Sun, Sand + Sustainable Swimwear

Fashion brands are getting greener and creating swimwear made of eco-friendly and recycled fibre. Here's our pick of 6 of the sexiest and chicest sustainable and ethical swimwear brands to get you beach ready this summer.

Summer is here, and even with social distancing rules in effect most of us want to be at the beach, or at least sunning ourselves somewhere, anywhere. You have your hat ready, your clean sunscreen, and you want to rush out and get a new bikini. But did you know that most swimsuits are made of plastic? That’s right, conventional swimwear is made of virgin nylon and polyester

Plastic-based textiles are derived from petroleum, requiring massive amounts of energy to produce and creating toxic waste in the process.  They also shed millions of microplastics every time we wash them, ending up in our oceans and the digestive systems of wildlife, and even in our drinking water.

As consumers become more conscious of the environmental impact of their buying habits, brands are meeting green demands by creating swimwear made of eco-friendly and recycled fibres. Rather than relying on virgin materials, sustainable swimwear is made from deadstock and other discarded materials, and ECONYL®, a nylon recycled from discarded fishing nets—dealing with the problem of marine pollution and using less petroleum-based virgin materials at the same time. Every 10,000 tons of ECONYL material made, spares 57,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere and 70,000 barrels of crude oil from being used. 

Of course, although recycled nylon is helping to reduce the output of yet more virgin materials, responsible washing to limit shedding of micro plastics is still a must. Remember to wash in cold water and line dry and use a filter like Guppy Friend