London’s Evening Standard zeroes in on next-gen swimwear for the sustainability-minded set.with a preference for more modest one-piece suits. Simply stated, the swimsuit is getting a makeover. In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, these swimsuit brands are putting less plastic into international waters.
AOC notes the featured House of Holland x Speedo collab, inspired by a modern nomadic global traveler lifestyle. Drawing creative energy from the surfing beaches of Mexico and California and the traditional textiles of Peru, the House of Holland x Speedo collab collection is also filled with military styling details.
The palette of khaki, navy and black creates a feeling of both protection and empowerment for modern women who continue to struggle with being taken seriously. Acid bright pops of color ground the collection in true House of Holland aesthetic, projecting high energy and kick-ass attitude.
How about the sustainability cred? Recycled fishing nets were used in 80% of the collection. The Mexican Stripe and Tie Dye swimsuits and swim sets are made from 100% recycled fishing nets.
Reality is that fishing nets contribute for more plastic pollution to the world’s oceans than single-use straws. This reality doesn’t diminish the importance of the stop plastic straws campaign. But it does underscore the importance of fishnets in both plastic pollution and harm to ocean-living creatures.
Ocean Cleanup scientists estimate that at least 46 percent of plastic in the “Great Pacific garbage patch” comes from fishing nets. On an aside, discarded fishing gear and related supplies make up the bulk of the remaining plastic pollution in our oceans. Why bring these materials back to shore, when it’s so easy to throw it overboard?
Abandoned fishnets create havoc and life-threatening danger among for ocean creatures. And while there are significantly fewer fish alive and thriving in our oceans, Twice as Many Fishing Vessels are chasing them at sea, according to Smithsonian Magazine.
Supporting the eco-glam looks behind the House of Holland x Speedo collab is relevant to people with style. But talking truth around the entire topic of fishing nets — good and bad — makes one an even better global citizen. Check out World Oceans Day.