Lovely, sustainable swimwear
Summer is officially coming! It may not feel like it during these surreal times, but hopefully, we will be able to go for a swim despite the circumstances.
According to Wolven Threads, an estimated 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean every year. 80 percent of this is a plastic that kills marine life and pollutes the once working ecosystem. This is terrible facts, but luckily there are plenty of companies wanting to do something about it, who wants to change the fashion industry. The world thrives with thoughtful and unselfish people who want to make a difference.
Down below I have made a list with some of my favourite labels for you wonderful people!
Remember that the fabrics that are made out of plastic (nylon etc.) release microplastics. Therefore I highly recommend you to use a Guppy Friend or similar when washing the product. This goes for all fabrics made out of plastic. Such as some activewear, blankets and bathrobes.
More than 95% of Vitamin A products, including many of the fabrics are manufactured locally in Southern California. When needed they partner with fair trade artisan groups to promote women’s economic empowerment in the developing world. They aim to reduce their impact and use their voices to raise awareness and generate change. The materials they use are different types of recycled nylon materials and raw, natural materials, such as BioSculpt, based on castor bean, EcoCotton made out of recycled cotton and Tencel® and thirdly EcoLinen, made out of whole flax plant which means zero waste. They support "1% for the Planet" which means they give 1% of gross sales each year to environmental nonprofits.)
"Sustainability is sexy" - Vitamin A
Info and pictures from their website: Vitaminaswim.com
Mymarinis an ethical and sustainable company. The swimwear has high quality - made to last. The garments are made in Croatia. The yarn, the labels and the packaging are sourced from Germany. The designs and the patterns are made from the Mymarni team in Hamburg. And the fabric is made in Italy. All partners in the supply chain are fairly paid. All production steps take place in a radius of only 600km. This is how we can ensure the short ways can be covered without a plane. The fabric is made out of ECONYL® and their production requires less water. The water can be used in up to 5 cycles and 36% of the whole water use can be fully recycled and traced back directly to nature.
"Produced sustainably – with respect for our planet and environment" - Mymarni
Info and pictures from mymarini.com
This retro-inspired brand sells swimwear made out of recycled polyester. The fabrics and materials used in the process are thoughtfully chosen in response to their acknowledgement of their responsibility to minimise their impact on our beautiful earth. The products are creating a positive impact on the global community. Their work for a better planet among other things includes: working on discouraging ‘fast fashion’ by focusing on small production runs of well made, lasting pieces. Using compostable garment bags and mailing satchels, and shipping plastic-free parcels. They work closely to their makers in both China & Indonesia and they are paid above the minimum wage and their working environments are safe and clean. They are also free to work from home so they can be with their friends and family.
"Our Designs are ideal for the barefoot wanderers, sunshine seekers, ocean souls, with salt stained skin & sparkling eyes" - Salté Designs
Info and pictures from salte.com.au
For the fabric, they use ECONYL® which is created from waste from around the world, such as fishing nets pulled from the ocean and fabric scraps left over from industry. Their ECONYL® yarn is sourced from Italy. They design and produce the pieces in London, using a small local factory being heavily involved in every step of the production, ensuring high ethical and sustainable standards with higher wages and world class working conditions. They have a zero waste approach to garment production, only collaborate with ethical suppliers, use biodegradable and eco friendly packaging, use carbon neutral shipping, have energy saving motors on all equipment. All in all, they focus on quality, not quantity.
"SUSTAINABLE. ETHICAL. BEAUTIFUL" - Stay Wild
Lovely, minimalistic, reversible, ethical and sustainable swimwear. Designed in Tulum and made in Mexico by local artisans. They organize beach cleanups in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere to help protect wildlife. The fabric is Italian, where they focus on reducing pollution, protect green spaces, preserve water & monitor emissions. The swimsuits are made out of ECONYL®, from sources such as fishing nets, and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ which is made to last. They focus on timeless, lasting product, teaching the world to do more with less. Witch is why their products are reversible, and you can mix and match as well.
"AMARA cares about the planet and believes ethical fashion isn’t optional – it’s imperative" - AMARA
Info and pictures from Amaratulum.co
Wolven threads mostly focus on activewear, for both women and men, but they also offer different models of swimwear, both one and two pieces. Some designs are even reversible! For the fabric, they use recycled pet and their modal fabrics are produced from sustainably harvested wood-pulp fibres, they are carbon neutral and require less water. All garments are ethically manufactured. Each sale removes one pound of plastic from the ocean.
"We are a team of artists and activists, working to erase the negative footprints on our earth" - Wolven Threads
Info and pictures from Wolventhreads.com
Reformation sells beautiful clothes, but they also make lovely swimwear! They have sustainability in mind throug everything they do. The focus is on efforts that have the biggest impact which influences four main areas: Product, People, Planet and Progress. The company is 100 % water neutral and uses ECONYL® for their swimwear. The regenerated nylon is made out of 100% nylon waste rescued from oceans and landfills like fishing nets, carpet fluff, and fabric scraps.
During this COVID-19 time, they partner with The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti on LA Protects, which is an initiative to organize local manufacturers to make five million non-medical masks for brave people doing essential work, ensuring medical grade masks can be available to healthcare workers.
"Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We're the #2" - Reformation
Info and pictures from thereformation.com
Camp Cove Swim is the definition of "retro", and have lovely prints and colours. It is designed, printed and made in Australia. The fabric is Econyl which is recycled fabrics made out of rescued fishing nets and nylon waste from landfills and oceans around the world. All of the fabrics are printed in Sydney using sublimation, which is a digital printing method that does not require water - "we’d rather swim in water than waste it".
"At Camp Cove Swim, sustainability means being better for our environment and our community" - Camp Cove Swim
Info and pictures from campcoveswim.com
NIGHT DIVE is committed to being Ethically Made, constructed in the most Environmentally Friendly way and with Zero Waste, and 100% created in fabric made with recycled fibres ECONYL® and REPREVE®.
The swimwear is made in Bali, Indonesia in the most ethical and environmentally friendly way as possible. They make sure left-over fabric scraps are used to help the local community. All employees are treated as team members, all entitled to free medical & hospital company insurance covering family members.
The ECONYL® is made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and fabric scraps from mills & carpets destined for the landfill. It can be recycled, recreated, and remoulded infinitely.
For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 57,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions are avoided.
"This brand was created to spread self-confidence and joy" - Night Dive