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17th May 2022

How to keep your swimwear sustainable as summer approaches

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Here’s what you need to look out for.

Summer is here and as the warmer weather is here, it means the return of sea swimming and holidays with swimming pools.

When it comes to heading for the beach, the swimwear shop is one we start doing right about now, but what materials really go into making them?

We all know the impact fast fashion has on the planet by now, but when it comes to waterproof materials used for swimwear, they can be extremely harsh on the earth.

Eco-friendly and sustainable brands are becoming more and more popular as we become increasingly more aware of the impacts of climate change.

There are a few things we can look out for when it comes to buying swimwear that not only looks incredible, but we know doesn’t have a negative impact on global warming.

With over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic already existing on our planet, the first thing we need to do is to avoid swimwear made from virgin nylon and polyester.

There are so many brands that are opting to use recycled alternatives and regenerated nylon that has been collected from landfills and our oceans instead.

It’s always good to remember that while recycled nylon is so much better than fresh nylon, it still does release microplastics when washed which can be damaging for our water supplies and oceans.

Some brands have started using natural textiles to combat this, with some using a natural rubber alternative to petroleum-based neoprene instead.

Avoid brands that have polluting heavy metals and go for brands that are certified by Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex or Bluesign, as they ensure no harmful chemicals have been used.

This one may seem obvious but when buying swimwear, look for something that will stand the test of time. Don’t opt for something that will only be worn a few times and then thrown out. By having one durable piece, you’ll lower your carbon footprint and have something you can get your money’s worth from.

If your swimwear does end up on its last legs, be sure to dispose of it properly. To make sure it doesn’t end up in a landfill, there are ways to recycle clothing to ensure it is done in the most climate-friendly way.