Sustainable swimwear to have a pretty bad rep as being all hippie, “crunchy” and “granola”. In short, it wasn’t the peak of style. But times have changed, and more and more companies are now putting out “green” fashion offerings that are pretty fashionable.
Most people don’t think of swimwear when it comes to sustainable fashion, but a handful of brands are starting to change that. Besides design, there’s also plenty to consider when it comes to creating sustainable swimwear. One important aspect is the type of dye used for the fabric – swimsuits go through a lot of wear and tear, being exposed to the sun, saltwater, and even chlorine. The chances of dye leeching is higher than with normal, everyday clothing, and that means brands have to pay extra attention to the type of fabric dye they use.
On top of that, you can’t just use regular recycled fabric – it’ll break down way too easily thanks to exposure to the elements. Enter Econyl, a regenerated nylon fibre made from recycled fishing nets, carpets and other plastic polymers. It’s designed to be super-durable, which means you can have fun in the sun without worries.
Besides Econyl, there are also other eco swimwear fabrics made from recycled nylon, plastic bottles, Lycra, hemp and even coconuts. We can’t vouch for the durability of these fabrics, but if you’re more of a “lounge-on-the-beach” kind of girl, you’re good to go.
Read on to check out some of our favourite sustainable swimwear brands.