Nomi Network Fashion Corner: Swimwear

This summer, make a splash in eco-friendly swimwear. Several designers and companies are offering swimsuits made from eco-friendly materials.  The materials most often used to make bikinis, such as Lycra and spandex, are not sustainable. Eco-conscience designers have found ways to create fun, easy-to-wear swimsuits using repurposed and recycled materials. Check out these designers to keep wearing eco-friendly items even when the temperature begins to rise!

Meadow swimwear line uses materials such as bamboo, soy, organic cotton and up-cycled fabrics. All of the designs are sewn in Miami. Not only does Meadow offer chic eco-friendly bikinis and clothing, but also the company gives back to the local communities in Miami and Costa Rica by planting trees. Last year Meadow planted 2000 native hardwood trees in Costa Rica.

Another designer, Natalie Golonka, cleverly uses vintage fabrics to create one-of-a-kind eco-friendly bikinis. Golonka’s bikini line, JungleGurl, uses recycled vintage garments to create patterned bikinis in a variety of vibrant colors and unique patterns. 

Kelly Marie Barry, designer of hit line Kelly B, designs eco-friendly classic beach looks using organic bamboo and cotton. The Manhattan one piece is a favorite, with a sleek, glamorous cut. Kelly B has been featured on The View and is offered by many retailers across the country. 

In addition to choosing a new eco-friendly suit this season, you can always revamp swimwear you already own with these DIY tricks. You can add a pretty brooch for a classic chic look.  Another option is threading the bikini’s strings with natural beads. Wearing a colorful sarong can create a new beach look. Finding new ways to revamp a suit is a great eco-friendly way to update swimwear.

- Sachiko Pettit


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