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Recycled nylon and repurposed plastic bottles; say hello to sustainable swimwear
When it comes to sustainable fashion, ocean-friendly swimwear is leading the charge with a raft of brands creating their garments using regenerated synthetic fibres. What’s more, many are also using their designs to highlight the importance of keeping plastic out of our oceans. With beach days ahead, you won’t want to miss our list of sustainable swimwear brands doing their bit for fashion and the environment.
We’re excited by the fact a high-street brand is taking sustainability seriously. Country Road has now added sustainable swimwear to its stable of ethically produced clothing. Made from recycled nylon sourced from fishing nets and factory off-cuts, the result is sculptural two pieces and one-pieces that you’ll want to wear time and time again.
Reversible and multi-functional, you’ll never tire of your Baiia swimwear. It’s inclusive of all all shapes and sizes and is ethically produced from recycled fabric and Oeko-Tex certified. We love their native Australian botanical prints and the fact they have gift cards too!
Just when we thought Ref couldn’t get any better we discovered its sustainable swim collection. Just like their other collections, styles are edgy enough to turn heads but still have a classic appeal that you’ll never tire of. And their sunnies, beach totes and hats are the icing on the (sustainable) cake.
Palm offers elevated designs with the environment in mind. Currently working toward a circular model, their bio-range has been developed using a new generation nylon that will naturally decompose. Pieces from their latest collection, Reverence are made from regenerated nylon and offer chlorine resistance and UV protection.
If you’re the kind of person that gets bored with your swimmers then Le Buns is the brand for you. Its Versatile collection can be worn five different ways, so you’ll never get tired of your choice. The family owned business creates their pieces from regenerated nylon and we also love their organic cotton intimates
This chic boutique swim label is made from recycled nylon – think fabric made from recycled ocean waste such as old fishing nets, carpet and fabric waste. Mix and match tops and bottoms for the perfect fit. Or opt for one of their super flattering one-pieces.
Ambra Maddalena Fossarti has created her swim collection using Econyl with every shape in mind. You can shop sets or single pieces and even have your piece customised with your name or initials. Ambra has also just launched a new ready-to-wear range that’s perfect to throw on over your swimmers.
Hand made in limited numbers, each season Shapes in the Sand donates to environmental causes like WIRES and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help with their remote beach clean ups along the Great Barrier Reef. Most recently, it has supported the Healthy Seas to help rid oceans of ghost nets that are then regenerated back into Econyl fibres. They have also designed a soluble hygiene liner made from wood pulp and non toxic ink to replace the thick plastic liners found in conventional swimwear.
Sustainably made in Melbourne using Econyl, and water-based non-toxic ink, Elle Evans not only creates great pieces for women but teens and kids too. Sales also support ACON; Australia’s largest community-based LGBTQI+ health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
Amahlia Stevens took her experience working with Patagonia and applied it to her own swim brand creating a range of sustainable fabrics optimised for swimwear. There are three fabric types – one made from nylon scraps, one from discarded plastic water bottles and the third (and one we love the most) is a plant based material made from the castor bean plant. Cool, right? We love the brands classic designs and options for a full coverage bikini bottom.
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