By Lily Corcoran
Let’s talk swimwear. What are our bathing suits actually made of? We’re all familiar with that unique swimsuit material, with its slick, plastic-y texture. But do we ever pause and think about what it’s actually made of?
With our oceans already polluted with all manner of plastic, it’s concerning to think our swimming costumes could end up adding to that mound of waste after our summer of fun. However, instead of contributing to the sea’s pollution, many sustainable brands are looking to take the rubbish out of the ocean and transform it into something wonderful.
Let’s dive into the brands that are rescuing plastic from the sea and transforming it into something to cause a splash about.
Ocean waste transformed
Read on to discover 3 sustainable brands who are actively recycling unwanted waste materials such as industrial plastics, water bottles and fabric scraps. Thanks to them, our oceans are cleaner and we’re left with beautiful bikinis and swimsuits. With both aquatic and land-based bodies in mind, these brands save from the ocean and give back to the women who will go for a dip in its waves.
This sustainable brand uses their special matte, recycled fabric which is thoroughly tested for harmful toxins, so you can be rest assured that every thread is free of nasty chemicals. Their swimwear is made in Portugal, produced from Nurel, a recycled fibre that comes from pre-consumer waste.
The company that produces this fabric is 100% renewable insofar as the energy they use to power their warehouse comes from renewable resources.
This brand promises to have you hit the beach feeling like a Greek goddess. As a nice touch, each of their suits are named after a goddess, so every style is sustainably designed to enhance your body’s natural beauty and leave you beach-ready! Everything, from the swimsuit to the label, is made from recycled material.
AYA Label’s suits are crafted from 80-100% recycled polyamide. This brand takes waste straight from the ocean, recycling discarded fishing nets and other nylon waste and turning it into beautiful suits for us to wear. On top of this, they also donate to charitable organisations who help protect the ocean from all the plastic and waste we leave behind.
Monki is a sustainable brand that goes beyond swimwear, but who makes all of their swimsuits from recycled polyester. They are simple, timeless, and very affordable!
You’ll be pleased to know their swimwear is made from 80% recycled polyester, which means this gorgeous one-piece was created from recycled plastic bottles. By using recycled plastic in this way, Monki’s swimwear collection works to prevent plastic waste entering the ocean.
Having so much waste produced by the fashion industry, it’s so encouraging to see breakthrough brands switching the narrative to turn the waste into something better. World Water Week isn’t far away, so it’s more important than ever we talk about what we can do to help our world’s waters.
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