I'll just say it: In this day and age, if you aren't talking about sustainability, you're out of touch. While there have certainly been leaps and bounds of progress within the fashion industry when it comes to textile production and its effect on the environment, it's definitely still not enough. However, there have been many brands stepping out and making an impact, both big and small. Today, we're going to champion those brands in the best way we know how—by telling all of you about them.
To start off, we are going to narrow down the playing field to swimwear. Ahead, we rounded up the swimwear brands that are doing sustainably good work within the industry without sacrificing style or quality. From familiar sustainable brands like Reformation to up-and-comers like Galamaar, enjoy shopping the eco-friendly swimsuits we think are worth knowing in 2019. To preface, there are tons of sustainable swim brands out there that we love (which we have covered here), these are just a few that we are particularly crushing on right now, but all are worth checking out.
These suits are made from sustainable techno-fabric made of nylon from discarded fishing nets that account for nearly 10% of all ocean pollution.
These are made from sustainably produced material, including 100% regenerated Italian fabric made from recycled fishing nets and reusable zip pocket packaging, which is also biodegradable.
+ High Waisted Bikini Bottom ($49)
Madewell uses fabric comprised of recyclable plastic for each style, saving eight plastic bottles per one-piece suit and four plastic bottles per bikini, which gives plastic that may be destined for landfills a second life.
Everything from Anemone is produced in Los Angeles, with fabric all made in Italy. The result is eco-friendly sustainable suits that also have UV 50+ protection.
Paper swimsuits are made from an innovative and sustainable jersey that is made from fully recycled fishing nets.
+ Sunshine Bikini Bottom Printed Swim ($103)
Reformation uses Econyl, a regenerated nylon fiber made from waste like fishing nets from the ocean and various other waste from landfill, to produce its suits.
Also made from Econoyl, a 100% regenerative nylon made from abandoned ocean and industrial plastic waste, Peony is definitely a brand to watch in this space as its recent Sonnet collection met Oeko Tex Standard 100—the highest certifiable standard for ensuring responsible use of chemicals during the construction of the fabrications the brand uses.
+ Floral-Print Bikini Briefs ($80)
Tropic of C
These suits are made with Econyl yarn, giving discarded waste a second life and helping clean up the seas for marine life and humans alike.
+ Curve Bottom ($65)
This brand supports charities that are fighting to protect the oceans including "Sirens for the Sea" and "Morea Coral Gardeners," and the suits are made from the highest sustainable materials.
The suits are ethically manufactured in Australia and incorporate recycled fabrics into the lining of all the swimsuits.
Mylo suits are produced in Mallorca, therefore supporting the work of Mallorca’s artisans. The crochet pieces are hand-woven from all natural fibers, and the brand only makes products upon request.
+ Julia Crochet Bikini Bottom ($135)
Fae suits are made from a sustainable techno-fabric made with 100% recycled nylon from post-consumer materials. Fae teamed up with the Aquafil group to produce sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl.
+ Zeila Bottoms ($63)
Made locally and ethically in Vancouver, these suits are made with sustainable textiles and feature biodegradable and reusable packaging.
Eighty-five percent of all Athleta swimwear is sustainable and comprised of recycled materials with AquaRib Fabric, made with Econyl, which is 100% regenerated nylon fiber from fishing nets, and the H2Eco Swim Fabric, made from recycled nylon.
+ Clean Low Rise Bottom $44
Last but not least, these suits are also made from Econyl, which is a100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials combined with lycra.
"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.
She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Elle.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and Vogue.co.uk. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.
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