Sustainable Swimsuits: Cool Bikinis

Bikinis are the style of suit I wear most often, (well I actually prefer high-waisted bikinis and will do some outfits on those soon.) It’s kind of crazy that bikinis were a part of women’s liberation because now they are so often a societal pain in the ass for women wearing them and are made really cheaply in factories that use child labor and unsustainable practices like dumping chemicals. Throw all that aside and invest in a colorful, or fun bikini, that is well made and will make you feel good.

This bikini series starts off with Mara Hoffman, who started out with swimsuits when she started her brand! This look is all about having fun. The colors are bright, the coverup lets you run around (hopefully without chaffing.)

Mara Hoffman Bikini Top & Bottom

Made with ECONYL, a recycled nylon fabric that you’ll see through my swim series.

Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress

Made with eco-friendly lyocell.

Sensi Studio Bag and Hat

Handmade by artisans in Equador

Carla Colour Sunglasses

Made with sustainable acetate derived from wood pulp.

Huma Blanco Sandals

Handmade by Peruvian artisans with locally sourced materials.

I picked out this swimsuit because I loved the color. It’s paired with some classics you’ve definitely seen around, like that bag, and those shoes, also those sunglasses. Rewear your clothes, everyone! It’s what they are there for.

Patagonia Swimsuit Top and Bottom

Made with fair trade certified sewing and recycled polyester.

Kayu Bag

Made with local materials in the Philippines.

Carla Colour Sunglasses 

Different sunglasses, same sustainable acetate.

Loup Charmant Dress

Made with silk and produced ethically in the U.S.

KYMA Sandals

Handmade by artisans in Greece with vechetta leather (vegetable tanned leather.)

I liked this classic bikini because you can add any extras you want.  It’s a resort style look that will last you a lifetime, and if you recycled the pieces correctly can last someone else a lifetime too.

Talia Collins Bikini Top and Bottoms

Talia Collins is all about recyling. The nylon is Econyl, a 100% post-consumer waste polyamide yarn.

Charlotte Stone Sandals

Made by artisans in Italy.

Khokho Bag

It’s handmade in Swaziland from naturally dyed, water-resistant grass fibers using traditional weaving techniques, and finished with black leather trim.

Pour Les Femmes Dress

Produced by Congolese women who are survivors of violence, giving them the opportunity to learn a trade and provide for themselves and their families. Inspired by vintage designs, the pieces are crafted from soft Indian cotton.

Sensi Studio Hat

Different hat, same ethical production.

Muzungu Sisters Bag

Handmade on both sides of Sicily, with artisans on one side weaving the bag, and artisans on the other side decorating.

Coclico Sandals

Different sandals. Same sustainable Spanish production.

Vitamin A Swimsuit Top and Bottoms

Made in California with recycled nylon fabric from Italy.

Proof Sunglasses

Made from wood and cotton based acetate.

My Beachy Side Coverup

Made in small batches by refugee women based in Turkey.

This style of bikini reminded me of the swimsuits that the lifeguards at the local public pool used to wear, so I paired it with other useful sporty things like a backpack.

Proof Eyewear

Same sunglasses as before, so it’s the same eco-friendly acetate.

Stella McCartney Backpack

Made with Eco-Nylon and handcrafted in Italy.

Antik Batik Pants

Made by traditional artisans in India.

Fisch Bikini Top and Bottoms

Made with Econyl which is recycled nylon that comes from fishing nets.

KYMA Sandals

Different shoes, same ethical production.