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Some of this summer’s best swimwear is also easy on the conscience with a profusion of eco-friendly selections for both women and men. From the French resort elan of hip designer Simon Porte Jacquemus’ cutout maillot to the sporty versatility of surfing star Kelly Slater’s colorful water volleyball trunks from his own Outerknown line, sustainable styles run the fashion gamut.
Some are made from recycled polyester fiber, like the Jacquemus and Outerknown numbers as well as print-loving Vilebrequin’s ode to ‘80s design or Hugo’s jungle blossoms. Others come from the repurposed ocean dregs of plastic bottles and fishing nets, like Fisch’s bolt-of-blue one-piece or Fair Harbor’s and Paul Smith’s swim shorts. Longtime eco-warrior Stella McCartney crafts a sunny daisy-patterned bikini from stretch Econyl regenerated nylon while Aussie brand Peony’s high-waisted two-piece uses recycled fibers even down to its lining, which can make up to 50% of swimwear fabric consumption and is often overlooked.
But enough of the fine print, it’s time to take it outside in one of these standout picks from THR’s roundup of sustainable bathing beauts.
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