Summer is my favorite season because I love spending time enjoying the sunshine! If you plan to spend time at the beach or pool this summer, hopefully this quick little sustainable summer post will be useful to you!
We all know that sustainable clothing brands can be expensive, so I spent some time searching for sustainable swimwear that is a little more affordable. The suits that I found are more or less similar to the bathing suit prices found at Victoria Secret.
Baythe Swim is dedicated to creating sustainable swimwear by creating suits out of recycled fish nets. (They are also currently hosting their online annual warehouse sale so be sure to check them out!)
Fair Harbor up-cycles plastic pollution by transforming bottles into swimwear for both men and women. They also have a Round Trip Initiative where they encourage their customers to send in their old swimsuits, which are then given a second life elsewhere!
Summersalt‘s swimwear is also made from recycled plastics, such as fishing nets and bottles. Their suits are well-liked because of their bright colors and fun summer patterns.
Athleta is now a Certified B Corporation, so be sure to check out their swim line!
Madewell has a handful of swimwear that is made from recycled materials! Be mindful that not all of their swimwear is made from recycled materials, so be sure to read the labels!
Reformation also has a cute sustainable swimwear collection!
If you’re on the search for a new beach bag, check out Rareform. Their bags are actually made from old billboards! Each bag is vegan, durable, water-proof, repurposed and one of a kind!
When it comes to beach towels, the most sustainable thing that you can do is use what you already have! However, if you are in search of a new towel, I would recommend checking out Normadix, Madewell and Threads 4 Thought (I got a free towel from them last year).
It’s important to wear sunscreen to protect ourselves, but it’s also just as important to wear sunscreens that aren’t harmful to others! For example, when we go swimming at the beach, sunscreen chemicals are harmful to corals, and can actually encourage bleaching. Because of this, it’s important to use sunscreens that are biodegradable so that chemicals do not linger in the water.
I would recommend looking at this guide created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This list is really helpful because it recommends sunscreen products from common brands that are easy to find!