Did anyone else notice that swimsuit season began months ago? It seemed the second the restrictions relaxed, Vancouverites packed their swimwear and booked it to their favourite southern sunny locations for some much-needed rest and relaxation! For those of us in the city – biding our time waiting for the sun to shine – now definitely is the time to plan this year’s summer wardrobe.
After two years of re-evaluating our lifestyles, more women (and men) are sharing their complete lack of desire to be ‘beach body ready’ or even acknowledge that there is a ‘beach body’ that needs pursuing! Who doesn’t want swimwear that is comforting? Let’s support local and wrap our bodies in beautful suits from these four sustainable swimwear companies!
Here are four Vancouver-based swimwear brands that are stylish, comfortable and ethically made right here in the Lower Mainland.
Beth Richards and her self-named brand are changing how women feel about swimwear by promoting body positivity and designing versatile swimsuits. The brand has a range of suits in colours, bright and fun prints so that there is something for everyone – even the fabrics that protect against UV rays! Many of the materials used contain recycled polyester and ECONYL – regenerated nylon for stretch and comfort. Beth Richards designs and manufactures all their products – everything from swimsuits to cover-ups to footwear – in our beautiful city.
Londre is a Canadian bodywear brand, co-founded by Hannah Todd and Ainsley Rose, that prides itself on being ethically and sustainably made. The brand has repurposed over a quarter-million plastic bottles to create swimsuits that contain at least six recycled bottles in each suit. Londre has a recycling and repair program that repurposes suits at the end of their lifecycle into new materials or fixes damage to the suits so that you can continue loving their timeless silhouettes.
Nettle’s Tale is a Gastown-based swimwear brand founded by Julia Church. The brand is size-inclusive, and with sizes from XS to 4X, the suits are designed for all bodies. Nettle’s Tale offers a variety of styles, including one-piece, high-waist, bikini, all created from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex to be comfortable, flattering, and supportive.
Monashay Swimwear is made-to-order in Vancouver by Hawaii native Jana Kozlo. The brand uses deadstock and recycled fabrics, focusing on comfort and quality to give every piece a unique look. The suits are designed to express your personality and designed to flatter curves and embrace the beauty in all bodies. Monashay Swim has bright colours and patterns and classic colours to suit your every mood.
These are just four affordable, sustainable swimwear brands that can be found in Vancouver and online through their websites. When it comes to swimsuits, check their social media or the materials tag to see if the fabric is recycled or if deadstock materials have been used. That action is a great way to ensure high quality while lowering the impact of textile waste on the environment.
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Feature Image: Londre Bodywear
- Olivia is passionate about fashion, writing and supporting brands that go above and beyond to support environmental and ethical issues. She believes in living an eco-friendly lifestyle and shopping sustainably and locally. As she learns more, Olivia strives to find brands to showcase that create high-quality products worthy of support.
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