We are almost halfway through summer. The sun’s out. it’s time to hit the beach, go on a hike, or swim by the lake. Do you know where your swimwear is coming from, and if it’s sustainable? We did the research for you and found 5 sustainable swimwear brands for this summer! These sustainable brands will have you looking and feeling hot (and not just because of the scorching sun).
This sustainable brand is based in Switzerland and has a local production chain in Italy. What makes this brand sustainable is that they reduce the contribution of plastics in the environment, landfills, and use of crude oil in production. Their fabrics are made of regenerated nylon from recycled plastic waste, recovered from ghost fishing nets and industrial nylon waste destined to landfills. One unique feature about the company is their website has a “what fits me” widget which allows consumers to choose their body type and then be provided with accurate sizing and clothing that best fits their body.
Abby Rose Bikini
Abby Rose is an Australian brand that produces versatile, comfortable, and timeless swimwear. It is targeted towards modern women. In terms of fabrics, it is made out of 100% regenerated Lycra, which includes fishing nets, carpets, and fabric scraps. Our favourite thing about Abby Rose is that their sustainability doesn’t end once the product is created as their packaging are also environmentally friendly. The packaging is made from corn starch and non-toxic resin which makes it biodegradable and perfect for the compost.
Demalou Bikinis targets the active woman, typically surfers. The brand is based in Germany, but the products are designed in Hong Kong. They use fabrics made with Econyl, which is a 100% regenerated polyamide fiber. The bikini fabrics are resistant to chlorine and protects itself from cream and sun oils. Our favourite thing about Demalou is that they have insights on their ABOUT web page which educates their consumers on how to care for their bikinis to introduce longevity in order to maximize sustainability.
La Palma Eco-Beachwear
La Palma produces high quality, soft, durable and water repellent sustainable beachwear that gives consumers a comfortable fit. The swimwear is manufactured through recycled plastics and is printed with eco-friendly dyes. The company aims to reduce the number of plastics that contaminate our oceans by up-cycling fishing nets and single use plastics to high quality fabrics. La Palma receives about a million plastic bottles around the world and plan to increase this by 20% by 2021. The company focuses on reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to virgin resin production. A fun fact about this company is that 10 plastic bottles are recycled with the creation of one LA Palma Short.
Oceanzen strives to deliver superior, luxurious, strong and durable swimwear that provide an ultimate fit to their consumers taste and shape. The fabric used in the swimwear is derived from extracted marine debris in our oceans as they are a leading cause of the suffocation and deaths of precious marine species. By regenerating waste, Oceanzen is able to reduce carbon emissions and be resourceful. Our favourite thing about Oceanzen is that they produce visually appealing, sexy bikinis that truly allow consumers to flaunt their bodies and not worry about any slips.
Sad that the list is done? No worries! We have an additional brand for you!
The bonus brand that made our list is Narah Soleigh (formerly Woodstrk). Narah Soleigh is sustainable luxe swimwear brand that is designed in Germany, but made in Portugal. The bikinis are visually appealing with a bohemian twist. The fabrics are made from discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps, and other materials. Unfortunately, the bikinis aren’t for sale as of now as the store is opening soon, but keep your eye out for when it opens!
That’s our list! As you concluded, all of these brands have a similar goal in mind which is to eliminate waste in our oceans. However, one thing to note is that even with fabrics such as rPET and Econyl, there’s always the issue of microplastics. As more fabric solutions become available, hopefully we’ll see less synthetic alternatives in the future. For now, the cool thing with recycled PET and nylon materials is that they create high quality fabrics while drastically reducing manufacturing emissions and reducing ocean and landfill waste!
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