Your swimsuit was saved from landfill the first time around, please help us keep the loop closed by taking good care of it and enjoying it for longer.
Wear More Wash Less:
Not only does this prolong the life of your swimsuit, but it is so much better for the environment. If exposed to chlorine, sunscreen lotion or oils, rinse your swimsuit in clean water and use a natural based detergent if needed. We don't recommend machine washing your swimsuit, as this will weaken and break the fibers. Never tumble dry or 'ring dry' (twist/scrunch), just lay it flat to dry on a clothes rack or under the sun where it will dry super quick. Never bleach, iron or dry clean your swimsuit.
Avoid Contact With Rough Surfaces:
Woven fabric bobbles when rubbed against something rough and our fabric is no exception. Although our swimsuits are durable in and out of the water, they are not coated in nasty chemicals and mixed raw fabrics so they do need a little extra care. Our fabric is woven super tight, but rough surfaces like concrete, stone and wood can all pull at the tiny fibres creating bobbling. For example sitting poolside and dragging yourself into the pool will create friction. This also goes for wearing it with rougher fabrics, for example a pair of denim shorts. Being mindful of this will help prolong the life of your favourite swimsuit.
Tackling Our Fabric-Munching Friend, Chlorine:
As a conscious choice with the environment in mind, our swimwear has not been treated with any chlorine-resistant coating or chemicals. Polyester is a hardy fabric that is generally very resistant to chlorine. Our swimwear contains 85% polyester and 15% spandex (all recycled), with the spandex being the part that gives the swimsuit it's all-important stretch. Prolonged exposure to strong chemicals such as chlorine will deteriorate the spandex over time resulting in some loss of shape. If you swim regularly in chlorinated water, here are some tips:
- Size down - opt for a tighter fitting swimsuit to start with, this means it won't lose as much shape and as a result will last much longer.
- Shower before you enter the pool and again straight after to dilute the chlorine.
- Wash your swimsuit with clean water to remove all the chlorine. Resist scrunching/twist drying the swimsuit (this can weaken and break the fibers), simply wrap it flat in a towel and lay it flat to air dry at home.
- If you swim multiple times a week, alternate between swimsuits to give each one a break.