Sexy & Sustainable Swimwear
Who says you can’t have both? Raise your hand if you’ve purchased a swimsuit from a fast fashion retailer in the past only for it to fade, snag or stretch out after a few wears. As a Florida native who loves looking stylish poolside, I’ve purchased several cheap bikinis that never held up after repeated exposure to sun, chlorine, or salt water. If you’re in need of a new swimsuit this summer, but want to take a sustainable approach, below are 8 sexy and sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.
Fabric | All of their materials are sourced from industrial and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles, and textiles. Their high quality, recycled fabrics are also Oeko-Tex certified to ensure no harmful substances are used in the fabrics.
Production | All of their swimwear is cut and sewn in China at a manufacturer that aligns with Baiia’s mission of social responsibility and environmental consciousness. Their seamstresses are encouraged to take their time with each garnet as they are not paid based on the amount produced.
Fabric | Made of 78% ECONYL Regenerated Nylon and 22% Elastane. ECONYL Regenerated Nylon is a combination of 100% nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpet fluff, and fabric scraps rescued from either oceans or landfills. As an added bonus, ECONYL Regenerated Nylon is Oeko-Tex certified – meaning no hazardous chemicals are used in dyeing the fabric.
Production | They ensure fair, safe, and healthy working conditions for their manufacturing team. Over 60% of their products are cut and sewn in their LA partnered factories.
Fabric + Shipping | Made from regenerated and sustainable fabrics such as recycled nylon. They rescue, purify, revive and recycle discarded materials as their source fabric. For shipping, instead of packaging their suits in plastic, Novah opts for recycled mailers and tissue paper packaging.
Production | Their products are cut and sewn by small family owned businesses in Europe that uphold high standards of ethics, working conditions and environmental responsibility.
Fabric | Their Italian fabric suits are comprised of materials such as ECONYL (regenerated nylon) and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ (durable elastic).
Production | All of their fabric is constructed in an eco-friendly facility that strives to reduce pollution, protect green spaces, and monitor emissions. Based out of Tulum, Mexico, Amara pledges to support the local community by hiring local artisans to produce the garments and paying seamstresses livable wages.
Fabric | Constructed of recycled fabrics and that carry the OEKO-TEX® certification to guarantee no harmful substances are used in the materials or leaked into the environment.
Production | allSisters places significance around preserving the natural environment and manufacturing their garments in ethical facilities.
Fabric | Londre utilizes sustainable textiles for the production of their swimsuits.
Production | The products are manufactured locally in Vancourver, BC and all of their shipment packaging is either biodegradable or reusable.
Fabric | Vitamin A uses three different types of fabrics made from recycled materials such as discarded plastic drink bottles, salvaged nylon, and plant based raw materials sourced from castor beans. All fabrics are are Oeko-Tex standard certified which confirms their textile safety standards.
Production | All products are manufactured locally in California in an energy efficient facility and all workers are treated fairly under U.S. labor laws.