A Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Swimwear
As the weather warms up, many of us are getting ready for days spent by the beach or pool. However, traditional swimwear can have a significant impact on the environment and the people who make them. From the production and transportation of the materials to the treatment of workers, traditional swimwear can be harmful to the environment and social justice. Fortunately, there are ethical and sustainable swimwear options available that prioritize both the environment and social justice. Here are some tips for choosing ethical and sustainable swimwear:
1. Look for eco-friendly and sustainable materials
Choose swimwear made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials like recycled nylon, organic cotton, and bamboo. These materials are better for the environment and use fewer resources in their production.
Nylon waste, otherwise polluting the Earth, can be transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It's exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again. This means new products can be made and we can buy new products without having to use new resources.
2. Choose ethical production
Choose swimwear from companies that prioritize ethical production practices, including fair labour practices, safe working conditions, and fair wages. Look for certifications like Fair Trade or SA8000, which ensure that workers are treated fairly and humanely.
3. Opt for timeless designs
Choose swimwear in timeless designs and styles that will last for several seasons, rather than trendy pieces that will quickly go out of style. This reduces waste and encourages sustainable consumption.
4. Support local brands
Choose swimwear from local brands that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices. By supporting local businesses, you can reduce the carbon footprint of the swimwear and support ethical practices in your community.
5. Care for your swimwear
Take care of your swimwear to extend its lifespan. Rinse it after each use, avoid harsh detergents, and air dry it rather than using a dryer.
By following these tips, you can make conscious choices about your swimwear that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices. Let's enjoy the sun and sand while also making a positive impact on the environment and society.
Take a look at our sustainable swimwear collection here. Our Lycra® swimsuits are made from a recycled yarn called ECONYL® - made from regenerated waste such as old fishing nets and industrial plastic scraps. ECONYL® regenerated nylon is a product that can help you close the loop and support the movement towards a circular economy.