By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
There’s so much to do on a beach: waterski, build sandcastles, play beach volleyball…and not to mention, swimming and surfing! Plus, there’s nothing more relaxing than throwing yourself on a beach towel with a good book and cold drink at your side. Our love for spending time on the shores will never die – especially if we’re wearing sustainable swimwear that’s sporty, sensual and maybe just a little bit sassy.
With summer is approaching, we’ve picked out the best sustainable swimwear to ensure your summer is as stylish and fun as can be!
1. Mara Hoffman
Women love this ethical label, and for good reason. Mara Hoffman knows what we really want: form flattering swimwear in fun colours, made from recycled materials. Her designs are usually created to be worn in diverse ways, too: pair up one of her maillots with a skirt or some cut-off denim shorts, for example.
This brand’s name encapsulates it’s vibe: sexy! HAH, or Hot As Hell, is a sustainable lingerie and swimwear label committed to minimising waste through smarter use of resources and raw materials. They’ve partnered with a manufacturer in Sri Lanka to co-launch Extended Fabric Life, an innovative, eco-friendly fabric that benefits the planet, environment and the customer. Women who don these sensual pieces will feel exceptionally seductive, due to the flattering way each garment embraces the silhouette and highlights the most beautiful parts of the female form.
3. Okay Pretty
Each cheeky piece by Okay Pretty is made from a luxurious, high quality Italian fabric known as Econyl. This reconstituted fabric is made from recovered fishing nets collected through various initiatives, such as The Healthy Seas project that has volunteer divers recover abandoned fishing nets, and Net-Works, a social initiative that empowers coastal communities in collecting and selling discarded fishing nets.
Okay Pretty’s debut collection, called Sweet Peach, is a pink hazed tribute to the founder’s Australian roots, evoking the summer days she enjoyed while living in Noosa, Byron Bay and Bondi. Bright, playful, contemporary styles define the brand that has the ocean’s health and joie de vivre at heart.
5. Salt Gypsy
Salt Gypsy is a surf and activewear brand that was founded by designer Danielle Clayton in 2012, with the intent of tributing female surf athleticism and diversity. As an avid surfer herself, Danielle realised that there was a true lack of surf leggings on the market, so she decided to launch the ultimate pair, boasting a sun protection rating of SPF 50+ and built to withstand the rough and tumble of the ocean’s reefs.
Waste, such as old fishing nets, plastics, carpet and textile offcuts, which would otherwise be sent to landfills, are recovered and regenerated to form the yarn that comprises the Salt Gypsy Collection. Defined by bold colours like Candy Pink, Poppy Red, and Navy, this is one brand that’s sure to conquer all surfer girls.
The Reformation is always bang on trend. I really don’t know how they do it – it seems they know what we want before our own brains can define it! This season, they offer sassy swimwear with some late 1960s vintage spice. As always, the label carefully selects sustainable materials, such as Tencel, Modal, and recovered and dead stock fabrics, to create everything in its collections, not only swimsuits.
This is Maui’s first ever high-end sustainable swimwear brand, and makes low-impact bathing suits out of regenerated nylon. Everything is manufactured in the USA from an eco-conscious techno fabric made with a 100% regenerated nylon fibre, generated from old fishnets and other waste that’s polluting the maritime world. Their signature style is a strappy hip that shows a wee peek-a-boo of flesh and accentuates feminine curves.
Once again, that luxurious Econyl®Fibre, made from abandoned fishing nets and discarded carpets, is used to create this chic, sustainable swimwear brand. Each piece is sewn domestically at a family owned factory in California, and all the shipping products are reusable, recyclable and of course, made from recycled materials as well. The ethical icing on the cake is that Magda Kine’s sales benefit the Marine Megafauna Foundation, as well as two nonprofits based in Hawaii, depending on the print you choose.
Love sports…and fashion? allSisters is the fashion-shoot worthy brand for you. Their highly chic, minimalist cuts suit all body types and fit like a glove, allowing you to move around gracefully for whatever summertime sport you enjoy the most. The fact that all styles are either back or white means that they can be mixed and matched with whatever kaftans, coverups, shorts or skirts you already own.
The brand pays tribute to the special bond that exists between all women and mother earth; allSisters believes that we are all interconnected, forming part of a big whole, and that we should work together to protect our planet. In this case, by wearing swimwear created from recycled nylon materials.
10. Amara Tulum
Anyone who has ever visited the stunning beaches in Mexico’s Tulum will be pleased to know that AMARA Tulum pledges to support Mexican communities by creating well paid, local jobs, minimising the negative impacts of tourism, promoting cultural exchange and helping to preserve local traditions in the region. Plus, they regularly organise beach cleanups in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere to help protect wildlife from the plastic washing up ashore. Of course, each piece in their collection is made from eco-friendly materials; namely ECONYL.