With just over two months of summer left, there’s still plenty of time to get in some much-needed poolside lounging and lake dips. Along with reef-safe and water-resistant sunscreen, consider an ocean-friendly suit that will last season after season. Here are five swimwear labels that are designing with the environment and conscious consumption in mind.
This Vancouver label’s minimally designed beach basics are made using recycled polyester from plastic bottles and recycled nylon. As part of the brand’s commitment to protecting the environment, a portion of the proceeds are donated to an ocean conservancy organization each year. The One Strap Top, $131, ocin.co
Conscious design is at the heart of this Toronto-based swimwear studio – it only produces one collection a year. Each spandex suit is handmade locally in small batches using 78 percent recycled plastics to reduce fabric waste, and one dollar from every sale is donated to the Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit that advocates for ocean policy. Iris Top, $88, minnowbathers.com
Dreaming of a coastal getaway? Get halfway there with this line of ultra-luxe swimwear and resortwear inspired by creative director Georgia Thompson’s childhood spent travelling the sea with her parents. The brand will mend your suit or recycle it responsibly to encourage more conscious shopping. Cassandra Swimsuit, $456.28, evarae.com
Surf and swim worry-free. The double-lined, high- elastane fabric – made of Econyl, a nylon regenerated from rescued waste like fishing nets – found in Davy J swimwear provides extra durability, while the brand’s signature cross-back design ensures that the suit stays up no matter what. The Cut-Out Suit, $245.69, davyj.org
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