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Here’s the think about shopping for sustainable bathing suits: no, you can’t get ones made without petrochemical-based synthetics. I’m sorry.
I know you’ve seen some crocheted bikinis made with cotton, but unfortunately, once that crochet cotton gets wet, it stretches out. Believe me. I had one, and when I complained to the brand, their answer was that it’s not supposed to get wet. Oh! OK. It’s just decorative, then?
So, the what is a conscious consumer to do?
First, look for bathing suits made with recycled fabric, either from fishing nets or plastic water bottles. Then, look at where the textile is printed, and where the bathing suit is sewn. You want to make sure it’s made ethically in a country with strong manufacturing protections.
Lucky for you, there’s plenty to choose from with that criteria!
Made of eco-friendly recycled polyester that is certified by Fair Wear Foundation, these classy swimsuits by the lingerie/swim brand Underprotection are design in Denmark and fairly made in India.
Made in California, many of Vitamin A’s supersexy swimsuits are made with EcoLux™ fabric, a blend of Repreve® RECYCLED nylon fiber and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber for a subtle sheen and gorgeous, long-lasting fit.
Made in the USA of Italian recycled polyester/spandex fabric, these bathing suits have SPF50 built into their colorful, patterned fabrics.
Ethically made in Canada, Londre bodysuits and swimwear are made out of OEKO Tex 100 certified recycled plastic and chitosante. Chitosante is made out of crushed shells (a byproduct of the shellfish industry) and is used for its anti bacterial and odor resistant properties. Plus, it provides that smooth, controlled fit that you’d get from synthetics but is better for you and the ocean!
Fauna curates sustainable, stylish and carefully crafted swimwear (in addition to clothing and accessories) from Brazilian brands and designers. Fauna takes into account the 3 P’s: People, Planet, and Product, and each brand the online boutique carries values decreasing waste, taking care of our environment, making high-quality products that last, and producing their clothing under fair labor practices. I personally have one of their suits, and I love it! It’s made of biodegradable polyamide, which biodegrades within four years of being disposed in a landfill, and the Brazilian cut is making my love my butt again!
Fair Harbor’s swimwear is made using recycled plastic bottles in factories that the team actually visit personally and regularly. Their seamless stitching allows for a super comfortable fit that actually stays in place, whether you’re swimming, surfing, or hanging poolside.
BAIIA suits are made completely from certified Standard 100 OEKO-TEX recycled nylon. They are made transparently in China and use only water-based dyes that are certified by either GOTS, OEKO-TEX, and/or Clear To Wear. They also give 10% of their profits to charities that support education for girls and women and the environment.
Natasha Tonic’s swimwear is made out of a natural, eco-friendly hemp fabric that is anti-microbial, UV resistant, durable, and better for your skin and the planet. Their suits also can do double duty as lingerie, bodysuits, or activewear. They are designed, dyed, and sewn locally in Los Angeles, California.
Ethically made in New York City from recycled fabrics, this quality swimwear is super flattering, UPF 50+, and shockingly cheap, for only $95.
The popular athleisure brand ADAY just debuted a reversible one-piece and bikini with a top that can double as a bra. The modern, color-blocked suits are designed with recycled technical fabric made from post-consumer materials such as old plastic bottles.
The sexy sustainable fashion brand from LA now has a swim collection as well, made from recycled polyster.
GREENLEE SWIM is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California, and made from 82-83% recycled fibers.
These sleek bathing suits are made with Econyl®, 78% recycled polyamide from post-consumer materials and 22% elastane. The Italian fabric is OEKO-TEX® certified, guaranteeing that it is tested for harmful substances and are made in environmentally friendly facilities and socially responsible workplaces.
The fun, print Hotcakes line is made in LA of Italian 78% ECONYL® Recycled Polyamide and 22% Lycra® Xtra Life™. The white one on the left was designed and made in Tulum by local artisans.
This brand is so cute, I’ve considered ordering it from Australia, where it’s made. The bikinis are reversable, and the rashguards and swim leggings are mix-and-match. Everything is made of Regenerated ECONYL® lycra.
On top of Patagonia’s swimswear being made from a soft and durable 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex blend, all the sewing is done in Fair Trade certified factories.
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