THE SWIMWEAR EDITION
Even though it has been raining for a few days straight, it really is summer
in the Netherlands. And nothing gives off a better summer vibe than
(sustainable!) swimwear. The sun’s gotta come through at some point,
With the current focus on the devastating effect of the (fast) fashion
world, more and more brands have committed themselves to making
fashion that has minimal impact on the environment. Many of these
brands have a swimwear collection as well, or focus mainly on swimwear.
The problem with swimwear is that it’s really hard to recycle, because the
polyamide (which is recyclable) is fused together with Lycra, which is
incredibly hard to separate from each other. And you can’t recycle or use it
when it’s still fused together. Another issue with swimwear are
micro-plastics, that end up in nature during washing or using.
Sustainable swimwear nowadays is made from Econyl, fabric made from
recycled fish nets. However, Econyl is still plastic, and still releases
microfibers. But, sadly, at this point in time, there are no fabrics that are
completely sustainable or microfiber-free. The best we can do is be
mindful of what we buy and if we buy it.
If you also wanna do your part in diminishing the impact of fashion on the
environment, shop guilt-free and check out these sustainable swimwear
Indigo Luna believes that ‘ethically made’ means that there is no
exploitation of human beings, animals, and the environment. Their
garments are made in Bali in a small woman-run factory, which is unusual
in Indonesia. They ensure that all their workers receive adequate health
care, earn above living wage, and have comfortable and safe working
conditions. They have strict environmental policies in place to cut back
their impact on Bali. They have swapped plastic bags for the use of
Biodegradable Cassava starch, and they have banned the use of single use
plastics. All of their items are made with Econyl, and they use natural dyes
which are locally sourced in Bali.
And here’s what that looks like:
Reformation’s mission is to bring sustainable fashion to everyone. They
built their own factory in Los Angeles, to ensure that everyone they work
with has a safe, healthy, and fair work environment. They ensure a positive
environmental and social impact. Their items are made with low-impact
materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintaged clothing.
They are committed to pushing the industry forward, and by investing in
future-focuses solutions, they aim to be climate positive (!) bij 2025! That’s
#goals. When you’re checking out their swimwear collection, don’t forget
to check out their regular collection as well, because it’s gorgeous!
At Inaska, they believe sustainability should be common sense. That’s why
they create swimwear and active wear from recycled nylon. The nylon is
made from recycled fishing nets and other plastic waste, turning waste
problems into sustainable solutions. The greenhouse effect is up to 80%
lower than in the production of nylon from crude oil. They have also made
sure their shipping is as sustainable as possible. The result is sporty,
reversible swimwear, that looks cute on every beach!
Wow, I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but I’m a fan! Stay Wild is
committed to not only fight the plastic waste pollution, but also be part of
the solution, by producing as sustainable and ethical as possible. They
create their swimwear with Econyl, ensuring they don’t have to use ‘new’
nylon made from crude oil. All pieces are designed and produces in
London, where they use a small factory that aligns with their ethos. This
way, they continue to be heavily involved in every step of the production
process. The factory has a zero waste approach to garment production,
exceeds the industry standard with higher wages and world class working
conditions, uses biodegradable and eco friendly packaging, exclusively uses
carbon neutral shipping, and focuses on building pieces that last. Lucky for
us, they did not compromise on design.
Aya Label is partly inspired by Greek mythology: every design is named
after a Greek goddess. Not only do they want to make beautiful designs
for all woman, Aya Label also wants to be part of environmental change.
Their designs are made of 78% recycled old fishing nets and they are
always looking for new ways to use recycled and sustainable fabrics to
work with. Not only that, they also donate part of their profits towards an
environmental organization that protects the ocean.
Redemption was inspired by rock ‘n roll and their collection has a dreamy,
tough, yet soft feel. They use and promote certified organic or recycled
and regenerated fibers wherever possible to minimize ecological and social
harm. They are growing their use of bamboo, recycled nylon, VEGEA
vegan leather alternative, organic cotton, low impact dyes and finishing
processes, and recycled wood.
Vanessa Sposi is an ethically made and eco-conscious swimwear brand infused with natural antioxidants. The brand is designed in Paris, woven in Italy, and made in Portugal. They use OEKO-TEX certified fabrics, which are free of harmful substances, and the majority of their pieces are made from Econyl. The linlings are impregnated with natural antioxidants, Aloe Vera, and vitamine E, to soothe and nourish sun-drenched skin.
What’s your favorite sustainable swimwear brand? Do you have any great additions to the above? Let us know in the comments!