Switching to natural clothing sounds like an easy enough change until you look at swimsuit options. Swimsuits are usually made of all things plastic and stretchy: nylon, polyester, acrylic, lycra, & everything toxic. They’re also usually made to wear just for a season or two. After saltwater, chlorine, and sun, synthetic fabric suits get stretched out and those little clear stretchy threads that look like tiny plastic worms start peeking out before you know it.
At Natural Clothing, we’ve got you covered.
Check out some of our favorite finds in the way of sustainable and ethically made suits for this season and summers to come.
Our Favorite Natural Clothing Shops: Swimsuit Edition
Shapes in the Sand is a sustainable swimwear company based in Australia. Also utilizing the revolutionary Econyl® in their suits, Shapes in the Sand employs a waterless, sustainable printing process that does not require the use of any harsh chemicals. Their dye testing and application process used the following materials: hemp, silk fabric, indigo dye, a stainless steel pot, a steamer made of bamboo, jute twine, eucalyptus leaves, vinegar, and mordant. Shapes in the Sand is also a business member of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and makes a monthly donation that aids the protection of endangered habitats. Draw a heart in the sand, because we’re in love.
Women’s & girls’ swim, resort wear, and accessories
Make sure you check out: the Plunged Swimsuit
JETS is a swimwear brand coming out of Australia, with a dedicated commitment to the Ethical Clothing Australia standards. They use reclaimed nylon Econyl® in swimwear and modal and cotton in their post beach resort wear and accessories. JETS focuses on creating timeless designs with suits that will become a longtime staple of your wardrobe.
Make sure you check out: Earth Day, Everyday Collection
Vitamin A is rockin’ in the women’s swimsuit world with iconic cuts and a push for sustainability. Vitamin A developed a recycled nylon fabric know as EcoLux™, and combined with a longer lasting stretch from Lycra Xtra Life® fibers, produce swimsuits that outlast their competition. They use sustainable linen in their beach wear and use a waterless digital printing method. Vitamin A works exclusively with factories that conserve water and energy and donates a percentage of their profits to environmental organizations.
Women’s swimwear, accessories, hair & skin care
Already implementing ethical practices and sustainable printing processes, Aurai Swimwear has announced the use of Econyl® in their 2018 line. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they come out with using the post-consumer recycled nylon, because their suits are gorgeous. They also partner with some phenomenal sustainable and ethical brands like super soft Turkish towels from Izzy and Jean Co and beautiful beach bags from Wachila.
Make sure you check out: the Lilikoi Top – it’s reversible and SPF 50, designed in Hawaii & made in California
Manakai is a truly inspirational swimwear brand with a killer style influence straight out of Maui. Manakai is utilizing a recycled nylon from Italian companies Carvico and Econyl®. All manufacturing is done in the USA with companies that employ ethical standards and ensure livable wages for workers. The nylon generated (Econyl®) is made from 100% recycled nylon from fishnet and other waste sources, uses 1/3 of the energy to produce, reduces water and crude oil consumption, reduces environmental contamination, and recovers nylon waste from the environment. Manakai’s suits also offer UV protection, so you can have fun in the sun all day long.
women’s swimwear, kids swimwear
Emroce uses Econyl® to make premium swimwear designed to stay in place through sessions in the sun and surf. Emroce is one of the most thoughtful swimwear designers we’ve seen, from their tessellated patterns creating a zero waste production process, to their swimsuits that allow nursing mamas to untie one side at a time. We can’t wait to see what they design next.