By Kim Robson:
Summer’s in full force, and many of us are retreating to the pool, beach or waterpark for relief. That means swimwear! But, unfortunately, most swimwear is made of fabrics derived from nonrenewable resources: nylon, Spandex, Lycra and polyester. Below is a list of sources for sustainable swimwear made from recycled materials. Getting your summer fun on doesn’t have to mean cladding yourself in plastics!
Patagonia— Made from a soft and durable 83% recycled polyester/17% spandex blend. AND all the sewing is done in Fair Trade-certifiedfactories.
Mara Hoffman— Some pieces are Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard certified, and many are made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton. Made in the U.S. of Italian recycled polyester/spandex fabric, with an SPF 50 built in.
Vitamin A— Sustainably produced luxury swimsuits and beachwear designed and made in California. Pieces have a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon. Prints are created at factories with low carbon footprints using a water-saving process.
Woron— Sustainable swimwear options in partnership with Spanish brand All Sisters.Eco-friendly Econyl nylon made from recycled plastics, carpet and fishing nets in a closed loop system, drastically reducing waste and emissions.
Auria— Luxury swimwear brand based in the UK and inspired by 1980s L.A. beach culture. Econyl fabric is used for most of their pieces. Design and manufacture of all pieces are within England, reducing their carbon footprint.
Finch Designs— All pieces exclusively use Repreve® certified fabric made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. All fabric and trims are Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard certified.
Fauna— Sustainable, stylish and carefully crafted swimwear from Brazilian designers. Each online boutique values decreasing waste, protecting the environment, and making high quality products under fair labor practices. Look for suits made with biodegradable polyamide, which biodegrades within four years in a landfill.
Outerknown— Designed in Southern California in a collaboration between World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater and acclaimed designer John Moore, their men’s swim trunks are made from recycled fishing nets and other nylon waste from the North Atlantic.
Amara Tulum— Their Hotcakes line is made in L.A. of 78% Italian Econyl® Recycled Polyamideand 22% Lycra® Xtra Life™. Pieces are designed and made in Tulum by local artisans.
Fair Harbor— Swimwear is made from recycled plastic bottles in factories that are personally and regularly visited.
Natasha Tonic— Natural, eco-friendly hemp fabric that is anti-microbial, UV resistant and durable. Suits can double as lingerie, bodysuits or activewear. Designed, dyed and sewn locally in Los Angeles, California.
Elle Evans— This Australian brand’s pieces are made of Regenerated ECONYL® Lycra. Bikinis are reversible, and everything is mix-and-match.
Underprotection— Eco-friendly recycled polyester is Fair Wear Foundation certified, designed in Denmark and fairly made in India.
ADAY— Designed with recycled technical fabric made from post-consumer materials such as old plastic bottles. They just debuted a reversible one-piece and a bikini top that can double as a bra.
Greenlee Swim— Designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California, and made from 82-83% recycled fibers.
Kim L. Robson
Author, The Dreaming Trilogy
Dreaming I Die (coming soon)