, mosaic motifs and classic windbreaker stripes, to be flung onto your shoulder as just as much of an accessory as it is a towel (or lounger-claimer).
Drop everything and get…the abyss yellow towel, finished in earthy, terracotta tones and sky blues.