Eco Chic Swimwear

Eco Swim by Acquagreen

Eco Friendly Bikinis – Acquagreen

NEW YORK, United States — Crystal blue oceans, sparkling rivers and glassy lakes, this is the description of idyllic summer swimming. The joys of a tranquil and placid place to swim all sound easy and carefree, except for the challenging part of finding a swimsuit to wear in such locations! Having a swimsuit that fits perfectly, flatters your figure, is functional and fashionably stylish can be excruciatingly difficult. However, before racing off to your nearest boutique or favourite department store, consider some of my top eco-friendly swimsuit options that will have you and the planet looking and feeling great!

Ethnic and tribal printed swimwear

Ethnic and tribal printed swimwear

One of my most favourite New York designers is Mara Hoffman. Hoffman designs out of her Manhattan flower district offices and is known for her play on tribal prints and geometric patterns. Born in Buffalo, NY with a degree from the Parsons School of Design and having studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Hoffman had extensive training in fashion before launching her first ready-to-wear collection in 2000.

From 2000-2005 her fashion company was called Circle, which was a line of one-of-a-kind pieces each hand-dyed by Mara Hoffman herself. In 2005 Circle became simply Mara Hoffman and grew into a larger brand with international accounts.

With a strong respect for craftsmanship and artisans, Hoffman still designs all her prints and has everything made in New York. Thus, it was a natural progression for Hoffman to branch into swimwear in 2008 and launch her official collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park. Her swimsuits have graced the bodies of celebrities and downtown New York hipsters alike. I will be packing my peacock inspired bikini when I travel to Los Angeles later this Summer!

Eco Friendly Bikinis – Aqua Green


EcoSwim by Aqua Green

Eco Friendly Bikinis – Aqua Green

From what I know Eco Swim by Aqua Green is one of the first eco-friendly swimsuit brands to mesh figure flattering swimwear with sustainable design. As a fourth generation family owned company based in Pennsylvania, Aqua Green believes in essence “that our family has a a responsibility to your family to reduce our environmental impact”. Aqua Green achieves this mission by manufacturing in the USA, using locally sourced material and eco-friendly fabrics as well as partnering with environmental non-profits.

Not only are Aqua Green’s fabrics made from recycled nylon, polyester and cotton, their textile dye house is one of the most advanced in North America. To take a step further Eco Swim also gives back to their community by partnering with United By Blue help clean trash from the ocean and beaches, and being a member of the Oceanic Society, which protects endangered wildlife and marine habitats. With a company motto of reducing your carbon footprint in the sand Aqua Green seeks to reduce, reuse and recycle while making you look and feel great in their collection of swimsuits!

Ambika Swimwear Handmade crochet bikinis

Eco Friendly Bikinis: Ambika Handmade Crochet


Ambika Swimwear Handmade crochet bikinis

Eco Friendly Bikinis: Ambika Handmade Crochet

Ambika Bikini, one of my most favourite swimwear collections, is a story that I have already mentioned last year at the FG Magazine. Her super-luxe and form-fitting bikinis grabbed the attention of high fashion magazines, graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and Maxim, and resulted in the opening of a downtown Manhattan boutique.

Now focusing on other ventures, including animal friendly Angora fur, Ambika and her collection of cottage-industry crocheters still creates a few amazing new styles each year, which can be ordered through her website or at select boutiques in New York and Miami. I have one and love wearing it to the beach as the material clings to the body and does not fade or sag in salt water!

I recently came across Koru, an inspired collaboration between Julie Brockmeyer Stine and April Slater to create functional and attractive swimwear with eco-friendly fabrics. Both have a background in surfing and actually met while hosting the Slater Brother Surfing Invitational! The company was named after the “Koru” or the spiral or unfurling fern frond which takes its shape from a stalk to a bulb. However, Koru is also a Maori term that is widely used in Maori Arts to symbolize new and evolving life, new beginnings, spiritual growth, strength, peace and harmony.

This natural aesthetic comes from Stine’s New Zealand roots and affinity for environmental responsibility. While alternately Slater brings a background in professional figure skating to the design and function of Koru swimwear. All the swimsuits are made from fine Italian fabrics by the Carvico Group textile mill. Koru takes a full circle approach to design and manufacturing from eco-friendly fabrics to recycled-plantable hangtags, to bamboo care labels, to recycled cotton accessory bags they come in, and, of course, to the production of the fabric, not to mention, they are UV protective and chlorine resistant!

These are just a few of my beloved brands that are designing flattering, stylish and functional eco-friendly bikinis. I encourage you to try some of them or let me know about other eco chic swimsuits!

Easy and sporty bikinis by Koru

Easy and sporty bikinis by Koru


Easy and sporty bikinis by Koru

Easy and sporty bikinis by Koru

Courtesy and Photography of: Sabrina George, Emily Bungert, Mara Hoffman, Ambika | Websites: www.koruswimwear.com and www.ambikaboutique.com and www.marahoffman.com and www.ecoswim.com | Edited by: Elizabeth Deheza
Ariel Clay About the author

Yoga loving model and environmentalist, connects the FG to the world of eco fashion. Educated in San Francisco, she now treads the streets of the Big Apple seeking new talents that share her vision of wellbeing.

Comments

  1. These are awesome swimsuits! I love the colors, styles, and that they are eco-friendly! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sorry, but how is Mara Hoffman eco-friendly? Her stuff is not only made of loads of petroleum based fabrics, but she also infuses the fabric of her swimwear with SPF 50 nanoparticles–and no one knows what the environmental impact of those will be. Please do better research!

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