Sustainable Swimwear by Shapes in the Sand
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere the first early days of spring are upon us, and the weather is slowly warming. It might seem a little early to be thinking of summer swimwear, but thinking ahead is an important practice for ensuring a sustainable wardrobe. The more we plan, the less likely we are to be needing last minute or impulse purchases to meet our wardrobe needs. Similarly, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, now is a good time to take stock of your summer wardrobe, and work out if you will need to replace anything for next year. So in that vein, here is one of my favourite sustainable swimwear brands, the Australian label Shapes in the Sand.
Shapes in the Sand produce a range of swimwear, for both women and men, using 100% certified sustainable fabrics. The men’s range is manufactured with Repreve, a polyester-like fabric made from recycled plastics such as bottles. The women’s range is made using a nylon-like fabric called Econyl, with is made by collecting waste nylon- such as from clothing and fishing nets- which have been rescued from landfills and the ocean. The entire range is ethically manufactured in Australia.
Here are a few of my favourites from the 2014/15 collection.
The only downside of this label is that the largest size they stock is an Australian size 12 (UK10 / US 8 / Medium), so if you a a curvier woman you will be disappointed. But if you do happen to fit their sizes and are in the market for a some new swimmers, they are well worth looking into. When your swimmers can help support the clean up of plastic waste from the ocean, why wouldn’t you want to buy them?
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