• Ella Malvino

5 Alternatives to Fast Fashion Swimwear


Sustainable swimwear. I feel like this term has become more trendy in recent years following the increase in consumer demand for more sustainable or ethical apparel. While on one hand sustainable swimwear has become more of interest to consumers, $12.00 bikini hauls from Amazon, Shein, or Zaful is a trend on the complete opposite spectrum. It makes sense why you might be swayed to purchase cheap swimsuits from these fast fashion retailers- first of all, they are inexpensive and for the most part, do the job. However, I think if most people were aware of the labor injustices, climate consequences, and higher amounts of waste to which these companies directly contribute, consumers would be a lot less willing to support them.


So in the spirit of encouraging sustainability and ethical consumption on my blog, I wanted to highlight five different companies that are providing consumers with sustainable swimwear options. I truly believe that many people are interested in purchasing more sustainably and just don’t know where to start, which is why I was especially interested in creating this list. Not only will you feel better about where your money is going by shopping more sustainably, but your swimsuits will last you longer since they are not made of materials that fall apart quickly due to their lackluster quality! And with your swimsuits lasting longer, there isn’t the need to consume more of them, and you'll actually save more money at the end of the day. Do you see where I am going with this?

Ok, let’s begin!

Bohodot Barcelona

I recently discovered this brand and was so happy when I learned they utilize sustainable practices. Bohodot’s products are all created in Barcelona and produced under Spain’s labor regulations. Additionally, more than than 50% of the fabrics are made from recycled nylon. They are committed to creating swimsuits that are made with quality materials to ensure they will last years instead of one summer season. My mom surprised me with a suit from Bohodot and I have no complaints so far! A great selection can be purchased on Yoox.com without custom duties.


Ella's Picks

Lemonade Bikini


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Summer Salt

While I have yet to purchase from Summer Salt, I have heard amazing things about their products. Not only is it a brand that has done tremendous work to make sure their swimsuits are size inclusive, but they are also committed to sustainability. Summer Salt’s swimwear is made from material that is 78% Recycled Polyamide, which is crafted from post consumer products like fishing nets. They also use recycled or eco-friendly materials like TENCEL, TENCEL Modal, and Cupro. If you are unsure of what those materials are, I’ve linked a helpful article here! Not only are there swimsuits made from recycled materials, but their packaging is as well.


Ella's Picks

The Sara Foster String Bikini Top in Cotton Candy Sky

The Cheeky High Leg Bottom in Cotton Candy Sky


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Novah

Novah Swim is another brand I discovered while researching more sustainable swimwear brands. Their Ecoluxe collection is made from 100% regenerated Nylon. In addition, this material is sourced from post consumer products. The fact that their products are made 100% from regenerated Nylon resonates with me greatly, and if I needed a new swimsuit I would check them out. One note is that their website is making these claims for their Ecoluxe collection, so I am unsure of the materials used for their other suits. Their small female run factory is in Europe, but they ship all over the world.


Ella's Picks

Naomi One Piece in Ink - Ecoluxe Collection


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Dippin Daisys


I’ve seen ads for Dippin Daisys on social media before but assumed that it was another fast fashion bikini brand trying to get me hooked on their cute and inexpensive suits. Well, think not! Dippin Daisys is both sustainable and trendy- two terms that rarely can be used together. 95% of their swimsuits are made from recycled pre or post consumer nylon, and their SS’21 collection is made entirely from recycled nylon. This brand goes so far as to use recycled foam bra inserts and lead-free non-toxic metal for the sliders on their adjustable straps. Lastly, their small production batches located in Los Angeles avoid landfill waste because they only produce what they need.

Ella's Picks

Zuma Top in Dotted & Nocturnal Bottom in Dotted


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Salomé


Salomé is the ultimate cool girl brand with chic styles and colors that will stay in style for years to come. Their suits are made from Italian fabric made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon fiber while their coverups are made from 100% Tencel fabric. Not only is Salomé a female owned company, but all the suits are created in the owner's home country of the Dominican Republic, meaning that she is actively giving back to her local economy. The owner’s mission is to “make accessible swimwear that is sustainable, timeless, beautiful and empowering”.


Ella's Picks

Anacaona Top & Bottoms in Verde


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That wraps up my list of five swimwear brands that are alternatives for fast fashion. I understand that not everyone has the resources or ability to purchase sustainably, but I think making small shifts in your shopping habits to be a more conscious consumer can make a positive impact. Simply being more cognizant of where your clothing is being made and the materials used is a great first step. It's no secret that fast fashion companies are directly impacting our planet, and I hope I can encourage my readers to think before they shop. I by no means am perfect at this, but I am certainly trying. And if you need a new summer suit, I urge you to truly think about need rather than want and seek out sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.



Much love,

Ella




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