The Summer is upon us and whether you are going away for holidays, planning a weekend beach getaway or attending a pool party, finding the perfect-fitting swimsuit that is ethically made and sustainable can be a daunting task.
When choosing sustainable swimwear, cotton or hemp are the most eco friendly fabrics to consider but understandably not very many companies can design and use these soft materials in such a way that they would be just fine in the water. The good news is that it is indeed possible for these materials to not sag when wet if elastane or Lycra is added in the fabric.
Synthetic fabrics made from recycled materials, like fishing nets and plastic bottles on the other hand, do not retain as much water and dry a lot faster but can still pollute the oceans by shedding microfibers of plastic every time we swim and wash them. If you opt for swimsuits in recycled materials make sure to wash them in cold water (preferably in a Guppyfriend bag to reduce shedding) and line dry.
Thinking about, fit, sizing and the design is also a huge factor when purchasing swimwear so here are a few eco friendly brands to consider before you invest on your beach ready wardrobe.
Their swimsuits are made ethically in LA out of regenerated polyamide yarn (fishing nets). They ship internationally.
This eco-friendly and fair-trade brand has one objective: to enhance women’s figures while respecting our planet.
Luz’s exclusive 93/7 fabric was designed to be a perfect blend of elastane and GOTS organic-certified cotton of the highest quality and respect the environment and your skin. They ship in the UK.
Organic, eco friendly, hypoallergenic clothing and swimwear. Hemp huggers uses 54% hemp, 43% organic cotton and 3% Lycra, to create tie-dyed awesome Boho styles. They ship internationally.
Their designs are made in Amni Soul Eco® fabric, the world’s first biodegradable polyamide 6.6 yarn, which formula has been improved to allow clothes to quickly decompose after being disposed in landfills.
RESET PRIORITY is a beachwear brand creating exclusive contemporary pieces from their studio based in Barcelona. Their pieces are made using OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified fabrics, they are tested for harmful substances plus are made in socially responsible workplaces. Their swimsuits have detachable details and can be worn as tops! They also ship internationally.
Vesika Pisces (a last minute addition to this list)
I was about to publish this Blog post when I discovered another emerging UK based brand called: Vesika Pisces. The designer creates fully lined (in organic cotton) swimwear, very comfortable and lightweight. Her first capsule collection is called the ‘Naked Collection’ and consists of ultra comfortable pieces, as seam free as possible, no elastics and made mainly from organic cotton. You can find her pieces only on Instagram and Facebook for now.
Tips on how to care for your swimwear
- Handwash and air dry or wash in the machine in a Handwash setting only and dry on Low Heat setting.
- If you opt for swimsuits in recycled materials make sure to wash them in cold water (preferably in a Guppyfriend bag to reduce shedding) and line dry.
- Never soak a swimsuit overnight as it can loosen its fibers.
- Don’t let a swimsuit dry directly in the sun as this may cause the colours to fade.
- Don’t put a swimsuit in the dryer because the heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex.
- Don’t hang a swimsuit on a metal rod to dry. Hanging can alter the shape of the garment, while the metal rod could leave a rust mark that’s impossible to get out.
- Don’t sit on rough surfaces while wearing a swimsuit. The concrete beside the pool or wood from the lounge chairs may snag the swimsuit material. Always lay down a towel before you sit.
Just to add here that if you are looking for an eco friendly durable beach bag, you can have a look at the brand Wyatt and Jack for oversized totes. They are made entirely from up-cycled bouncy castle vinyl and lined in a mix of salvaged tents, beach parasols and gazebo canvas. (UK based).
Have you ever purchased from an eco-friendly swimwear brand? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch with me on Social Media.