Whether you’re on the search for the perfect one-piece, a bikini, or something in between, shopping for swimwear can be difficult. What’s worse? Swimwear isn’t exactly eco-friendly. Thanks to non-biodegradable synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, and spandex, most swimsuits do more harm than good.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a sustainable swimsuit, though. If you’re deadset on purchasing something that’s both stylish and eco-friendly, here are a few brands to look into.
Summersalt is a St. Louis-based swimwear company that specializes in designing form-fitting suits made from recycled textiles. Using 1.5 million body measurements from more than 10,000 women, Summersalt patented a “TrueMeasure process,” giving women everywhere the confidence she needs to find the perfect fit. At less than $100 per suit, that’s a steal!
Have you ever wondered if you could pull off a ’70s-glam-meets-surfer-babe look? If so, Vitamin A is the place to shop for your next swimsuit. Designed and produced in Laguna Beach, Vitamin A is a leader in sustainable fashion. Thanks to eco-friendly fabrics like “EcoRib” and “EcoLux,” you can feel comfortable and responsible.
Unlike synthetic and plastic-based fabrics, the swimwear designed by the masterminds behind STRANGE Bikinis is made from a biodegradable polyamide yard that’s built to decompose in just three years (under specific conditions).
Made from ECONYL yarn and 100 percent regenerated nylon, Indigo Swimwear’s bold prints and funky ’70s-style patterns are designed with the ocean in mind. What’s more? Indigo goes just one step further: For each suit manufactured, a percentage goes to beach cleanup in Bali through the R.O.L.E Foundation’s “Zero Waste to Oceans” initiative.