By Danielle Gonzalez

Look for swimsuits that use recycled materials and eco-friendly manufacturing.

You might be trying to ditch fast-fashion brands and fill your closet with more ethical clothing — but have you thought about your swimwear?

Creating sustainable swimwear means thinking “green” from start to finish, said Magdalena Berger, founder of Magdakine Designs. Using recycled materials is just part of the equation.


Still, the material choice is crucial. Swimsuits undergo a lot of wear and tear from the sun, salt and chlorine. Many sustainable swimwear brands, including Magdakine Designs, have turned to Econyl to make their garments. It’s a regenerated nylon fiber made from recycled plastic polymers like fishing nets and carpets.

Some top-market retailers, including Reformation, have also begun using Econyl to create swimsuits. The company launched a swimwear line earlier this month that it called ”not sustainable enough, but it’s the best we can do right now.”

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