Finding a natural solution
With warmer temperatures in the forecast, I have plans to spend my weekends lying by the pool, soaking up some rays. My current bathing is a few years old and has seen its fair share of use, so recently I’ve been in the market for a new one. Bathing suit shopping — like any kind of shopping in my world — is no small task for me. I want a high-quality suit that looks good, will last me for years, isn’t too expensive but is still eco-friendly. I did some research and found a few good swimsuit lines that are fashionable but still environmentally friendly.
This summer Eco-Panda launched its first line of eco-friendly swimwear. The debut collection’s suits are made of recycled nylon collected from discarded fishing nets. The swimwear also incorporates Xtra Life Lycra which Eco-Panda claims will make its suits last twice as long as ones made with chlorine-resistant spandex and ten times longer than suits made with regular spandex.
Eco-Panda’s suits are available in bikinis and fashionable one-pieces (a hard task to accomplish), and they come in a variety of colorful prints with fun names like Jungle Beat, Leopard Love and Tokyo Beat. The suits cost either $68 or $76.
This style from Eco-Panda is called Mandalay. Eco-Panda is just one of several designers who make environmentally friendly bathing suits. Aaron Chang and Rogan Gregory also have sustainable lines. Photo Courtesy Eco-Panda
Well-known action photographer and legendary surfer Aaron Chang launched the world’s first eco-friendly swimsuit line in 2008. Since then he has created several collections, all made from 100 percent recycled polyester sourced from plastic soda bottles.
Aaron’s photography inspired the designs for his collections. His suits come in vibrant colors and feature natural elements such as flowers, sunsets, elephants and indigenous designs from Panama. All suits are reversible as well, adding another dimension of usability to them.
Aaron also has a line of swimsuit cover-ups—such as shorts, tops and dresses—that are all made from 100 percent organic cotton. Aaron’s clothing is available on his website.
Gregory already has a line of eco-friendly clothing at Target called Loomstate, but this summer he’s also delving into a sustainable swimwear line. All cotton used in the suits is 100 percent organic cotton, and the tags are printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. The suits come in a variety of bizarre prints and styles and are sold in most Target stores. Select styles are also available online.
If you know of any other eco-friendly swimwear lines, please leave a comment!