10 Conscious Swim Brands To Shop This Summer.
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Discarded fishing nets account for nearly 10% of all ocean pollution. That said, this summer, let’s make a more informed decision in where we’re spending our money. As I’ve already shared with you guys in this article (10 Conscious Jewelry Brands To Think About For Your Next Buy), I’ve been rethinking about the social and ecological impact of what I’m buying. I’ve done the hard work for you and listed, here below, 10 conscious swimwear brands for you to shop this summer, for cute and eco-friendly swimwear.
1… Mara Hoffman
The brand uses responsibly sourced organic, recycled and regenerated materials whenever possible. They try to minimize the negative impacts associated with manufacturing and to ensure that all people involved are treated fairly and respectfully along the way. Every factory Mara Hoffman partners with is required to adhere to internationally-accepted environmental and human rights standards for responsible production.
2… Vitamin A
The brand uses high-performance fabrics along with eco-conscious textiles like organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton and Tencel®. All the materials they use are certified to meet the global Oeko-Tex standard for safe textiles. They also developed their own material, EcoLux™ — a premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon fibers.
Summersalt is similar to Everlane in the sense that they removed all the middlemen, enabling them to offer their products at affordable prices. They use only recycled materials to create fabrics as well as product packaging. Yes and yes.
The brand has a highly selective suppliers approval process. They also provide training to their suppliers on their requirements as well as common social sustainability challenges. The brand uses Econyl™ for all their Falabella bags outside material and lining, but it doesn’t seem like they use this material for all their swim pieces. However, all their designs are made to last and will definitely hold the years, which is sustainable in itself.
The brand’s packaging is plastic-free and made from 100% recycled paper products and compostable bio-based films. Everything is eco-friendly, from their tape to their hangers that use bio-based, non-toxic adhesives.
Their swimsuits are made with Econyl™, a stretchy fabric made with regenerated nylon . It is made out of 100% nylon waste rescued from oceans and landfills like fishing nets, carpet fluff, and fabric scraps.
Luz Collections is a French brand offering swimwear made from organic cotton and Econyl™. Manufactured in Peru, they offer fair prices to their artisans and responsible production.
7… Peony Swim
Econyl™, a 100% regenerative nylon made from abandoned fishing nets and nylon waste from landfills and oceans around the world. These fabrications are made in Italy and are of the highest quality. 100% of the brand’s fabrications meet Oeko Tex Standard 100, the highest certifiable standard for ensuring responsible use of chemicals during the construction of the fabrications they use.
The introduction of compostable, biodegradable and recycled packaging within their supply chain and retail processes have reduced their single use plastic consumption by 86%.
All their creations are made in London, by a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides full-time training and day courses for anyone considering a career in fashion design. They also use Econyl™.
We pay a premium for every Fair Trade Certified item that carries our label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management. Although we’ve been using recycled polyester in our garments for 20 years, for some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, we’re finally finding some recycled nylon fibers that are suitable for apparel.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber.
from our made in LA pad inserts, recycled hang tags, regenerated mixed metal hardware and eco-packaging materials, we do our best to minimize our negative impact. The biggest player in the process is our amazing sustainable techno-fabric made of nylon from discarded fishing nets that account for nearly 10% of all ocean pollution. Not only does our fabric have waste-to-wear properties, but also it's engineered to last a very long time with amazing fit retention. Combine that with our quality construction and you’ve got one long lasting swimsuit.