ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – A Design Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Travel in 2020

By Darrell Hartman

From hotels, resorts, and accessories to airlines and cruises, better design is making a world of difference for travelers

The act of traveling right now oozes ecological contradiction. A trip typically consumes more precious resources than staying at home does, but can also remind a traveler of what makes the planet worth caring about in the first place. And even as the industry has taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment—by lowering per-traveler rates of carbon emissions and plastic waste, for example—the number of people traveling worldwide climbs ever higher. It could all be a wash.


Produced from old carpets, ocean-clogging fishing nets, and other upcycled materials, Econyl is a proprietary synthetic fabric that’s gone high-fashion lately; Prada has released a collection of travel-friendly bags made from it, and has committed to replacing all virgin nylon with Econyl by 2021.


Headed to the Caribbean this winter? Fisch and Mara Hoffman are making some of the best-looking Econyl swimsuits out there.


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