Sustainable swimwear: 10 brands to wear this summer

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Summer in Ireland may not be all about the beach, but if the scorching sun we’ve been blessed with lately continues, hopefully, that could change.

We’ve been craving a day at the beach for a while and the nice weather means we can finally pack up and go. But, there are a few essentials we should all have on hand before heading out – SPF being at the top of the list, followed shortly by suitable swimwear.

Invest in one or two really good pairs of togs and it will save you from having to repurchase every year. Not only is it better for your wallet, it’s also much better for the environment and will help reduce the number of impulse holiday purchases we often feel pushed into.

Several brands have been making waves (pardon the pun) in the sustainable swimwear world. From hand-painted pieces from Rixo to vintage-inspired bikinis from Belize, there are plenty of options. They may be made from recycled materials, but they’re anything but trashy! So get dressed up and enjoy the sun.

Belize

Founded by Fiona Bansal and Valeska Deustch, the two friends met while working in Stella McCartney’s design studio. By teaming up to focus on creating their own designs, they believe that loved clothes last and have a specificity. guide to take care of each of their garments on their website.

Rixo

Introducing their first sustainable swimwear collection last summer, Rixo’s designs are inspired by vintage Italian shapes and styles. Consciously crafted in Q-Nova, an eco-friendly nylon fiber obtained from regenerated raw materials, the 11-piece collection includes swimsuits and bikinis (also available to purchase separately).

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Known for their size-inclusive swimwear, Summersalt offers durable styles up to size 2XL. The official site only ships to the United States, Canada, and Australia, but you can purchase a limited selection of swimwear via Nordström.

Batoko

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Made from 100% recycled plastic, Batoko swimsuits are trash. Literally. A small, independent swimwear brand based on the North West Coast of England, their suits aim to help keep plastic out of landfills and our oceans.

Reformation

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Committed to minimizing their environmental impact and achieving fair, safe and healthy working conditions throughout the supply chain, this also extends to Reformation’s sustainable swimwear offering. Made from ocean waste and post-industrial plastic, they come in one-piece and bikini options.

Hunza G

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British designed and produced brand, Hunza G is led by creative director Georgiana Huddart. The production process begins and ends locally in the UK, with their swimwear featuring their signature crinkle fabric. In an effort to reduce waste, they also produce small batches of headbands and scrunchies using cuttings from excess fabric.

Nu-in

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A German company making cutting-edge certified vegan clothing, Nu-in’s clothing is made from recycled materials and organic cotton. Created to show people that sustainability and fashion can coexist, they have a step by step guide on their website explaining how they prove this to be true.

girlfriend collective

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An ethical activewear brand that has taken the TikTok world by storm, Girlfriend Collective also specializes in swimwear with colors ranging from muted browns to bright orange and aqua blue. To ensure everyone looks and feels great, sizes go up to 6XL.

Mara Hoffman

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By focusing on sustainable materials, processes and production, the label’s aim is to design and manufacture garments with greater care to reduce their environmental impact. All swimsuits are made from Econyl or Repreve, a polyester created from discarded plastic bottles, and are available in many different prints and colors.

Orc plank

Belooga by Orca Board is a new collection of eco-friendly swimwear designed in Ireland and made from 79% recycled plastic. Available in six styles with a range of long sleeve and sleeveless options, the collection is available in sizes XS to XXL. Launching their SS22 collection online and at Arnotts in March, they have some really exciting eco-friendly products, including the Belooga eco-friendly swimwear collection and their Blubber eco-Neoprene Wilde jacket (made from Yamamoto limestone-based neoprene as opposed to to oil).

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