In a world evermore aware of the damage that the fashion industry causes to the environment, both large and small labels are discovering the potential for new materials and more sustainable means of production when adapted to lasting, and good-looking, designs.
One of these materials is the plastic that makes its way to the ocean. In only four years, around 400,000 tons of fishing nets and throwaway plastics have been recovered from the sea. So many brands have turned to creating products that reduce this contamination, including a few that have started designing swimwear made from the recovered plastic.
From So Catchy!, we’ve created a list of labels making sustainable swimwear, who are concentrating their efforts on saving our planet, and that are only one click away.
FAIR HARBOR: Siblings Jake and Caroline Danehy founded this Australian swimwear label that incorporates polyester made directly from recycled plastic bottles. Each swimsuit is made up of 11 plastic bottles recovered from the ocean. The brand started off making men’s surfing swimsuits and this summer 2018 launched their first line of swimwear for women.
HALLA HALLA: The Finnish start-up also fights against plastic in the ocean with bikinis made from recycled plastic, fishing nets and plastic bottles.
BOARDSHORTS RIZ: All of their swimsuits are completely made from recycled fabrics (generally plastic bottles). As part of their effort to close their production chain and limit waste, Riz offer a 25% discount for the purchase of a new swimsuit if you send them your old one to recycle.
LE PÉRIPLE: Australian fashion designers ivana Milosevic and Lisa Chakiris created a line of environmentally-friendly, luxury swimwear for women that will launch next Spring/Summer 18/19. Their pieces are made from recycled plastic scraps and fishing nets recovered from the ocean.
THE TROPICS: And finally, one last innovative label, The Tropics, which uses the fiber Repreve, made from recycled materials (including plastic bottles), in their fight to keep beaches and the ocean free of plastic.
Article by Isabel Mor for So Catchy!
Translation and layout by Michael Padilla