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Ocean girl: Roberta Pecoraro on sustainable swimwear and a life spent in nature

In honour of World Oceans Day, Farfetch has released a range of Reformation swimwear that doesn’t compromise on the environment. Made from Econyl – regenerated nylon fabric formulated from waste such as fishing nets and landfill – it’s bound to be your next summer holiday essential. Here, model Roberta Pecoraro takes her Reformation swimsuit for a spin, and shares her personal sustainability practices with RUSSH.

Name and age …
My name is Roberta Pecoraro. Everyone calls me Robbie, and I’m 24 years old.

On her occupation …
I’ve been modelling for the past five years now.

On her roots …
I was born in Sicily, Italy, however my family and I moved over to Sydney Australia when I was two years old. I’ve lived here ever since.

On her chosen shoot location …
I chose to shoot at Bronte pool. It’s one of my favourite locations throughout summer, especially in the evenings when everyone’s beginning to leave the beach and the sun is setting. I find it so peaceful watching the waves break onto the pool.

On her proudest professional achievement …
Over the past five years, I’ve been so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel to so many places around the world and to have met and worked with so many personalities. I think all these experiences have really shaped me as a person and I’m proud of who I have become. In terms of work, one of my greatest achievements would have been in 2017, opening for Dion lee’s show during fashion week. Such an honour to have been apart Dion’s vision and to have walked in such a memorable show at the Sydney opera house.

On everyday sustainability practices …
For me, personally, I have cut down on single use plastic items. Rather than constantly buying new plastic water bottles, I have a glass bottle which I refill. I’m also a big coffee drinker so I used to go through so many takeaway coffee cups during the week, however now I have a beautiful pink ceramic keep cup that I take everywhere with me. I have also seen a great improvement throughout the supermarkets in regards to plastic shopping bags. I receive so many tote bags with clothing parcels these days, that they have become my go-to grocery bags.

“As a community we can all make a big difference through changing minor habits in our lives.”

On shopping positively …
Over the years, the way we shop has changed greatly – online shopping has become the easiest way to buy something and has a much lower environmental impact. I’m a big believer in spending that little bit extra for a better quality garment, it’s always going to last you longer and the item probably isn’t made out of a toxic fabric! I’m also a fan of shopping for second-hand clothing; some of my favourite pieces are from an op shop. In Australia, we are quite lucky to have so many of our top designers committed to sustainability. Some of my favourites would have to be Bassike, Nagnata and KITX, who focuses on using man-made fibres and natural dyes.

On World Oceans Day sustainable practices …
Another positive step towards being more sustainable is to reduce energy use. So, in that case, I’m going to start riding bikes where I can or walking more, rather than driving my car everywhere. Also, I would like to broaden my knowledge about our oceans and the ways in which we can save them.

On wearing her Reformation x Farfetch swimsuit …
You’ll definitely find me somewhere along Bondi Beach or Bronte pools this summer, wearing my new sustainable Reformation swimsuit!