MARIE CLAIRE – Seven Local And Sustainable Swimwear Brands To Look Out For This Summer
The word “recycled” gets thrown around so much it’s starting to lose its meaning, so let’s refresh our memories. Textile manufacturers all over the world are converting waste and existing materials into reusable ones so that no new waste is generated in fabric production. The future is here, and it’s more fashionable than ever.
Born and bred along the Surf Coast of Victoria, Two Sparrow acknowledges that “the best purchase is no purchase at all,” but if you’re going to unleash your retail therapy anywhere, here’s a pretty good place to start. From monochromatic tones to wild animal prints, these swimsuits explore the wild side in more ways than one. Their revolutionary techno-fabric ECONYL® is made of recycled plastics and fishing nets, stopping our waste from reaching the mouths of our salty sea friends. Once you’re done with your pieces, Two Sparrow sends you an eco-mailer bag to return your swimwear in free of charge, closing the loop of the recycling process. Now that’s a circle of life we can get around.
Shapes in the Sand
The conscious label’s name embodies their philosophy; just like sculptures in the sand, we all come in unique shapes and sizes, and all are works of art. Alongside this message of body positivity, they’ve been using ECONYL® to manufacture their fabrics since 2014, and even repurpose their offcuts into gorgeous matching headbands. Supporting different wildlife and environmental organisations each season, ten dollars from every order purchased from their latest The Birds & The Bees collection will go to BirdLife Australia. With intricate designs and prints to resemble the theme of each collection, what was once an awkward conversation has taken on a whole new meaning.
Yindi & Salt
With a colour palette made for mixing and matching between styles, this label stands for more than its namesake (the sunshine and the ocean). Sourcing luxury ECONYL® fabric from Italy, the swimwear label designs in Australia and ethically manufactures in Bali. Better yet, their plant-based and compostable packaging comes with a recycled card wrapped in natural fibre twine. For the first time in history, women are excited to find a dirt bag on their doorstep.