• LEX

JUST KEEP SWIMMING (SUSTAINABLY, PLZ)


Over the past few months, I've pretty much completely stopped shopping at fast fashion retailers and only bought a few things (basics, shoes, and a few specialty pieces) from traditional retailers. I honestly don't even find myself that interested in shopping fast fashion anymore, and I only do online browsing if I truly love the brand (which basically means I'm on Reformation's website everyday, SUE ME ok). 


But I have trips to Florida and California coming up and I want to buy a new bathing suit, and I'm not the kind of person who wants to spend over $60 on what essentially are strips of fabric covering my boobs and butt. Here's my problem though: you really can't find anything for those affordable prices that isn't sold at a fast fashion retailer or online at sites like Zaful, Shein, & RomWe (which we all know are worse than fast fashion retailers and shop at anyway).


Swimsuits, in and of themselves, are not sustainable pieces of clothing. Most swimwear is made from synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, and spandex because they wick moisture and stretch across the body, reducing friction in the water. AND they're also cheap. Fun fact: an estimated 65 million tons of plastic-based materials are generated every year. GREAT. Gets better though: plastic is not biodegradable, so it never decomposes. Instead, it sits in landfills or oceans forever. FOREVER. So all those clothes with plastic in them will live longer than you. In normal clothing, brands are starting to use more natural, biodegradable fabrics, like organic cotton and viscose. But there isn’t currently a biodegradable material that has all the performance qualities necessary for a swimsuit (aka stretchy and is moisture wicking). As a result, eco-friendly brands are using more recycled plastic fibers. Fast Company did more of an in-depth look into this if you want to read it here


So in a quest to shop more sustainably, I did a deep dive in the internet to see what I could find for sustainable swimwear brands. The good news: they are popping up all over the place. Like I mean, I didn't even know 1/4 of the brands that I found that make sustainable swimwear. The bad news: they can be quite expensive. Or rather, most are more expensive than traditional swimsuits. But, because I'm good at what I do (read scouring the internet for good deals and doing research in general), I did find some won't-completely-break-your-wallet options, and included some options if you are ok with spending a little more and some options for dudes too #sustainableclothingforeveryone!

SUSTAINABLE SWIM OPTIONS UNDER $100





ALYNED TOGETHER

Good for: Retro-inspired pieces


Sustainability factor: Eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable supply chain, body positive, give back


Prices: $30-$35 or separates, $59 for

one-pieces
















OOKIOH

Good for: sporty styles in bright colors and with contrasting piping


Sustainability factor: Made from 100% regenerated materials 


Prices: $49 for separates, $98 for

one-pieces
















ECO|MONO 

Good for: Fun prints in retro styles


Sustainability factor: Made using regenerated Lycra; ethical manufacturing in the supply chain; provides UV protection


Prices: $69 AUD-$79 AUD for separates, $145 AUD-$179 AUD for one-pieces













SUMMERSALT

Good for: Fun, vibrant colorblocked pieces


Sustainability factor: Suits and packaging are made using recycled materials, veteran-owned, body-inclusive


Prices: $45-$50 for separates, $95 for one-pieces














FAIR HARBOR

Good for: Simple, colorful suits


Sustainability factor: Made using recycled plastic bottles and up-cycled coconuts; produced at ethically certified factories


Prices: $48 for separates, $98 for one-pieces











OUTDOOR VOICES

Good for: Sporty styles


Sustainability factor: Recycled materials, thoughtful production


Prices: $45-$65, $100 for one-pieces














BOLD SWIM

Good for: Bold & sexy pieces


Sustainability factor: Biodegradable properties, size-inclusive


Prices: $32.50-$90, $75 for one-pieces













ELLE EVANS

Good for: Boho beach babe pieces


Sustainability factor: Uses water-free printing; made from recycled nylon


Prices: $75 AUD-$95 AUD for separates, $160 AUD-$165 AUD for one-pieces










Other brands to note: Jessica Rey Swimwear, VYB Swimwear, Shapes in the Sand


IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE ROOM IN YOUR BUDGET





REFORMATION

Good for: Feminine & It girl style pieces


Sustainability factor: Uses a combination of deadstock, textiles made from renewable plant materials, and recycled or regenerated fabrics like ECONYL®; eco-friendly manufacturing practices; economic empowerment


Prices: $58-$78 for separates, $98-$128 for one-pieces












LONDRE

Good for: Sexy but classic pieces


Sustainability factor: Made locally in Vancouver out of recycled materials


Prices: $52-$65 for separates, $98-$140 for one-pieces














GALAMAAR

Good for: Elegant solid-colored staples


Sustainability factor: Made in USA, uses sustainable, recycled materials


Prices: $123-$159 for separates, $255-$276 for one-pieces















NOW_THEN

Good for: Elegant & strappy basics

 

Sustainability factor: Responsibly produced using recycled fabrics and components that are Oekotex® 100 Standard certified, which means that they are free of harmful and toxic chemicals


Prices: 90€-140€ for bikini, 90€-170€ for one-pieces












VITAMIN A

Good for: Fun & flirty styles in bold colors & prints


Sustainability factor: Made in USA, recycled nylon, prints made with waterless digital technology, portion of proceeds go toward environmental organizations to help protect the oceans


Prices: $70-$160 for separates, $140-$230 for one-pieces






Other brands to note: Hackwith Design House, Bikini Empire, Wolven Threads, Manaki,

Peony, Faherty


FOR THE GUYS, TOO






OUTERKNOWN

Good for: Basic & printed trunks


Sustainability factor: Made with recycled polyester in a Fair Trade Certified facility


Prices: Trunks from $68 (basic) to $145 (collection in partnership with Kelly Slater)









FAIR HARBOR

Good for: Preppy printed and solid trunks with cool drawstring


Sustainability factor: Made using recycled plastic; produced at ethically certified factories


Prices: $68 for trunks









UNITED BY BLUE

Good for: Fun printed trunks 


Sustainability factor: Made primarily out of recycled and natural materials; each purchase removes one pound of trash from water sources


Prices: $68 for trunks 













Other brands to note: Patagonia, Faherty


Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!


xoxo

Lex

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