Saturday, July 21, 2012

Eco Swim

Teeki mix-and-match recycled plastic swimwear
UPDATE: Thanks to Meridith for introducing me to Teeki, a swimwear line made from recycled plastic bottles that's manufactured here in the U.S. Verrry cute stuff!

Emobi's "Bandeau Tie Top" bikin in Retro Purple

Why are eco-friendly bathing suits are so difficult to find? After some intensive hunting on the Web, we are proud to list a handful here that are not only eco-friendly in their own respective ways, but also super-cute. If anyone out there knows of other lines we've missed, let us know!

Emobi swimwear out of Australia. They do their own prints (which we love) and use environmentally-friendly, water-based dyes. You can order from them directly online or check for a retailer in your area here.

JUNGLEGURL is the brainchild of designer Natalie Golonka, a former model who travelled the world and collected vintage fabrics along the way. You can order a custom bikini in a wide variety of awesome vintage fabrics. Everything is made-to-order out of California.

Mikaela bikini by JUNGLEGURL, $195

Lina Rennell's pieces are ethically made, by hand, in California. Her swimsuits/bodysuits are carried by one of our favorite online stores, Beklina. We love these so much and would wear them just about everywhere!

Lina Rennell's "Shield" Swimsuit, $150 on Beklina

Fables By Barrie is for anyone lamenting the days of old-school beach glamour. Their range of swimwear is "designed, developed and manufactured in San Diego," and definitely inspired by the pin-ups of the past.

"Abigail" bikini by Fables By Barrie

Eco Swim by Aqua Green has a more conservative—but no less cute—line of swimwear basics. All their swimwear is made in the U.S. from recycled materials like water bottles, fishing nets and plastic bags. (Even their bra cups are made of biodegradable materials.) Another reason to love them: they're avid organizers of beach clean-ups. They've already hosted four in 2012 and it's only July! Shop here, but keep in mind most of their swimwear sells out early (a very good thing).

Eco Swim by Aqua Green one piece

Koru Swimwear also has a small selection of cute suits—and 100% recycled rashguards, which we are definitely buying. These suits have a dry production process: no water is used in the dyeing cycle, therefore there's no waste.
Koru's "Oamaru" pleated bikini top
La Isla is another impressive company—their factory employs head-of-household women in Columbia; they use Oeko-Tex certified fabrics; and they're extremely involved in global environmental charities. They'e got so many adorable swimsuits, it was difficult to pick which one to post here!

Some looks from La Isla—there's even more cute stuff online

Thanks to Ecouterre and TreeHugger for help with this list!

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