11 Jul 2020

REFINERY29 – 14 Recycled-Fiber Swimsuits For An Eco-Friendly Summer Wardrobe

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By Emily Ruane


We have a hunch that — despite your summer vacation being canceled — you’re still shopping for swimwear. (Because, um, we still are.) Just because we’re not traveling far from home doesn’t mean we’re not seeking a water source — it may just be the fire hydrant around the block or the inflatable backyard pool instead of a far-flung white-sand beach. So no matter what, we’re in the market for a freshly-pressed maillot or a hot-off-the-press bikini.
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Bower

Named for the Sydney, Australia beach where Bower co-founders Rupert Tapper and Fiona Ryn spent their childhoods, this five-year-old swim and resortwear brand uses ECONYL-based fabrics to create a range of artfully-printed bikinis and maillots. The brand’s ready-to-wear is made from natural fibers like linen and cotton. In addition, since March of last year, Ryn and Tapper have donated 1% of their profits to Healthy Seas, an agency that works with volunteer divers to clean marine litter from the ocean.

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Deakin & Blue

This exclusively ECONYL-made brand is based in the United Kingdom, and is known for a uniquely inclusive size range for busts of all sizes, from “Hepburn” (AA to B cups), “Monroe” (C to E cups), and “Hendricks” (F to HH).

Fisch

Swedish swimwear designer Agnes Fischer grew up going to St. Barth’s, and noticed (as she old Vogue in 2018) that the local “coral reefs are no longer as colorful” as they were when she snorkeled among them as a child. Her swimwear brand Fisch — known for unique, fashion-forward silhouettes like the seashell-inspired Coquillage top and the “Grenadins” balconette-bra style— uses ECONYL (a recycled nylon) in all of its designs.

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Mara Hoffman

This indie elder states-brand has built a following for its eco-friendly manufacturing practices, and the eye-catching swimwear it turns out every summer is no exception. Made using both ECONYL (recycled nylon) and REPREVE, a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, Hoffman’s rainbow-bright bathing togs are a stylish and sustainable option.

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Paper London

This British swimwear brand uses regenerated-plastic fibers like ECONYL and REPREVE to create boldly-hued swimsuits that transition easily from the beach club to the night club. The company also recycles customers’ pre-loved swimwear, and offers 20% off coupons in exchange for closing the loop.

Stay Wild Swim

A British company that specializes in sporty, color-blocked styles made exclusively from ECONYL, Stay Wild is the eco-friendly answer to Speedo. We love that the brand not only partners with a zero-waste factory that uses biodegradable packaging, but also maintains a directory of like-minded sustainable companies on their website, spanning categories like fashion, beauty, and home. Sharing is caring!

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