(A bit more) eco-friendly swimwear

It’s summer time and a time for many to get themselves some new swimwear. Before we begin the list of tips, we have to discuss something important. The fact that many clothings brands are starting to brand themselves as eco-friendly is something to be aware of. The only actual eco-friendly thing about clothes is not buying too much of it, and taking good care of what we have.

When the items we have do wear out, as swimwear eventually does, we need something new, of good quality, and with an ethical production process behind! Polyester is a synthetic fibre which was originally produced from oil, and is a non-renewable resource.It can be argued that swimwear of recycled plastic is better than just simple “new” plastic, because it uses a resource that is already made. With that in mind, remember that swimwear made from recycled plastic will also shed micro plastic into the waterways when being washed. When the tiny pieces enters into the waterways, they will most likely end in the ocean at some point, and be mistaken for food for the smallest ocean creatures, which again are eaten by fish and other seafood that humans eat. Not to forget the unknown harm that plastic causes in any living creatures’ system. It’s a tricky topic!

Anyways, we want to share some brands we like, that make quality items out of recycled materials!


Under protection

A danish brand that only uses sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, recycled wool, lyocell and organic cotton. All the packaging, paper and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable. Most of the products are vegan approved, and if not, it is because it is recycled (wool) or a waste resource (milk). They only work with certified factories. These items are made of 94% recycled polyester and 6% elastane. The products are made in New Dehli, India and is vegan approved by PETA. The fabric is both Oeko-Tex and GRS certified.


Dedicated

Dedicated is a Swedish brand that use organic and fairtrade cotton, recycled polyester and wood fibers. All items are vegan. The swimwear is made of recycled PET, made from PET-bottles.


La Vinn Swimwear

La Vinn swimwear is an ethical and eco-conscious swimwear brand designed in Norway & the Netherlands, founded in Byron Bay. They are working towards developing a 100% recycled fabric. The pieces are made in Bali.


Adidas x Parley

Every piece in the Adidas x Parley collection is made of plastic trash collected from remote beaches and coastal communities. The swimwear is made of chlorine resistant material with regenerated ECONYL® yarn, spun by recycled polyester.


Monki

Monki recently launched a collection of swimwear with items made from recycled polyester and polyamid from PET-bottles.

KappAhl

KappAhl is one of many brands striving towards increasing their use of recycled and more sustainable materials. The swimwear is made from recycled polyester, from PET bottles and residual waste from the textile industry.

A lot can be said about brands using sustainability as a marketing technique, and if they don’t really have any sustainability policy of true value, it is not good enough. But we definitely want to applaud and welcome brands wanting to make a change, so make sure to read up on your favourite brands, and don’t hesitate to message them with any questions!

Have a lovely summer day - maybe you can pick up some plastic today? 🌼

Amazing bikinis that help clean the ocean?! Meet Halla x Halla

These girls design the coolest swim wear we have seen in a while. On top of that, the swim wear is made of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! We had to find out more about the creators behind the brand, and how they came up with such a good idea.Photo: @vanhamies

Hi HallaxHalla! Who are the people behind the brand?

Halla Halla is a Nordic swimwear company established by Hanna Chalvet & Salla Valkonen in 2016. We first met in university, studying fashion design, and always talked about our dream of having our own swimwear line. After graduating and adventuring around the world together we decided it was time to pursue our dream and combine our passion for being active, leading a sustainable life, and designing swimwear.Photo: @vanhamies

Why did you chose to make your swimsuits out of sustainable fabric, and how is it done?

After traveling the world together to the most beautiful destinations we realized there was a big problem with the amount of plastic in the oceans. We surfed in the most remote locations among plastic bottles, bags and other items. Paddling in the ocean, getting plastic and other debris stuck on our hands really made us think. We decided we wanted to start a swimwear line that would be sustainable. We did a lot of research and finally found a fabric that could change everything. A fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets! The plastic waste for our fabric is collected through different initiatives and projects and transformed into high quality fabric. Therefore, we are helping clean the oceans by creating our products.Photo: @vanhamies

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from traveling to tropical destinations, from all the beautiful places and colors. They have inspired us when designing our unique pieces. We want our pieces to look like the sun, waves, sand, corals, making you feel as though you are a part of the ocean.

Why is sustainability important?

We aim to create our pieces with sustainable material, because we want to do our part to save the oceans. Sustainability is a vital key in ensuring that the oceans stay clean and our future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. We want to be a part of the movement to help sustain this beautiful world.Photo: @vanhamies

What are your top 3 tips for a more environmental friendly daily life?

There are so many things you can do on a daily basis to make your daily life more environmentally friendly. The key things are to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  1. Reduce: Use & buy less! Try to for example take shorter showers and use less electricity.
  2. Reuse: Try to reuse! Always take your tote bag when getting groceries and never forget to bring your water bottle with you.
  3. Recycle: Remember to separate your waste because it might be transformed into something new!

Finally, where can we get our hands on the gorgeous swimwear?

Our Halla Halla swimwear is only sold in our online shop at hallaxhalla.com! More stock coming soon!Check out HallaXHalla's webpage here, on Instagram and Facebook.Photo: @vanhamies