The summer is here. Not quite in the full throttle that it was last year, but the sun, on most days has put his hat on – or at least he is at least considering it. That means, the protagonist of our summer wardrobes is ready to be dug out of our knicker draw. For better or for worse, the swimsuit season is upon us.
I used to buy a new bikini every year. By the time the summer was over, the constant rewearing of my swimsuit meant that once the days got cooler, my swimsuit had started to sag and discolour. The elastic seemed to be made to last one season. I bought them cheap and then I would toss them in the charity bag or demote the bikini bottoms to period pants. In my journey to buy well and make it last I have been having a look at longer-lasting good quality swimsuit (none of that 1 pound
fish bikini for me thank you Missguided). One that fits well and doesn’t leave me with an “underboob” or a saggy bottom when I am doing my best Pamela impression. At the moment my swimsuit is a secondhand Boden swimming costume which I bought for 2.50 in a charity shop in Angel a few years ago and I love it, but as it is getting a bit tight (I’m a girl who enjoys her food) I have the wondering eye for a new swimming costume. Here are my favourite costumes made form recycled materials:
A swimming costume made from 100% recycled plastic in fun colours? Yes please. One of Batoko’s designs even has dinosaurs on it. This English brand has a small but brilliant collection of fun costumes. Each of their adult costumes are roughly €50 and come in compostable packaging.
Founded by Zannna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze, these costumes made from Italian ECONYL® (recycled nylon) are much more classic styles but the type that will last. They are made and produced in London, offer GuppyFriend bags (bags to wash your clothes in to stop micro-plastics going into the water) and even their packaging recycled. Plus they use models that have bodies that actually look like mine, so I am sold. Prices around around €160 per piece.
All made by hand in Switzerland using recycled materials and old fishing nets, PURA is definitely the pricier option, but they do donate money to global warming charities with every purchase. For each piece they give you an indication of the type of fabric used and the amount of coverage and support it provides. Prices around €180 per piece.
Okay, so Weekday is a fast fashion brand, but I am also well aware that for the average person (myself included) paying upwards of €100 euros on a swimming costume is not realistic. Fast fashion brands seem to be adopting the use of recycled materials and Weekday has some pretty nice options made of recycled polyester, as does Asos (see below). Just be wary, even if they are sustainable materials fast fashion will usually be making their products by factory workers who do not have good working conditions.
Freaking cool patterns, made from recycled materials and all made in the USA? Sign me up. I have got my eye on this one as I do love a high waisted bottom. Prices range from roughly €100 per piece and they do offer international shipping.