By Sandra Ramani / August 29, 2013

Available in an array of eye-catching colors—and one lovely leaf pattern—Keen’s Maderas is the perfect canvas shoe to take you from boat to street. From the brand’s Vegan collection, these are made with a direct vulcanized process, which means there are no adhesives. $60;

Summer style should be all about ease and comfort—no-fuss pieces that work for steamy temperatures, can take you from the outdoors to the office, and pack well for that last-minute weekend getaway. Versatility is key; after all, it’s summertime, and the living is easy. With a few more weeks (at least) of warm weather upon us, here are our eco-picks for enjoying the dog days of summer in comfort, ease and style.


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Nomadic Thread Society sources from small producers and artisan collectives around the world, all of them ethical and fair trade. The pieces are unique and colorful, and often pull double-duty: Kenyan Sarong Towels have a stylish sarong-pattern on one side, and a 100 percent cotton-terry towel on the other; lie on the oversized East African Beach Throws, then use them as cover-ups. The Turkish Beach Shawls are a modern riff on the traditional Hammam Towel, which Nomadic also features. Starting at $56;


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This eco-friendly Sprout 6500 series LED watch is made from white corn resin (case and bracelet), natural wood (engraved bezel), mineral crystals (lens), and natural mother of pearl (illuminated dial.) It’s also got an outside minute track, an LED-lit face and mercury-free battery. Available in a variety of fun colors. $80;

Aug13_style_04Sustainable Swim

EcoSwim suits are sustainably made from recycled materials (i.e. post-consumer and industrial waste).There are lots of stylish one-piece and separates options, including this chic bandeau blouson top, which ties at the waist over bottoms of your choice. Prices vary; see for retailers.

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Slowcolor’s floaty linen scarves and shawls may look elegantly simple, but there’s more there than meets the eye: the fair-trade eco-textile company has everything made by artisans in India paid a living wage using traditional techniques, pesticide-free fabrics, and soft, natural plant- and mineral-based colors. Starting at $69;

Aug13_style_05Summer Slip-Ons

Spa-favorite Oka B’s lightweight thongs, slides and ballet flats are hand-crafted in Georgia from recycled materials and can be thrown in the washing machine—so no worry if they end up full of sand. Top summer flip-flops include the Harper, adorned with little pearls, and the Eloise and Lillian, both topped with enamel-and-crystal starfish. Starting at $24;


Sandra Ramani

Sandra Ramani

Senior Contributing Editor at Organic Spa Magazine
In addition to serving as OSM’s Senior Contributing Editor, writer/editor Sandra Ramani covers travel, wellness, and lifestyle topics for such publications as Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Premier Traveler, AFAR, Bridal Guide, Elite Traveler, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is also the author of “Day Trips from Dallas / Fort Worth,” now in its second edition. Recent assignments have found her sleeping in the Sahara, hopping helicopters in New Zealand, and making this new friend in Bali.
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